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Welcome to the fifth 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

August 23 - Ringwood Community Advisory Group meeting in Ringwood, NJ.

Week of August 22 - Public Meeting on the St. Croix Air Toxics Monitoring Study in St. Croix, VI.

September 7 - Pompton Lakes Environmental Community Advisory Group meeting in Pompton Lakes, NJ.

September 8 - Mansfield Trail Dump Community Advisory Meeting in Byram Township, NJ.

Grants & Awards
  • EPA is seeking proposals to conduct research necessary to identify, develop and demonstrate novel and innovative treatment technologies and approaches for small public drinking water systems. Closing August 25, 2011.
  • The Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program supports metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments.  Pre-Applications Due August 25, 2011.
  • EPA solicits proposals for federal financial assistance to develop and implement a strategy for increased public participation in the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Closing August 26, 2011.
  • This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications to support capacity building, technical assistance and information exchange to improve quality of life by reducing exposure to indoor air pollution from household energy use in developing countries. Closing September 6, 2011.

New Jersey

Passaic RiverWork Begins to Remove Toxic Sediment from Lower Passaic River
EPA announced that work has begun on removing 200,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from an area of the Passaic River near the Diamond Alkali Superfund site located in Newark, NJ. The work is being carried out at two locations in the Ironbound section of Newark. Dredging is projected to be completed by the end of 2012.

EPA Awards New Jersey DEP Grant to Fund Green Job Training
New Jersey DEP will provide workforce development in the City of Camden with $300,000 funding from EPA. The program will recruit, train and place Camden residents into green jobs assessing and cleaning up brownfields and other contaminated sites.

New York

EPA Announces Public Comment Period on Proposal to Ban Dumping Sewage from Boats Into Jamaica Bay
EPA is accepting public comment on the proposed no-discharge zone for boats in Jamaica Bay. 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. Comments will be accepted until September 2, 2011.

Lake OntarioEPA Awards Nine Grants Throughout New York State for Great Lakes Restoration Work
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks a $332,869 grant to implement a recreational boat inspection program that will prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in the headwaters of eastern Lake Ontario. The project is part of an integrated approach to invasive species management and safeguards public waterways within the Great Lakes basin in the long term. The project is one of nine grants awarded in New York. The grants are part of nearly $30 million that EPA is awarding under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in 2011.


St. CroixEPA Issues Final Report of Air Toxics Study in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a report on a four-month study of air pollution from the HOVENSA oil refinery and other sources of air pollution near the facility in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the study was to determine whether air quality near the facility poses health concerns to the community and to guide the strategies for reducing local air pollution. EPA together with representatives of the Virgin Islands Department of Natural Recourses will present the study’s findings in greater detail to the St. Croix community and answer any questions the public may have during the week of August 22.

EPA Orders Battery Recycling Company to Reduce Air and Water Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken legal action against the Battery Recycling Company, Inc. requiring the company to take multiple steps to reduce the pollution of air and water from lead at its Arecibo, Puerto Rico facility. EPA’s ongoing investigation of the facility found potential violations of the federal Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. The Battery Recycling Company, a secondary lead smelter, recycles used motor vehicle batteries and produces approximately 60 tons of lead per day.


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