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June 30, 2022

Property Owner to Pay for Cleanup Costs Following Hazardous Chemical Explosion in Shrewsbury Backyard

Source: https://www.mass.gov/, June 29, 2022 A Shrewsbury resident has agreed to pay $120,000 to reimburse the state for the cost of responding to a 2016 explosion and fire caused when his contractor demolished a backyard shed at his residential property, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. The explosion and fire released hazardous chemicals and fumes, […]

June 28, 2022

Coverage Doesn’t Stick In Teflon Dispute

Source: https://www.mondaq.com/, June 28, 2022 By: Erin E. Lamb, Freeman Mathis & Gary At its Petersburg, New York plant, Tonoga, Inc. made products and materials coated with polytetrafluoroethylene, better known by its trade name, Teflon. Before 2013, when making Teflon, Tonoga used perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate, or a combination of both. These are man-made chemicals […]

June 28, 2022

Pa. waited more than 2 years to test wells after finding nearby contamination. Now this neighborhood wants answers.

Source: https://www.inquirer.com/, June 28, 2022 By: Adam Smeltz A class of synthetic chemicals identified in 2019 near Penn State University’s airport has fouled tap water in an adjacent neighborhood, and families there are now demanding to know why it took environmental officials so long to test their wells, which they use for bathing, cooking, and […]

June 28, 2022

Lawmakers urge Air Force to address water contamination in El Paso County

Source: https://www.fox21news.com/, June 28, 2022 Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper urged the U.S. Air Force to address water contamination in El Paso County from polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which were found in firefighting foam used at Peterson Space Force Base (SFB). According to the lawmakers, PFAS have contaminated the Widefield aquifer that provides drinking water […]

June 27, 2022

Chicken facility manure handling put streams at risk, state regulators say

Source: https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/, June 24, 2022 By: Jared Strong A large Iowa Falls egg-laying chicken operation improperly stored hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid manure that had the potential to leak into a nearby creek that feeds the Iowa River, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The Opal Foods facility is located about […]

June 24, 2022

Judge approves $1 billion settlement a year after Surfside condo collapse

Source: https://www.cnn.com/, June 24, 2022 By: Denise Royal and Elizabeth Wolfe On the eve of the one-year anniversary of a catastrophic condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, a judge approved an approximately $1 billion settlement for those impacted by the disaster that killed 98 people, an attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed Thursday. The judge’s decision finalizes […]

June 23, 2022

Fuel Tank/Leasehold Contamination: Mississippi Appellate Court Addresses Liability Question

Source: https://www.jdsupra.com/, June 22, 2022 The Mississippi Court of Appeals addressed in a May 31st opinion a dispute over responsibility for environmental contamination between a lessor and a lessee. See Biloxi Dock & Ice, LLC v. Back Bay Fuel and Ice, LLC, 2022 WL 1743238. The dispute was complicated by the fact that a definitive source of […]

June 23, 2022

Officials: Contractor error leads to sewage spill at Brushy Creek wastewater plant

Source: https://www.statesman.com/, June 22, 2022 By: Fernand Figueroa A contractor error is believed to have caused the unauthorized discharge of raw sewage from a manhole along Brushy Creek, according to a news release from the city of Round Rock. The error occurred during expansion work at the East Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant at 3939 […]

June 22, 2022

South Sioux City Recycletronics waste site sees cleanup

Source: https://siouxcityjournal.com/, June 22, 2022 By: Nick Hytrek Federal contractors have begun cleaning up tons of hazardous leaded glass illegally stored in South Sioux City and in rural Akron, Iowa, by a now-defunct recycling business owned by a former Sioux City councilman. On Tuesday, workers with an excavator and skid loader continued to remove an […]

June 22, 2022

Near Zero: EPA Sets New Stringent PFAS Lifetime Health Advisories

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, June 17, 2022 By: Stephanie R. Feingold, Laurie Matthews and Drew Cleary Jordan, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP In its latest action under its PFAS Roadmap, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued new and updated drinking water health advisories for four PFAS chemicals. These health advisories are an interim step in a larger […]

June 20, 2022

Oil-based material that spilled in Flint River came from Lockhart Chemical

Source: https://www.mlive.com/, June 17, 2022 The state says testing has confirmed that a petroleum product released into the Flint River earlier this week came from Lockhart Chemical Co. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy reported its findings in a news release on Friday, June 17, and a spokesman said the agency has […]

June 20, 2022

Study identifies Waukegan coal plant as potential flooding, contamination risk

Source: https://www.dailyherald.com/, June 20, 2022 By: Jenny Whidden Community concerns of Lake Michigan contamination from a Waukegan power plant’s recently shuttered coal-fired units heightened last week after an environmental study identified the facility as a potential flood risk, citing rising lake levels due to climate change. The report, released by Chicago’s Environmental Law and Policy Center, […]

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