This page provides list of latest Land and Chemical Division news.
Groundbreaking Kicks-off Redevelopment at former Elf Atochem Facility - (October , 2014)
Staff and management from EPA's Land and Chemicals Division (LCD) attended the Groundbreaking at the former location of the Elf Atochem North America facility in Bensalem Township, Pa. The September 26, 2014, ceremony marks the start of construction on a waterfront residential/commercial community called "Waterside" located on the Delaware Riverfront. Over the past 100 years the facility had been used for shipbuilding, cryolite production, aluminum refining, chemical blending, and refrigerant and acid bulk repackaging until operations were shut down in 1997. The site remained dormant for several years until a developer took interest in the property in 2005. Remediation at this RCRA Corrective Action facility occurred from 2006 through 2008 and included the excavation and off-site disposal of more than 43,000 tons of contaminated soil to make the property suitable for residential use. LCD conducted a Long-Term Stewardship (LTS) Inspection at the Facility on April 2, 2014. The purpose of the inspection was to ensure that the activity and use limitations contained in the executed environmental covenant were still in effect and remain protective of human health and the environment. No issues of concern were identified as a result of the inspection.
NASCAR Green Challenge Winner Announced – Part of E3 Virginia Initiative - (October ,2014)
The E3 (Energy, Economy, Environment) initiative began in Virginia 3 years ago when EPA Region 3 began proving grant funding to manufacturing extension partnerships in rural southwest Virginia. NASCAR partnered with EPA, other Federal Agencies and GENEdge Alliance through the "NASCAR Green Challenge" to increase sustainable manufacturing in Virginia in coordination with an E3 (Energy, Environment, Economy) pilot. At an October 1, 2014, ceremony held at the Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR announced the Challenge winner. This years' winner Blue Ridge Fiberboard is a Danville, Virginia manufacturer of fiberboard products serving the needs of architects, engineers and contractors. The winner was selected for implementing practices which highlight that sustainability and profitability can go hand-in-hand. The winner received a "VIP NASCAR Experience" at a race to be held at the end of October at the Martinsville Speedway. EPA and NASCAR entered into a Memorandum of Understanding as part of EPA's "Green Sports" initiative. The Virginia E3 efforts have progressed with impressive results realizing a total savings of $1.45 Million resulting from more than 21 technical assessments. Speaker and attendees included U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, EPA Senior Policy Counsel, Matt Bogoshian, senior representatives from NASCAR, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality representatives, and EPA Region 3 staff.
R3 Issues Stop Sale Order to Three Companies for Unregistered Pesticide - (September, 2014)
On September 18, 2014, EPA issued a Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order (SSURO) to Guardian-CSC Corporation (Guardian), located in York, Pennsylvania, Bond Water Technologies, Inc. (Bond Water) located in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Optimum Filtration Co. (Optimum), located in Washington, North Carolina. Guardian, Bond Water and Optimum are distributors for Sonitec-Vortisand, Inc., located in Quebec, Canada, which manufactures an unregistered pesticide sold and/or distributed in the United States under the brand name Vortisand Microbial Control Media (MCM). The SSUROs, prohibit Guardian, Bond Water and Optimum from selling or distributing the unregistered pesticide MCM, that claims that it reduces bacteriological contamination, "fights legionella" and is a "…powerful ally in the fight against biological outbreaks." The SSUROs will become effective twenty days after receipt. These SSUROs follow a previous SSURO to Sonitec-Vortisand, Inc.