Agriculture

December 27, 2013

Potentially Contaminatetd Soil Closes Parks

Read here about two parks in Miami that are closing due to potentially contaminated soil.

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December 26, 2013

USEPA Fines Pesticide Producer

Read here about a pesticide producer that has agreed to fines of more than $1.7 million.

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October 18, 2013

Water contamination remains a big concern for farmers

Source: http://www.standard.net, October 16, 2013
By: Dana Rimington

A problem may be lurking beneath the surface of farmland soil, and farmers are worried.

The problem, they say, is contaminants that are being sent into storm drains and eventually reach farm irrigation ditches. Farmers pay a high price if they discover their edible crops have been polluted — such a situation forces them to destroy the crop and start over.

“It’s expensive to destroy a crop, but it’s cheaper than a lawsuit on our end if we get people sick,” said Jeremy East, operator of eight farms he leases throughout Davis County.

“In the back of our minds, we know there could be the potential for problems by not knowing what’s in the irrigation water. There is the potential for bad stuff to happen.”

To avoid some problems, East spends around $2,000 to test his water numerous times throughout the year.

He hasn’t encountered any contamination yet, but he is constantly aware of the possibility, knowing his career would pay the ultimate price if his farmland were affected.

“There’s a lot invested into these crops every year, and you don’t normally get a lot back, so it’s scary, because one bad crop could bankrupt anybody,” East said.

When building homes on farmland, developers have to be mindful of the old farm’s drains and irrigation ditches that still reach out to other farmers.…

May 31, 2013

Slow Leak Causes Big Problems

Source: Great American Environmental Division, May 2013

A manufacturer operated a machine-press to form metal parts for the automotive industry. A portion of the machine-press was located beneath the concrete slab-floor. For more than 20 years, lubricating oil from the machine-press was released into the soils under the building. When the soil was tested during a potential buyer’s due diligence, it was found to contain petroleum hydrocarbons. The contamination was determined to he from the leaking machine-press. The manufacturer was held responsible for the clean-up of the soil contamination and the sale of the property stalled.

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May 29, 2013

Soil Spill

Source: Great American Environmental Division, May 2013

During construction of a new office building, an excavation contractor collected several tons of contaminated soil for off-site disposal. Unbeknownst to the driver of one of the dump trucks, the rear dump gate of his truck was ajar allowing soil to spill throughout the trip before being pulled over by the police. Things go from had to worse when it was determined that the soils had been contaminated with PCBs. The soil spillage causes a road closure of several hours and the excavation contractor was held responsible for the emergency hazmat clean-up of the soil.

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April 23, 2012

Bed bugs continue to pose big problems

Source: Dayton Daily News, April 22, 2012
Posted on: http://envfpn.advisen.com

Complaints about bed bugs have significantly increased in Warren County in 2012 and have remained steady or increased in much of the Miami Valley this year as pest control specialists search for new methods of treatment and companies look for new products to test.

Experts say a lack of effective treatments and the high cost of available treatments continue to frustrate residents or property owners who struggle with bed bugs. The 1/4- to 3/8-inch, brown, oval-shaped bugs are not known to carry disease, but their bites that feed on blood cause itching and irritation. They can travel on clothing to move from place to place, and their treatment requires patience.

The Dayton Daily News researched Dayton-area counties to determine the extent of the bed bugs issue in the area. County health departments track complaints about bed bugs differently — and some not at all — so a comparison is impossible.

The Daily News found that:

— In Warren County, complaints in 2012 (25) have already surpassed the totals for entire years 2010 (12) and 2011 (18).

— Complaints in Miami County rose from 13 in 2010 to 26 in 2011.

— Montgomery County began tracking calls in 2010 on a bed bugs information line. It averaged 45 calls per month for the portion of 2010 it tracked and 33 calls per month in 2011, although officials said that doesn’t necessarily signal a decrease because some residents might have already determined the county’s assistance line was information only, not an option for inspection or enforcement.

— The Middletown City Health District received 175 calls in 2010 and 94 in 2011.

— Greene County does not track calls or complaints about bed bugs.…

April 4, 2012

Street and Road Contractor – Petroleum-Impacted Sediment

Source: Rockhill Environmental/NECC Newsletter

Inadequate erosion control measures implemented during construction of an abutment for a highway overpass resulted in petroleum -impacted sediment to be deposited into a pristine waterway. The street and road contractor was required to pay for clean-up costs and natural resource damages.…

November 22, 2011

MD Governor Critzicizing Lawsuit Against Poultry Farm

Read here about a lawsuit regarding pollution concerns against a poultry farm in Maryland.…

July 26, 2011

Auditorium project unearths contaminated soil at Greenwich High

Source: http://www.greenwichtime.com, July 26, 2011
By: Lisa Chamoff

Construction of a new auditorium at Greenwich High School has hit another roadblock, with contaminated soil found during excavation work in the parking lot behind the school just a couple of weeks after the district broke ground on the $29 million project.

Board of Education Vice Chairman Leslie Moriarty, a member of the building committee for the music instruction space and auditorium project, known as MISA, said during work to expand the western parking lot and dig a trench for an irrigation line, construction workers found soil that was a darker color than the surrounding dirt.

Initial testing revealed traces of lead, arsenic and barium, as well as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and petroleum hydrocarbon. Some of the levels were slightly above the most stringent requirements for groundwater quality, Moriarty said.

Moriarty said all work in that area of the site was stopped, the excavated soil was covered and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and local officials were notified. Additional testing was conducted, with results expected in the next few days.…

July 1, 2011

Excavation Contractor – Contaminated Soil

Acknowledgement to Great American Environmental Division

During the course of performing site preparation work for a new building the excavation contractor spread contaminated soil throughout the site. The contractor was held partially responsible for exacerbating the contaminated soil.…