In a previous post, we commented that private citizens have the ability to play a role in making cleanup of contaminated sites possible through the EPA’s Superfund program. Here we want to talk a bit about what we meant.
We’ve been speaking in recent posts about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, which has the goal of identifying and cleaning up sites contaminated with toxic waste, and then holding responsible parties responsible for that cleanup. In our last post, we spoke briefly about how the EPA generally approaches Superfund cleanup liability.
In previous posts, we’ve been discussing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Program, and how liability is assigned to parties for the cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous waste. As we noted, there are various parties that may be potentially responsible for funding a site cleanup effort. Not all parties will face the same liability, though.
In our last post, we mentioned that there has been opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal cleanup of a contaminated site in Brunswick, Georgia. As we noted, the area has already been designated as a Superfund site, meaning that it will be subjected to cleanup by the EPA.
A total of 801 acres in Brunswick, Georgia is currently the subject of an environmental dispute involving the question of how ambitious the government should be in cleaning up contaminated grounds. While the site involves extensive contamination involving a number of chemicals, there is a particular concern about dangerous levels of PCBs, lead, mercury, and so-called polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons.
Back in April, Texas oil company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. reached a settlement with Tronox Inc., a company which spun off Kerr-McGee Corp. in 2005 before the latter was acquired by Anadarko in 2006. The settlement concerned billions of dollars connected to environmental cleanup and public health issues which originated from before the Anadarko acquisition.
A 31-acre parcel of proper formerly owned by Georgia-Pacific Corp. is currently the subject of debate for officials at the Washington State Department of Ecology. The debate concerns how to clean up contaminated portions of the property. The department, it has been reported, is probably going to recommend spending around $5.7 million to cap and remove portions of the property exposed to toxic pollution. Sources say the contaminants include mercury and other metals, petroleum, dioxins/furans, and volatile organic compounds.
Thankfully, more and more people are growing up to understand the importance and value of nature. The lessons of environmental appreciation are starting at a young age. A group of students at a Georgia elementary school, for example, have taken pride in beginning their own garden.
Almost five years ago, a devastating environmental event took place in Tennessee. There was a collapse at a large fossil plant that resulted in ash spill covering a significant portion of land in the community. As is normal in situations like this, an effort to clean up the destruction was put into effect. That cleanup, however, reportedly caused a whole new sort of mess.
Environmental activists have renewed their efforts to make Atlanta's schools a cleaner place to learn with the Clean Air Schools campaign. The organization heading the effort, Clean Air Campaign, is encouraging schools to take simple steps like encouraging carpooling, asking people to take the bus, and discouraging idling cars on school grounds.