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Our January - March newsletter offers updates on our clients as well as some of the latest environmental news.
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To our clients and friends,

Many cultures through time have marked the new year each spring. After a winter of an unsettling political climate and warm temperatures, ESC is ready for a new start. Beginning in 2017, our newsletters will now display our nonprofit name: Environmental Stewards Consulting, Inc. We continue to be committed to help communities throughout the country with their technical assistance needs under our nonprofit.

All the best,
The ESC Team
Peter deFur, Chair of the Board
Laura Williams, Executive Director
Jessica Greene, Research Assistant
Heather Murphy, Research Assistant
Candace Boyce, Office Administrator
National News
At the national level, the new administration today proposes dramatic cuts in the support to state agencies that administer the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act permit programs. The cuts extend to the EPA Office of Research and Development, including work regarding our changing climate.
Hudson River, NY
Photo: Scenic Hudson website
 
Contaminants: PCBs

The EPA is intending to release a Draft of the Five Year Review report in a few weeks, and to open a public comment period. ESC has been providing technical review of the data and plan for the clean up.
 
Fish Muscle Tissue
Housatonic River, MA
Photo: Peter deFur
 
Contaminants: PCBs

General Electric has released a press note that they are willing to accept some of what EPA proposes in the modification to the RCRA permit that will guide the clean up of the Rest of the River. Unfortunately, GE still seeks to leave vast quantities of PCBs in the Housatonic River, poisoning the river for hundreds of years, if not longer.
Fish Muscle Tissue
Duwamish River, WA
Photo: Tom Reese

Contaminants: PCBs, arsenic, metals (lead, zinc, silver, cadmium, mercury), oil, PAHs, phthalates

The EPA and the state of Washington continue to assess baseline conditions prior to beginning the clean up of contaminated sediments and river banks on the Lower Duwamish River.
Spring Valley, Washington, DC
Photo: Spring Valley weekly updates

Contaminants: arsenic, mustard, Lewisite

The US Army Corps of Engineers plans to complete the work at Glenbrook Road this summer. The pilot project for investigating properties to reduce uncertainty of buried debris has come to a close and the Corps is contracting for work to begin in 2017.

The Groundwater Feasibility Study is expected to be released and available for review this month.  

The Revised Draft-Final Pilot Study Report is being reviewed by  the EPA, Washington, DC. and ESC.
Portland, OR
Photo credit: Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group
 
Contaminants: PCBs, DDx, dioxins/furans, PAHs

The EPA is holding information sessions in the city of Portland the present basic elements of the cleanup plan to the public in a series of open meetings, including one on Wednesday, March 8 from 6:30-8:30 PM.
Radford Army Ammunition Plant, VA
 
Contaminants: Heavy metals and solvents

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality received the latest changes to the operating permit for the Radford Army Ammunition Plant waste incinerator.
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Environmental Advocacy Group Monitor's Trump EPA for Changes

Fish Fight: Scientists Battle Over the True Harm of Mercury in Tuna

New Toxic Controls to Emerge in Chemical Sector's March Madness



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