To my Anoka County, Minnesota friends,
See link below to yet another PentaChloroPhenol site cleanup. Just an FYI the EPA continues to approve and the use of this chemical even as we have had 3 massive issues in the last few months. And I am not expecting any changes to the EPA/ Administration position any time soon. Sad – as there are alternatives to this chemical. See http://www.PentaChloroPhenol.info for more info.
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The North American Bird Banding Program
Bird banding is important for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. About 60 million birds representing hundreds of species have been banded in North America since 1904. About 4 million bands have been recovered and reported.
Data from banded birds are used in monitoring populations, setting hunting regulations, restoring endangered species, studying effects of environmental contaminants, and addressing such issues as Avian Influenza, bird hazards at airports, and crop depredations. Results from banding studies support national and international bird conservation programs such as Partners in Flight, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and Wetlands for the Americas.
The North American Bird Banding Program is under the general direction of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Cooperators include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mexico’s National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity and Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources; other federal, state and provincial conservation agencies; universities; amateur ornithologists; bird observatories; nature centers; nongovernmental organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and the National Audubon Society; environmental consulting firms and other private sector businesses. However, the most important partner in this cooperative venture is you, the person who voluntarily reported a recovered band. Thank you for your help.
U.S. Geological Survey
Canadian Wildlife Service
Please Report Bands at
Plase see the attached wirtten in 1908
Man Changes Climate
Civilization Has Distinct Effect Upon Winter Temperature
The presence of large numbers of buildings in any situation will raise the temperature of the locality whilst the influence of the warmth arising from a large number of fires must not by any means be overlooked. Experiments conducted in London, Berlin, Paris serve to show that the average annual temperature in the cities is two or three degrees higher than in the surrounding country. At certain times of the year, there is often a greater difference still, and it is noticeable that in cities sudden changes are not felt to the same extent that they are in open country.
Taking England as a whole, there has been during the last two centuries an immense reduction in the amount of marsh land. Damp soil being always colder than dry , some changes may be expected place. It is proved fact that the temperatures in this than it was some centuries ago. Some old people supposed to be more sensitive to cold as they grow older continually affirm that the winter s are not so sever as they use to be. The old-fashioned winter often began in December, even November, but now it is rarely that any prolonged spell cold is experienced until the New Year. The writer speculated whether the draining of the boglands of the tundra’s in Siberia would not alter the climate of that desolate region.
It has been defiantly established has says that the presence of large numbers of trees in the tropical regions tends to reduce the temperatures. Belta of the forest lands to be largely dependent on the presence of trees. Cutting down virgin forest in America has resulted in long spells of drought. Deforestation having been proved to reduce the rainfall the question arises how far in this land of ours afforestation is altogether desirable. He concludes:
To sum up the whole matter it is impossible to deny that man and his works do influence climate to a greater or less extent the spread of civilization in a new land has a real effect on the annual tale of weather. The study of the subjects in itself its infancy.
By: S. L Bastin / Port Washington 1908
For Immediate Release: April 5, 2017
Contact: Dean Higuchi, 808-541-2711, firstname.lastname@example.org
EPA requires U.S. Navy to close cesspools at Pearl Harbor
HONOLULU – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with the U.S. Navy to close three illegal large capacity cesspools on Oahu. The Navy will pay a civil penalty of $94,212 for violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
“All large capacity cesspools must be closed to protect Hawaii’s drinking water and coastal resources,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “As a result of our action, Pearl Harbor has replaced its remaining large cesspools with approved wastewater treatment systems.”
During May 2013 inspections, EPA found the Navy continued to use cesspools despite a 2005 ban under the Act’s Underground Injection Control program. After Pearl Harbor Naval Station and Hickam Air Force Base combined operations in 2010, a Navy audit revealed that the Joint Base had nine large capacity cesspools. The Navy closed six cesspools in 2012, but failed to close the remaining three in a timely manner. The three respective cesspools served a total of about 160 people at three facilities: a munitions storage area, a hangar and a troop mobilization area. The Navy has since properly closed the remaining three non-compliant cesspools.
Cesspools collect and discharge untreated raw sewage into the ground, where disease-causing pathogens and harmful chemicals can contaminate groundwater, streams and the ocean. Groundwater provides 99 percent of all domestic water in Hawaii, where cesspools are used more widely than in than any other state. Since a ban was put in place in 2005, over 3,000 large capacity cesspools have been closed state-wide, many through voluntary compliance. The ban does not apply to single-family homes connected to individual cesspools.
For more information on this specific agreement visit: https://www.epa.gov/uic/hawaii-cesspools-administrative-orders#oahu
For more information on the large capacity cesspool ban and definition of a large capacity cesspool, please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/uic/cesspools-hawaii
“While repealing the Clean Power Plan is deeply symbolic, the move will probably have little impact on the U.S. wind and solar industries. After years of being supported by subsidies, prices have plunged so much that renewables can compete with fossil fuels. That’s why energy companies are pushing forward with long-term plans to generate power with clean alternatives, even as Trump vows to breathe life back into coal country.”
EPA Set to Oversee Second Phase of $43 Million
Cleanup of Pompton Lake
Public Encouraged to Attend March 30th Public Session in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Contact: David Kluesner, (212) 637-3653, email@example.com
(New York, N.Y. – March 28, 2017) The second phase of Pompton Lake cleanup will begin this spring and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a public session to discuss that work. During the 2017 season, the EPA will oversee dredging and removal of an approximate 128,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated with mercury and lead from a 36-acre area where the Acid Brook flows into Pompton Lake, called the Acid Brook Delta. Lake bottom sediment was contaminated with mercury and lead from the DuPont (now Chemours) Pompton Lakes Works Site in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey.
“We had a very successful first season of lake cleanup thanks to the hard work and close coordination of EPA, local officials, Chemours and the Pompton Lakes community,” said Acting EPA Regional Administrator Catherine McCabe. “EPA will continue to work with local authorities and the community to ensure that the cleanup is effective and continues to go smoothly.”
In 2016, the EPA oversaw the first phase of cleanup work, which was performed by Chemours and included the removal, processing and off-site disposal of 28,810 cubic yards of soil and sediment. The EPA required monitoring of the air for mercury and dust as well as monitoring of water quality. The work was performed without exceedances of dust limits or air quality standards that were set for the project. Water from dredged sediment was treated and released back to the lake under a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection permit. Treated water met the required discharge criteria with the exception of one release. Chemours addressed this issue through added treatment and process improvements.
The site is currently being prepared for the second phase of cleanup. Contractors are placing equipment on-site and installing utility lines to provide electricity to the work area. The work area is also being reconfigured to accommodate hydraulic dredging. The EPA is continuing to work with residents, the Borough of Pompton Lakes and school officials to minimize disruptions to the community.
The 2017 phase of cleanup includes the following:
- Installation of material processing equipment and water treatment systems to support hydraulic dredging in the Acid Brook Delta.
- Excavation of a small volume of soil from Area A1 in the Uplands Soil Area obstructed by the presence of a sewer line.
- Installation of a turbidity curtain to contain suspended sediment within the dredging area.
- Fish relocation.
- Hydraulic dredging of sediment in the Acid Brook Delta.
- Placement of an ecological layer over dredged areas within the Acid Brook Delta, the Island Area and Area A of Pompton Lake, and
- Monitoring of air and water quality
The EPA will be overseeing Chemours’ performance of this work.
The EPA will host a public availability session on Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnevale Center located at 10 Lenox Avenue in Pompton Lakes. EPA officials will be on hand to answer questions and update residents on the status of environmental cleanup activities at the Pompton Lakes Works Site, including the dredging of Pompton Lake.
The E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Inc., the predecessor to Chemours, operated the Pompton Lakes Works facility, located at 2000 Cannonball Road, from 1902 to April 1994. Products manufactured at the facility included explosive powder containing mercury and lead, detonating fuses, electric blasting caps, metal wires and aluminum and copper shells. The manufacturing operations and waste management practices contaminated soil, sediment and groundwater on and near the site. Mercury from lake bottom sediment can build up in the tissue of fish and other wildlife and pose a threat to people who eat them. Exposure to mercury can damage people’s nervous systems and harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune systems.
To learn more about the Pompton Lake cleanup, please visit: https://www3.epa.gov/region02/waste/dupont_pompton. Follow EPA Region 2 on Twitter at http://twitter.com/eparegion2 and visit our Facebook page, http://facebook.com/eparegion2.