Posts Tagged ‘Environmental Protection Agency’

BoRit Superfund cleanup comes to an end

14 Aug 2017 by under News

borit superfund site signage1 100x100 BoRit Superfund cleanup comes to an endA 30-year Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) project to remediate an asbestos-tainted former manufacturing site in Ambler, Pennsylvania, came to an end at the beginning of this month.

An asbestos disposal site for nearly a century, the 38-acre BoRit Asbestos Site in Ambler has been undergoing cleanup since the 1980s. It was included as an EPA Superfund site in 2008 after tests showed high levels of asbestos were still present despite abatement efforts, according to NewsWorks. In January, MyMeso reported the EPA released long-term remediation plans, and those plans are now complete. (more…)


St. Louis neighborhood faces asbestos scare

20 Jul 2017 by under News

Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 St. Louis neighborhood faces asbestos scare Homeowners in a St. Louis, Missouri, neighborhood took to their yards last week to clean up debris from four-alarm fire that engulfed a nearby historic mansion. The issue? The charred debris contained asbestos. (more…)


EPA announces year benchmarks for Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

29 Jun 2017 by under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 EPA announces year benchmarks for Chemical Safety for the 21st Century ActOn the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended to the Toxic Substances Control Act, the U.S.’s primary chemical management law, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials announced that the organization has met its first-year implementation milestones under the law. (more…)


Construction on former Pennsylvania asbestos products factory causes concern

22 Jun 2017 by under News

AmblerSeal 100x100 Construction on former Pennsylvania asbestos products factory causes concernAmbler, Pennsylvania, has a history riddled with asbestos, as it was once home to Keasbey & Mattison Co., a building products manufacturing company in the early- to mid-1900s that extensively used asbestos. Part of the town is currently designated as a Superfund Site by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other parts used to have that designation but remediation has since been completed.

Tensions are currently high in the area over the creation of a 115-unit apartment complex building on the Bast tract, an area of land that once held Keasbey & Mattison Co.’s manufacturing facilities for the creation of asbestos products. Members of the community are concerned that asbestos fibers would become airborne or be washed into a nearby creek during construction, according to The Ambler Gazette. (more…)


Though budget cuts loom, EPA director pledges to prioritize Superfunds

31 May 2017 by under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 Though budget cuts loom, EPA director pledges to prioritize SuperfundsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has undoubtedly faced changes since President Donald Trump took office in January. The shakeup includes naming Scott Pruitt as the agency’s administrator and rolling back many regulations put in place during the Obama era.

Although Pruitt is actively reducing regulations aimed at preventing future environmental issues, he has also recently pledged to prioritize cleaning up old contamination sites, directing regional chiefs to increase efforts to remediate Superfund sites, CBS 42 reports. (more…)


EPA remediation deadline passes for Libby residents

4 Apr 2017 by under News

Libby Montana Eagles 1 100x100 EPA remediation deadline passes for Libby residentsThe deadline for Libby, Montana, residents to request asbestos cleanup on their properties has come and gone. March 31 was the end of the Environmental Protection Agency’s “last call” for residents in Libby and surrounding Lincoln County to put their properties’ asbestos remediation on the EPA’s tab, according to the Flathead Beacon.

Libby was home to an asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mine from 1963 to 1990, and the EPA has been conducting asbestos cleanup in the surrounding area since it was declared a Superfund site in the early 2000s. The EPA has been wrapping up its final push to get residents to sign access agreements so the agency can investigate and/or remediate remaining properties. (more…)


EPA begins second year of cleanup at Oregon superfund site

7 Mar 2017 by under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 EPA begins second year of cleanup at Oregon superfund site The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) second season of cleanup at the North Ridge Estates Superfund Site in Klamath Falls, Oregon, began Monday. The site is a residential subdivision that contains asbestos as a result of the improper demolition of 82 asbestos-containing military barracks that were once used to treat World War II Marines suffering from tropical diseases. (more…)


EPA accepting public comments on asbestos use information

24 Feb 2017 by under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 EPA accepting public comments on asbestos use information In June 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law as an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S.’s primary chemical management law. It marked the first time American chemical regulatory law had been updated in nearly 40 years.

As part of the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the reform act, asbestos, known to cause mesothelioma, a rare, fatal cancer that normally affects the lining of the lungs and abdomen, is set to finally be evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) to determine its risk to humans and potentially be further regulated or banned. Despite well studied health risks, the use of the carcinogenic group of minerals has continued due to legal red tape, MyMeso previously reported.

While the change of presidential administrations and political parties caused — and perhaps continues to cause — some to question the Act’s future, the EPA seems to be moving forward with its initial plan. Last week the agency held a public meeting on use information for the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the Act — a step toward the creation of scoping documents for each of the chemicals. (more…)


EPA announces proposed remedial action plan for BoRit site

20 Jan 2017 by under News

slide6 100x100 EPA announces proposed remedial action plan for BoRit siteAn asbestos disposal site for nearly a century, BoRit Asbestos Site in Ambler, Pennsylvania, now has a long-term remediation plan through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 38-acre BoRit site was included as part of the EPA’s Superfund Program, which provides federal funding for remediation, eight years ago, and last month the agency released its proposed long-term remedy for the site—open to public comment through March 3. (more…)


Asbestos tiles discovered during Autauga County Courthouse renovation

3 Oct 2014 by under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Asbestos tiles discovered during Autauga County Courthouse renovationAutauga County, Ala., officials have confirmed that asbestos floor tiles were found during the renovation of the Autauga County Courthouse.

“We didn’t know the tiles were there,” said Steve Golsan, the county administrator. “Our contractor informed us, and another contractor who is licensed and specializes in asbestos removal was called in to properly remove and dispose of the tiles. All precautions are being taken to contain the asbestos.” (more…)