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NGOs petition EPA to require asbestos reporting

Six non-governmental organizations (NGOs) petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to amend the chemical data reporting rule (CDA) in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require the reporting of asbestos. The petition argues that more information is needed on the cancer-causing mineral to support the ongoing risk evaluation of asbestos because the uses currently identified in the TSCA are “limited, vague and incomplete.” “Without adequate information on ongoing importation and use of asbestos and asbestos-containing products, the risk evaluation will fail to provide a meaningful picture of the threat that asbestos poses to public health, and citizens will be ... Read More

EPA Proposes Benzene Cleanup Plan For Southern NJ Superfund Site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is targeting a New Jersey Superfund site contaminated for decades with benzene and industrial toxins for cleanup, but environmental groups criticize the government’s proposed plan as a shortsighted failure. The land in question sits on 350 acres near the banks of the Delaware River in Gloucester County. Delaware-based Hercules Inc., a chemical and munitions manufacturing company, bought the land from DuPont in 1952 and continued to use it as a dump for lead and toxic waste until it closed in 2010. EPA testing found the site to be predominantly contaminated with benzene, a known carcinogen, and other volatile organic ... Read More

Appeals Court Derails EPA Plan to Stall Methane Emissions Rule

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt exceeded his authority in trying to delay the implementation of a rule requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the level of methane pollution their operations release. After reviewing objections lodged by a coalition of environmental groups, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the EPA did not have the authority to halt the rule from taking effect. Mr. Pruitt, already widely criticized for being in the pocket of big oil and gas companies during his time as Oklahoma Attorney General, said in April that he planned ... Read More

EPA Proposes Repeal of Clean Water Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), now headed by Scott Pruitt, an outspoken foe of environmentally friendly measures, signed a proposal last week to repeal a 2015 rule intended to protect the nation’s waterways. The Clean Water Rule was adopted by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers to combat the rising tide of pollution entering larger rivers and other navigable bodies of water via intermittent streams, ponds, and other waterways. The rule, which is often called the “Waters of the U.S.” or WOTUS rule, was stayed in court before it ever took effect due to legal challenges ... Read More

Manufacturer With History of Benzene Emissions Served With Federal Search Warrant

Three federal agencies served a search warrant April 18 to an Erie, Pennsylvania, manufacturer with a history of pollution problems. GoErie.com reports that the search warrant was served to Erie Coke Corp. by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Criminal Investigations Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but the agencies provided little details to the public about the reason for the action. “EPA can confirm a federal search warrant is being served at the 925 E. Bay Street in Erie, Pa.,” the EPA said in a news release, according to GoErie.com. “This search ... Read More

EPA Took six Months to Inform residents of Toxic Benzene Levels

When the benzene level in the air at Kim Cupples’ Lansing Township, Michigan, home was found to exceed the state’s evacuation threshold, she says authorities including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) didn’t inform her for six months. During the EPA’s routine screening in March 2016, Cupples’ home measured 1.6 micrograms per cubic meter, then in July 2016 measured 5.96 micrograms per cubic meter. The EPA’s screening level requiring further evaluation is .36, and the state’s evacuation level is 3.6 micrograms per cubic meter. Despite the extremely high levels, the EPA took six months after the testing to “validate” the results and send ... Read More

EPA Proposes Regulations Requiring Natural Gas Facilities to Report Toxic Chemical Release, Including Benzene

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed regulations that require U.S. natural gas processing facilities to report their toxic chemical releases. The regulations would affect about 281 to 444 processing facilities, and would allow the agency to closely monitor chemicals released into the air. The chemicals include xylenes, linked to breathing problems, headaches and neurological issues; formaldehyde, a carcinogen that inflicts damage on the respiratory system; and benzene, which has been linked to blood diseases and cancers such as Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), lymphomas and aplastic anemia. The proposition was in response to a petition by 19 environmental groups, including the Environmental ... Read More

New Year Brings New Benzene Monitoring Requirements for Wyoming town

Jackson, Wyo., is best known for Jackson Hole, an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, fishing and more. Recently, however, a new concern has been raised about the environment, particularly in the Karns Meadow area. Benzene has been discovered in a municipal well, a drinking water supply for Jackson. In a routine sampling that occurs once every three years, the amount of benzene found exceeded more than three times the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detection level that signals a need for more frequent testing. Although the benzene was detected last July, the EPA didn’t notify the town until December. The ... Read More

EPA to issue regulations reducing nitrogen oxide emissions

For the first time in more than 15 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to reduce nitrogen oxide, NOx, emissions from heavy-duty trucks with proposed standards taking effect in 2024 model year vehicles, according to Trucking Info. The announcement comes in light of mounting concerns from cities like Los Angeles and states, including New York, Connecticut, Washington, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont, with persistent smog problems. Nitrogen oxide contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone and is linked with negative respiratory effects, according to the EPA. Trucks.com reports local and state governments and environmental agencies urged the EPA ... Read More

Judge Approves $500,000 Fine Against Erie Coke in Pollution Case

Last September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sued Erie Coke over plumes of benzene emissions. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Barbara J. Rothstein approved the $500,000 fine. The benzene leaks have gone unchecked and unrepaired since an environmental inspection at the plant in November 2010 and in March 2015. The continuing leaks violate the Clean Air Act. The company only has 30 days to pay the substantial fine. If the decree’s requirements are not met, it could be charged penalties of $250 to $1,500 per day until the leaks are fixed. But this isn’t Erie Coke’s first violation by far. Under a ... Read More