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Welcome to the spring edition of EPA's Region 2 newsletter. We hope you continue to enjoy our 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 our next issue.

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Upcoming Events

March 8 - American Cyanamid public meeting to discuss proposed plan

March 8 - Lower Passaic River Restoration Project Community Advisory Group Meeting, 7:00 –9:00 p.m.

March 12 - Rockaway Borough Well Field  Informational meeting at the Community Center in Rockaway Borough, New Jersey.

March 13 - Raritan Bay Slag Community Advisory Group Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Recreation Building behind Hoffman's Deli, Laurence Harbor, NJ

March 14 - Ringwood Community Advisory Group Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Ringwood Borough Building.

March 15 - Lower Passaic River Restoration Project Public Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Hawkins Street Elementary School in Newark, NJ.

March 22 - Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site Community Advisory Group Meeting, 1:00 –4:00 p.m., Saratoga Spa State Park.

April 10 - Raritan Bay Slag Community Advisory Group Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Recreation Building behind Hoffman's Deli, Laurence Harbor, NJ.

April 18 - Woodbrook Road Dump Community Advisory Group Meeting, 7:00 p.m. South Plainfield Senior Center.

April 19 - Lower Passaic River Restoration Project Community Advisory Group Meeting, 7:00 –9:00 p.m.

April 24 - Ringwood Community Advisory Group Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Ringwood Borough Building.

Grants & Awards
  • Training and Technical Assistance for Small Systems: EPA solicits proposals that support the agency’s continuing efforts to promote sustainability and public health protection for communities served by small systems. Closing April 9, 2012.
  • 2012 Source Reduction Assistance Grant. The purpose of the program is to support environmental projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. Collectively, the Regions are interested in funding proposals that support the P2 program’s strategic goals. Proposals are due April 10, 2012.
  • Building Capacity to Implement EPA Voluntary Guidelines for K-12 State, Tribal and Territorial School Environmental Health Programs: EPA is soliciting applications from eligible entities for projects to create, implement, and evaluate models for establishing comprehensive state, tribal and territorial school environmental health programs. Closing April 10, 2012.
  • Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant: EPA solicits proposals to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training. Deadline April 12, 2012.
  • Regional Indoor Environments: Reducing Exposure to Indoor Pollutants: EPA is accepting grant applications for projects to conduct demonstration, training, education and/or outreach activities to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and yield measurable environmental outcomes, primarily in homes and schools. Closing April 12, 2012.
  • Tribal Pesticide Special Projects: EPA seeks proposals for initiatives to carry out demonstration, training, monitoring, outreach and/or education projects that assess or reduce risks to human health and the environment from pesticide exposure in Indian Country. Closing April 18, 2012.
  • Citizen Science - Community Involvement Today and in the Future: EPA is soliciting proposals for research relating to air and water pollution in New York City and the Virgin Islands. Closing April 20, 2012.
  • Funding Available for Study of Raritan River in NJ. EPA is encouraging applications for $100,000 in funding to study contaminated sites and other sources of pollution that are impacting water quality in the lower and middle Raritan River. Applications due by April 23, 2012.
  • Centers for Material Life Cycle Safety: EPA is seeking applications for an interdisciplinary center focused on the application of a life cycle perspective towards the development of materials.  Deadline April 25, 2012.
  • Centers for Sustainable Molecular Design: EPA is seeking applications for an interdisciplinary center focusing on the sustainable molecular design of chemicals. Closing April 25, 2012.
  • Anthropogenic Influences on Organic Aerosol Formation and Regional Climate Implications: The EPA announces an extramural funding competition supporting research to improve understanding of the formation of organic compounds and their climatically relevant properties. EPA is interested in supporting research that will improve the understanding of the linkages between gas phase chemistry and secondary organic aerosol formation and the interaction of anthropogenic and biogenic emissions. Closing May 3, 2012.
  • Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge: Accelerator Challenge offers a combination of $15 million in funding from 4 agencies, including the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority. Applications due by May 9, 2012.

New Jersey

EPA Proposes $16.4 Million Action to Remove Pollution from Universal Oil Products Superfund Site in East Rutherford, N.J.; EPA to Hold Public Meeting on March 6 to Discuss Proposed Plan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated sediment, soil and debris in streams and in an area near lagoons in which industrial wastewater was stored at the Universal Oil Products Superfund site in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The proposed cleanup plan will eliminate the threat of contaminants spreading off the site through the streams that carry water into Berry’s Creek, located on the eastern border of the site. The EPA is simultaneously overseeing a comprehensive study of the site to determine what other measures may be necessary to address the contamination.

EPA Approves New Jersey’s List of Polluted Water Bodies; Sewage Pollution Continues to be a Major Problem in New Jersey
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the 2010 list of waters in New Jersey that are considered either impaired or threatened by pollutants. An impaired water body is one that does not meet federal water quality standards even after pollution controls have been put in place. A threatened water body is one that is expected to be impaired within two years. The list helps establish priorities for addressing threats from water pollution.

Hackensack UMHEPA and Hackensack University Medical Center Team Up to Increase Green Practices
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Hackensack University Medical Center have entered into an agreement to enhance environmental practices at the hospital. The medical center has pledged to reduce its use of plastics, reduce and recycle solid waste, complete the final phase of its green roof, use nontoxic cleaning products, conserve energy and water, and reduce air pollution from its vehicles. The Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in Bergen County to sign such an agreement with the EPA.

New York

Tonawaonda Coke PlantEPA Provides Major Grant to CACWNY
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $100,000 federal Community Action for a Renewed Environment grant to the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York for a community project in Tonawanda, New York. The EPA grant will assist the Tonawanda community in prioritizing the environmental and health risks posed by a range of polluting facilities in this industrial area outside of Buffalo, New York. Tonawanda has 53 industrial facilities, including a coke plant, two petroleum distribution terminals, multiple chemical bulk storage terminals, a coal-burning power plant, a tire manufacturing plant and two interstate highways within its borders.

EPA to Help Citizen Scientists Learn More about Air and Water Pollution in New York City Communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging individuals and community groups in New York City to apply for grants that will allow “citizen scientists” to collect information on air and water pollution in their communities and seek solutions to environmental and public health problems. Citizen science is a form of research that enlists the public in collecting a wide range of environmental data and is considered a developing tool for expanding scientific knowledge and literacy. The EPA will award a total of $125,000 for five to 10 New York City projects related to air or water pollution.

Drums from the Lehigh Valley Railroad Derailment Superfund Site in Le Roy, New York To Be Removed by Friday
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the removal of 235 drums from the Lehigh Valley Railroad Derailment Superfund site in Le Roy, N.Y. will begin today. The EPA reviewed the sampling results for the contents of all the drums and in all cases considers them to be non-hazardous. The drums, which contain soil and rocks generated when wells were drilled at the site, were sampled during the past month.

Caribbean

EPA to Help Citizen Scientists Learn More about Air and Water Pollution in the U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging individuals and community groups in the U.S. Virgin Islands to apply for grants that will allow “citizen scientists” to collect information on air and water pollution in their communities and seek solutions to environmental and public health problems. Citizen science is a form of research that enlists the public in collecting a wide range of environmental data and is considered a developing tool for expanding scientific knowledge and literacy. The EPA will award a total of $25,000 for a project related to air or water pollution in the Virgin Islands.

EPA Reaches Agreement with Battery Recycling Company, Inc. of Arecibo, Puerto Rico To Reduce Lead Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a legal agreement with the Battery Recycling Company, Inc. requiring it to take multiple actions to reduce the spread of lead contamination from its Arecibo, Puerto Rico facility. As part of an ongoing investigation of the facility, the EPA identified violations of federal regulations governing the proper handling of hazardous materials. The agreement announced today requires the company to take immediate steps to address the environmental violations and prevent releases of lead and other pollutants from the site. The company will invest more than $3 million in facility upgrades and will undertake three environmental projects to benefit the community. The Battery Recycling Company has agreed, at this time, to pay a $112,500 penalty for alleged violations of the hazardous waste law. The EPA is working cooperatively with the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board on making improvements at the facility that will benefit the Arecibo community.

 

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