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The Anatomy Of Environmental Failure

Posted in CERCLA/Superfund, Contamination, Government, Groundwater, Pollution, Vapor Intrusion

How long should it take to clean up toxic chemicals after they are spilled?  A week, a month, a year, 5 years? The answer is: “decades, usually.”  Worse, often times, the answer: is “the chemicals will never be all cleaned up”. It’s scary and sad.  But it’s true. Here’s a recent example of a community… Continue Reading

The Politics of Pollution: Corporate Polluters Win Again

Posted in CERCLA/Superfund, Contamination, Government, Groundwater, Pollution, TCE

After a twenty-year wait, EPA was set to issue its updated hazard assessment for trichloroethylene (“TCE”) earlier this month.  Unfortunately – – at least for everyday American citizens – – the deadline passed without a word from EPA. TCE is a man-made volatile organic compound used by corporations for decades to strip grease and grime… Continue Reading

EPA Can No Longer Ignore Toxic Vapor Intrusion When Choosing The Sites Most In Need Of Cleanup

Posted in CERCLA/Superfund, Contamination

After Congress passed the Superfund law in 1980, ostensibly to set up a system to clean up the most dangerous hazardous waste sites in the country, EPA created a system to evaluate the sites most deserving of attention in the form of government money for cleanup. That system, called the Hazard Ranking System (HRS), establishes… Continue Reading