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EPA Moves Forward with Plan to Clean Up Contaminated Groundwater at Old Roosevelt Field Superfund Site

Contact: Tayler Covington,, 212-637-3662   NEW YORK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its plan to clean up contaminated groundwater in the eastern area of the Old Roosevelt Field Contaminated Groundwater Area Superfund Site in Garden City, N.Y. A treatment process will be used to remove trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) from groundwater, thereby reducing potential threats to people’s health. The cleanup is estimated to cost approximately $13.14 million.   “Protecting and cleaning up Long Island’s groundwater is critically important to the health of Long Island residents, communities and businesses,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “This second phase of groundwater cleanup at the Old Roosevelt Field Superfund Site advances our efforts to rid the state of toxic contamination.”   The cleanup approach expands on a previous 2007 cleanup plan, which included extraction of groundwater contamination predominantly in the western portion of the site. In 2011, EPA constructed the groundwater treatment system called for in the 2007 cleanup that pulls groundwater beneath the site, treats it to remove contamination, and discharges the treated groundwater to a nearby basin. The public water supply for Garden City is routinely tested by the Garden City water district to ensure that all federal and state drinking water standards are being met.   As described in the cleanup plan, groundwater monitoring will be conducted to ensure the effectiveness of the cleanup technology. Groundwater will be sampled and the results used to verify that cleanup goals are being achieved. EPA will conduct a

EPA Announces New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects in New York

Contact: Tayler Covington, (212) 637-3662,   NEW YORK – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest (LOI) by July 6, 2018.   “Thanks to the President’s leadership, this WIFIA funding will spark new investments to repair our nation’s crumbling water infrastructure,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA will play a key role in the President’s infrastructure efforts by incentivizing states, municipalities, and public-private partnerships to protect public health, fix local infrastructure problems, create jobs, and provide clean water to communities.”   The WIFIA program received $63 million in funding in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 23, 2018. This more than doubles the program’s funding from 2017. Leveraging private capital and other funding sources, these projects could support $11 billion in water infrastructure investment and create more than 170,000 jobs. This year’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) highlights the importance of protecting public health including reducing exposure to lead and other contaminants in drinking water systems and updating the nation’s aging infrastructure.   What is WIFIA? It’s the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. And it has $5.5 billion in credit available now to finance over $11 billion projects. Learn more: — U.S. EPA (@EPA) April

EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez Keynotes Cornell University’s Town Gown Conference on Sustainability

CONTACT: Barbara Pualani,, 212-637-3638   New York, NY – (April 5, 2018) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Pete Lopez addressed Cornell University’s Town/Gown Conference on Sustainability in Ithaca, New York before a gathering of local officials and members of the New York State higher education community.   Regional Administrator Lopez spoke of EPA priorities and the importance of partnerships at all levels to promote local sustainability and ensure measurable, positive environmental outcomes. Among other topics, Mr. Lopez emphasized the role that EPA’s Superfund and Brownfields programs have in promoting community revitalization and the importance of large-scale renewable energy projects in creating local jobs.   “EPA’s important work of protecting human health and the environment is contingent on the fostering of community, academic and government partnerships,” said Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “By working together, we can more effectively and efficiently address challenges of sustainability that directly impact community well-being.   “We had an informative, productive conference on town-gown challenges and opportunities related to sustainability in Upstate New York,” said Cornell Associate Vice President for Community Relations Gary Stewart. “The Regional Administrator’s presence and remarks were very much appreciated by a diverse group of stakeholders, ranging from village trustees in Potsdam, to top campus leadership from Cornell, SUNY Buffalo and elsewhere.”   The International Town & Gown Association, of which Cornell is a member, is a global nonprofit organization and networking community that seeks to address challenges and emerging issues and identify opportunities between and among institutions of higher education and

EPA Honors 15 New York Businesses as ENERGY STAR® Partners of the Year

Tayler Covington,, 212-637-3662   New York, NY –  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 163 ENERGY STAR partners – including Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, retailers, manufacturers, home builders, and commercial building owners and operators – for their outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. These enterprises will be named ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year for demonstrating national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions. Fifteen recipients of the 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award come from New York.   The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton Hotel on April 20. EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum, together with CMS Energy CEO Patti Poppe, will deliver keynote presentations.   “The 2018 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year have demonstrated real leadership, showing how American families and businesses can save energy, save money, and reduce air emissions,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radian Bill Wehrum.   For over 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. In 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, buildings, and plants helped Americans save over $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity while achieving broad emissions reductions.   New York’s ENERGY STAR award winners are:   (Albany, NY) New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), an ENERGY STAR® partner since 2001, helps New York residents reduce costs and accelerates consumer

Late ‘Batman’ Star Adam West Used Yellow Pages to Prank Caped Crusader Fans

by Christopher Boyle   NEW YORK – Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 50 years or so, it’s safe to say that almost everyone knows of the infamously campy 1960’s Batman television show. Unlike modern portrayals of the Caped Crusader, the 60’s Batman was a much lighter, humorous, and family-friendly take on the DC Comics superhero that later went on to achieve cult status and catapult star Adam West into the status of a true pop culture icon.   Over the years, the popularity of the 60’s Batman show has continued unabated, thanks to widespread television syndication and especially the willingness of Adam West to embrace the silliness of his most well-known role, often appearing at fan conventions and in guest roles on TV shows poking fun at his time under the mask and cape. But, much like Batman’s arch-enemy The Joker, West himself was a bit of a prankster at heart as well, and it was discovered after his 2017 passing that he had used his local Sun Valley, California phone book – West and his wife Marcelle maintained homes in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, but spent most of their time at their ranch in Ketchum, Idaho – as a way to play an innocent-yet-ingenious practical joke on anyone who may have decided to try and track down the late star’s home address for an unannounced visit.   It all starts with a causal glance through the Sun Valley Telephone Pages directory; when opening up the

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