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EPA Adds the Riverside Industrial Park in Newark, New Jersey to the Superfund List; Seven Acre Site along the Passaic River Contaminated with PCBs and Volatile Organic Compounds

Hazardous Waste - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 19:05
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added the Riverside Industrial Park in Newark, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. After a 2009 spill of oily material from the industrial park into the Passaic River, the EPA discovered that chemicals, including benzene, mercury, chromium and arsenic, were improperly stored at the site

EPA Proposes to Add Wilcox Oil Site in Creek Co., OK, to National Priorities List of Superfund Sites

Hazardous Waste - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 18:40
(Dallas – May 21, 2013) Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it proposes to add the Wilcox Oil Company site in Creek County, Oklahoma, to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites, a list of sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country

New EPA Video Highlights Success of Citizen Science Efforts in Tonawanda, NY

Hazardous Waste - Tue, 05/21/2013 - 18:27
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted a new video to its national YouTube channel highlighting the role citizen science has played in raising awareness about pollution from the Tonawanda Coke Corporation facility in Tonawanda, New York. The video is part of a larger project to highlight the work of “citizen scientists” across the country and connect communities with tools they can use to start citizen science projects

EPA orders gas stations to close underground injection wells to protect drinking water sources on Yakama Reservation

Hazardous Waste - Wed, 05/15/2013 - 21:27
(Seattle – May 15, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, has ordered two gas stations to close their underground injection wells to protect drinking water on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington. In separate settlements, the gas stations in Wapato and White Swan will pay $13,140 and $11,991 in federal penalties for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Da Stor at Lillie’s Corner gas station, in Wapato, operates two underground injection wells

Eleven Entities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska to Receive More Than $4.5M from EPA to Assess, Clean up and Revitalize Brownfield Properties

Hazardous Waste - Wed, 05/08/2013 - 22:34
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., May 8, 2013) - Nine cities and two state agencies in Region 7 have been selected to receive more than $4.5 million from EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grants program. These funds will provide key support toward the assessment, cleanup and revitalization of brownfields properties in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska communities

EPA Provides $600,000 to Community in Puerto Rico to Support Assessments, Cleanups and Revitalization of Contaminated Properties

Hazardous Waste - Wed, 05/08/2013 - 19:41
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing $600,000 to help the community of Villalba, Puerto Rico asses and clean up abandoned and contaminated sites. The funding was awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop, and reuse contaminated properties. Brownfields are properties where moderate contamination threatens environmental quality and public health and can interfere with productive re-use of the sites

EPA Provides $1.4 Million to Communities in Upstate New York to Support Assessments, Cleanups and Revitalization of Contaminated Properties

Hazardous Waste - Wed, 05/08/2013 - 19:33
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing nearly $1.4 million to Fort Edward, Glens Falls, Ithaca, Rensselaer, and Rochester, New York to help those communities clean up abandoned and contaminated sites. The funding was awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop, and reuse contaminated properties

EPA Provides $1 Million to New York City and North Hempstead, Long Island to Support Assessments, Cleanups and Revitalization of Contaminated Properties

Hazardous Waste - Wed, 05/08/2013 - 19:27
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing nearly $1 million to New York City and North Hempstead, Long Island to help those communities clean up abandoned and contaminated sites. The funding was awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop and reuse contaminated properties

EPA Provides Nearly $3.8 Million to Communities in New Jersey to Support Assessments, Cleanups and Revitalization of Contaminated Properties

Hazardous Waste - Wed, 05/08/2013 - 19:12
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing nearly $3.8 million to Atlantic City, Camden, Jersey City, Maurice River Township, Newark and Trenton, New Jersey to help those communities clean up abandoned and contaminated sites. The funding was awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop and reuse contaminated properties

HUD ANNOUNCES NEW NOTE SALES UNDER EXPANDED DISTRESSED ASSET STABILIZATION PROGRAM

HUD Updates - Fri, 05/03/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - For the second time this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will sell thousands of severely delinquent mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) as part of a broader effort to address the housing market's shadow inventory and to target relief to areas experiencing high foreclosure activity. This summer, HUD will sell approximately 20,000 distressed loans through its expanded Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP) to increase recoveries to FHA's Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund from non-performing FHA-insured loans, while contributing to stabilization and recovery in some of the nation's communities hit hardest by the housing crisis.

HUD AND ENTERPRISE SHOWCASE SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION DESIGN IN INDIAN COUNTRY

HUD Updates - Thu, 05/02/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) showcased Native American communities' use of sustainable design and construction strategies today at the National Museum of the American Indian. The event is part of HUD's and Enterprise's continuous effort to promote sustainable construction techniques in Indian Country.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RENEWS SUPPORT FOR MORE THAN 500 LOCAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS ACROSS THE U.S.

HUD Updates - Thu, 05/02/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced a second round of grants for more than 500 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S, provided through HUD's Continuum of Care Program. This year, HUD challenged local communities to reexamine their response to homelessness and give greater weight to proven strategies, from providing 'rapid re-housing' for homeless families to permanent supportive housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness (see attached chart).

HUD, DOJ RELEASE NEW GUIDANCE ON 'DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION' REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE FAIR HOUSING ACT

HUD Updates - Tue, 04/30/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - New guidance released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) reinforces the Fair Housing Act requirement that multifamily housing be designed and constructed so that it isaccessible to persons with disabilities. Read HUD and DOJ's new guidance.

HUD, UTAH MORTGAGE COMPANY SETTLE PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION CLAIM

HUD Updates - Tue, 04/30/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has reached a Conciliation Agreement with Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (PRMI), in Salt Lake City, UT, settling allegations that the lender denied a Baltimore, Maryland woman a mortgage loan because she was pregnant and on maternity leave.

Fourth Season of Dredging Begins in Upper Hudson; Project Expected to Reach Halfway Point during Fourth Season

Hazardous Waste - Mon, 04/29/2013 - 18:21
(Fort Edward, NY) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy Commissioner Eugene Leff today to kick off the start of the fourth season of dredging in the Upper Hudson River

SECRETARY DONOVAN AND GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCE APPROVAL OF NEW YORK STATE'S DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN

HUD Updates - Mon, 04/29/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced federal approval of New York State's recovery action plan to help homeowners and businesses following Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. Funded through HUD's Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG - DR) program, New York State's recovery action plan calls for a combined $1.7 billion investment in a variety of housing, infrastructure and business recovery activities. Read New York State's action plan.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Receive $166,500 for Brownfields Redevelopment Planning

Hazardous Waste - Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:37
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., April 25, 2013) - The City of Council Bluffs, Iowa, will receive $166,500 to develop a plan for brownfields property assessment, cleanup and reuse in its mid-city area, EPA Region 7 announced today. Council Bluffs will use this funding to create a plan and implementation strategy for a project area totaling approximately 70 acres. The City is one of 20 communities nationwide to receive this funding

HUD ANNOUNCES MAJOR RESTRUCTURING OF FIELD OFFICES

HUD Updates - Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced a series of restructuring and systemic changes within its Office of Multifamily Housing Programs and the Office of Field Policy and Management (FPM). The changes, which include consolidating Multifamily hubs nationwide and closing 16 smaller offices, affect approximately 900 of the Departments' 9,000 employees. Read more about HUD's restructuring plans.

HUD ASSUMES CONTROL OF COCOA, FLORIDA HOUSING AUTHORITY

HUD Updates - Mon, 04/22/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that, effectively immediately, it is taking control of the Housing Authority of the City of Cocoa (HACC).

R.I. Landlords Fined for Failing to Notify Tenants about Lead Paint Hazards in Woonsocket

Hazardous Waste - Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:16
(Boston, Mass. – April 18, 2013) – Two Rhode Island landlords will pay an EPA penalty of $13,900 for violations of federal lead disclosure laws
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