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USDA Study Estimates Ethanol Yields from CRP Croplands

Plant diversity and composition weigh heavily in determining potential energy yield per acre from biomass harvested from Conservation Reserve Program land.

EPA Calls Superfund Cleanup Progress 'Significant'

The agency used stimulus funds to speed cleanup at 51 sites in FY2009 and oversaw more than 368 emergency response and removal actions.

EPA Adds 10 Sites to Superfund's NPL

Florida and Illinois each have two hazardous waste sites that have been added to the National Priorities List.

EPA, NREL May Use Brownfields for Renewable Energy Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investing $650,000 in the project, which pairs agency expertise on contaminated sites with NREL's renewable energy know-how.

Study: Small Family Farms Better in Tropics

University of Michigan researchers claim that small family farms can match or exceed productivity of industrial scale operations in tropical zones, and maintain biodiversity.

EPA Asks for Comment on Treece, Kan., Relocation Offer

The relocation exemption has congressional support and would move approximately 77 residential and business properties.

Nutmeg Valley Road Site Still Protective, EPA Says

Following its five-year review, EPA said natural degradation and state and local laws are preventing exposure to contaminated groundwater.

Law Firm Secures $2.5 M Judgment in Superfund Case

The court ruled in favor of the Solvent Chemical Company in litigation involving the recovery of cleanup funds from one of the potentially responsible parties of a site in Niagara Falls, N.Y.



Tennessee Emory River

22 Electric Utilities Develop Coal Ash Impoundment Action Plans

EPA says many of the electric utilities the agency has assessed are already implementing recommended measures to make their impoundments safer.

Century Oil's Delay Costs $1.3 M for UST Violations

Company did not comply with order to close underground storage tanks at two former Texaco gas stations in Pennsylvania.

EPA, N.Y. Order Tonawanda Coke Corp. to Clean Up Multiple Issues

The foundry coke manufacturer is being investigated for uncontrolled releases of ammonia and benezene, improper handling of coal tar sludge, and unpermitted discharges of its process and nonprocess wastewater.

TVA Fly Ash Spill Evaluation, Cost Analysis Ready for Comment

EPA's engineering evaluation addresses cleanup, stabilization, and closure of the Swan Pond embayment area.

Contractors Take Out Tanks at Pennsylvania Gas Station Site

State environmental agency will determine the presence of contamination using about $75,000 in stimulus funds.

USGS-sponsored Study to Uncover Mineral Supplies

The U.S. Geological Survey says information about copper, lithium, rare earth elements, uranium, and phosphate resources is important for security and land-use decisions.

Cal/EPA Reviews 2010 Toxic Substances Control Changes

From lead in plumbing to testing used oil, California's Department of Toxic Substances Control will be enforcing new statutes in 2010.

Settlements Bring Funds for Old Southington Landfill Cleanup

Southington, Conn., GenCorp., Kraft Foods, Shell Oil Co., and United Technologies Corp. will pay millions to ensure protections from contaminated groundwater at the Superfund site; 86 other parties also will contribute.

Feds Get $1.79 B from ASARCO to Clean Up Mining Sites

Federal agencies win largest bankruptcy settlement in U.S. history and plan to use funds to clean and restore sites contaminated by ASARCO mining operations in 19 states.

EPA Analysis Shows Reduction in 2008 Toxic Chemical Releases

The TRI database contains information on chemical releases into the air, land and water, as well as waste management and pollution prevention activities.

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