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Railroads Pay to Relocate California Drinking Water Well

Article: Railroads Pay to Relocate California Drinking Water Well

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 4, 2009 (ENS) – The Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway have agreed to pay nearly $1 million in cleanup costs at a Superfund site in the town of Arvin, California, the U.S. EPA announced today. Located in an industrial, agricultural, and residential area of Kern County, the five acre site…

Atlantic Richfield Will Spend $8M to Remedy Leviathan Mine

Article: Atlantic Richfield Will Spend $8M to Remedy Leviathan Mine

SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 22, 2009 (ENS) – Acid mine drainage from the Leviathan Mine Superfund Site near the California-Nevada border will be treated during the warm months to prevent contaminants from polluting downstream waters under a settlement reached Wednesday between the federal government and the Atlantic Richfield Company. For decades, the inactive sulfur mine,…

Energy Dept. Fined for Failing to Clean Groundwater at Livermore Lab

Article: Energy Dept. Fined for Failing to Clean Groundwater at Livermore Lab

SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 7, 2009 (ENS) – Groundwater on and around the site of the U.S. Energy Department’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is contaminated with volatile organic compounds and chromium from activities at the nuclear weapons research site, yet the DOE has halted cleanup, putting the drinking water supply of local communities at risk.…

Honolulu Must Spend Over $1 Billion on Wastewater Treatment

Article: Honolulu Must Spend Over $1 Billion on Wastewater Treatment

HONOLULU, Hawaii, January 6, 2009 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued final decisions to not renew the City and County of Honolulu’s variances exempting the Sand Island and Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment plants from full secondary treatment requirements. The decision forces the city to upgrade both plants to bring them into compliance with…

Rural California Water Systems Ordered to Monitor for Bacteria

Article: Rural California Water Systems Ordered to Monitor for Bacteria

SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 10, 2008 (ENS) – Ten California public drinking water systems must monitor for E. coli bacteria in their source water or face federal penalties of up to $32,500 per day for each violation. E. coli is a type of fecal coliform bacteria commonly found in the intestines of animals and humans.…

Rural California Water Systems Ordered to Monitor for Bacteria

Article: Rural California Water Systems Ordered to Monitor for Bacteria

SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 10, 2008 (ENS) – Ten California public drinking water systems must monitor for E. coli bacteria in their source water or face federal penalties of up to $32,500 per day for each violation. E. coli is a type of fecal coliform bacteria commonly found in the intestines of animals and humans.…

Arizona Developer Fined $1M for Altering Santa Cruz River

Article: Arizona Developer Fined $1M for Altering Santa Cruz River

PHOENIX, Arizona, October 13, 2008 (ENS) – An Arizona land developer and a contractor have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the U.S. EPA to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act for bulldozing, filling, and diverting five miles of the Santa Cruz River, a major waterway in…

Bay Area Waste Company Liable for Over 100 Stormwater Violations

Article: Bay Area Waste Company Liable for Over 100 Stormwater Violations

SAN FRANCISCO, California, September 4, 2008 (ENS) – One of the largest providers of waste management services in the San Francisco Bay area is facing hefty financial penalties from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, after being found liable for over 100 stormwater violations of the Clean Water Act. EPA inspectors found evidence that California Waste…

Exxon Let PCBs Leak for Years Off Santa Barbara Coast

Article: Exxon Let PCBs Leak for Years Off Santa Barbara Coast

LOS ANGELES, California, August 25, 2008 (ENS) – Between 2002 and 2005, two large electrical transformers on an Exxon Mobil offshore oil and gas platform in the Santa Barbara Channel leaked nearly 400 gallons of fluid contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs. That long leak off the coast of Southern California has cost the Exxon Mobil…

Misapplied Herbicides Enter Klamath River Tributary

Article: Misapplied Herbicides Enter Klamath River Tributary

SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 20, 2008 (ENS) – Trees, Inc., one of the nation’s largest tree service companies, has been hit with a federal fine of $12,300 for causing two herbicides to enter a tributary of the Klamath River after employees failed to follow instructions on the product labels. Trees, Inc., a 55 year old…

San Francisco to Test Drinking Water Security System

Article: San Francisco to Test Drinking Water Security System

SAN FRANCISCO, California, May 9, 2008 (ENS) – Improving the security of U.S. drinking water systems has gathered urgency since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an $8 million grant to San Francisco to help the city develop and evaluate a contamination warning system for its drinking water supply.…

EPA Targets Export of Ancient PCB-Laden Cruise Ship

Article: EPA Targets Export of Ancient PCB-Laden Cruise Ship

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 18, 2008 (ENS) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a federal complaint against Global Shipping and Global Marketing Systems, Inc. for distribution in commerce and export of materials containing PCBs on the old cruise liner MV Oceanic, formerly the SS Independence. The ship is being sent by Global to…

Degraded Bay Area Pipes Cause of Wastewater Spills

Article: Degraded Bay Area Pipes Cause of Wastewater Spills

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 18, 2008 (ENS) – Sewage collection systems for five Bay Area cities have deteriorating sewage pipes that are overwhelmed by rainwater during wet weather, resulting in large sewage spills to the San Francisco Bay from a Marin County treatment plant in January, according to inspectors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.…

Developer Fined for Despoiling Hawaii's Largest Wetland

Article: Developer Fined for Despoiling Hawaii's Largest Wetland

HONOLULU, Hawaii, February 2, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday fined Frank Coluccio Construction Co. and Castle Family LLC a total of $68,000 for filling sensitive wetlands without federal permits. The fill, adjacent to Hamakua Stream near Kailua on the island of Oahu, affected the largest wetland in the Hawaiian islands, the…