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US Coal Fleet Is Shrinking. What to do with Retired Coal-Fired Power Plants?

As coal-fired power plants retire in record numbers across the US, a brownfield redevelopment firm and Indiana state officials plant to turn one retired coal plant into a port.

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 »

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 »

Ultra-Containment Berm

Modular Berm Provides Versatile Spill Containment

A new modular berm provides versatile spill containment that can be reused and easily modified, says environmental compliance company UltraTech International, which produces the product. The Ultra-Containment Berm, Modular Model (also known as the Gorilla Berm), uses triangular-shaped, polymer-coated foam support blocks for sidewall structure and a heavy duty PVC … 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 »

Statesville Superfund Site

Remediation Pilot Eliminates Nearly 100% of PCE at Superfund Site

A pilot test has successfully eliminated 96 percent to 100 percent of perchloroethene (PCE) at a Superfund site in North Carolina. AST Environmental, working with AECOM in Statesville, North Carolina completed an angle-injected BOS 100 pilot test at a former textiles facility where the toxic chemical was used in a … Read more »