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

Happy Fall!  We wish all of you a happy, healthy holiday season.

All the best,
The ESC Team
Peter deFur, President 
Laura Williams, Senior Environmental Scientist
Jessica Greene, Research Assistant
Heather Murphy, Research Assistant
Candace Boyce, Office Administrator
Team News

On October 13, Peter traveled to Hyde Park, NY to participate in the technical meeting for the 5-year-review of the Hudson River PCB cleanup project.  
Peter also visited the Spring Valley site in Washington, D.C. in order to review the latest findings in the use of geophysical scanning equipment to identify potential munitions prior to excavation.
All of us here at ESC send our warmest thoughts to Housatonic Riverkeeper Tim Gray as he recovers from surgery.
Brunswick, Georgia
Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Contaminants
Brunswick Wood Preserving Site: creosote, copper chromium arsenate, PCP
LCP Chemicals Site: metals (mercury, lead), PAHs, PCBs
Terry Creek Site: toxaphene

The EPA Office of Inspector General has agreed to look into complaints of improper analytical and community involvement protocols at the Terry Creek site.  At the Wood Preserving site, the construction of underground containment walls is nearly complete, and excess material should be removed soon.  The Consent Decree for the LCP Chemicals Site was released in July and the comment period closed in early September.  ESC and Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC) produced a technical report  that evaluated the Consent Decree.
Hurricane Matthew ripped through Brunswick in early October, and an evaluation of how the high winds and flooding may have affected remediation efforts has not yet been completed.
The next First Friday lunch will occur on November 4 at 11 AM at Captain Joe's Seafood, 5298 New Jesup Hwy, Brunswick. Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Sea Turtle Program is speaking about the record nesting season for loggerhead turtles. For more information, visit the Glynn Environmental Coalition's website.
Housatonic River
Photo: Housatonic River
Photo credit: Tim Barnes

Contaminants: PCBs

On October 24th, the EPA issued its final decision on the Rest of River cleanup plan. The final plan involves removal of PCB-contaminated sediment from targeted reaches of the river, as well as some removal from vernal pools and areas of the floodplain. The total estimated cost to General Electric is estimated to be $613 million, and the project should take about 15 years to complete. The next Citizen's Coordinating Council (CCC) meeting will be held November 9th, 2016.

For more information, the official EPA press release can be found here, and for the most up-to-date information on all things Housatonic, please visit the official EPA website and Facebook page.
Duwamish River, WA
Photo credit: DRCC/TAG


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

The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG) is hosting a fun night out of beer, chocolate, wine and community on November 18, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Duwamish Longhouse. There will be appetizers, a silent auction, and all proceeds will benefit DRCC/TAG's continued efforts to protect and restore the Duwamish River.

To purchase tickets, please click here.
Midland, MI
Photo: Saginaw-Tittabawassee Rivers Contamination CAG
Contaminants: dioxins and furans

EPA's proposed cleanup of Segments 4 and 5 of the Tittabawassee River is out now and a 45-day public comment period ends November 6.
Peter spoke at the Saginaw-Tittabawassee Community Advisory Group public meeting on September 19, which discussed the Segment 4 and 5 cleanup plans. EPA's Proposed Plan factsheet is available to view. 
Visit the EPA's webpage or the Saginaw-Tittabawassee Community Advisory Group's website for more information.
Yadkin River
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Contaminants: Coal Ash, PCBs

The Yadkin Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance scored a significant legal victory this month with the help of the Southern Environmental Law Center. Under a settlement with Duke Energy, the toxic coal ash in the unlined ponds at Duke's Buck facility in Salisbury, NC will be removed and either disposed in a modern lined landfill or recycled into concrete. Through litigation and advocacy efforts, Duke has been compelled to remove coal ash from 10 of its 16 unlined pits in North Carolina, and efforts continue to address the rest. The full press release can be viewed here.

For more information on how to support these efforts to protect water quality in North Carolina and beyond, please visit the Yadkin Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance websites.
Hudson River, New York
Photo credit: NY Dept of Environmental Conservation


Contaminants: PCBs

On October 13th, the EPA hosted a public workshop on the second five-year review of the Hudson River PCB cleanup. General Electric has finished its mandated dredging of the river and has declared the project a success, but there remain serious concerns over large hot-spots of PCB contamination remaining in the river.  ESC, the Riverkeeper, and other activists continue to press the EPA for access to data on remaining sediment contamination and PCB concentrations in local fish populations so that independent analyses can be conducted.

The EPA plans to have its draft review completed for public release in February 2017, while the final review is due in late April 2017. For more information, please visit Riverkeeper.org or the EPA's Hudson River site.
 
Spring Valley
Photo: Spring Valley weekly updates


Contaminants: arsenic, mustard, Lewisite

The Groundwater Remedial Investigation has been finalized and is accessible through the USACE website.  The investigation found that the current use of groundwater poses no health risk, but that the levels of perchlorate and arsenic would carry a health risk if it were used as a source of drinking water.  A Feasibility Study will be conducted in the future to fully characterize that risk.

Low probability operations continue at 4825 Glenbrook Rd. Excavation and demolition of the backyard retaining wall and emergency egress ramp revealed several pieces of glass, but all that have been analyzed have shown no signs of contamination. For more information, please visit USACE's Glenbrook Rd. update site.

The next Restoration Advisory Board meeting will be held on November 15 at 7pm and is open to the public. 
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Dakota Access pipeline protests: UN group investigates human rights abuses

PCB levels have spiked in a small creek that drains into Portland Harbor.

23 protesters arrested in Virginia protesting the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.

Dominion Energy in Virginia will release treated water from its coal ash ponds into the James River.

For more recent developments, client updates, photos, and news, please see the links below.
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