Small Business Innovation Research Grant to fund development
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted of a solicitation for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant related to development of a rapid, simple and implementable poolside test method to gather separate measures for organic and inorganic combined chlorine in pool water to improve swimming pool water and associated air quality. The submission deadline for grant applications is Sept. 5.
EPA welcomes public comments on proposal for 60 days
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its partial decision on Missouri’s 2016 list of impaired waters. EPA is approving Missouri’s list of 307 waters that are impaired by one or more pollutants and the removal of 16 water bodies from the list. The agency also proposes to add four water bodies and corresponding pollutants to the list.
Approximately 57 residences impacted by former Kil-Tone Co. site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil at approximately 57 residences impacted by the former Kil-Tone Co. site in Vineland, N.J. Pesticides were manufactured at the now defunct Kil-Tone Co. facility, and groundwater and soil at the site, including soil in the yards of nearby homes, are contaminated with arsenic and lead.
Supplemental Revolving Loan Funding provided from $10.7 million grant package
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 33 entities nationwide will receive supplemental Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) from a $10.7 million package of grants from EPA’s Brownfields program. Entities include locations in Missouri, California, Oklahoma, New York and New Jersey. EPA plans to helping more than 40 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects.
Primarily northeast, southeast and northwest states are affected
A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide showed that untreated groundwater in 25 states has a high prevalence to be potentially corrosive.
U.S. EPA, DOJ reached an agreement with American Chemet for investigation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have reached an agreement with American Chemet Corp. to investigate hazardous substance contamination and conduct any necessary cleanup actions at the company’s property within the East Helena (Mont.) Superfund site. The agreement, lodged as a consent decree in U.S. District Court, District of Montana, Helena Div., is subject to a 30-day public comment period, which began July 1.
Past disposal of industrial wastes affects soil near homes and businesses
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were found in the soil of 19 homes along Ley Creek in Salina, N.Y., illustrating that due to the past use of industrial chemicals at a number of locations across New York and the tri-state area, the soil around some homes and businesses may be contaminated.
More than 5,000 water systems violate Lead & Copper Rule, according to report
More than 18 million Americans received drinking water from systems with lead violations in 2015, according to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report.
New tools educate general public & CDC partners
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new website to educate partners and the general public on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and a voluntary reporting system.
Some algal blooms—or the overgrowth of algae and cyanobacteria—on rivers, lakes and oceans can produce toxins that can cause illness in animals and humans, contaminate drinking water or seafood, or damage the local environment.
Funding to reduce water contamination risk from underground tanks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) $2.576 million to prevent and respond to petroleum and other products stored in underground storage tanks (USTs).