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$8 million settlement reached for Clean Air Act claims against Slawson Exploration Co. Inc.

Slawson Exploration Co. Inc. designed and operates a vapor control system on North Dakota storage tanks for about 170 oil and gas production well pads, many of which are located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. But according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air Act, Slawson’s vapor control system isn’t efficient, leading to volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. “Safe, responsible and lawful development of domestic energy resources and technology is of great importance to a sustainable future for all Americans,” said John C. Cruden, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “This Clean ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Safety Record Far Inferior To Others, Regulatory Data Shows

Colonial Pipeline, the owner and operator of a major East Coast pipeline involved in two recent Birmingham-area disasters, has a safety record that is substantially worse than many other pipeline companies in the South, Birmingham’s WBHM reports. The Atlanta-based company, which remains under a federal investigation for a deadly Oct. 31 blast that killed two workers near Helena, Ala., “has a shocking history of what federal regulators call ‘significant incidents,’” WBHM reports, including “gross negligence” that contributed to seven spills releasing 1.45 million gallons of oil in several Southern states. For that offense, Colonial paid $34 million in fines under ... Read More

Erie Coke Corp. Sued by the EPA Over benzene Pollution at Plant

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is suing Erie Coke Corp., a merchant producer of foundry coke, over benzene pollution at a plant in Pennsylvania. According to the EPA, benzene leaks had still not been fixed, despite a previous lawsuit by the agency and the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding a similar issue of pollution. The company and both agencies completed two consent decrees that required Erie Coke Corp. to fix the pollution issues. Under obligation to the consent decrees, the company invested $15 million on plant improvements, and shelled out over $4 million in fines. However, upon inspection by the EPA in March ... Read More

Synthetic Fields at Schools and Parks Found to Contain Benzene

Amy Griffin, a former goalkeeper for the U.S. National soccer team that won the first women’s World Cup in 1991, began tracking American soccer players that had been diagnosed with cancer since 2009 after noticing a “stream of kids” that were getting sick after playing regularly on synthetic fields. In 2014, Griffin told NBC that 38 soccer players contacted her to confirm that they’d been diagnosed with cancer. Today, that number has risen to 220 athletes, 166 of them being soccer players. Of the soccer players, 102 were also former goalkeepers, who spend more time on the ground in direct contact with the ... Read More

New Chemical Safety Law establishes risk-based standards

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed a new chemical safety law that will amend America’s primary chemicals law. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will forever change the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and the evaluation of chemicals as we know it. This new act mandates the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) be responsible for evaluating existing chemicals with a new risk-based safety standard. The act will also set up better public “transparency” for chemical information and provides steady funding for the EPA to carry out its new requirements. Until June, the TSCA had never been ... Read More

Galena Park in Houston Shows Levels of Benzene Higher than “Acceptable”

The Air Alliance Houston has released a report showing that Galena Park, which is reputed to have pockets of benzene throughout the area, has levels of benzene that are higher than acceptable based on standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Air Alliance Houston and other environmental groups successfully sued the EPA in 2012 to push federal regulators toward installing monitoring systems to assess the levels of benzene emitted from the oil refineries close by. Adrian Shelley, the executive director of Air Alliance Houston, decided to try the equipment for herself. “We wanted to get our hands on the equipment and try it ... Read More

EPA Sets New Rules for Cutting Emissions of Air Pollutants Such as Benzene

In a May press release, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced official steps they are taking to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas sectors, from both new and already existing sources. In the oil and gas industries, the EPA has set new standards that will significantly reduce the methane, volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as benzene, and toxic air pollutants that come from new sources, or ones that have been modified or reconstructed. For the already existing sources, the EPA is issuing an Information Collection Request (ICR), which would require companies to submit information that would lead to methods to successfully ... Read More

EPA Whistleblower Complained Of Government’s Refusal To Address Flint Water Crisis

Congressional investigators probing the water crisis in Flint, Mich., say the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) punished a staff member who blew the whistle on the high lead content of the city’s water supply and the agency’s unwillingness to confront the public health threat. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released an email EPA regulations manager Miguel Del Toral sent to his supervisors, complaining that he was being “stuck in a corner holding up a potted plant because of Flint.” The Congressional committee’s probe is part of a federal investigation of the man-made Flint water disaster, which has exposed thousands ... Read More

New EPA rules aim to protect agricultural workers from pesticide exposures

Between 10,000 and 20,000 physician-diagnosed pesticide poisonings occur every year among the approximately 2 million agricultural workers in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To drive down the numbers of workers harmed by exposure to pesticides – including fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, rodent poisons, and sanitizers – the agency is announcing stronger protections for agricultural workers and their families working on farms forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. The EPA’s revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard will provide farmworkers with similar health rules and standards that already protect workers in other industries. The revisions to the protections ... Read More

Alabama joins multi-state investigation into Volkswagen emissions fraud

Alabama has announced it is joining at least 27 states in an investigation of potential vehicle emissions fraud committed by Volkswagen. The multi-state probe plans to subpoena Volkswagen to learn more about the company’s diesel vehicle emissions. “We take any allegations of consumer fraud very seriously and will review the representations made by Volkswagen to its diesel customers in Alabama,” said Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. The following states, including Alabama, have announced participation in the Volkswagen fraud probe:  Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, ... Read More