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Dec 22

EPA Releases Progress Report on Fracking Study

On December 21, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a progress report (pdf) on its ongoing study of the potential effects of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on the nation’s drinking water resources. In its announcement of the release of the progress report, EPA acknowledged that natural gas will continue to form an important part […]

Dec 08

OEHHA Releases Draft Technical Support Document in Support of Public Health Goal for Perchlorate

On December 7, 2012, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a draft technical support document in support of its public health goal (PHG) for perchlorate (pdf), in further support of its proposal to lower the PHG from 6 parts per billion to 1 part per billion. According to the draft technical support document, […]

Jul 31

EPA Reaches $14.6 million Settlement for Groundwater Cleanup at Torrance Superfund Sites

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reached a settlement with four companies involved in the Montrose and Del Amo Superfund sites in Torrance, California. The nearly $15 million settlement will provide for the construction of a groundwater treatment system to remediate chemicals used in the manufacture of DDT and synthetic rubber over several decades. Once […]

May 25

EPA Settles with Additional PRPs at San Gabriel Valley Superfund Site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced three settlements totalling more than $6.6 million to help pay for groundwater cleanup at the South El Monte portion of the San Gabriel Valley Area 1 Superfund Site in Los Angeles. EPA has recovered a total of $25 million for the South El Monte cleanup, with the latest $6.6 […]

Dec 09

EPA Releases Findings of Ground Water Investigation in Pavillion, Wyoming

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released draft findings of a ground water investigation conducted in Pavillion, Wyoming. The report is available here. According to an EPA release, “[t]he draft report indicates that ground water in the aquifer contains compounds likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing.” Commenting on the investigation, Jim Martin, EPA’s regional […]

Nov 04

EPA Announces Final Study Plan to Assess Hydraulic Fracturing

On November 3, 2011, the EPA announced its final research plan on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a drilling methodology designed to recover natural gas and oil from deep shale formations by injecting water, sand and chemicals to break apart the rock formations and release hydrocarbons. EPA announced in March 2010 that it would conduct a research study to investigate the […]

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