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EPA Proposes Revised Plan to Remove Mercury Contaminated Sediment from Bottom of Pompton Lake in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:45
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed a new plan to remove mercury contamination from areas of Pompton Lake in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, including the areas where the Acid Brook flows into the lake, called the Acid Brook Delta. Areas of the sediment on the bottom of the lake have become contaminated with mercury and lead that flowed down the Acid Brook into the lake. The public is encouraged to review the new plan and provide input

EPA Provides Additional Information on Clean Power Plan/Agency requests public comment on additional information and proposes carbon goals for areas in Indian Country and U.S. Territories

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:17
WASHINGTON – As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s extensive outreach since issuing the proposed Clean Power Plan, EPA is making additional information and ideas available for public comment in a notice of data availability (NODA). At the same time, EPA is following through on its commitment made in June to propose goals to reduce carbon pollution in areas of Indian Country and U.S. Territories where fossil-fuel power plants are located

TODAY: EPA's Office of Air and Radiation to Hold Media Call on Clean Power Plan

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:04
NOTE: FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY WASHINGTON--Today at 2:30 p.m. EDT, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, will hold a press call on the proposed Clean Power Plan

Frontier Refining agrees to resolve alleged risk management planning and chemical reporting violations at Cheyenne refinery

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:36
(Denver, Colo. - October 27, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Frontier Refining has agreed to pay $153,000 in penalties to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) at its Cheyenne, Wyo. refinery. The agreement resolves alleged violations of the risk management planning requirements of the CAA and Toxic Release Inventory reporting requirements under EPCRA

EPA Finalizes List of Polluted Water Bodies in New Jersey; PCBs, Arsenic, and Phosphorus are Most Common Pollutants

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 22:58
(New York, N.Y.) From Raritan Bay to the Maurice River in Cumberland County, New Jersey continues to struggle with meeting federal water standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the 2012 list of waters in New Jersey that are considered either impaired or threatened by pollutants. An impaired water body does not meet federally-approved water quality standards even after pollution controls have been put in place

EPA acts to protect children from lead-based paint hazards in eight Northern Calif. communities

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:58
Untrained and uncertified companies renovating homes and schools can put children at risk SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with construction companies in Calif. that were not EPA-certified to handle lead-based paint safely before or during renovations in older housing and schools. The lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting rule requires companies to be properly trained and certified before working in pre-1978 homes and schools

EPA Requiring BMW to Correct Fuel Economy Labels for Four Mini Cooper Vehicles

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 22, 2014 EPA Requiring BMW to Correct Fuel Economy Labels for Four Mini Cooper Vehicles Washington — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising estimates for four 2014 BMW Mini Cooper vehicles to ensure consumers are given accurate fuel economy values. The EPA performed a fuel economy audit on the BMW Mini Cooper and obtained values that differed from those BMW submitted to EPA for certification

Chemical Company Takes Steps to Make Fall River, Mass. Community Safer Following EPA Enforcement

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 22:35
BOSTON – A Fall River, Mass. company, Borden & Remington Corp., has taken significant steps to make its chemical manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution facility safer following an Administrative Compliance Order issued by EPA in March 2014 that identified several dangerous conditions arising from the company’s use, storage and handling of chlorine and ammonia

EPA Welcomes North Elementary School in Godfrey to Air Quality Flag Program to Protect Children’s Health

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:41
Godfrey, Illinois (Oct. 17, 2014) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency welcomed North Elementary School in Godfrey, Illinois, to the Agency’s School Flag Program on Oct. 16. The program alerts faculty, parents and students to the local air quality forecast to protect children’s health, especially children with asthma. North Elementary is part of the Alton School District

EPA Releases Guidance to Improve Schools’ Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 00:28
Oct. 17, 2014 WASHINGTON --- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while increasing energy efficiency during school renovations. “This guidance provides common-sense solutions for improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality in schools across the country,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation

EPA Awards Louisiana $137,000 to Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Schools

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:00
DALLAS (Oct. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $137,000 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited. Federal regulations require public and private schools to protect school children and employees from asbestos exposure

EPA seeks comments on draft permit renewal for Veolia hazardous waste incinerator

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:47
Chicago (Oct. 17, 2014) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requesting public comment on the Agency’s proposal to renew the operating permit for Veolia ES Technical Solutions’ hazardous waste incinerator in Sauget, Illinois. EPA initially issued a Clean Air Act permit for this facility on Sept. 12, 2008. Most requirements in the current permit would remain in place under the terms of the draft permit renewal

EPA Grant Helps Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Texas Schools

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:51
DALLAS (Oct. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $124,741 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited. Federal regulations require public and private schools to protect school children and employees from asbestos exposure

EPA Announces Proposed Settlement with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation for Cleanup of Saratoga Springs, NY Superfund Site; Value of Cleanup Work Estimated at $6.5 Million

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:01
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposed settlement with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation to perform a soil and groundwater cleanup and reimburse EPA for certain past and future costs at the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation Superfund site in Saratoga Springs, New York

EPA Encourages Newburgh Families to Have Soil Checked for Lead

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 01:14
(New York, NY) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck today joined Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy and Richard Mayfield, Orange County’s Director of the Office of Community Development, to encourage Newburgh residents to reduce their exposure to lead from soil and paint

EPA Welcomes St. Rita Elementary School in Caledonia to Air Quality Flag Program to Protect Children’s Health

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:32
CALEDONIA, WISCONSIN (Oct. 14, 2014) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman today welcomed St. Rita Elementary School in Caledonia, Wisconsin, to the Agency’s School Flag Program which alerts faculty, parents and students to the local air quality forecast to protect children’s health, especially children with asthma. Principal Diana Lesnjak and students joined Hedman to raise a green flag indicating today’s forecast for good air quality

EPA Grant Helps Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Oklahoma Schools

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 22:57
DALLAS (Oct. 14, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Oklahoma Department of Labor a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $204,000 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited. Asbestos can be found in a variety of construction materials and industrial products

EPA Encourages Newburgh Families to Have Soil Checked for Lead

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 23:42
(New York, NY) On October 15, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck will join Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus and Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy at the Lead Safe Newburgh Coalition's "Soil Kitchen" event at the Riverfront Marina

EPA Reaches Legal Agreement to Improve Operations at Moca’s Landfill; Agreement also Expands Recycling Program and Establishes a Municipal Composting Program

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:48
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the owner and the operator of the Moca Municipal Solid Waste Landfill in Moca, Puerto Rico, have reached an agreement that will result in improvements at the landfill

Water Quality Improves in Long Island Sound; Nitrogen Pollution is Declining

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 23:46
Stamford, CT For the second summer in a row, concentrations of dissolved oxygen in Long Island Sound are higher than the long-term average, indicating improved water quality and improved ecological conditions for organisms that live in the Sound. Aquatic animals rely on oxygen that is dissolved in water to survive. When dissolved oxygen levels decline, this can cause some animals to move away, weaken, or even die