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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

Lawyers Focus On 3M After $5 Million Tennessee River Contamination Settlement

Rural water customers in northern Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley are preparing to take on multinational manufacturer 3M in court, alleging its Decatur plant contaminated the drinking water supply with harmful chemicals. Last week, Alabama federal judge Abdul Kallon approved a $5 million settlement between Daikin America Inc. and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and its customers. The settlement resolves Daikin’s portion of the complaint. “We can now, on behalf of everyone harmed by these chemicals, take dead aim at the biggest corporate villain in the Tennessee Valley, 3M, and work aggressively to hold them accountable,” an attorney representing the ... Read More

Yuengling Fined For allegedly Dumping Waste Into Public Water Supply; Environmental Improvements Ordered

Pennsylvania beer maker Yuengling has agreed to spend about $7 million to upgrade and improve its environmental protection measures and pay a $2.8-million penalty for allegedly discharging environmental pollutants into a municipal wastewater treatment plant and contaminating the water supply. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced the consent decree with G. Yuengling & Son, which operated two large-scale breweries in the Greater Pottsville, Penn., area. Most of the $7 million Yuengling agreed to invest will be spent on implementing an environmental management system to bring its operations into compliance with Clean Water Act ... Read More

Eight Alabama Water Systems Under EPA Advisory For Industrial Contamination

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory warning of harmful industrial pollutants in 59 water systems nationwide has raised concerns in Alabama, where eight of the named water systems are located. The EPA advisory focuses on the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS), man-made chemical compounds that are used in the manufacture of non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings on fabric, cookware, firefighting foam, and a variety of other consumer products. Exposure to the chemicals over time, even in trace amounts, could promote serious health problems, the EPA warns. Some of the adverse health effects linked to PFOA ... Read More

Illinois sues ExxonMobil over prolonged leak of toxic hydrogen sulfide gasses

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Will County prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil Corporation after an equipment malfunction at the company’s Channahon Township refinery caused a release of hydrogen sulfide into the air that lasted nearly 10 hours. According to the complaint, the release started about 9 p.m. on March 1 and went undiscovered by refinery employees until approximately 6:45 a.m. the next morning. ExxonMobil notified the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Will County emergency officials, and other state and federal agencies of the toxic release. Company officials told state regulators that a pressure relief valve failed at the ... Read More

Chemical spill triggers evacuation of Birmingham aluminum plant

Four workers were treated for injuries after a chemical spill occurred inside a Birmingham aluminum plant Monday morning. Bermco Aluminum, a maker of secondary aluminum alloys, evacuated its building on 33rd Street North along the Messer Airport Highway while the spill was contained and cleaned up, a Birmingham Fire Department spokesperson told AL.com. A company official said that a leak of liquid chlorine occurred as a vendor was making a weekly delivery of the chemical, which is used in the plant for cleaning purposes, according to AL.com. The spill was reported about 9:40 a.m. The company sounded an alarm, and ... Read More