EPA Action: Agency to hold meeting on study of Armco Hamilton Superfund site

Also in this report: Remediation workshop planned for nanotechnology hazardous waste sites; Proposed rule to harmonize New Source Review with Clean Air programs; Enviromapper displays test results and sites from hurricane sampling activities; Change offered to allow New York to avoid filtering Catskill/Delaware Water Supply; SWVA settles toxic chemical reporting violations at W.V. facility; Annual Superfund Report released; EPA selects cleanup plan for Columbiana County Superfund site...

In other agency news below:
-- Nanotechnology for hazardous waste site remediation technical workshop
-- Proposed rule to harmonize New Source Review with existing clean air programs
-- Enviromapper displays test results and sites from hurricane sampling activities
-- Major international shipping company sentenced for falsifying oil record book
-- Ill. man charged with million gallon dairy waste discharge
-- Change offered to allow New York to avoid filtering Catskill/Delaware Water Supply
-- EPA cites Chesdin Ltd. for clean water violations at Va. construction site
-- ExxonMobil agreement to reduce harmful air emissions
-- SWVA settles toxic chemical reporting violations at Huntington, W.V., facility
-- EPA releases annual Superfund Report
-- EPA selects cleanup plan for Columbiana County Superfund site

EPA to hold meeting on study of Armco Hamilton site
CHICAGO, Oct. 18, 2005 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Office will hold a public meeting to discuss the pollution study of the Armco Hamilton Superfund site in New Miami, Ohio, on Monday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be at the Lane Public Library, 300 N. Third St., Hamilton.

The agency will oversee a study by site owner AK Steel to identify the types and amounts of contamination in the soil, mud (sediment), and surface and underground water on and near the former industrial site. The study will also evaluate human health and environmental risks if any posed by the pollution, which is mainly waste from years of steel production. Information gathered in the study will be published by EPA in a document called a remedial investigation report.

The site consists of about 252 acres divided between two pieces of property north and south of Augspurger Road in New Miami. It was the former location of a facility that once produced iron for steel making.

For more information about the meeting or the study, contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Susan Pastor at (312) 353-1325 or email her at
pastor.susan@epa.gov or EPA project manager Pablo Valentin at (312) 353- 2886, valentin.pablo@epa.gov. A fact sheet about the study is available on EPA's Web site www.epa.gov/region5/sites/. Documents about the Armco Hamilton site will be available in an information repository at Lane Public Library.

Also see:
Nanotechnology for hazardous waste site remediation technical workshop -- WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 18, 2005 -- EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) will sponsor a two-day workshop on the application of nanotechnology to clean-up of hazardous waste sites on Thursday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 21. The workshop will present the latest results from research and current practices regarding the use of nanotechnology for hazardous waste site remediation. Attendees will include members of the academic, government, and private sector communities...

Proposed rule to harmonize New Source Review with existing Clean Air programs -- WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 13, 2005 -- To facilitate the smooth implementation of key air programs, EPA is proposing a draft rule to ensure the New Source Review (NSR) program is more compatible with current air pollution control programs that protect public health and the environment. Through the Clean Air Interstate Rule, the Clean Air Visibility Rule and the Acid Rain Program, EPA has set a permanent cap on power plant emissions. Today's proposal provides the nationally consistent regulatory framework to assure NSR complements the programs that achieves these significant emissions reductions...

Enviromapper displays test results and sites from hurricane sampling activities -- WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 13, 2005 -- The EPA is offering a new tool on its website to display test results from floodwater and sediment sampling in Louisiana impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Air monitoring and ambient water data will be added as they become available. The EnviroMapper for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita combines interactive maps and aerial photography to help zoom into sites or areas of interest. Data from other states will be added as it becomes available...

Major international shipping company sentenced for falsifying oil record book -- WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 13, 2005 -- A.P. Moller-Maersk, A/S, of Denmark, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay a $500,000 fine on Sept. 26 by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Moller-Maersk, which operates a fleet of more than 200 vessels worldwide, was also ordered to develop and implement a fleet-wide environmental compliance program...

Illinois man charged with million gallon dairy waste discharge WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 13, 2005 -- David Inskeep, former manager of the Inwood Dairy in Elmwood, Ill., was charged on Sept. 21 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act by pumping dairy wastes into the West Fork of Kickapoo Creek. The Inwood Dairy had approximately 1,250 cows. To control pollution from the cows, animal wastes were flushed from the barns into a collection point and then pumped into a storage lagoon until they could be legally disposed of. On Feb. 14, 2001, an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) official found the lagoon to be near capacity and ordered the defendant to stop pumping waste into it. On the next day, the lagoon was completely full and the pump was still operating. At that time, Inskeep allegedly refused to hire waste haulers to remove the waste and threatened to pump waste into the West Fork...

EPA proposes modification to plan allowing New York City to avoid filtering Catskill/Delaware Water Supply -- NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2005 -- The EPA is announcing its intention to modify the filtration avoidance determination issued in 2002 for New York City's Catskill/Delaware Water Supply, which allows it not to filter drinking water from this system. The modification extends the construction schedule for the city's ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection plant and will provide for an additional $6 million investment in wastewater programs to mitigate the delay. The changes follow consultations between EPA, the New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection...

EPA cites Chesdin Limited for Clean Water Act violations at Dinwiddie County, Va., construction site -- PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12, 2005 -- The EPA has cited Chesdin Limited Inc. for violating the Clean Water Act during construction of the Waterford Landing housing development along Chesdin Lake, in Dinwiddie County, Va. EPA seeks a $135,000 penalty for Chesdin's alleged violation of requirements designed to reduce polluted storm water runoff from construction sites. In March 2002, Chesdin Limited of Courtland, Va. commenced construction activities on an 82-acre site without a required Clean Water Act permit from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation...

ExxonMobil agreement to reduce harmful air emissions -- WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 11, 2005 -- The company will use innovative control technologies to reduce toxic emissions that can cause serious respiratory problems and exacerbate cases of childhood asthma. The agreement is expected to eliminate over 53,000 tons of emissions per year from seven U.S. petroleum refineries in five states...

SWVA Inc. settles toxic chemical reporting violations at Huntington, W.V., facility -- PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11, 2005 -- SWVA Inc. has settled alleged violations of federal toxic chemical reporting requirements at its cold steel manufacturing plant in Huntington, W.V., the U.S. Environmental Protection announced. EPA cited SWVA for violating the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), which requires companies that manufacture, use or process more than a threshold amount of listed toxic chemicals to file an annual toxic chemical release form with EPA and the state. Companies must also report both routine and accidental releases of toxic chemicals, as well as the maximum amount of any listed chemicals at the facility and the amount contained in wastes transferred off-site...

EPA releases annual Superfund Report -- WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 4, 2005 -- The EPA's Superfund program has released its Fiscal Year 2004 Annual Report. The report outlines the current progress of the Superfund program as the EPA works to increase community participation, strengthen public and private partnerships, enhance cleanup effectiveness and consistency in program implementation, streamline the enforcement process and optimize the use of fairness initiatives, encourage beneficial reuse and revitalization of sites following cleanup and ensure that remedies continue to protect human health...

EPA selects cleanup plan for Columbiana County Superfund site -- CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2005 -- The EPA Region 5 Office has reached a decision on a cleanup plan for the Nease Chemical Superfund site in Columbiana County, Ohio. The 44-acre site is on Route 14, 2.5 miles northwest of Salem on the Columbiana-Mahoning county line. Between 1961 and 1973, Nease Chemical produced household cleaning products, fire retardants and pesticides at the site. The $19 million plan includes a mix of innovative pond-chemical removal methods, soil capping and groundwater treatment methods...

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In earlier EPA news:
-- "Tetra Tech wins $50 million EPA 'STREAMS' program" -- PASADENA, CA, Oct. 3, 2005 -- Tetra Tech Inc. was awarded a five-year $50 million EPA contract to perform Scientific, Technical, Research, Engineering and Modeling Support (STREAMS). The program will be managed by EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory. The scope includes support to the EPA Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center, Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation Program, and the Environmental and Sustainable Technology Evaluation Program...
-- EPA Action: Pretreatment Streamlining Rule, Headworks Rule Exemptions revised -- Also in this report (Sept. 29, 2005): Federal agencies responding to Hurricane Katrina/Rita health, environmental needs; Pennsylvania man sentenced for falsifying underground storage tank closure reports; Idaho developer convicted of Clean Water Act violations; Superfund website now available in Spanish; EPA celebrates National Estuaries Day; Business Roundtable launches new SEE Change initiative...

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