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San Francisco Bay

Monsanto Faces Another Chemical Cleanup Lawsuit

The city of Oakland, California, is the latest city suing Monsanto to force the company to pay to clean up harmful chemicals in storm drain runoff. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in San Francisco, seeks to hold Monsanto accountable for its long-standing contamination of Oakland’s storm water … 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 »

Hudson River Superfund Site

GE Decontamination Work at Hudson River Superfund Site to Begin Soon

The EPA has made a plan available for public review that outlines how General Electric will dismantle and decontaminate its 110-acre sediment processing facility that was built to support the dredging of the Hudson River PCBs superfund site. Some 200 miles of the Hudson River, contaminated by hazardous waste, is … Read more »

Monsanto Hit With Another Lawsuit Alleging Environmental Pollution

Monsanto is facing another lawsuit alleging that it knowingly sold harmful chemicals that polluted the environment. The city of Spokane, Washington, is suing the agrochemical giant, the Spokesman-Review reports. The lawsuit doesn’t state a specific amount for monetary damages. It alleges that Monsanto is responsible for the high levels of … 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 »

Lawsuit Demands Monsanto Pay for PCB Contamination

The city of San Jose, California, has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto that alleges the company knowingly polluted the San Francisco Bay with PCBs and says Monsanto should pay to clean up the contamination. The city’s stormwater, which contains Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), flows into the San Francisco Bay. PCBs are … Read more »

Report: PCBs Showing Up in Common Products

Ritz cheese and cracker snack packaging, paint color and yellow spray paint have the highest levels of the banned substance polychlorinated biphenyl among products tested, according to a report released Thursday by the Washington State Department of Ecology. PCBs were also detected in newspapers, magazines and in packaging of several … Read more »

TIMET

TIMET Pays Record $13.75M for TSCA Violations

Titanium Metals Corporation (TIMET), one of the world’s largest producers of titanium parts for jet engines, has agreed to pay a record $13.75 million civil penalty and perform an extensive investigation and cleanup of potential contamination stemming primarily from the unauthorized manufacture and disposal of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) at its … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Tax Axed, EPA Sued over ‘Sue and Settle’

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd yesterday announced that the country will replace its carbon tax with a market-based trading system one year ahead of schedule, the New York Times reported. The change is expected to sharply cut the July 2014 cost of carbon, from a projected US$23.30 per metric ton to … Read more »

EPA OKs Recycling Plastics from Shredder Residue

Facilities are now allowed to recycle plastics separated from automobile shredder residue, according to the EPA’s new interpretation of existing regulations. The interpretation permits recycling plastic scrap containing levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) less than 50 parts per million. The EPA banned the manufacturing, sale and distribution of PCB products … Read more »