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Construction Work Scheduled to Resume in Massena, NY in Preparation for Cleanup of the Grasse River Superfund Site

  Larisa Romanowski, (518) 407-0400, romanowski.larisa@epa.gov     ALBANY, NY – Construction work is expected to resume later this month on a facility in Massena, NY to support the $243 million dredging project to clean up PCBs from the Grasse River. When constructed, the facility will be used as a staging area to support future dredging and capping operations. Before dredging work can start, the facility must be constructed and engineering plans and other design work completed. Arconic Inc. (formerly Alcoa) is performing the cleanup work under an EPA order. EPA, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe are working together on the oversight and coordination of the various components of the cleanup project.   “Our ability to protect people’s health and the environment is most effective when we work together and engage our local communities from a foundation of trust and transparency,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “Working collaboratively with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, the State, local governments and the community, we can get much accomplished as we meet our shared challenges head on.”   In 2013, EPA selected a plan to clean up river sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by dredging and capping of contaminated sediment in a 7.2-mile stretch of the Grasse River.   The 2018 construction activities are expected to include completion of a sheet pile wall along the staging area riverfront and construction of a dock facility; removal of a small amount of sediment along the shoreline next

Getting Phone Calls From Local Numbers? Watch Out: It Might Be ‘Neighbor Spoofing’ Robo-Callers

by Christopher Boyle   NEW YORK – Telemarketers have always been a thorn in the side of pretty much anyone and everyone with a phone, and while the advent of cell phones – whose numbers are not typically made public, unlike landlines – have made it more difficult for unwanted solicitors to interrupt your quality time, telemarketers are a crafty bunch, and unfortunately there’s a new way that’s popped up lately for them to disturb your peace once again…even if you DO have a cell phone with an unlisted number.   But it’s not just the fact that telemarketers are calling you on your private cell phone; it’s also HOW they’re doing it, which is getting ever-deceptive and, quite frankly, creepy. Often, your average person will tend to ignore a phone call if it’s coming from an area code that’s in no way local to them, but what is the area code IS local? And furthermore, what if the three-digit prefix of the number was the same as yours as well? Most people would almost certainly pick up – even if they had no idea who the caller was – out of sheer curiosity. Surely, they may say to themselves, I must know who this is?   However, upon answering, you’re almost always greeted by that tell-tale momentary bout of silence that usually accompanies an auto-dialing program right before a telemarketer or – even worse – a robo-caller starts obnoxiously telling you about their latest sales pitch, whether it’s a

What To Do With Your Old Yellow Pages? Don’t Simply Throw Them Away, But Recycle Them

by Christopher Boyle   NEW YORK – By now you’ve seen all the infamous pictures online of cast-aside phone books overflowing out of garbage bins and dumpsters or rotting by the thousands while lying in municipal dumping grounds, unwanted by the masses who merely have to whip out their cell phones in order to get a phone number instantly thanks to the ease and speed of the internet. The concept of print telephone directories is hopelessly outdated when compared to its web-based brethren, but while communication companies continue to churn out these relics that often plunk down on uninvited on your doorstep – unless you’ve had the gumption to opt-out of delivery – you can’t simply throw them away like so many do and expect them to be disposed of properly. These days “going green” is in, and that applies equally to your yellow pages; the only responsible thing to do is not to throw them in the trash, but to make sure they’re recycled properly.   It’s important to note that statistics indicate paper products of a wide variety of types currently make up approximately 30 percent of all waste that the human race generates as a whole, which – by overall volume alone – represents our largest source of waste by a wide margin, and phone books currently make up a large percentage of that paper waste. But it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. Now, you may think to yourself, “Why do so many phone books end up in the

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

Contact: Tayler Covington, covington.tayler@epa.gov, 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, covington.tayler@epa.gov   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: https://t.co/phgbRVVrHW pic.twitter.com/GAVZlNd5wv — U.S. EPA (@EPA) April

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