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Welcome to the winter 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

January 15 - Pompton Lakes Public information session to discuss permit modification for lake dredging.

January 16 - Summerfield Street Property Public information session in Ridgewood, NY.

January 16 - Mansfield Trail Dump Community Advisory Group Meeting to report out on the remedial investigation.

January 16 - MC Canfield Public meeting in Newark, NJ.

January 17 - Lower Passaic River Restoration Project Community Advisory Group meeting, 7:00 –9:00 pm, Newark, NJ.

January 22 - Ringwood Mines Community Advisory Group meeting.

January 23-24 - Gowanus Canal public meetings on January 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Public School 58 (the Carroll School), 330 Smith Street, Brooklyn and on January 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Joseph Miccio Community Center, 110 West 9th Street, Brooklyn to discuss the proposed plan and answer questions.

Grants & Awards

EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Quality Awards
Each year, EPA honors businesses, individuals, governments and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations over the past year. EPA is now seeking nominations for this annual award. Winners will be honored at an awards event in April 2013. Each winner will receive a plaque recognizing her or his environmental achievement at a ceremony during Earth Week. The Agency is accepting nominations for its Environmental Quality Awards until February 19, 2013.

New Jersey

EPA Takes Action against Companies that Sell and Import Illegal Pesticides
EPA has issued legal complaints against two companies, the Daifuku Trading Corp. of Englewood, New Jersey and the Everyday Group of Brooklyn, New York, for selling unregistered pesticides. Both companies face penalties for violating federal pesticides law. Daifuku faces additional fines for making false and misleading statements on one of its pesticide products, for not properly labeling six products and for the improper importation of pesticide products. Under federal law, products used to kill pests must be registered with the EPA and contain labels written in English with instructions on their proper use.

EPA to Remove Mercury from Bottom of Pompton Lake in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
EPA announced its plan to remove mercury contamination from the sediment of the Acid Brook Delta of Pompton Lake in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey to levels that meet stringent standards to protect people's health and the environment. The plan will go into effect as a modification of a permit, which legally requires the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Inc. to fund and perform the work. Under the permit modification, the EPA will require DuPont to dredge at least 100,000 cubic yards of mercury contaminated sediment from the bottom of a 40-acre area of Pompton Lake and remove at least 7,800 cubic yards of contaminated soil from a shoreline area of the lake affected by DuPont's past discharges. All of the sediment and soil will be sent to a licensed disposal facility.

New York

EPA Environmental Justice Grant Will Help Train Syracuse Area Residents About How to Reduce Asthma Attacks and Protect Against Lead Poisoning
EPA has awarded nearly $25,000 to the Onondaga Environmental Institute to train and certify central New York area residents to perform environmental jobs. Under the grant, the institute will also hold four community meetings to educate people about environmental hazards in the home, with an emphasis on lead and pollutants that trigger asthma attacks. Childhood lead poisoning is particularly a problem in low income neighborhoods in Syracuse.

EPA Environmental Justice Grant will Tackle Water Pollution in Peekskill, NY
EPA has awarded nearly $25,000 to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to improve water quality in Peekskill, New York. The grant was awarded under the EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, which supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.

EPA Environmental Justice Grant Will Help Educate Buffalo Area Residents about Air Pollution
EPA has awarded nearly $25,000 to the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York to work with people in Buffalo, New York to reduce air pollution and to support local air sampling. People living on Buffalo's west side, which is the focus of the project, are negatively impacted by air pollution from heavy commercial traffic. The grant was awarded under the EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, which supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.

Caribbean

EPA Continues Cleanup of Mercury Contamination in Ciales, Puerto Rico; Agency Warns Against Handling Toxic Metal
EPA has removed mercury that contaminated several homes and schools in the Parcelas La Cordillera community of Ciales, Puerto Rico and completed the cleanup of the affected homes and schools. The EPA continues to work with the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board, Emergency Management Agency, Department of Health, Public Buildings Authority and the Department of Education on the extensive investigation and cleanup. Mercury is highly toxic and can harm the central nervous system, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune system. Children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.

EPA Launches Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Group; Inter-Agency Group to Host Public Listening Session on St. Thomas on February 25
EPA announced that it has formed an inter-agency effort to protect coral reefs off the shores of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Group, which will consist of the EPA and other government agencies, will coordinate efforts to protect coral reefs. This will ensure that resources are used wisely and work from one agency complements the work of another.

EPA Grants to Help Two Puerto Rico Communities Boost Recycling and Composting and Reduce Water Pollution; Grants Will Fund Education Initiatives in San Juan and Loiza
EPA has awarded nearly $50,000 to two Puerto Rico organizations, Leaders of the World and the Scuba Dogs Society, to educate low-income communities about effective waste management, recycling and the negative effects of improper waste disposal on people's health and water quality. The grant was awarded under the EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, which supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.

 

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