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October 15, 2019

1 missing after Hard Rock Hotel collapse, building still unstable

Source: https://www.wwltv.com, October 14, 2019

Rescue workers and search dogs moved gingerly through a dangerously unstable, partially collapsed hotel in New Orleans on Monday in a risky search for the only person still missing after the structure partially collapsed.

Two people are known to have died in the Saturday disaster and more than 20 were hurt. Read more.

October 15, 2019

NC officials confirm 3rd death from Legionnaires’ disease

Source: https://www.wral.com, October 15, 2019

North Carolina health officials say a third person has died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease linked to a hot tub display at a fair.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the third death to news outlets Monday. Read more.

October 15, 2019

Contaminated soil will be trucked from Edgewater’s Quanta Superfund this week

Source: https://www.northjersey.com, October 15, 2019
By: Kristie Cattafi

Removal of soil and debris from a tent at the Quanta Superfund site will begin this week, Environmental Protection Agency officials say.

This is the next phase of the cleanup of 115 River Road — known as the Quanta site — which involves digging up contaminated soil that releases naphthalene.

Naphthalene is “reasonably anticipated” to be a human carcinogen, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In studies, lab rats formed lung and nose tumors after breathing in the chemical daily.  Read more.

October 15, 2019

Maine DEP will seek authority to order cleanup of ‘forever chemicals’

Source: https://www.pressherald.com, October 15, 2019
By: Kevin Miller

State environmental officials want the authority to order companies to clean up contamination from emerging “forever chemicals” or to be allowed to tap state funds for remediating contaminated sites on their own.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is preparing a proposal for the 2020 legislative session that officials said is needed to unbind the state’s hands when it comes to dealing with contamination from the class of chemicals known as PFAS.  Read more.

October 15, 2019

MTA to remove asbestos-laced cloth from vent system at East New York bus depot

Source: New York Daily News, October 11, 2019
Posted on: https://www.advisen.com

Asbestos-laced cloth will be removed from the ventilation system at one of the city’s biggest bus depots, the Daily News has learned.

Contractors on Friday will begin removing the cloth, which was designed to reduce vibrations on the noisy air vents that pump air to the first three floors of the giant depot — where roughly 1,000 people work. Read more.

October 14, 2019

More fire foam chemicals found in water near Duluth air base

Source: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com, October 12, 2019
By: John Myers

More widespread groundwater and surface water contamination has been discovered on and near the Duluth Air National Guard base from the chemicals known as PFAS — the stuff left behind by firefighting foam, nonstick cookware, Scotchgard and other products.

Several sites on and near the base now exceed state standards for human health for PFAS levels, and one homeowner near the base is getting bottled water from the state after levels found in the home’s well exceeded state standards. Read more.

October 11, 2019

Are commercial airports in U.S. responsible for PFAS contamination?

Source: https://www.internationalairportreview.com, October 11, 2019

Much has been said about contamination with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in and around military installations, but the environmental impact of their use in civilian airports remains largely on the side lines.

The term PFAS denotes a large group of manmade fluorocarbon chemicals, of which approximately 650 are in commercial use according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) estimates. Due to their unique properties which make them highly resistant to intense heat and repellent to fat, water and oil, PFAS are commonly used in anti-stick pans, stain-free textiles and in fire-extinguishing foam for oil fires. Read more.

October 10, 2019

Arsenic from Kent abandoned mine has seeped into soil, water for 30 years: Schumer pushes EPA to act

Source: https://www.lohud.com, October 8, 2019
By: Isabel Keane

The Environmental Protection Agency needs to stop “dragging its feet” as toxic arsenic seeps into the soil and water from an abandoned mine in Kent, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said.

Arsenic that has been spilling onto private property since 1987 and exposing residents to contaminated water and soil, and has even hospitalized two residents, was added to the EPA’s Proposed National Priorities List in June.  Read more.

October 10, 2019

Manure-contaminated Darke County stream is being cleaned, residents told

Source: https://www.whio.com, October 8, 2019

The Darke County stream contaminated when manure leaked into it from a field is being cleaned, an Ohio EPA official said in a prepared statement.

The cleanup is ongoing and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring the situation, Dina Pierce, an Ohio EPA spokeswoman, said.

“A manure spill was reported last week (Sept. 30) and Ohio EPA staff responded,” the statement reads. “Manure had affected about 4.5 miles of North Fork Stillwater River in Rossburg. A containment dam was installed and cleanup began, including aeration of the stream.” Read more.

October 10, 2019

Colorado Lawmakers Call For More Federal Money To Clean Up Chemical Contamination From PFAS

Source: https://www.cpr.org, October 8, 2019
By: Dan Boyce

Local environmental activists and state lawmakers gathered near Colorado Springs on Tuesday to call for more federal support to clean up toxic chemical contamination near some of the state’s military bases, including the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Firefighting foams used regularly on military bases for decades leached per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances into local groundwater supplies. In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a health advisory warning of a connection between PFAS chemicals and certain types of cancer.  Read more.