This page provides list of latest Land and Chemical Division news.
EPA Region 3 Solid Waste Program Awards $35k in Grants - (November 4, 2013)
Region 3's Solid Waste program recently awarded three grants from the Solid Waste Management Assistance fund. A grant in the amount of $15,000 was awarded to West Chester University (WCU), West Chester, Pa., to divert food waste from two area restaurants from landfills to composting. The results of this effort will be used to promote and launch a coordinated effort to expand food waste composting to other area restaurants and WCU. The second grant in the amount of $12,000 will help fund a pilot project to add food waste to Prince Georges County, Md.'s existing yard waste composting facility. The final grant in the amount of $8,000 will fund The Compost Works of Media, Pa., to provide eighteen stakeholder meetings and to enlist 300 residents and businesses in Media, Pa., to encourage them to compost food waste. The grant will also fund the application for a State permit to compost food waste at Hillside Farm, in Media, Pa.
Region 3 Awards $100+k Grant to W. Va., Dept. of Health to Fight Asbestos Exposure- (November 4 ,2013)
Region 3 recently awarded a Toxic Substances Compliance Grant to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in the amount of $101,862. These funds will assist the State in developing and enhancing comprehensive toxic substances enforcement programs to reduce the health risks associated with asbestos exposure. These funds will provide for in-state presence to respond to asbestos complaints related to schools and public buildings. This grant will also enhance asbestos abatement worker protection and improve public awareness of the health hazards associated with asbestos
RCRA Settlement with Warner Graham Co., Garners $85k Penalty and Enhanced Protections - (November 4, 2013)
The Regional Judicial Officer recently ratified a combined Complaint and Consent Agreement between Region 3 and The Warner Graham Company (WGC) in settlement of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations at the Company's facility located in Cockeysville, Maryland. An EPA compliance evaluation inspection of the Facility, revealed violations of RCRA Subtitle C and of the federally-authorized Code of Maryland Regulations. The numerous violations included: the operation of a hazardous waste storage facility without a permit or interim status; failure to retain Treatment-Storage-Disposal (TSD) signed manifests; failure to submit a biennial report; failure to provide Hazardous Waste training or maintain training records; and failure to maintain an adequate Contingency Plan. Additional violations related to an on-site Hazardous Waste tank included: failure to conduct and document daily tank inspections; failure to maintain an integrity assessment; failure to maintain adequate secondary containment; and failure to comply with regulations intended to prevent volatile air emissions from the tank and its equipment. The settlement requires the Company to pay an $85,560.00 civil penalty for the identified violations and to complete a Supplemental Environmental Project to install an external liner system around the aboveground tanks at the facility, which no longer store hazardous waste.