EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
EPA's Region 6 News and Events
EPA Finalizes Approval of Public Participation Rules in Texas’ Clean-Air Plan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved Texas’ clean-air plan that covers public notification requirements for facilities applying for air permits. The revised plan gives citizens additional opportunities to comment on applications for air permits for new facilities and modifications to existing facilities.
Citizens will be notified when a facility applies for a permit and after Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) proposes a draft permit. Facilities will also have to provide expanded technical documents to ensure citizens and interested groups have as much information as possible on proposed permits.
In seven to ten days, this action will be published in the Federal Register. The rule will become effective 30 days following that publication date. A PDF of the signed notice is available below.
City of Shreveport Agrees to $342 Million Sewer System Upgrade to Comply with Clean Water Act
The city of Shreveport, La., has agreed to make significant upgrades to reduce overflows from its sanitary sewer system and pay a $650,000 civil penalty to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) violations stemming from illegal discharges of raw sewage, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The state of Louisiana, a co-plaintiff in this case, will receive half of the civil penalty.
When wastewater systems overflow, they can release raw sewage and other pollutants, threatening water quality and potentially contributing to disease outbreaks. To come into compliance with the CWA, the city estimates it will spend approximately $342 million over the next 12 years in order to improve the sewer system’s condition. While the city upgrades the system, it will also implement a program for capacity management, operation, and maintenance to help reduce sanitary sewer overflows.
Shreveport Plant Installs Fence-line Monitors to Safeguard Workers and Local Community
Calumet Shreveport Lubricant and Waxes, L.L.C., plant will expand a fence-line monitoring system to increase awareness of toxic air releases. The crude refinery and petroleum products facility will also pay a civil penalty of $326,000 to settle nine violations of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program uncovered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Under the settlement, Calumet has agreed to install a fence-line monitoring system, Supplemental Environmental Project, with a value of at least $248,000. The system will include 32 additional sensors covering all sides of the perimeter of the facility and monitor for hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, and flammable gas lower explosive limit.
EPA Recognize WaterSense® Irrigation Partner of the Year
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized John Taylor, the president of Taylor Irrigation Service, Inc., in Houston, Texas for his outstanding contributions to water-efficiency. Mr. Taylor overhauled his company’s business model to focus on promoting water-smart landscaping and efficient irrigation practices, including WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers.
The winners were formally recognized at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, during its annual WaterSense awards banquet, co-hosted by the Alliance for Water Efficiency and Southern Nevada Water Authority.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products.
To date, WaterSense has helped consumers save a cumulative 487 billion gallons of water and over $8.9 billion in water and energy bills. By the end of 2012, reductions of 64.7 billion kWh of electricity and 24 million metric tons of carbon dioxide were achieved through the use of WaterSense labeled products.
EPA Awards Over $847,000 to Oklahoma Tribes to Protect Air Quality
Four Oklahoma Tribes will have greater protection from toxic air pollution thanks to $847,097, assistance grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These funds will help provide assistance to monitor air quality on Tribal lands. The tribes receiving the grants include:
- Cherokee Nation -- $437,785
- Delaware Nation -- $68,794
- Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma -- $70,284
- Quapaw Tribe -- $270,234
One key partnership with tribes involves work planning and support through cooperative agreements. EPA’s commitment to supporting our state and tribal partners, the primary implementers of environmental programs, remains a priority. Forging strong partnerships is an important aspect of EPA's programs. States and tribes play a crucial role in the implementation of environmental laws and regulations. Strengthening these relationships through improved coordination, joint work planning and specialized assistance promotes greater compliance.
What you can do about Climate Change
Driving a car, using electricity to light and heat your home, and throwing away garbage all lead to greenhouse gas emissions. You can reduce emissions through simple actions like changing a light bulb, powering down electronics, using less water, and recycling. There are more than 25 easy steps you can take at Home, School, the Office, and On the Road to protect the climate, reduce air pollution, and save money. Take action today! Small steps add up, if we all do our part.
Regional Administrator, Ron Curry, announced a $350,000 award to the New Mexico Environment Department for supplemental brownfields funding at the Santa Fe Railyard, an area transformed through brownfields fuinding. The money goes to a revolving loan fund to help the state fund shovel-ready projects to redevelop contaminated sites.
The Santa Fe Railyard is a 50-acre property located near Cerrillos Road and Saint Francis Drive in Santa Fe. In 1995, the City of Santa Fe purchased the mostly vacant property with the intent of redeveloping it. However, development was delayed due to concerns about environmental contamination due to past operations. NMED provided environmental site assessment assistance to the City of Santa Fe from 1999 through 2000. In 2003 the City enrolled the property into New Mexico’s Voluntary Remediation Program to enlist state oversight during the remediation process. After completing the Voluntary Remediation Program in 2006, the City could confidently open the property to new development. The grand opening for the Santa Fe Railyard featured a Farmers Market, museums, and a mix of art spaces, shops and art galleries. The Railyard Park now serves as a community meeting place and center of activities for residents and tourists alike. Additionally, the New Mexico Railrunner commuter train connects the historic Santa Fe Depot to Albuquerque and the communities along the I-25 corridor.
EPA and the Department of Justice announced the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has agreed to make significant upgrades to reduce overflows from its sewer system and pay a $2.6 million civil penalty to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) violations stemming from illegal discharges of raw sewage. The state of Texas is a co-plaintiff in this case and will receive half of the civil penalty.
When wastewater systems overflow, they can release raw sewage and other pollutants into local waterways, threatening water quality and contributing to beach closures and disease outbreaks. To come into compliance with the CWA, including remedial measures taken during the parties’ negotiations and the comprehensive measures required under the settlement, SAWS is expected to spend $1.1 billion to achieve compliance.
As part of the settlement, SAWS will conduct system-wide assessments, identify and implement remedial measures to address problems that cause or contribute to illegal discharges found during those assessments, and initiate a capacity management, operation and maintenance program to proactively reduce sanitary sewer overflows. The plan must be fully implemented by calendar year 2025. In the early years of the CD, SAWS will take actions that will result in reduction of sanitary sewer overflows. In addition, SAWS will conduct water quality monitoring to identify potential additional sources of bacterial contamination that could be contributing to impairment of the Upper San Antonio River.
EPA Awards $215,295 Environmental Education Grant to the University of Arkansas for Medical Services
EPA is awarding a $215,295 Environmental Education Grant to the University of Arkansas for Medical Services. The grant will provide education to teachers, middle school students and parents on Pesticide Management Practices and Chemical Use Reduction in Homes to promote healthier homes.
“Projects like this increase awareness about environmental issues and protect our children where they live, learn and play,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “Partnering with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) centers and aiming our efforts in local communities will also help promote career development.”
A new model will be applied in this project to engage target groups through environmental education opportunities by partnering with STEM centers, throughout the nation. The project will focus on teacher training to implement curriculum for the classroom, mentoring for students, parent workshops and the development of an interactive website to reach community members. Approximately 160 science middle school teachers, 400 middle school students and 350 parents will take part in this project. All materials will be translated into Spanish to facilitate further replication of this project. For information on environmental education visit: http://www2.epa.gov/education.
EPA announces $884,000 in grants available for the US-Mexico border region in Texas and New Mexico. The funds will be awarded under the Border 2020 U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, in coordination with the Border Environment Cooperation Commission. All proposals must be submitted by August 29, 2013.
EPA will award grants to projects that reflect the goals of the Border 2020 program, especially those supporting work in the Texas/New Mexico border region. Project types include improving air quality monitoring networks; developing applications for reusing water; developing bilingual outreach campaigns to stop illegal dumping; updating sister city-plans; improving understanding of each country’s compliance and enforcement roles; and other projects that help fulfill the goals and objectives of Border 2020. Greater consideration will be given to proposals that leverage other resources and demonstrate measurable results.
Eligibility is open to U.S. and Mexican non-governmental organizations; local and state government agencies; industry associations; universities; U.S. tribes and Mexican indigenous communities. Proposal applications can be downloaded from the Border Environment Cooperation Commission website or the EPA Border 2020 website.
EPA continues to support the response to the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline oil spill that occurred on March 29, 2013, in Mayflower, Arkansas. The spill forced the evacuation of homes and impacted tributaries of Lake Conway.
Soon after the spill occurred, EPA sent samples of the spilled oil to the US Coast Guard and a private lab for chemical analysis. Those results were used to ensure effective cleanup techniques were used and that EPA’s air monitoring and sampling program was appropriate. The results also supported information regarding the oil that ExxonMobil supplied to responders during the first stages of the emergency response.
Since the pipeline carries oil from Canada, EPA also asked Environment Canada to analyze the samples. Their tests conclude that the spilled oil was Wabasca heavy bitumen with the addition of light diluents or refined petroleum product, which form diluted bitumen (dilbit) oil.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program recently honored individuals and organizations working to preserve and restore the Gulf of Mexico at the biannual Gulf Guardian Awards Ceremony. The awards ceremony was held at the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Meeting in Tampa, Florida.
The Gulf of Mexico Program developed the Gulf Guardian awards as a way to recognize and honor businesses, community groups, individuals, and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. The Gulf Guardian Award exemplifies what the Gulf of Mexico Program is all about: innovative solutions that occur when we pool resources and look for creative ways to positively impact our quality of life and economic well being. Winners receive a marble and glass memento and a video shown during the ceremony, which highlights their project or special accomplishment.
Winners include several from Texas and Louisiana:
- Dr. Dawn Lavoie, retired Gulf Coast Science Coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey, for leading projects on monitoring and restoration support for barrier islands, especially Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands.
- Texas A&M University’s Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies in Corpus Christi, Texas, for developing Gulf 360, a geospatial database of coastal socioeconomic information from around the Gulf.
- Martin Ecosystems LLC, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for its BioHaven Floating Treatment Wetland project to remove nutrient pollution before wastewater is discharged into the environment.
- KidsLovetheGulf.org, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, non-profit group started by two youngsters affected by 2010’s BP oil spill. The group wrote and published “G Is for Gulf,” an educational book for elementary-aged children.
- Karla Klay, founder of Artist Boat, a non-profit in Galveston, Texas, that integrates art and science to instill a stewardship ethic in communities throughout the Gulf region.
- NASA’s DEVELOP program, which engages students to use NASA databases to address local environmental problems. The program’s interns worked with St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, groups to recommend suitable planting sites for bald cypress trees.
EPA and the Dallas Perot Museum of Nature and Science have created a partnership to encourage education and outreach. The partnership will work towards encouraging parents, teachers, children and others to become aware of the environments where we live and how our actions can affect them. The EPA and Perot Museum want to inspire children to be scientific leaders of tomorrow by exposing them to a world of ideas and concepts in science, math, technology, environmental science, environmental innovation, and environmental stewardship.
Sam Coleman, Deputy Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region 6 and Nicole Small, CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will create a partnership to encourage education and outreach.
EPA is recognizing National and Regional award winners for their performance in the Federal Green Challenge. The Federal Green Challenge is a national effort under EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management program that challenges federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the federal government’s environmental impact. Federal agencies were recognized for outstanding efforts that go beyond regulatory compliance and strive for annual improvements in selected areas. These combined efforts nationally resulted in an estimated cost savings of more than $31 million to the U.S. taxpayer.
EPA Announces Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Recipients
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing Southern University in Shreveport, Louisiana and Rose State College in Oklahoma as recipients of the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. The grants support local work to recruit, train, and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. By providing Americans in economically disadvantaged communities with job training in environmental health and safety, Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program funding helps, protect people’s health and the environment while supporting local economies.
Southern University plans to train 60 students and place 55 graduates in environmental jobs and Rose State College plans to train 95 students and place 70 graduates in environmental jobs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Asthma Coalition of Texas and the Department of Health and Human Services are collaborating to sponsor the Ozone Awareness Flag Program. The goal of the program is to increase awareness in schools and communities about asthma and the effects of air quality on respiratory health. The program aims to decrease absenteeism in the schools due to asthma related illness caused from exposure to higher ozone levels.
The program provides a set of green, yellow, orange and red flags for schools to fly daily, alerting students, staff, and the community to the air quality for the day. The program also provides written educational materials to help support school participation. Approximately 200 schools in North Texas have seen the presentation and over 70 schools are now flying the ozone flags. Two school districts are flying the ozone awareness flags at every one of their schools.
The city of Shreveport was recently awarded a Brownfields area-wide planning grant for $200,000. The city will work with the residents of the Allendale and Ledbetter Heights neighborhoods, other community members and stakeholders to develop a brownfields area-wide plan and implementation strategy for the Cross Bayou area. This 120-acre tract of land along the southern bank of the Red River is immediately adjacent to the central business district of Shreveport. Within the project area is an existing scrap yard and other possible contamination issues that will be examined under this project. The city will engage the community, research existing conditions, and conduct a market study in order to create a plausible and market-responsive brownfields reuse plan, along with detailed, specific, and consistent strategies for implementation.
Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized industrial or commercial sites where future use may be complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.
The Middle Rio Grande, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the city of Albuquerque received national attention from a multi-federal agency partnership addressing urban waters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Fish and Wildlife Service will co-lead a team of federal partners towards a conservation initiative, a restoration project, and a pilot program for storm water permits in the Middle Rio Grande Region.
The partnership also includes a sustainability project with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation that has put resources towards the Bridge Boulevard Corridor Redevelopment Plan. This project identifies areas for redevelopment to transform Bridge Boulevard into a mixed-use, pedestrian and transit friendly corridor that honors and maintains the unique history and character of the community.
Additionally, EPA is announcing the Urban Waters Small Grant award for $60,000 to the Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District. Educating communities affected by drought about green infrastructure is valuable. In partnership with Albuquerque area schools, the grant will focus on environmental education and community outreach about storm water management and green infrastructure practices in the Middle Rio Grande Region to promote groundwater infiltration and storage.
Risk management plans, currently developed under the Clean Air Act, describe the ways in which a facility reduces the likelihood of accidental releases of extremely hazardous substances into the air and its plans for dealing with any accidental releases which may occur.
The risk management plan provided to the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 by West Chemical and Fertilizer Company is attached but has been redacted by EPA according to statutory restrictions. However, the following is a summary of the redacted materials as provided for by statute:
The worst case scenario included in the RMP for anhydrous ammonia shows an air release of the chemical could reach a distance of 1.5 miles. Up to 2,500 people could be in the vulnerability zone for this scenario and the types of populations could include schools, residences, hospitals, public recreation areas, and commercial and industrial areas.
EPA releases information from ExxonMobil Pipeline Company
Pursuant to Section 308 of the Clean Water Act, EPA has requested information from ExxonMobil regarding the oil released from the Pegasus pipeline disaster in Mayflower, Arkansas. EPA, along with other federal, state and local agencies, are on location to monitor the responsible party, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company's work in addressing the spill impacts. In response to EPA's information request, Exxon has provided additional information. EPA has shared this information with other federal, state and local responders and is also making it available to the public.
ExxonMobil Pipeline Company Spill, Mayflower, Arkansas
The EPA is providing a Federal On-Scene Coordinator and has been working closely with state and local officials since Friday, as well as the Responsible Party, as they respond to this incident. EPA is supported by the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, as well as the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
- U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration response information
Response updates from Unified Command
- Twelve Northwoods Homes Clear Unified Command Re-entry Process (2 pp, 65 KB, About PDF)
- Mayflower Cleanup Continues Transition to Longer-Term Remediation Phase (2 pp, 265 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 19, 2013 (2 pp, 26 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 16, 2013 (2 pp, 128 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 14, 2013 (2 pp, 128 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 11, 2013 (2 pp, 103 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 10, 2013 (2 pp, 90 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 9, 2013 (2 pp, 18 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 8, 2013 (2 pp, 18 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 6, 2013 (2 pp, 88 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 5, 2013 (2 pp, 25 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 4, 2013 (2 pp, 25 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 3, 2013 (2 pp, 25 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 2, 2013 (2 pp, 22 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - April 1, 2013 (2 pp, 21 KB, About PDF)
- Update on Cleanup Operations in Mayflower, Arkansas - March 31, 2013 (2 pp, 87 KB, About PDF)
Texas Southern University has signed a partnership Memorandum of Understanding with the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Texas Southern University has entered into a significant agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 that will help train qualified professionals in environmental policy, economics and several areas of science, business and technology. The Memorandum of Understanding will focus on bringing innovative strategies to the forefront to assure an adequate supply of highly trained and skilled personnel for the accomplishment of environmental research, policy and program development," according to a press release from Texas Southern University.
Robert Bullard, dean of the Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, will lead the initiative for Texas Southern. Bullard and TSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Sunny Ohia signed the agreement Wednesday, April 10, on campus.
Texas Southern University is at 3100 Cleburne St., Houston.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the winners of the 2012 President’s Environmental Youth Award, including Chandler Burke of Dallas. Burke joins nine other winners from around the country being recognized for their exceptional work in environmental stewardship.
Burke’s project involved restoring blackland prairie meadow in North Texas by building a rock barrier around a storm sewer to slow erosion and redirect water into a nearby meadow. He also replaced invasive grasses with native Texas species, and built and repaired habitats for birds, rabbits, and box turtles to encourage the animals to return to the meadow.
The President’s Environmental Youth Award promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. One outstanding project from each of EPA’s ten regions is selected for national recognition. Projects are developed by young individuals, K-12 school classes, summer camps, and youth organizations.
ASARCO, El Paso, Texas
On April 5, 2013, the Trustee released the final chimney demolition plan for the former ASARCO smelter site. The final plan included consideration of comments from EPA and TCEQ. Useful information, along with a copy of the final demolition plan, is available at the Recasting the Smelter website.
“EPA has reviewed the Trustee’s demolition plan for stacks at ASARCO,” said Ron Curry, EPA regional administrator. “We believe the plan includes the appropriate steps necessary to be protective of both the environment and people living in the area. EPA will have people on-site before, during and after the demolition. Following the demolition, EPA and State officials will evaluate compliance with the plan.”
Air Testing Completed at Three Texas Schools
The Environmental Protection Agency announced monitoring data from three schools in Texas indicate specific air toxics are below levels of concern. The EPA partnered with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to monitor and evaluate air samples at San Jacinto Elementary and Deer Park Junior High in Deer Park, Texas, as well as Temple Elementary in Diboll, Texas. These schools were selected for monitoring because of their proximity to industrial facilities that emit air toxics. Because of these findings, the EPA will not continue monitoring at the school.
The Schools Air Toxics Monitoring Initiative, which monitored outside air at 63 schools in 22 states, is designed to help the EPA and state environmental agencies understand whether long-term exposure to air toxics poses health concerns for children and staff at the schools.
EPA Approves Arkansas Greenhouse Gas Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the State of Arkansas’ program for permitting new and modified facilities that emit significant amounts of greenhouse gas pollution into the air. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality worked closely with EPA to develop a state program to replace the existing federal program and submitted it for EPA review in November.
Arkansas’ authority to issue air permits for new or modified greenhouse gas pollution sources will become effective in April, just four months after the EPA’s proposed approval of the program. Arkansas is the first state in the Region to replace a federal implementation plan with their own State program, which will eliminate the need for businesses to seek air permits from two separate regulatory agencies. This action will increase efficiency and allow for industry to continue to grow in Arkansas.
EPA and DOE Recognize 2013 Energy Star Partners of the Year in Region 6
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized 118 awardees for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment. Recipients of the 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award include several companies in Texas and Oklahoma.
The Region 6 winners are:
- J.C. Penney Company, Inc., and Cenergistic (Dallas)
- AEP Texas (Corpus Christi)
- Austin Energy CenterPoint Energy, Hines, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and Transwestern (Houston)
- El Paso Electric Entergy Texas (Beaumont)
- Air Force Medical Support Agency and USAA Real Estate Company (San Antonio) Oklahoma
- Public Service Company of Oklahoma (Tulsa)
EPA Approves Clean Water Program to Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Oklahoma’s request for issuing agriculture-based Clean Water Act discharge permits to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF). Oklahoma will take over responsibility to implement the Agriculture Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AgPDES) program covering discharges associated with concentrated animal feeding operations, the application of biological or chemical pesticides, discharges from forestry activities, and discharges of storm water from agricultural activities.
EPA Proposes Approval of Public Participation Rules in Texas’ Clean-Air Plan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to approve the Texas clean-air plan that covers public notification requirements for facilities applying for air permits. The proposed approval applies to existing facilities that plan to make major changes as well as new projects. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) clarified the clean-air plan’s procedures for citizens to submit comments on permit applications, as well as how TCEQ is to respond to comments.
EPA takes final action to approve the Texas New Source Review Clean-Air Plan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took final action to approve the Texas New Source Review Clean-Air Plan. This action follows the EPA’s proposed approval in June 2012, and final adoption by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on August 29, 2012. The State submitted revisions to its plan, and the EPA worked with the State of Texas to expedite the process to approve these changes. The EPA is approving the revisions in the State’s plan to enhance flexibility in permits in a way that meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
The revised plan provides operating flexibility by establishing site-wide emission caps known as "Plant-wide Applicability Limits" for existing sources. These Plant-wide Applicability Limits require continuous monitoring for each of the units included in the cap. Plant-wide Applicability Limits are a useful and much sought-after tool for industry because they provide flexibility in a facilitie's daily operations. The changes are intended to provide greater regulatory certainty and streamline permitting, while ensuring public health and the environment are protected.
EPA Region 6 Updates Its National Priorities List of Superfund Sites
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that four sites in Region 6 have been added to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Added to the list are the US Oil Recovery site in Pasadena, Texas, the Circle Court Ground Water Plume in Willow Park, Texas, the EVR-Wood Treating/Evangeline Refining Company site near Jennings, Louisiana and the Cedar Chemical Corporation site in Phillips County, Arkansas.
The National Priorities List is the list of hazardous sites in the United States eligible for long-term cleanup action financed under the federal Superfund program. The EPA works to identify companies or people responsible for the contamination at a site and requires them to conduct or pay for the cleanup. For newly listed sites without viable potentially responsible parties, the EPA will investigate the full extent of the contamination before starting significant cleanup at the site. It may take several years before cleanup funding is available for these sites.
- US Oil Recovery site in Pasadena, Texas
- Circle Court Ground Water Plume in Willow Park, Texas
- EVR-Wood Treating/Evangeline Refining Company site near Jennings, Louisiana
- Cedar Chemical Corporation site in Phillips County, Arkansas.
- More information on the Superfund National Priorities List
Working Together to Protect the Environment
The EPA and states share responsibility for protecting human health and the environment. This unique relationship is the cornerstone of the nation's environmental protection system. Working together, we have made enormous progress in protecting our air, water and land resources. Under traditional environmental program grants, states receive funds to implement the various water, air, waste, pesticides and toxic substances programs.
- EPA Awards $65,000 to the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma to Improve and Protect Its Water Quality
- EPA Awards the State of Oklahoma Over $240,000 to Reduce Exposure to Asbestos in Schools and State Buildings
- EPA Awards Over $112,000 to the Peoria Tribe to Support Its Water Quality Program
- EPA Awards $120,000 to the Ottawa Tribe to Support Its Water Quality Program
- EPA Awards Over $57 Million to the Texas Water Development Board to Support the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program