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Hudson River Superfund Site

How to Minimize Cleanups’ Environmental Footprint

“Greener cleanup” tools can help remediation professionals minimize the environmental footprint of a contaminated site’s cleanup, according to an EPA blog. The EPA worked with stakeholders to develop ASTM International’s Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups in 2013 and an updated version in May. The standard reflects EPA’s Greener Cleanup Principles, … Read more »

Portland Harbor

Companies will Pay $746 Million to Clean Up Superfund Site

The EPA will ask more than 150 companies and other groups to foot the $746 million bill to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The proposed plan to remove 65 contaminants along the 10-mile stretch of Oregon’s Willamette River will take 30 years, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. The agency … Read more »

Manufacturers Pay to Clean Up Contaminated Water in NY

Honeywell and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics must pay to clean up a toxic chemical found in a New York village’s drinking water. The Associated Press reports that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation sent a letter to the two industrial companies demanding that they finance a Superfund cleanup in upstate … Read more »

Exide Battery Plant Cleanup Costs Pushing $400M

Another $2 million has been designated to clean up contaminated soil around the now-closed Exide Technologies battery recycling facility in Southern California. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the $2 million funding request and blasted the state, which it says “continues to drag its feet” in … Read more »

Superfund Site Funding, Cleanup Trends

Superfund Site Funding, Cleanup Trends

Annual federal appropriations to the EPA’s Superfund program have declined, from about $2 billion in 1999 to about $1.1 billion in 2013, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office. The study also finds EPA site-specific cleanup spending on remedial cleanup activities at nonfederal National Priorities List (NPL) … Read more »

Delaware River

Exxon, BP, 10 Others Pay $3.5M, Clean Up Hazardous Waste at Superfund Site

ExxonMobil, BP, DuPont and Veolia are among the 12 private parties that will pay more than $3.5 million as part of a settlement with the EPA related to the Metro Container Superfund Site in Trainer, Pennsylvania. The 12 settling parties will pay an estimated $2.5 million for the investigation and … Read more »

GE Cleanup Removes 300,000 lbs. of Chemicals from Hudson River

In what it calls one of the largest environmental cleanup projects undertaken in the US, General Electric has completed dredging in New York’s Upper Hudson River. Since 2009, GE’s crews removed more than 300,000 pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the river — more than twice as much as had … Read more »

Shell

Shell, GSA to Pay $55M for Soil Cleanup

The EPA has reached a $55 million settlement with Shell Oil Company and the US General Services Administration for the cleanup of contaminated soil at the Del Amo Superfund Site in Los Angeles, California. The cleanup work will prevent surface exposure of industrial chemicals and reduce sources of groundwater contamination … Read more »

PlumeStop

Environmental Remediation Reagent Reduces Time to Regulatory Closure

Environmental remediation technology company Regenesis has launched a first-of-its-kind liquid activated carbon technology that the company says captures and biodegrades a range of contaminants, reducing time to regulatory closure. PlumeStop Liquid Activated Carbon was developed to stop migrating groundwater contaminant plumes and designed to meet stringent groundwater standards at contaminated … Read more »

Monsanto, BP, Veolia Fund Toxic Waste Cleanup

Monsanto, BP and Veolia will pay to clean up toxic waste — including Agent Orange derivatives, dioxins and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) — at a former quarry in South Wales, the Guardian reports. The newspaper says the agreement ends a 50-year ordeal that began with a Monsanto plant dumping thousands of tons … Read more »

$1.2M Cleanup Begins on Future BMW Electric Car Dealership

$1.2M Cleanup Begins on Future BMW Electric Car Dealership

A $1.2 million contaminated soil cleanup effort is underway on a Southern California brownfield site that will be the location of a new BMW electric vehicle dealership. The EPA and the US Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will work with the city of Huntington Park to remove about 5,600 … Read more »