EPA Monitoring Continues to Confirm That No Radiation Levels of Concern
Have Reached the United States
Release date: 03/28/2011
Contact Information: EPA Press Office email@example.com
WASHINGTON – During
detailed filter analyses from 12 RadNet air monitor locations across the
nation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified trace
amounts of radioactive isotopes consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident.
Some of the filter results show levels slightly higher than those found by EPA
monitors last week and a Department of Energy monitor the week before. These
types of findings are to be expected in the coming days and are still far
below levels of public health concern.
EPA’s samples were captured by monitors in Alaska, Alabama, California, Guam,
Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands and Washington state
over the past week and sent to EPA scientists for detailed laboratory
Detailed information on this latest round of filter results can be found at:
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Opens State Information Call
Release date: 03/28/2011
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON – The Gulf
Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, which has been charged by President
Obama with developing a restoration strategy for the gulf, recently announced
the availability of a toll-free number for individuals who have questions or
suggestions related to the mission of the task force.
Under its charge, the task force must propose a gulf coast ecosystem
restoration agenda by October 5, 2011. A series of listening sessions are
being held throughout the gulf coast states for community members to provide
individual input that will inform the development of the restoration strategy.
The goal of the listening sessions is to obtain individual input on priority
issues, existing impediments and key outcomes or actions for the restoration
of the gulf coast ecosystem.
Citizens from the five gulf coast states, which include Alabama, Florida,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, can call the state information call line at
1-855-427-9263 to receive additional information on task force meetings and
other activities within their state.
The touch tone automated menu provides general information about task force
activities and allows callers to be transferred to a task force staff member
located in each state. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST)
Monday through Friday. The state information call line staff includes
representatives from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, Department of Interior, and National Oceanic and
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force was established by President
Obama through an executive order on October 5, 2010. It is an advisory body
made up of lead officials from state representatives appointed by the
president upon recommendation of the governors of the five gulf states and 11
federal agencies and White House offices
Citizens can receive automatic updates by emailing the task force at
More information on the task force:
EPA Releases U.S. - Mexico Border Environmental and Health Report /
Agencies work to address risks to people’s health and the environment in
Release date: 03/24/2011
Contact Information: Jalil Isa (News Media Only), email@example.com,
WASHINGTON – Today, the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mexico’s Secretary for Natural
Resources and the Environment released the Border 2012 Accomplishment Report
for 2010. The report highlights projects taking place within border
communities through the Border 2012 program that ensures the protection of
people’s health. The bi-national program focuses on cleaning the air,
providing safe drinking water, reducing the risk of exposure to hazardous
waste, and ensuring emergency preparedness along the U.S.-Mexico border.
"The Border 2012 Program showcases what two neighboring
countries can do when they have a shared goal to protect health and clean up
the environment. This program continues to be a model of collaboration and
this report highlights what can be accomplished when we work together for one
mission," said Michelle DePass, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of
International and Tribal Affairs. "As the national program coordinator, I am
glad to collaborate with our state and local government partners, U.S. tribal
nations and Mexican indigenous communities, and other stakeholders as we work
to improve public health and the environment in our border communities."
Some of the highlights include:
· Bi-national watershed
awareness: “Dia del
Rio” is an initiative to restore bi-national community awareness and public
participation in the Colorado-Rio Grande watershed. More than 25,000
participants from the U.S. and Mexico participated in river cleanups, tree
plantings, art exhibits and educational talks.
· Partnering with academia for
solutions towards improving air quality: Through Border 2012, the University
of Texas at El Paso examined options in bi-national traffic flow at the Bridge
of Americas in order to determine the impact on air quality and pollution
· Engaging industry to recycle
obsolete electronics: Through project leadership and public engagement at the
local level, this Border 2012 effort to begin programs on recycling obsolete
electronics has led to additional partnerships with bi-national universities
and further expansion.
· Pesticide collection through
bi-national state-level partnerships: More than 56,460 pounds of unused liquid
and solid agricultural pesticides were collected through cooperation between
state and federal agricultural agencies.
· Capacity development through
tri-national tribal partnerships:
Through cooperation of the Tohono O’odham Nation Office of
Environmental Protection, the Border Environment Cooperation. Commission and
Border 2012, the San Francisquito community was able to access clean drinking
Border 2012 is a U.S.-Mexico program that protects people’s
health and the environment for 10 states on both sides of the 2,000-mile
border, including 26 U.S. tribes and seven groups of Mexican indigenous
people. The Border 2012 program continues to be a model of cooperation and
collaboration between neighboring nations and continues to achieve tangible,
on-the-ground health and environmental results within U.S.-Mexico border
EPA Adds 10 Hazardous Waste Sites to Superfund’s National Priorities List
/ Fifteen additional sites proposed to be included on the NPL
Release date: 03/08/2011
Contact Information: Richard Yost, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-564-7827,
WASHINGTON -- The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency is adding 10 new hazardous waste sites that
risk people’s health and threaten the environment to the National Priorities
List of Superfund sites and is proposing to include 15 additional sites.
Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most
complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.
To date, there have been 1,637 sites listed on the NPL, 347 of which have been
deleted, resulting in 1,290 current sites on the NPL. There are now 66
proposed sites awaiting final agency action: 61 in the general Superfund
section and five in the federal facilities section. There are a total of 1,356
final and proposed sites.
Harmful contaminants found at the sites include arsenic, asbestos, barium,
cadmium, chromium, copper, creosote, dichloroethene (DCE), dioxins, lead,
mercury, pentachlorophenol (PCP), polynuclear aromatic hydrcarbons (PAHs),
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethane (TCA),
trichloroethene (TCE), and zinc.
With all Superfund sites, EPA tries to identify and locate the parties
potentially responsible for the contamination. For the newly listed sites
without viable potentially responsible parties, EPA will investigate the full
extent of the contamination before starting significant cleanup at the site.
Therefore, it may be several years before significant cleanup funding is
required for these sites.
Sites may be placed on the list through various mechanisms:
· Numeric ranking established by
EPA’s Hazard Ranking System
· Designation by states or
territories of one top-priority site
· Meeting all three of the
For Federal Register notices and supporting documents
for these final and proposed sites:
The following 10 sites have been added to the National Priorities List:
Dwyer Property Ground Water Plume, Elkton, Md.
Washington County Lead District – Furnace Creek, Caledonia, Mo.
ACM Smelter and Refinery, Cascade County, Mont.
Mansfield Trail Dump, Byram Township, N.J.
Dewey Loeffel Landfill, Nassau, N.Y.
Wright Chemical Corporation, Riegelwood, N.C.
Milford Contaminated Aquifer, Milford, Ohio
Cabo Rojo Ground Water Contamination, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Hormigas Ground Water Plume, Caguas, Puerto Rico
West County Road 112 Ground Water, Midland, Texas
The following 15 sites have been proposed to the National Priorities List:
Blue Ledge Mine, Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest, Calif.
New Idria Mercury Mine, Idria, Calif.
Sandoval Zinc Company, Sandoval, Ill.
Gary Development Landfill, Gary, Ind.
Sauer Dump, Dundalk, Md.
Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp, Columbus, Miss.
Red Panther Chemical Company, Clarksdale, Miss.
Garfield Ground Water Contamination, Garfield, N.J.
MolyCorp Inc., Questa, N.M. (re-proposal)
New Cassel/Hicksville Ground Water Contamination, New Cassell/Hicksville, N.Y.
CTS of Asheville, Inc., Asheville, N.C.
Astoria Marine Construction Company, Ore.
North Ridge Estates, Klamath Falls, Ore.
US Finishing/Cone Mills, Greenville, S.C.
Alamo Contaminated Ground Water, Alamo, Tenn.
THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011
TCEQ Program Tallies
Consumer Participation in Computer Recycling
More than 24 million
pounds of computer equipment collected
The Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality today announced second-year results on Texas’ computer
recycling program, which requires computer manufacturers that sell in Texas to
offer consumers convenient, free recycling for their brands of computer
equipment. As part of this program, manufacturers collected for reuse or
recycling 24,300,000 pounds of computer equipment in Texas from Jan. 1, 2010,
through Dec. 31, 2010. This is nearly twice as much as last year.
Currently, 78 manufacturers
representing 123 brands are participating in the program. The TCEQ encourages
consumers to take advantage of these recycling opportunities in 2011.
Recycling used computer equipment helps conserve the reusable materials
contained therein, including copper, lead, and steel.
To help cities, counties,
community groups, and schools promote computer-equipment recycling in
newsletters and websites, the TCEQ is providing free print ads and Web banners
available for download at
In addition, the TCEQ urges cities and counties to encourage residents to
take advantage of the free program.
Texas consumers can learn
how to recycle their computer equipment by visiting
The site provides a link to each manufacturer’s program as well as additional
information for consumers, manufacturers, and retailers. For more information
on the program contact the TCEQ’s Pollution Prevention and Education section,