April 11, 2019

Cause of gas leak at Circle K found

Source:, April 11, 2019
By: Mary Ann Greier

A faulty leak detection valve appeared to be the culprit for a gasoline leak at Circle K East which seeped into the basement of a neighboring home on Woodland Avenue, according to Salem Fire Chief Scott Mason.

Mason reported Wednesday that’s what he learned in his conversations with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency staff and contractors at the scene, which was confirmed by OEPA spokesman James Lee, who during a phone conversation with the Salem News said the source of the leak had been found.

He said a vaccuum truck was removing any pooled gasoline and workers would begin the process of removing contaminated soil. Contractors on the premises included American Environmental, hired by Circle K to handle the site survey and determine how to clean up the gasoline and conduct the remediation, and Tanknology, which conducted a pressure test on the tanks and the gas lines, according to Mason.

Mason said the gasoline was being removed from the inspection wells. He explained that a different contractor on the scene Tuesday reported not finding any gasoline in inspection wells for the tanks, but when the OEPA performed it’s own inspection, gasoline was found in the inspection wells. Mason said that means gasoline was present that shouldn’t have been, outside the tanks, and it was getting into the basement next door.…

April 11, 2019

PFAS found at Gordie Howe International Bridge site in Detroit

Source:, April 11, 2019
By: Paula Gardner

Michigan’s search for PFAS contamination now touches the Gordie Howe International Bridge, where multiple samples over four months on the Detroit side of the project showed the chemicals in both soil and groundwater.

Now officials are ensuring that plans for soil movement and stormwater address the presence of the per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals as pre-construction activity accelerates this month.

The contamination discovery is not slowing the pace of the $4.4 billion project.

So far, “there have been no construction delays nor timeline adjustment because of the testing,” said Michigan Department of Transportation communications director Jeff Cranson.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge over the Detroit River will be a third Detroit-based border crossing between the U.S. and Canada, and a major transportation hub to connect Canada’s Highway 401 with I-75.

The project is under way in Detroit’s DelRay neighborhood, where 190 acres comprised of former residential, commercial and industrial parcels were consolidated into the construction site.…

April 10, 2019

State orders agency to curb noxious fumes from Meadowlands landfill

Source:, April 9, 2019
By: Scott Fallon

Environmental officials have ordered a state agency to curb elevated levels of a noxious gas wafting from the last operating landfill in the Meadowlands after already citing the agency for allowing sewage to be dumped there. (Video is below.)

This time, however, the culprit doesn’t appear to be wastewater. Instead, it’s likely coming from rotting pieces of drywall, which can emit hydrogen sulfide when wet.

The fumes have prompted a wave of criticism over how the Keegan Landfill in Kearny is managed, and has renewed calls for it to be closed.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is scheduled at its Thursday meeting to hire an environmental firm for $300,000 to monitor the air surrounding the Keegan Landfill for hydrogen sulfide under an order from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“We firmly believe that it is unacceptable for our landfill to be disruptive or troublesome for its neighbors and the community that hosts it,” the commission said in a statement on its website.…

April 8, 2019

EPA: Newly discovered contamination may be linked to Dewey Loeffel in Nassau

Source:, April 4, 2019
By: Michael Gwizdala

According to Town of Nassau Supervisor David Fleming, the United States Environmental Protection Agency informed him a site on Route 203 tested positive for significant contamination and is believed to be connected to the Dewey Loeffel operations.

The contamination is nearly 5.5 miles from the federal Dewey Loeffel Superfund Site.

After learning of this latest development, town officlals instituted a coordinated outreach to potentially impacted residents along with contact to elected officials at every level of government. The EPA, State Department of Environmental Conservation, the State Department of Public Health and Rensselaer County Department of Health were partners in this outreach and review.

“The toxic legacy of the Dewey Loeffel Superfund Site continues to impact a community trying to heal from decades of contamination,” Fleming said. “I’m personally appreciative of my colleagues in local government for their quick response and professionalism in this most recent discovery.…

April 8, 2019

Developer sues over cleanup at Atlantic Wire site in Branford

Source:, April 7, 2019
By: Mark Zaretsky

A major, mixed-use development project to put 10 buildings with 205 residential units on the former site of Atlantic Wire is up in the air again, with a new lawsuit the property owner has failed to do required environmental cleanup.

The developer of the Atlantic Wharf project, Metro Star Capital LLC, filed the lawsuit in February, claiming damages greater than $15,000 against property owner 1 Church Street LLC.

The 7.7-acre property is located along the Branford River, within walking distance to the center of town and the Shore Line East train station. The 10-building, mixed-use complex would feature 205 residential units that would be a mix of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments, according to its zoning application.

The development plan includes an underground parking garage with 195 spaces and a new road to be built through the complex near the side of the train tracks.

The property has been under contract for sale since Feb. 26, 2013, and the town approved the development initially in February 2015 and again in January 2017.

The developer agreed to buy it for $6 million, according to the lawsuit, first reported by the Branford Seven news site.…

April 4, 2019

San Diego County Investigating Noxious Odors That Sickened Students, Staff At SDSU

Source:, April 2, 2019
By: Brad Racino, Bella Ross and Lauren Mapp, inewsource

County officials are investigating odors that led San Diego State University to close a building on campus after faculty, students and others complained they were sick with sore throats, itchy eyes, nausea, headaches and nosebleeds.

The odors arose from a chemical used during roof repairs to the Professional Studies and Fine Arts building, which was closed on March 13 — six weeks after the university was told of the problem and began air monitoring tests. Students and professors who occupied the building despite the smells said the university did a poor job of notifying them or giving them options.

The building has four floors and houses the School of Journalism and Media Studies and the School of Public Affairs, as well as a small library, biology labs, and cultural and educational programs such as the Confucius Institute and Upward Bound.

About This Story

inewsource has been working with two reporters from the SDSU campus newspaper, The Daily Aztec, in its ongoing coverage of the frustration among teachers, students and staff with the university’s handling of odor issues from roof repair work in a campus building.

The reporters, Bella Ross and Lauren J. Mapp, also are inewsource interns. inewsource is located on the SDSU campus, and its mailing address is in the affected Professional Studies and Fine Arts building.

April 3, 2019

KMCO Crosby plant fire: Facility poses high potential for harm, long history of safety violations

Source: Houston Chronicle, April 2, 2019
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Fifteen days after a fire at a Deer Park chemical facility, another fire at a chemical incident is belching black smoke into the air again.

The KMCO facility in Crosby caught fire Tuesday. The facility lies a little more than two and half miles from the Arkema plant that notoriously caught on fire after losing control of its stores of organic peroxides during Hurricane Harvey.

The Crosby chemical facility, like the Intercontinental Terminals Co. facility in Deer Park, has a history of environmental and workplace safety issues.

The facility is currently not compliant with the federal Clean Water Act. KMCO was in violation of the Clean Water Act for seven of the last 12 quarters. It violated the Clean Air Act three times in the last 12 quarters. Environmental Protection Agency data shows the facility also violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act on Feb. 22, 2018. The RCRA regulates how facilities handle hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste.

The plant has dozens of OSHA violations since 2010.…

April 2, 2019

One dead in fire at KMCO chemical plant in Crosby

Source:, April 2, 2019
By: Julian Gill and Jasper Scherer

One person has died and two people were injured  in a fire Tuesday morning  at KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, authorities said.

Several authorities including Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gary Hendry confirmed the death. Two people were taken by Life Flight helicopter ambulance to hospitals. Their condition is unknown, the sheriff said in a tweet.

A shelter in place has been ordered for all residents within a 1-mile radius of the plant at 16503 Ramsey Road.

All campuses in Crosby ISD, Channelview ISD, Galena Park ISD  and Sheldon ISD are also under a shelter in place. Crosby ISD has turned off their HVAC systems and it will not release students to parents or let them onto school buses until further notice.

Officials from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and the county’s Pollution Control Services Department were headed to the scene, according to a tweet from the Harris County Office of Emergency Management.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also dispatched officials from its Houston office to assess the scene, the agency tweeted.…

April 1, 2019

Brookfield isn’t only place in need of help to demolish old, hazardous gas stations

Source:, March 29, 2019

Youngstown has 331 potential sites that store hazardous chemicals underground

Next Tuesday, demolition will begin on an abandoned gas station in Brookfield, not only because it’s an eyesore but also because it’s a health hazard.

But Brookfield isn’t the only area in the Valley that has an issue with old gas stations.

What was once Palko’s Mill Creek Service Station now sits an abandoned gas station at Bears Den Road and Schenley Avenue on Youngstown’s west side.

Mark Ramahi, owner of the Mill Creek Deli next door, would love to see it gone.

“I’ll be honest with you, it’s a bad eyesore in this neighborhood. It’s a clean neighborhood, we should keep it that way,” he said.

“But it’s a major problem. This is a major problem,” said Ian Beniston, executive director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Beniston has a map of all the potential underground storage tanks in the city, 331 of which are old gas stations, auto shops or even laundromats that stored chemicals underground.…

April 1, 2019

Cleanup will soon begin at former Watertown coal-gas plant

Source:, March 30, 2019
By: Craig Fox

After being in a holding pattern for 27 years, cleanup will begin next month on a 1.9-acre contaminated site of a former Niagara Mohawk manufactured gas plant on Engine Street.

To be finished over three phases, the comprehensive cleanup to rid the site of contamination left by a coal-gas plant that ended operation in the 1950s will cost $18 million.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that the first phase of the environmental remediation is set to begin in April and take about six months to complete.

National Grid, then known as NiMo, will pay for the cleanup at a vacant, fenced-in site that it owns.

In 1992, NiMo was directed by DEC to look for and clean up hazardous materials at the Engine Street site and 20 other former coal-gas plants statewide it once owned.

City officials are aware that the cleanup will begin soon and knew about the remediation plans for years.…