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May 29, 2024

Norfolk Southern to pay over $500M for cleanup, rail safety after East Palestine derailment

Source: https://www.politico.com/, May 23, 2024 By: Alex Guillen and Chris Marquette Norfolk Southern will pay just over $500 million — $310 in environmental cleanup and $200 million for rail safety upgrades — as a result of last year’s disastrous train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, the Biden administration announced on Thursday. The proposed settlement, reached […]

May 29, 2024

What are leaking underground storage tanks and how are they being cleaned up?

Source: https://www.seattlepi.com/, May 29, 2024 By: Jordan Gass-Poore, The Uproot Project For more than a decade, some residents of the tiny Richmond, Rhode Island, neighborhood of Canob Park drank and bathed using tap water that had been tainted by gasoline that leaked from storage tanks buried under service stations a few hundred yards from their […]

May 29, 2024

Petrochemical company fined more than $30 million for 2019 explosions near Houston

Source: https://apnews.com/, May 21, 2024 A Texas petrochemical company has pleaded guilty to a violation of the Clean Air Act and agreed to pay more than $30 million in connection with two explosions that injured workers and caused the evacuation of thousands, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. The explosions at a TPC Group plant in the […]

May 28, 2024

Bottled Waters with and Without PFAS

Source: https://www.live-oasis.com/ If you haven’t heard, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of compounds that are commonly found in drinking water. These compounds are known to be harmful to human health and have been linked to various health issues, including cancer, thyroid disease, and immune system disorders. Unfortunately, PFAS are not only found […]

May 28, 2024

Lawsuit alleges horse stable is leaching contaminants into Fern Ridge Reservoir

Source: https://www.kezi.com/, May 21, 2024 By: Aaron Arellano The Oregon Department of Agriculture filed a lawsuit against Lakeview Stables for allegedly leaching contaminants into the water of Fern Ridge Reservoir for the past seven years. Since 2016, the ODA said they have frequently reached out to the owners of the Lakeview Stables property through verbal […]

May 28, 2024

BASF Settles PFAS Water Contamination Lawsuits With U.S. Communities for $316.5 Million

Source: https://www.aboutlawsuits.com/, May 22, 2024 By: Irvin Jackson BASF has agreed to pay $316.5 million to resolve liability the company faces in lawsuits brought by dozens of cities and municipalities nationwide, over widespread water contamination caused by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contained in firefighting foam and other products manufactured by the company. While PFAS […]

May 23, 2024

The coal industry, running on fumes, likely to shrink more with new EPA power plant rule

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/, May 21, 2024 By: Cecilia Garzella Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new emission standards targeting coal-fired power plants that aim to cut their carbon pollution, a major contributor to global warming and climate change, by 90%. This federal initiative marks a significant step toward combating rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns caused by […]

May 23, 2024

EPA announces $300m funding to clean up US former industrial sites

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/, May 21, 2024 By: Kyle Bagenstose The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $300m in new funding to clean up and redevelop 200 industrial sites across the country. Speaking on Monday from what was once an oil station in south-west Philadelphia’s Kingsessing neighborhood, the EPA’s administrator, Michael Regan, said his agency would allocate […]

May 23, 2024

Cleanup of former oil terminal near Bartram’s Garden gets boost with EPA funds

Source: https://whyy.org/, May 21, 2024 By: Sophia Schmidt A chain link fence surrounds a tangle of green brush where oil tanks once stood at the site of the shuttered 49th Street Terminal along the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia. Local economic development officials have big plans for the vacant site. But first, they need to […]

May 21, 2024

BASF settles PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ water contamination lawsuit for $316.5 million

Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/, May 21, 2024 German chemical company BASF said on Tuesday it reached a $316.5 million settlement with some U.S. public water systems that claimed toxic “forever chemicals” in firefighting foam made by the company contaminated their water supplies. The money provided by the settlement, which must be approved by a federal judge, will […]

May 21, 2024

Steps for Companies to Maximize Potential Insurance Recovery After the EPA’s Recent PFAS Designation

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, May 13, 2024 By: Joseph M. Englert, Dylan M. Bensinger and Mikaela Whitman, McGuireWoods LLP On April 19, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the designation of two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and their salts and structural isomers—as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, […]

May 17, 2024

$14M settlement reached in lawsuit over contaminated water at Montvale facility

Source: https://www.northjersey.com/, May 16, 2024 By: Kyle Morel New Jersey officials agreed to a $14 million settlement in a 2019 lawsuit involving groundwater contamination at a Montvale facility, the attorney general’s office stated Thursday. The settlement marks a resolution to the suit, filed in December 2019 against the Handy & Harman Electronic Materials Corp. and Cycle Chem Inc., […]

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