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2008-07-29 15:00:42

By Philip Marcelo CUMBERLAND -- The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has filed Superfund liens on three properties in town that are part of the Peterson/Puritan Inc. Superfund site. The liens will allow the EPA to recover the costs of cleanup of hazardous materials at the sites, according to a release from the agency. The properties are all located north of the intersection of Mendon Road and Ann and Hope Way and south of Broad Street, according to the EPA and town records: -...

2008-07-26 18:00:33

By The Paducah Sun, Ky. Jul. 26--USEC -- Inc. is counting on financial help from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a $3.5 billion uranium-enrichment factory in Piketon, Ohio, to replace the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant starting in 2012. The Bethesda, Md., firm said Friday that it has applied under new federal legislation authorizing DOE to issue $38.5 billion in loan guarantees through fall 2009, including $2 billion for advanced "front-end" nuclear fuel-cycle facilities....

2008-07-26 15:00:26

By Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times, Texas Jul. 26--SUNLAND PARK -- People on both sides of the city's thorny landfill issue were surprised when the state of New Mexico announced it was rejecting a 10-year renewal permit for the Camino Real Landfill. "It was definitely a David versus Goliath fight, and we were shocked when we got the news," Mayor Martin Resendiz said Friday. "I am glad our community's health concerns were the state's priority." Resendiz said Camino Real has tried...

2008-07-26 03:00:23

By Jay Conley jay.conley@roanoke.com 981-3114 The rising stretch of land along Virginia 696 where the Kim-Stan Landfill lies against the Rich Patch Mountains used to be a toxic thorn in this rural community's side. But one day soon, some who know all the details about one of the most polluted landfills in the country hope it could rest underneath a recreational park or a playground -- things that typically draw a community together. Contractors hired by the federal Environmental...

2008-07-25 15:00:56

By Rebecca Correa, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jul. 25--KINGSTON -- The final stage of the 15-year cleanup of a Superfund site has begun. On Tuesday, about a dozen members from the state Department of Environmental Services began to work at the Ottati and Goss/Great Lakes Container Corporation Superfund site. Workers are injecting chemicals into groundwater on Route 125. The chemicals will help break down remaining contaminants that came from pollution caused by several...

2008-07-24 09:00:41

How was Superfund created? Superfund was created on Dec. 11, 1980, when Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. This law created a tax on the chemical and petroleum industries and allowed the federal government to respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous wastes that might harm people or the environment. The tax went to a Trust Fund for cleaning up abandoned or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. The measure was amended by the...

2008-07-24 09:00:41

By Ignazio Messina, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio Jul. 24--Envirosafe Services of Ohio Inc., which operates the state's only commercial hazardous waste landfill just east of Toledo, violated eight conditions of its operating permit, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency alleged in a letter to the firm. The landfill on Otter Creek Road in Oregon was unable to produce records regarding some of its monitoring since 2006, did not monitor water levels in "dewatering trenches" last year, and...

2008-07-22 12:00:41

By Brie Handgraaf, Times-News, Burlington, N.C. Jul. 22--Trash talk filled the Snow Camp Volunteer Fire Station on Monday night at a public hearing about a proposed expansion at Coble's Sandrock Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill on Foster Store Road in Liberty. The expansion would increase the landfill's disposal area from 12.2 acres to 67 acres, which would allow for the dumping of an additional 6.9 million cubic yards of waste. The biggest point of contention was what the...

2008-07-18 15:00:30

By RICH HEWITT; OF THE NEWS STAFF BROOKSVILLE - The risks from the contaminated former Callahan Mine site to human health and the environment are sufficient to warrant conducting a feasibility study of cleanup options, according to an official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ed Hathaway, the EPA's remedial project manager for the site, provided an update on the project for about 50 area residents in this Hancock County town Wednesday night. The update included a review of...

2008-07-15 18:00:23

CHICAGO, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 today announced an agreement with Dow Chemical Co. that requires the company to clean up dioxin contamination in the Riverside Boulevard neighborhood of Saginaw, Mich. Construction work in this neighborhood on the Lower Tittabawassee River is expected to begin in late July and continue through the fall. EPA's data shows unacceptably high levels of dioxin contamination in yards, the unpaved Riverside...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.