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Welcome to the sixth 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

October 18 - Climate Change Adaptation Webinar: Addressing Heat-Related Morbidity and Mortality Among Seniors in New York City. 2-3 p.m.

October 20 - Pompton Lakes public information sessions on lake dredging.  3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.  Borough Council Chambers, Pompton Lakes, NJ.

October 25 - Ringwood Community Advisory Group meeting in Ringwood, NJ.

October 28 - Conference: Greening New Jersey Communities from the Ground Up, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

November 2 - Pompton Lakes Community Advisory Group meeting. Agenda to focus on ground water remediation and contaminants of concern. Pompton Lakes, NJ.

Grants & Awards

New Jersey

Crown Vantage Landfill Superfund Site Cleanup Plan Finalized
EPA has finalized a plan to ensure that existing measures and new restrictions at the Crown Vantage Landfill Superfund site in Alexandria Township, New Jersey will continue to protect people’s health and the environment at this closed landfill. The landfill is contaminated with semi-volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other pollutants that can seriously impact people’s health. The landfill is 10 acres and a small portion sits on the eastern bank of the Delaware River. The final EPA plan and long-term monitoring will ensure that the remaining pollutants at the site are contained by an existing forested cover and a stabilizing wall.

Garfield Site Added to the Superfund List Due to Hexavalent Chromium Contamination
EPA added the Garfield Ground Water Contamination site in Garfield, New Jersey to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country's most hazardous waste sites. Ground water contaminated with the chemical hexavalent chromium is seeping into basements in some Garfield homes and businesses. Hexavalent chromium is extremely toxic, may cause cancer and can cause nervous system damage. Drinking water for Garfield comes from the Garfield Municipal Water Supply, which is not contaminated.

Cleanup Plan Selected for Quanta Resources Superfund Site in Edgewater
EPA has finalized a plan to contain and control soil and ground water contamination at the Quanta Resources Superfund Site in Edgewater, located along the Hudson River. Soil and ground water underneath the site and adjacent properties are contaminated with arsenic, lead, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds resulting from over 100 years of past industrial activities in the area. The plan is the first phase of the long-term cleanup. A future cleanup plan will address contamination in the Hudson River.

New York

Illegal PesticidesEPA Warns New York City Residents about Dangers of Illegal Pesticides; Agency Sweep of Businesses in Several City Neighborhoods Reveals Illegal Products Are Prevalent
A recent  investigation revealed that dangerous and illegal pesticides are widely available in New York City. Federal and state experts conducted 47 inspections and found 16 different types of illegal pesticides. The pesticides were not registered by EPA and consumers have no way of knowing how dangerous they are, because they were not subject to testing requirements or manufacturing controls that are required in the registration process. In all, nearly 350 illegal products were collected from the businesses in just three days.

EPA and New York State Announce Ban on Dumping Sewage from Boats into Long Island Sound
 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today announced that a 760 square-mile area of Long Island Sound is now a “no discharge zone,” which means that boats are completely banned from discharging sewage into the water. EPA determined that there are adequate facilities in the Sound for boats to pump out their sewage. Boaters must now dispose of their sewage at these specially-designated pump-out stations. Discharges of sewage from boats can contain harmful levels of pathogens and chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenols and chlorine, which have a negative impact on water quality, pose a risk to people’s health and impair marine life.

Cleanup Complete at Pasley Solvents and Chemicals Superfund Site In Nassau County
EPA has removed the Pasley Solvents and Chemicals site in Hempstead, N.Y. from the Superfund National Priorities List of the most hazardous waste sites after a successful cleanup of contaminated ground water and soil. The site no longer poses a threat to public health or the environment.

Caribbean

EPA Proposes to Add Puerto Rico Site to the Superfund List
EPA proposed adding the Corozal Well site in Barrio Palos Blancos, Corozal, Puerto Rico to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country's most hazardous waste sites. Sampling at the site, which is in a rural area near the municipalities of Corozal and Naranjito, found that the chemical tetrachloroethylene (or PCE) is contaminating a well used to supply drinking water to local residents and the ground water. Exposure to tetrachloroethylene can have serious health impacts, including liver damage and increased risk of cancer.

EPA Orders HOVENSA to Improve Plans to Prevent Chemical Releases and Promptly Detect Problems
EPA issued an order to HOVENSA L.L.C. in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands requiring the refinery to make numerous improvements to its programs and plans that help prevent chemical releases and provide prompt detection and response when incidents and releases do occur. The company violated provisions of the federal Clean Air Act related to the development of risk management programs and the submission of risk management plans for facilities that handle flammable and toxic chemicals.

 

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