Friday, March 6, 2009


Currently the United States is in the midst of one of the largest food recalls in American history. As Americans dig through their cabinets and refrigerators to remove potentially contaminated food associated with the recent peanut recall, we would like to also remind citizens to open and check their Emergency Preparedness Kits to remove any potentially harmful items from these also.

Because peanut products are often recommended as staples in Emergency Preparedness Kits due to their long shell life and because they are a good source of protein, we encourage all kit owners to look at their kits to ensure food products are not on the peanut recall list. Please keep in mind that the peanut product recall extends beyond peanut-flavored products. The following are some examples of foods also included in the recall that may contain peanuts:
Snack bars
Trail Mix
Dog treats

A full list of recalled peanut products and what individuals should do with recalled items can be found on the Food and Drug Administration’s Web site,

In addition to checking for peanut-related items, please be sure to check for other items in your kit that may have expired, including medications, food and pet food, water, and other recalled items. The U.S. government provides information on unsafe, hazardous, or defective products ranging from consumer products, food, medicine, and cosmetics at

Ensuring family and neighbors are prepared is an essential step in helping communities during and after an emergency. Families should have an Emergency Preparedness Kit in all locations that are frequented often, including homes, offices, schools, cars and day care facilities. These kits should hold a variety of essential items that are needed during a disaster, such as a flashlight, radio, cash, clothing, protective equipment, medicines, and of course food and water. For a complete list of Emergency Preparedness Kit recommended items, please visit

Citizen Corps Councils and Partners: Councils and partners should remind their communities about the importance of maintaining and constructing an Emergency Preparedness Kit and consider hosting public preparedness training sessions to ensure that information about kits is reaching the community. In addition, Councils and partners should consider adding a link to the FDA Web sites along with information on the recall on peanut products to any Web pages or documents that refer to community preparedness or Emergency Preparedness Kit preparation.

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News Release

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

New England Regional Office

For Release: March 6, 2009

Contact: Paula Ballentine (617) 918-1027

(Boston, Mass. – March 6, 2009) – Staples, Inc., based in Framingham, Mass., has recently been recognized by EPA as one of the nations leading organizations taking voluntary steps to use and purchase green power, being named to EPA’s national Top 50 list.

Staples purchases more than 127 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet more than 20 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use. The company is also a member of the Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum purchase requirements.

"Staples is honored to be recognized by EPA in their national Green Power Top 50 list," said Mark Buckley, vice president of environmental affairs, Staples, Inc. "Using renewable power is a key part of Staples’ company-wide commitment to sustainable business practices."

EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping to increase the use of green power among U.S. organizations. There are currently hundreds of partners utilizing green power to reduce the environmental impacts from conventional electricity generation, including Fortune 500 companies, local, state and federal governments, trade associations as well as colleges and universities. Each of the award winners are EPA Green Power Partners who must meet or exceed EPA purchase requirements for green power.

The majority of Staples’ green power consists of renewable energy certificates, but they also purchase direct green power through various utility programs. Staples now has twenty-four active solar power systems on distribution centers and retail stores and is investigating future projects involving fuel cells and wind power. Additionally, there are environmentally preferable products and in-store recycling options in its North American stores. An active participant in EPA’s Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge, Staples not only ranks as one of the largest purchasers and Green Power on the National Top 50 list, but also ranks among the Top 10 Retail list of green power purchasers, serving as a great example for other businesses to follow.

Staples’ green power purchase of more than 127 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 16,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 12,000 average American homes every year.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

New England Regional Office

For Release: March 5, 2009

Contact Information: Paula Ballentine (617) 918-1027

(Boston, Mass. – March 5, 2009) – EPA has begun the first five-year review of the remedial actions previously implemented at the former Nutmeg Valley Road Superfund Site, in west-central Connecticut near the Wolcott/Waterbury town line since its removal from the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2005. Five-year reviews are mandated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (commonly known as "Superfund").

The Site remains eligible for remedial actions in the unlikely event that conditions at the site change and warrant such action in the future. This five-year review will be limited in scope to evaluating whether legal mechanisms that serve to prevent human exposure to contaminated groundwater and that were in place at the time the remedy was selected in 2004 remain in place, and, whether these mechanisms continue to function sufficiently to prevent human exposure to contaminated groundwater. Should this review indicate that exposure is occurring, EPA may take additional action to determine if such exposure presents an unacceptable risk to public health and the environment.

The Nutmeg Valley Road Site consists of a dozen small manufacturing facilities, light industrial facilities and repair shops over a 28-acre area in the southern section of Wolcott, along the border with Waterbury. Private wells contaminated with volatile organic compounds were first discovered by state and local health officials in 1979. In 1986, the Town of Wolcott extended a public water supply line into the area.

EPA placed the Site on the NPL in March 1989. Early investigations focused on two machine shops on Nutmeg Valley Road with a known history of dumping waste oil and solvents onto the ground. The study area was expanded to 155 acres to include similar companies on Swiss Lane, Tosun Road, Wolcott Road and Town Line Road which were also seen as potential sources of groundwater contamination.

In 1992, EPA removed 1,150 tons of sludge waste and contaminated soil from two unlined lagoons on Tosun Road. This action addressed the threats posed by the electroplating wastes in surface soils, and removed a potential source of groundwater contamination.

Based on further studies completed by EPA and the U.S. Geological Survey from 1995 through 2002, EPA concluded that although some contaminants were detected in groundwater, there was no evidence of a wide-spread plume of contamination and levels of contaminants in much of the study area were decreasing over time through natural degradation processes. As a result, the study area was reduced in size to its current 28 acres. EPA has determined that existing state law and a local ordinance adopted in 2004 prohibiting the use of groundwater in the remaining area of groundwater contamination, when considered together, will ensure that human exposure is prevented.

EPA will be conducting one-on-one interviews with local officials and property owners in April 2009. If you would like to schedule a meeting with EPA, please contact Karen Lumino, the Remedial Project Manager, at 617-918-1348. Alternatively, you may direct comments or thoughts on the remedy via email to EPA will be collecting comments through May 2009.

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From: "U.S. EPA"
Date: March 6, 2009 9:53:38 AM EST
Subject: Hazardous Waste News (Region 5): EPA, General Latex sign DOW Legacy site corrective action agreement

CONTACT: Karen Thompson, 312-353-8547,
Rafael Gonzalez, 312-886-0269,

No. 09-OPA027

EPA, General Latex sign DOW Legacy site corrective action agreement

CHICAGO (March 5, 2009) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has signed a voluntary agreement with General Latex Chemical Co. to investigate and clean up if necessary a 7-acre vacant property at 1526 Cleveland Ave., Ashland, Ohio. General Latex is a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co., and this location is one of three "legacy sites" in the region where Dow has agreed to investigate and clean up possible contamination.

In what is called a "corrective action" agreement, Dow will investigate, stabilize and clean up historic releases of hazardous waste at the rural site. Latex and polyurethane products were manufactured there from 1954 to 2001. Pollutants of concern include a family of chemicals called volatile organic compounds and semi-volatile organic compounds.

The Ashland agreement requires a full environmental investigation currently underway be completed by Dec. 31. A proposed cleanup plan is due one year later. A site condition report will be submitted to EPA by May 11.

Under the legacy site program, Dow voluntarily identified three locations where hazardous waste was handled and contamination possibly occurred. The three areas were not previously on EPA's list of known regulated places.

Official documents about the General Latex site can be viewed in a file to be set up at the Ashland Public Library. EPA will give the public an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed cleanup plan when it is eventually released.

EPA regulates hazardous waste from production to final disposal under the Resource Conservation Recovery Act.

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Shuttle Launch Date Expected Today
Fri, 06 Mar 2009 09:13:24 -0600

NASA managers are back at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida today, conducting another Flight Readiness Review for space shuttle Discovery's STS-119 mission to the International Space Station. Managers are expected to set a launch date at the conclusion of today's meeting. During the review, the Program Requirements Control Board is expected to recommend a launch date of March 11. While technicians at Kennedy continue preparation for launch countdown, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, shuttle Discovery's crew has been quarantined in preparation for flight.

Subject: Amendment to Two Joint NIEHS/EPA RFAs Posted
Date: March 6, 2009 11:12:58 AM EST

NIEHS has posted an Amendment to two joint NIEHS/EPA RFAs (NOT-ES-09-003)
Revisions and Clarifications to RFA-ES-08-002 and RFA-ES-08-004:

- Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research
Centers (with NIEHS) - Open: January 21, 2009 - Closing: April 30, 2009
- Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research
Centers: Formative Centers (with NIEHS) - Open: January 21, 2009 -
Closing: April 30, 2009.

The Amendment adds information about page limitations, and applications with
multiple PDs/PIs to Section IV Application and Submission Information. This
Amendment is viewable at:

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Department of Environmental Quality

DEQ Seeks Comments on Draft List Of Priority Persistent Pollutants Through March 27, 2009

This list, mandated by 2007 Legislature, identifies pollutants affecting human health, wildlife, aquatic habitat. The DEQ will hold information sessions statewide in March.

As part of the state’s continuing efforts to address toxic pollutants in the environment, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has released a draft list of priority persistent pollutants that have a documented affect on human health, wildlife and aquatic habitats. The draft list of pollutants, organized by chemical class as well as by degree of persistency in the environment, is available on DEQ’s Web site at A draft scientific report describing DEQ’s development of the list is available on the Web site as well.

DEQ compiled the list of 175 pollutants with the help of a science workgroup and is holding information sessions throughout the state to get comments on the list. Based on input and other information it receives, DEQ will revise the list over the next several months before finalizing it. It will then present the final list to the Oregon Legislature by June 1, 2009. By June 1, 2010, DEQ will submit to the Legislature a final report identifying sources of pollutants on the list and opportunities to reduce their discharge to water.

DEQ will use the list to help gain a better understanding of which pollutants to focus on as it examines ways to identify and reduce discharges of persistent pollutants that pose a threat to state waters. The 2007 Oregon Legislature, through passage of Senate Bill 737, directed DEQ to develop the list with the aid of “interested parties” in order to address toxics reduction statewide. DEQ has held monthly science workgroup meetings with toxics experts to narrow the list from a potential 2,100 pollutants to 175. DEQ expects to narrow down the list further after receiving additional comments from the scientific community, from sources such as municipal wastewater treatment facilities, and others.

“I’m very concerned, as most Oregonians are, about toxic pollutants in Oregon’s waterways,” said DEQ Director Dick Pedersen. “This is an incremental process, and we welcome comment on our progress so far. The final list will help us focus our efforts on pollutants that are likely to be in Oregon’s waters and present the most potential for harm.”

The draft list includes pesticides, industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, flame retardants, PCBs and metals. Many of these pollutants are present in common consumer products. They are slow to break down in the environment and thus have a long-term impact on humans and wildlife that may ingest or absorb them. Many of the “personal care” toxic pollutants come from such commonly-used items as anti-bacterial hand soaps, insect repellents, shampoos and deodorants. Flame retardants used in the manufacture of electronic products can break down and leach into the environment. The list also includes several “legacy” persistent pollutants, such as DDT, that may now be banned but still linger in the environment years after they were used. These pollutants filter into rivers and streams through soil erosion, runoff from lawns, driveways and streets, and the simple act of flushing down the shower drain or toilet.

As part of Senate Bill 737, Oregon’s largest municipalities will develop plans to reduce toxics in wastewater treatment plant effluent and stormwater runoff. Those plans will include letting consumers know how to safely dispose of pharmaceuticals without flushing them down toilets, how to find alternatives to pesticides for yards and gardens, and other effective pollution prevention programs.

“The process DEQ developed to identify and prioritize this draft list was thorough and rigorous,” said David Stone, science workgroup chair and assistant professor of Oregon State University’s Department of Environmental Molecular Toxicology. “DEQ took great pains to document the decision process and the criteria used to rank each pollutant.”

Information sessions to be held

As a first step in narrowing the draft list of toxic pollutants, DEQ is holding information sessions throughout the state. DEQ will accept written and verbal comments at each session.

• North Bend, Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 to 8 p.m., North Bend Library, large meeting room, 1800 Sherman Avenue

• Klamath Falls, Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Klamath County Courthouse, Commission Hearing Room, 305 Main Street

• Portland, Thursday, March 19, 5:30 to 8 p.m., DEQ Headquarters, 811 SW Sixth Ave., Room EQC-A (10th floor), at corner of SW Sixth Avenue and Yamhill Street. This meeting will also be accessible via conference call [call-in number: 877-214-5010, participant number 898168].

DEQ is accepting comments on the draft list of persistent, priority pollutants through 5 p.m. Friday, March 27. DEQ is particularly seeking comments based on scientific and technical information and views.

Comments may be mailed to Project Manager Cheryl Grabham, Oregon DEQ, 811 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204. They may also be e-mailed to, or faxed to Cheryl Grabham at (503) 229-6037.

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