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Our April 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 Spring! We are ready to leave the cold winds of winter behind us and bask in some spring sun... and we hope to continue to shine a bright light on the communities and environment that need our continued support.

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 signed an executive order taking aim at America’s climate policies. Trump’s order calls for a review of the Clean Power Plan, for EPA to ignore the government’s estimated price on carbon pollution, and end a moratorium on new coal leases on public lands. These measures will increase America’s carbon pollution, to the exclusive benefit of the fossil fuel industry. 
Hudson River, NY
Photo: Scenic Hudson website
 
Contaminants: PCBs

A Draft of the Five Year Review report is still expected for release by the EPA, along with a public comment period by the end of April 2017. 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

GE is appealing the government’s clean-up plan, which is estimated to cost $613 million over 15 years. One big issue is where to put the toxic PCBs that are dug up from the river. GE proposes to dump the sediment in three toxic waste disposal sites close to the river. The local Berkshire community is opposed to the landfills.
Spring Valley, Washington, DC
Photo: Spring Valley weekly updates

Contaminants: arsenic, mustard, Lewisite

The Draft Final Groundwater Feasibility Study has been released for review by the partners at the FUDS site, including EPA, D.C. and ESC. The Revised Draft-Final Pilot Study Report is also currently being reviewed by the partners.
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. Another draft permit is under way.
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

GE looking to dump PCBs in landfills next to Housatonic River

At Trump's EPA, Less Science and More Industry

Pregnancies in 4 N.J. counties affected by pollution, study concludes

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