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Region 2

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.

Compliance

PCBs in School Caulk

EPA has announced an agreement with New York City to address the risks posed by PCBs in caulk found in some city schools. Read the full press release.

Tonawanda Coke Corporation

EPA is conducting an evaluation of the Tonawanda Coke Corporation facility In Tonawanda, NY to determine its compliance with federal laws and regulations.

Enforcement
Help Us Protect the Environment

Report Environmental Violations Emergencies: Report oil or chemical spills at 800-424-8802

EPA Region 2 is responsible for ensuring that facilities in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, whether public or private, are complying with environmental requirements at a minimum and for encouraging facilities to strive for environmental leadership in the world as the ideal. This is accomplished by successfully combining all of the tools at our disposal from environmental assistance through criminal enforcement. It is also not accomplished alone but through partnerships with other federal agencies, state agencies, environmental and community organizations, the regulated community, and the public. Our 2012 Compliance and Enforcement Accomplishments are now available online.

In the Spotlight

Puerto Rican BeachShell Cited Again by EPA for Clean Water Act Violations in Puerto Rico

For the second time in less than a year, EPA has cited Shell Chemical Yabucoa in Puerto Rico for violating the federal Clean Water Act by improperly maintaining its deep ocean outfall equipment and discharging unauthorized pollutants. For this most recent violation, EPA has issued both a complaint – in which it has proposed a penalty of $153,057 – and a compliance order requiring Shell to remedy those violations. “Water is central to the health of Puerto Rico’s economy and its people, and Shell’s violation of the Clean Water Act is unacceptable,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator George Pavlou. “EPA will continue to hold accountable anyone who violates the laws that protect Puerto Rico’s valuable waters.”

Press Release | Read More About EPA’s Pollution Discharge Control Efforts

Stony Brook University HospitalStony Brook University Hospital and EPA Sign Historic Green Partnership

Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y. is not just the only university-based hospital on Long Island, it is the first hospital in the nation to pledge to reduce its environmental impact through a comprehensive agreement with EPA which outlines goals and strategies for energy and water conservation, solid waste management, green design and the use of environmentally-friendly products. "This agreement shows that a medical institution like Stony Brook University Hospital can provide world-class medical care while taking steps to protect the environment,” said EPA Acting Deputy Regional Administrator Barbara Finazzo. “This comprehensive agreement not only addresses broad issues like energy and water usage, but also those unique to the health care sector, like using environmentally-friendly medical supplies.”

Press Release | Read More About EPA Green Construction and Operations Agreements

Regulatory Updates

 

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