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Connections Newsletter, May 2011
Welcome to the second edition of EPA’s Region 2 newsletter. We hope you continue to enjoy our monthly updates on EPA activities in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight tribal nations.

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Upcoming Events

May  15-19  The Annual International Building Deconstruction Conference will be May 15-19 in New Haven, Conn. EPA will be there talking about green deconstruction issues.

May 18   Newburgh Landfill removal action public meeting in Newburgh, NY.

May 23     Curtis/Crown Community Advisory Group Meeting in Milford, NJ.

May 24   Ringwood Community Advisory Group Meeting in Ringwood, NJ.

May 24   Public hearings on proposed mercury and air toxics standards will be held in Philadelphia. Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th Street at Liberty Place

May 26   Kickoff Meeting for Community Advisory Group Meeting for Mansfield Trail Dump Site in Byram Township, NJ.

Grants & Awards
  1. RE-Powering Resources: EPA is soliciting applications from states, tribes, regional governments, and communities that want to evaluate the potential development of renewable energy on potentially or formerly contaminated properties. This evaluation will be in the form of a feasibility study conducted by the Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Request for Applications - Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies on Contaminated Properties (PDF). Closing May 20, 2011.
  2. Community-Scale Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring: Funds available for projects designed to assist state, local and tribal communities in identifying and profiling air toxics sources, assessing emerging measurement methods, characterizing the degree and extent of local air toxics problems, and tracking progress of air toxics reduction activities. Closing May 23, 2011.
  3. Development of New and Improved Methods for the Characterizations of Nanoparticles in Environmental Media: This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications to develop new and improve existing methods for the characterization of nanoparticles, in situ, in environmental media.
    Closing May 30, 2011.
  4. Source Attribution of Radiative Forcing in Chemical Transport Models: EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD), is seeking applications proposing research on expanding adjoint methods in chemical transport models to account for source attribution of radiative forcing from short-lived climate forcers. Applications may address methods for tracking how emissions of aerosols and their precursors as well as precursors of tropospheric ozone affect radiative forcing and air quality. Closing June 8, 2011.

New Jersey

EPA Releases Plan for Next Phase of Cleanup at Radiation Technology Site in Rockaway Township
Last month, EPA proposed a plan for the next phase of cleanup work at the Radiation Technology, Inc. Superfund site in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. EPA is proposing to dig up and remove pieces of deteriorated drums that are buried in a waste disposal area at the site to prevent them from further contaminating the surrounding soil with heavy metals. EPA will address public comments on the second phase of the work and expects to select and finalize a cleanup plan this summer.  

Rutgers UniversityRutgers Awarded EPA Grant to Fight Bed Bugs
EPA awarded Rutgers University nearly $100,000 to implement a bed bug education educational outreach program in dozens of low income communities throughout the state. Rutgers will also use the grant to set up a model Integrated Pest Management program at an affordable housing community in Jersey City. This model will focus on community participation, early detection, and non-chemical control practices, and will use of low-toxicity insecticides to manage bed bug infestations.

New York

Long Island SoundEPA and New York State Move to Ban Dumping Sewage from Boats Into Long Island Sound
EPA has tentatively determined that there are adequate facilities for boats in Long Island Sound to pump out their sewage and that a proposal by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) to establish a “No Discharge Zone” for the waters of the New York State Long Island Sound can go forward. A no-discharge zone means that boats are completely banned from discharging sewage into the water. Boaters must instead dispose of their sewage at specially designated pump-out stations. This action is part of a joint EPA/New York State strategy to eliminate the discharge of sewage from boats into the state’s waterways. Upon a final affirmative determination from EPA, New York State may proceed to ban the discharge of boat sewage into any New York waters within Long Island Sound.

EPA Recognizes Syracuse and Onondaga County for Creating a More Sustainable Community, Including 50 Green Projects; Selects Syracuse as a Green Infrastructure Partnership Community
EPA announced last month that Syracuse, New York has been chosen as one of 10 communities throughout the nation being recognized as a “Green Infrastructure Partner.” Green infrastructure projects use open space and natural areas, such as greenways, wetlands, parks, forests and native plant vegetation, to manage stormwater and reduce flooding. Through its Green Infrastructure Partnership program, EPA will work with other federal agencies, state and local governments, tribes, municipalities, and the private sector to identify opportunities and provide technical assistance to communities implementing green approaches to control stormwater. For more information on EPA’s green infrastructure agenda, visit: http://www.epa.gov/greeninfrastructure.


Puma Energy Caribe Agrees to Clean Up Caribbean Petroleum Site Under an Agreement with EPA
Puma Energy Caribe, LLC has agreed to clean up the former Caribbean Petroleum Refining facility in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and address environmental conditions at 147 gas stations throughout Puerto Rico. Puma intends to purchase the petroleum storage facility, now known as CAPECO, and the gas stations after successfully bidding $82 million to acquire the facility at a court-ordered bankruptcy sale. Puma is voluntarily entering into the agreements to clarify and resolve its future environmental responsibilities at the CAPECO facility and the gas stations, subject to purchasing the properties.

Tribal Nations

EPA Releases Final Policy for Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes
Earlier this month, EPA released its final policy on consultation and coordination with Indian tribes. The final policy builds on EPA’s 1984 Indian policy and is intended to make good on the Obama administration's commitment to strengthen tribal partnerships by establishing clear agency standards for the consultation process, to promote consistency and coordination. For more information on the policy, see: http://www.epa.gov/indian/.


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