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Connections Newsletter, April 2011
Welcome to the first edition of EPA’s Region 2 newsletter. We plan to issue this monthly to keep you informed of EPA activities in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight tribal nations.

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Upcoming Events

April 6  Pompton Lakes public availability session on ground water cleanup technologies followed by a CAG meeting.

April 7  Vapor Intrusion Listening Session in Edison, NJ.

April 12  Raritan Bay Slag Community Advisory Group meeting.

April 14  Passaic River Community Advisory Group meeting will be held in Newark, NJ. 

April 15  U.S. EPA and Earth Institute, Columbia University will host an environmental conference on "The Path to a Sustainable Future." Click here for more details and to register.

April 15 EPA and the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico will celebrate EPA’s 40th Anniversary with a day-long special event to educate people about the Superfund Program. 8:30-4:30 pm at Centro de Convenciones, El Señorial in Ponce.  For more information, email reyes.brenda@epa.gov.

April 21  Public meeting for Radiation Technology site in Rockaway Township, NJ.

April 25  Meeting with community stakeholders for the American Cyanamid site, Bridgewater, NJ.

April 28  Hudson River PCBs Community Advisory Group meeting to focus on details of Phase 2 dredging scheduled to begin in May. Technical assistance opportunities will also be discussed. 

Grants & Awards
  1. Application Solicitation to Support the National Tribal Water Council. EPA anticipates making approximately $880,000 available through a cooperative agreement to provide support for the National Tribal Water Council (NTWC) over the next four years. Closing April 11, 2011.
  2. Recycling, anti-litter and reduction PSA development and distribution funding opportunity.  One $40,000 award is expected to be made from this program. Closing April 13, 2011
  3. Environmental Education Grants: EPA is accepting grant applications for $1.9 million in funding for environmental education projects and programs. The purpose of the grants is to promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers and citizens. Closing May 2, 2011.
  4. Small Business Innovation Research - Phase I Program Solicitation. Closing May 3 2011.

New Jersey

Mansfield Trail Dump Site Added to Superfund List
The Mansfield Trail Dump Site in Byram Township, New Jersey was added to EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. Chemicals from illegally dumped waste in the area have contaminated ground water and are affecting nearby homes. For more information, see our Mansfield Trail Dump Superfund Page.

Garfield Ground Water Site Proposed to NPL
Contaminated ground water underneath commercial and residential areas in the City of Garfield has prompted EPA to propose the site to the NPL. Ground water contaminated with hexavalent chromium is seeping into area basements. EPA is soliciting public comments regarding this proposal.

New York

Dewey Loeffel Landfill Added to Superfund List
The Dewey Loeffel Landfill in Rensselaer County, N.Y. was added to the NPL. The landfill is contaminated with toxic substances, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which have made their way into the ground water and nearby streams and tributaries that feed Nassau Lake.

Area Near Hicksville Proposed to Superfund List
EPA proposed to consolidate areas in Hicksville, New Cassel, Westbury, Hempstead and Salisbury in Nassau County, N.Y. into one site and add it to the NPL. Ground water throughout the site is contaminated with harmful volatile organic compounds. EPA is soliciting input from the public before reaching a final decision on whether to add the area to the NPL list.

Gowanus Canal

Gowanus Canal Investigation Complete EPA recently completed its remedial investigation of the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site and held a public meeting in February to share the results. The investigation confirmed the widespread presence of numerous contaminants in the canal and identified sources of the contamination.

Access the remedial investigation in its entirety.

Caribbean

HOVENSA Oil Refinery in St. CroixRegional Administrator Engages Environmentalists in U.S. Virgin Islands
Regional Administrator, Judith Enck, recently returned from a visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands where she toured the HOVENSA facility, met with Governor John P. deJongh and concerned citizens, and attended EPA’s 40th Anniversary Conference at the University of the Virgin Islands. She also participated in a community roundtable with Congresswoman Donna Christensen.

EPA has been very involved in overseeing and monitoring the environment and public health around the HOVENSA facility in St. Croix. After recent releases of chemicals into the air, EPA sent on-scene coordinators, a community involvement coordinator and environmental scientists to assess the situation and provide outreach to the community: Find out about current air monitoring efforts.

Two Superfund Sites Added in Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico, EPA has added the Cabo Rojo Ground Water Contamination site in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico and the Hormigas Ground Water Plume site in Caguas to its the NPL of the country’s most hazardous waste sites.

In addition, the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico released its report which includes recommendations for protecting public health and the environment.

Tribal Nations

The recently Federally recognized Shinnecock Nation participated in a conference call with Regional Administrator, Judith Enck, last month. Shinnecock representatives will attend EPA’s next annual leadership meeting, planned for this summer.

Joe Heath of the Onondaga Nation will speak at EPA’s conference at Columbia University.

 

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