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2 hrs ago | The Brooklyn Paper

Cleaning Our Waterways: Developer digs deeper into pockets for Gowanus cleanup deal

A developer has inked a deal with the feds to cover tens of millions of dollars worth of Gowanus Canal-side cleanup in exchange for immunity from future pollution lawsuits. Lightstone Group, which plans to build a 12-story, 700-apartment luxury housing complex on a canal-front site bounded by Carroll and Second streets, has agreed to foot the bill for removing toxic soil on the site and building a new bulkhead along the canal.

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Related Topix: Law, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Daily Breeze

EPA seeks public input on cleaning heavy DDT contamination in Harbor Gateway

Pesticide-soaked soil under the former Montrose Chemical Corp. in Harbor Gateway needs to be removed to protect groundwater resources and prevent further spread of the cancer-causing chemicals - but first, federal environmental regulators want public input on how to get rid of it. Beginning this week and through the end of November, the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on how to best fix the problem.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law, Environment, Science

Salem News

Actions to clean city water apparently successful

Actions approved by the Salem Utilities Commission to reduce the amount of chlorine by-products in the city's drinking water apparently worked. The city is no longer on the drinking water advisory list issued by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for higher than permitted levels of Total Trihalomethanes.

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Related Topix: Law, Leetonia, OH, Washingtonville, OH

Post-gazette.com

Workzone: Whistle-blower obstacles growing

As a managing director and chief enterprise officer for Countrywide Financial Corp. in 2005, Michael Winston raised the company profile for leadership development, implemented programs designed to hone executive skills and organize succession plans. His efforts were rewarded with two promotions in his first 15 months on the job.

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Related Topix: OSHA, Law, Employment / Labor Law

The Block Island Times

Improved beach access for EMT's discussed

That was what First Warden Kim Gaffett asked during a discussion at a Wednesday, Sept. 10 Town Council work session about emergency access to the town's beaches.

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Related Topix: Block Island, RI, Law

The Star Press

EPA finds chemical vapor intrusion in home

EPA finds chemical vapor intrusion in home Many downtown homes were tested near cleanup site Check out this story on thestarpress.com: http://tspne.ws/1s1aO1G An abandoned cupola at the Kiser Plating Superfund Site, 401 E. Howard St., was painted to look like a space capsule. EPA cleaned up the site last year.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Weirton Daily Times

Cooperation key to brownfields program

While brownfields may not sound like something to celebrate, the successful collaborative approach being used statewide to help reclaim them is noteworthy - especially since it includes local governments, communities, federal and state agencies as well as higher education professionals.

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Related Topix: Law, West Virginia, Huntington, WV, West Virginia University, Chester, WV, Morgantown, WV

Daily Times

EPA committed to eliminating dengue larvae

RAWALPINDI: The Environment Protection Agency , under its ongoing anti-dengue drive on Saturday inspected 32 sites and also arrested the owner of a local shop in Ghawalmandi, who did not take notice of the breeding larvae after being warned several times.EPA District Officer Mian Mohammad Nawaz, while talking to the media personnel said that strict action was being taken against those responsible for spreading the dengue mosquitoes.

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Related Topix: Law

Star-Telegram.com

PoliTex: What do you call a former president and his first lady?

"Have you noticed that grandparents are choosing names for themselves?" Mrs. Bush asked a Fort Worth crowd recently. "Now it's sort of like choosing the name for your cat."

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Related Topix: Hillary Clinton, US Politics, US News, Law

Yahoo!

Vic govt defends coalmine fire response

The Victorian government is again defending its response to the Morwell coalmine fire, after a statistical analysis suggests the death rate increased when the town was shrouded in smoke. The analysis by a Queensland academic shows a high probability the death rate was above average during, and since, the 45-day fire at the Hazelwood coalmine.

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Related Topix: Mathematics, Science, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law

Turnto10.com

Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, actress Jessica Alba is seen, in New York. . FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014 file photo, Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Sen. .

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Related Topix: Law, US Politics, US News, Senator Tom Udall, Tom Udall, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Charleston, WV, David Vitter, Republican

The Tribune

Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer, who told The Associated Press this week that the draft still falls short. The original bill had been panned by some environmental groups, such as Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, who assailed it as "phony reform," although the Environmental Defense Fund supported its introduction as a chance for an eventual breakthrough.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Tom Udall, Tom Udall, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, David Vitter, Republican, Barbara Boxer, Law, Chemistry, Science

KFVS12

Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, actress Jessica Alba is seen, in New York. . FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014 file photo, Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Sen. .

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Related Topix: Law, Pennsylvania, Criminal Defense Law, US Politics, US News, Senator Tom Udall, Tom Udall, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat

Manufacturing.net

Pennsylvania DEP Announces Listening Session On EPA Proposal

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a listening session to obtain public input on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon pollution emission guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants and the proposed standards for modified and reconstructed units on Thursday, Sept. 25. The listening session is being held prior to the finalization of the department's official comments to EPA on the proposed guidelines and standards.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Government

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Marietta Times

Farmers launch plan to improve Ohio water

Ohio farmers say they will launch a $1 million water quality action plan to help improve the state's water resources. The Ohio Farm Bureau says the funds will go toward helping farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin get fertilizer certification and create nutrient management plans.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law

Roll Call

Administration and Farmers Clash Over More Precise Clean Water Act Regulations

Thirty-five House Democrats have joined Southerland in co-sponsoring a bill that would kill a proposed rule to the Clean Water Act that would define more precisely what 'waters of the United States' the EPA can regulate. The Obama administration has found itself in a public brawl with farmers over a proposed rule that would define more precisely what land the Clean Water Act regulates.

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Related Topix: Law, US News, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Federation, Alternative, Agriculture, Science, US Politics, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Steve Southerland

JD Supra

OSHA Update: OSHA Proposes To Regulate Retaliation Through Citation

In an unusual move, OSHA announced recently that it is seeking comments on proposed rules that would allow it to issue citations to employers who retaliate against employees who report injuries. The announcement comes in the wake of comments that the Agency received after it published other proposed rules that would require employers to submit their injury and illness information electronically.

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Related Topix: Law, OSHA, Employment / Labor Law

JD Supra

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 2014 #2

As negotiations over compromise drought legislation flounder in Congress, House Republicans are pursuing an alternative path to expediting reservoir construction: a bill that fast tracks environmental reviews. The newest measure surfaced late last week and will be the subject of a hearing Wednesday by the Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Law, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Ami Bera, Representative Tom McClintock, Democrat, California, California Government

Burlington Times News

Family blocks EPA cleanup crew in Buncombe County

A family living next to a polluted plant site in Buncombe County has blocked cleanup contractors with the Environmental Protection Agency from getting to the location. Multiple media outlets reported that Dot Rice's family used trucks and logs to keep the contractors off their land next to the old CTS plant.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Buncombe County, NC, Law

Business Journal

OSHA expands employer requirements for reporting severe injuries

Employers will be required to notify OSHA any time a worker is killed, hospitalized or loses a limb or eye due to a workplace-related injury. Employers will be required to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about thousands of additional severe injuries under a new rule adopted by the agency.

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Related Topix: OSHA, Law

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