(New York, NY) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed a plan to address the sources of groundwater contamination at the Peninsula Boulevard Groundwater Plume Superfund site in Hewlett, Nassau County, N.Y. The groundwater is contaminated with tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene, which are chemical solvents used in dry cleaning that can harm people’s health. “This cleanup proposal for the Peninsula Boulevard site is the second phase of EPA’s ongoing efforts to clean up groundwater contamination at this Superfund site in Hewlett,” said Acting Regional Administrator, Catherine McCabe. “EPA remains committed to using the best available technology to ensure that this contamination is removed as quickly as possible and that the health of the residents of Hewlett is protected.” The Peninsula Boulevard Groundwater Plume Superfund site is an area of contaminated groundwater in Hewlett, N.Y. The site is in a densely developed neighborhood that contains multiple commercial and residential properties. Dry cleaning businesses in the area polluted the groundwater with volatile organic compounds, such as tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene. Residents in the area get their drinking water from the New York American Water Company, which operates a wellfield approximately 1,000 feet north of the Peninsula Boulevard site. The water delivered to area residents is a blend of water from several wellfields, including the wellfield nearest to the site. Drinking water supplies are treated to remove contaminants and monitored regularly to ensure that drinking water meets state and federal standards for protection of human health. Because of the complexity of
The Paris Climate Accord (PCA) is the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement. An agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020, the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on December 12, 2015. It was later opened for signature on April 22, 2016 – Earth Day – at a ceremony in New York, with President Barack Obama one of the PCA’s most steadfast supporters. The stated goals of the PCA by the UNFCCC are as follows: Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change; Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production; Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.” The Paris Agreement emphasizes the principle of “Common but Differentiated Responsibility and Respective Capabilities, which is the acknowledgement that different nations have different capacities and duties to climate action. Therefore, larger, more industrialized nations that generate a greater degree of greenhouse gas will have a correspondingly larger duty to
Coal mining has been the backbone of many communities in rural America – often shaping the economies of entire town based around it – but has faced hardship in recent decades due to a lessening reliance on the combustible sedimentary rock a and tightening of environmental regulations pertaining to its procurement and disposal of its waste. To date, coal mining has been seen as something of an anachronism; a practice that is falling by the wayside as newer, cleaner, safer, and more efficient energy sources are being cultivated, such as wind, solar, and biofuel. However, many of the towns that have embraced the coal trade as the defining characteristic of their lives have been refusing to change or evolve; clinging to the hope that, one day, their wares will once again reach the same level of desirability they once had, coal miners continue to toil away amid diminishing profits in a field that is already essentially obsolete. The world is moving on, but instead of joining it, many coal miners are hoping for a reversal of progress. A light at the end of the tunnel came for many coal mining communities when Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States; a large part of Trump’s campaign centered on disenfranchised working-class Americans who, one way or another, felt passed by or abandoned by their leaders. With the promise of loosening regulations relating to coal mining, such as those governing the disposal of waste materials, many
Throughout the internet, the latest and greatest craze if the whole “Do It Yourself” phenomena, otherwise known as DIY. An artistic movement fueled by instructional YouTube videos that encourages the layman – and laywoman – to seek out clever and homespun solutions to numerous challenges ranging from plumbing to house maintenance to auto repair and more, DIY has siphoned off a segment of the population that has traditionally been the first to call for professional help to overcome simple household issues. However, leave it to the French version of the Yellow Pages to pave a pathway that is drawing the DIY crown back into the fold, so to speak, and it’s something that their American counterparts should seriously consider emulating. PagesJaunes – the French Yellow Pages – has been turning heads with a new ad campaign called “Don’t Do It Yourself.” Ironically structured much like your standard DIY video, the Don’t Do It Yourself (DDIY) ads take the form of a series of instructional videos that seek to turn the consumer away from threat of trying – and failing – to complete repairs and the like on their own, instead encouraging them to pamper themselves and leave the hard stuff to a trained professional who can get the job done right. Using well-known French media personalities from fields such as the fashion, culinary and home decor worlds, the DDIY ads extol the virtues of their catchphrase: “It’s always better to call a pro.” Showing how effective professional help
Robocalls- no one likes them. I think that’s one thing that everyone, regardless of background, race, creed, or political affiliation can agree on these days. Non-stop automated phone calls that are the cell phone equivalent of spam/junk mail, robocalls often attempt to masquerade themselves as legitimate callers, but it doesn’t take long for even an unwary recipient to deduce their true nature. But until the victim takes the necessary steps to rid themselves of this malady, robocalls – whether they’re out to sell you services you don’t need or scam you out of your hard-earned money – will continue to be a burden…but one easily kicked to the sidelines with just a few simple steps. First of all, if you ever receive a call and the number on the Caller ID isn’t one you instantly recognize, your first step should be to keep the White Pages website bookmarked on either your home computer or smartphone browser of choice. Not only do the White Pages allow you to check to see who this mysterious caller is – or isn’t, as the case may be – but they can also help you track down the source of the interloping distraction, and in turn contact them about getting your phone number off their call directory. A little legal threat in cases like these doesn’t hurt, either. But regardless of how you want to proceed, always start with some detective work with the White Pages; it’s invaluable, comprehensive, and best of all, free.