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EPA Directs NL Industries to Remove Lead at Raritan Bay Superfund Site in Old Bridge and Sayreville, New Jersey; $79 Million Cleanup Will Remove Toxic Lead from Popular Beach and Public Park

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 19:08
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has directed NL Industries to conduct a $79 million cleanup at the Raritan Bay Slag Superfund site in Old Bridge and Sayreville, New Jersey. Soil and sediment at the site are contaminated with lead-containing waste that was used to construct a seawall and jetty at the popular beach

EPA to Remove Over Two Thousand Drums and Containers of Hazardous Materials from Elk Township, New Jersey Facility; $800,000-Plus Cleanup Will Protect the Community and Area Wetlands

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 15:20
(New York, N.Y.) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck today announced that the EPA has begun removing more than 2,000 drums and containers of toxic substances from the Superior Barrel & Drum Company facility in Elk Township, New Jersey and sending them out of the area for proper disposal

EPA Proposes Pollution Controls at Six Arizona Facilities

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 18:06
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing pollution controls at six facilities in Arizona to improve visibility at national parks and wilderness areas

EPA Will Hold a Public Hearing in Boston Feb. 26 on New Wood Stove Air Pollution Standards -- Proposal would make new wood stoves and heaters significantly cleaner

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:01
(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 23, 2014) – EPA Region 1 will hold a public hearing Feb. 26, 2014 in our downtown Boston office to get public input on proposed standards for the amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new woodstoves and other residential wood heaters. The first phase of the proposed emission standards would likely apply to units manufactured and sold beginning in 2015

Gastonia Man Handed 6-Month Prison Sentence for Vehicle Emissions Fraud

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 17:01
ATLANTA – A Gastonia man was sentenced late Wednesday, January 22, 2014, to serve six months in prison for producing a fraudulent vehicle emissions certificate to undercover agents, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Chief U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney also sentenced Mohammed Hafeez Awan, 52, of Gastonia, to three years of supervised release, six months of which Awan will spend in home confinement

EPA Administrator to Address World Economic Forum in Davos/Will highlight business and economic opportunities in addressing climate change

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 13:42
WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week to highlight President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and discuss the business and economic opportunities that come from addressing climate change. While there, McCarthy will discuss the common sense steps the U.S. is taking to reduce carbon pollution, the international leadership and cooperation in which the U.S

Camano Island (WA) Chlorine Release Safely Resolved

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:32
(Seattle – January 15, 2014) During the early hours of January 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at the request of state and local authorities, responded to a reported chlorine gas release at a private residence on Camano Island WA, a rural area 60 miles north of Seattle. According to Camano Island Fire & Rescue (CIFR), who were first on the scene, a local resident was scrapping an old pressurized steel tank, which he believed was empty

Georgia Ports Authority wins EPA Award

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:44
Savannah, Ga. – Christopher Grundler, director, office of transportation and air quality for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Stan Meiburg, acting regional administrator for the EPA’s Southeast Region, will visit the Port of Savannah on Friday, Jan. 17, to present an award to the GPA for environmental stewardship. Media are invited to this exclusive opportunity to hear comments and interview officials

Food Processing Company Settles Violations of Chemical Release Reporting Requirements at Allentown, Pa. Facility

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 18:39
PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 15, 2014) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that SunOpta Consumer Products Group, a division of SunOpta Foods, Inc., has agreed to pay a $19,049 penalty for failing to properly report a September 12, 2012 ammonia release at its food processing facility in Allentown, Pa

EPA Launches New Citizen Science Website; Resources Available to Conduct Scientific Investigations in Communities

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 15:31
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revamped its Citizen Science website to provide new resources and success stories to assist the public in conducting scientific research and collecting data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern. The website can be found at www.epa.gov/region2/citizenscience

Oregon Door Company settles for violations of federal air laws and reporting regulations

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 18:37
(Seattle—Jan. 8, 2014) Oregon Door Company, based in Dillard, Oregon, settled violations of federal air laws and reporting regulations, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice. The violations were associated with the company’s emissions and reporting of toluene, a solvent for paints and stains

EPA Requires Hudson, NH Manufacturing Company to Pay a Fine and Make Hazardous Waste Operations Safer for Community

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 17:10
(Boston, Mass) A manufacturer of printing equipment in Hudson, NH has agreed to pay a penalty of $116,000 to resolve claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated hazardous waste laws. In an agreement signed recently with EPA’s New England office, Presstek, Inc. (Presstek) agreed to pay the penalty and to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

EPA Orders Company to Stop Removing Asbestos at the Former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Dutchess County, NY

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 18:10
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Olivet Management LLC to stop all work that could disturb asbestos at its facility, The Olivet Center, in Dover, New York. Buildings at the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center are being renovated for future use as a research institution and information technology hub by Olivet University

Carville, La., Plant Agrees to Address Clean Air Act Violations

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 20:44
DALLAS – (Jan. 6, 2014) The Cos-Mar Company of Carville, La. has agreed to correct violations of the Clean Air Act. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will take a number of steps to better protect the health of the local community, reduce emissions, and come into full compliance with federal clean air laws

A Risk You Can Fix: Protect Your Family’s Health by Testing Your Home for Radon Gas in 2014 / 21,000 Radon-Related Lung Cancer Deaths Each Year

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:25
WASHINGTON – As Americans across the country look for ways to improve their health this New Year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is highlighting radon testing and mitigation as a simple and affordable step to significantly reduce the risk for lung cancer. Radon is a natural colorless, odorless radioactive gas, and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, but testing for radon and reducing elevated levels when they are found can make your home healthier and safer

Dallas-based Companies Agree to Pay Civil Penalty to Settle Clean Air Act Violations Stemming From Illegal Import of Vehicles

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 17:00
WASHINGTON – A Dallas-based group of companies and their owner must either stop importing vehicles or follow a comprehensive compliance plan to settle Clean Air Act (CAA) violations stemming from the alleged illegal import of over 24,167 highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles into the United States without proper documentation, announced the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The four parties are also required to pay a $120,000 civil penalty

EPA Proposes Updates to Air Standards for Newly Manufactured Woodstoves and Heaters/Updates would make the next generation of woodstoves and heaters significantly cleaner and more efficient

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 16:02
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing standards for the amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new woodstoves and heaters, beginning in 2015. The agency’s proposal would make the next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner than those manufactured today, leading to important air quality and public health improvements in communities across the country

EPA Extends Public Comment Period to February 5 for Plan to Address Pollution at Ringwood Mines Superfund Site in Ringwood, New Jersey

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 16:49
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for the cleanup plan proposed on September 30, 2013 for the Ringwood Mines Superfund site in Ringwood, NJ until February 5, 2014

EPA Seeks Nominations for Prestigious Annual Environmental Quality Awards; Awards Recognize Efforts in Communities to Protect Public Health and the Environment

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 16:09
(New York, NY) Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations. The period for the awards is 2013. EPA is now seeking nominations for this annual award. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in April 2014

EPA West Coast Collaborative announces more than $2 million in grants to reduce harmful diesel emissions in western states and Pacific Island territories

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 20:08
(San Francisco / Seattle) December 19, 2013 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced over $2.2 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants to partners along the West Coast and Pacific Island Territories. The 14 grants are administered through the West Coast Collaborative, an EPA Region 9 and Region 10 public-private partnership aimed at reducing diesel emissions and leveraging an additional $6 million from public, private and nonprofit partners