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Connections Newsletter, June 2011
Welcome to the third 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. Please let us know if you have any information you’d like included in next month’s newsletter.

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Upcoming Events

June 13-14 - The BOLD, EPA’s ocean survey vessel, will be docked at Riverbank State Park in Harlem. The ship will be open to the public from 10 to 4 p.m. EPA scientists and staff will be giving free tours of the ship and discussing the state-of-the-art diving, sampling, mapping and analysis equipment that is used in a variety of ocean monitoring activities.

June 14 - Raritan Bay Slag public meeting

June 15 - Woodbrook Road Dump Community Advisory Group Meeting

June 15 - EPA will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed plan to remove contaminated soil from the Nepera Chemical Company, Inc. Superfund site in Hamptonburgh, N.Y.

June 15-16 - EPA is co-sponsoring a greening historic communities symposium in Wilmington, Delaware.

June 18-19 - Clearwater Festival, Croton Point Park, NY

June 21 - Puchack Well Field public meeting will be held in Camden County, NJ.

June 22 - Lightman Drum Company public meeting will be held in Camden County, NJ.

June 30 - Hudson River Community Advisory Group meeting

New Jersey

EPA Awards $3.4 Million to Six New Jersey Communities to Clean up and Revitalize Contaminated Properties
At Newark Brownfields press event, from left, Newark Councilman Carlos Gonzalez; EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck; EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus; Senator Frank Lautenberg; Senator Robert Menendez; Congressman Donald Payne, Sr.; Newark Deputy Mayor Stefan Pryor; and Newark Council President Donald Payne, Jr.EPA announced $1 million in funding to Newark, New Jersey to help the city revitalize and reinvest in Newark neighborhoods. Newark will use the funding to clean up three abandoned industrial properties and to assess other sites that may need to be cleaned up. The funding was awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop and reuse contaminated properties. The cleanup of contaminated properties and the ultimate investment in their redevelopment protects people’s health and the environment, reduces blight, revitalizes neighborhoods, and creates jobs. Other New Jersey communities receiving funding are Trenton, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Mantua and Maurice River.

New York

Hudson RiverSecond Phase of Historic Hudson River Cleanup Underway
Dredging of sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) resumed this month in the Upper Hudson River, marking the start of the second and final phase of the Hudson River cleanup. The historic dredging project targets approximately 2.4 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment from a forty- mile section of the Upper Hudson River between Fort Edward and Troy, NY. More information can be found at the Hudson River PCBs Homepage.

EPA Awards $1.2 Million to Three New York Communities to Clean up and Revitalize Contaminated Properties
EPA announced this month a total of $1.2 million in funding to Rochester, Rome and Niagara County, New York to help them revitalize and reinvest in their neighborhoods. They will use the funding to clean up abandoned industrial properties and to assess other sites that may need to be cleaned up. The funding was awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop, and reuse contaminated properties, ranging from former industrial parcels to old gas stations.


EPA Takes Action on Lead Problems at Arecibo, Puerto Rico Battery Recycling Facility
EPA has reached an agreement with The Battery Recycling Company, Inc. in Arecibo, Puerto Rico requiring the company to prevent lead contamination from leaving the facility on the work clothes and vehicles of company employees and clean up an adjacent property. The Battery Recycling Company recycles used motor vehicle batteries and produces approximately 30 tons of lead per day.  Lead is a toxic metal that can cause damage to a child’s ability to learn and a range of health damage in adults.  Among approximately 150 children tested who may have been exposed to lead from the Battery Recycling facility, 20 percent have lead in their blood above levels considered a problem among health professionals.

Puerto Rico Governor Luis G. Fortuño announced President Obama is planning to visit June 14
The scheduled visit to Puerto Rico will be the first by a U.S. President since John F. Kennedy in 1961. The recently completed Presidential Task Force report will likely be one of the items on the agenda. EPA was involved in making recommendations for protecting public health and the environment in Puerto Rico.

Tribal Nations

Upcoming Indian Nations Leaders Meeting: The meeting will be July 20-21, 2011 in Salamanca, New York.  It is being hosted by the Seneca Nation of Indians on its Alleghany territory. 


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