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Connections Newsletter
Welcome to the fourth 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

July 14 - Passaic River Community Advisory Group meeting in Newark.

July 20 - Pompton Lakes public availability sessions on lake dredging.  3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.  Hosted by DuPont at the request of the Community Advisory Group for more public input opportunities.

August 3 - Welsbach and General Gas Mantle Superfund site public meeting in Gloucester City, NJ.

Grants & Awards
  • The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) has approximately $1 million available for assistance agreements to further the adoption of verifiable integrated pest management (IPM) by the nation’s kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools. Closing July 18, 2011
  • The EPA announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities for the Tribal Solid Waste Management Assistance Project. Each proposal must address only one of four categories. Closing July 22, 2011

New Jersey

EPA Seeks Public Input on Plan to Clean up Ground Water at NL Industries Superfund Site in Pedricktown, New Jersey
The EPA is accepting public comments on the ground water cleanup plan at NL Industries Superfund Site in Pedricktown, New Jersey. Initially a lead smelting factory, this 44-acre site lies only 1.5 miles away from the Delaware River. One of the top priorities of the EPA is to assure safe drinking water and, as lead is a dangerous metal with damaging side effects, treatment of the ground water at NL Industries will ensure healthier and safer water. The EPA held a public meeting to explain the proposed cleanup plan and welcomes comments, which will be accepted until July 21, 2011.

Forest and Farmland to be Preserved Under Settlement with Home Builder
EPA has reached an agreement with D.R. Horton LLC after inspecting their sites and concluding the company is in violation of federal regulations. One site, located in Whippany, lacked stormwater discharge permits while another site in Mount Laurel failed to perform site inspections and submit environmental compliance reports. The EPA reached a settlement, with D.R. Horton, of a $99,000 penalty. The company will also pay $104,420 to the Land Conservancy of New Jersey to partially fund a 212-acre land acquisition and preservation project in Mount Olive, N.J.

New York

Newtown CreekAgreement Finalized to Begin First Phase of Newtown Creek Cleanup
EPA has reached an agreement with six responsible parties to begin the first phase of the Superfund cleanup of Newtown Creek in New York City. The creek’s water and an estimated 1 million cubic yards of its sediment contain a range of contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Under the agreement, the six parties will conduct the investigation and study under EPA’s oversight and reimburse the agency for oversight costs


Arecibo, PREPA Finds Area in Arecibo, Puerto Rico does not Meet Stricter Air Standards for Lead
The EPA strengthened air quality standards for lead by ten times based on new medical information about its toxic effects. Accordingly, they informed the government of Puerto Rico that they are proposing an area in Arecibo does not meet the tighter national air quality standards. Puerto Rico and four states, with areas that are also in violation, have until August 15, 2011 to comment on the EPA’s proposed designations. Once an area is designated as violating regulations, they must establish a formal clean air plan within three years of EPA's final designations to correct the problem and improve air quality.

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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