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NEW YORK (November 27, 2023) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it has started to demolish the former Crawford Furniture manufacturing facility at the Allen Street Development site in Jamestown, New York. The manufacturing facility was destroyed by a fire in November 2022. EPA will demolish what remains of the structures and remove asbestos-containing debris from the site.

“For over a year, the EPA has been working closely with the City of Jamestown to address the serious environmental and public health risks at 1061 Allen Street,” said Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. “EPA will continue to take action to safely demolish and remove the asbestos-laden debris that remains on the site. Once the site is cleaned up and safe, EPA will support efforts by Jamestown to redevelop the site for the benefit of the community.”

“The old Crawford Furniture Factory was once a beating heart for Jamestown’s economy, but for too long, this crumbling building sat as an eyesore, and as last year’s fire showed, its continued presence would only put our public health and environment at risk. That is why I personally came to Jamestown to push the EPA to demolish this dangerous site, and why I am proud to announce that cleanup begins today for Jamestown” said Senator Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader of the United

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BOSTON (Nov. 27, 2023) – HP Hood LLC, a national ice cream manufacturer, agreed to pay a penalty of $115,849 to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it violated federal laws regulating the handling and storage of ammonia at its facility in Suffield, Conn. As part of the settlement, the company has also agreed to complete system safety audits of its six facilities nationwide that have requirements under the risk management program (RMP) regulation.

“When a company falls short in meeting its safety obligations, it puts workers, local communities, and the environment at risk. With the company operating facilities across the country, we have a duty to call out a lack of accountability when we see it,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash. “Ensuring safety and management practices of hazardous substances is key. We are dedicated to our core mission of protecting all communities, specifically focusing on mitigating environmental pollution and minimizing risks. This case serves as a reminder to companies that accountability and compliance is important. Chemical accident planning, prevention, and mitigation requirements, are all steps we make certain of, in order to keep New England safe.”

An EPA inspection of HP Hood LLC facilities in Suffield, Conn revealed that HP Hood failed to document that its ammonia refrigeration equipment complied with recognized and

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WASHINGTON— Hoy, la administración Biden-Harris anunció aproximadamente $2 mil millones en fondos disponibles para apoyar proyectos impulsados por la comunidad que implementan energía limpia, fortalecen la resiliencia climática y desarrollan la capacidad de las comunidades para abordar los desafíos ambientales y de justicia climática. Las Subvenciones para el Cambio Comunitario de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de Estados Unidos (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) son la mayor inversión en justicia ambiental que va directamente a las comunidades en la historia, y promoverán los esfuerzos de colaboración para lograr un futuro más saludable, seguro y próspero para todos. Estos fondos, que forman parte de la agenda Invertir en Estados Unidos del presidente Biden, son posibles gracias a la Ley de Reducción de la Inflación del Presidente, la mayor inversión de la historia en energía limpia y acción climática.

“A lo largo de mi gira Journey to Justice, he escuchado a residentes y defensores pedir recursos para apoyar soluciones locales en comunidades que durante mucho tiempo han sido pasadas por alto y olvidadas”, comentó el administrador de la EPA, Michael S. Regan. “Hoy, gracias al compromiso del presidente Biden de invertir en las comunidades que durante largo tiempo han luchado por acceder a fondos federales, estamos cumpliendo con estos llamados a la acción. Esta financiación histórica y sin precedentes promete convertir las

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized regulatory action on the State of Alaska’s current plan to reduce winter-time fine particulate matter (PM2.5)levels in the Fairbanks-North Star Borough which remain double the national, health-based standard.

Today’s announcement, which concludes the agency’s requirement to formally approve and/or disapprove elements of the plan, now serves as a blueprint for the state and borough as they develop a new plan to submit to the EPA in summer 2024.

EPA staff are working with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the borough to strengthen the disapproved elements of the current plan. For instance, while the EPA has formally disapproved the plan’s failure to require controls on stationary sources of sulfur dioxide – such as power plants — the agency’s Office of Research & Development has developed a new model which is being used by ADEC that could demonstrate that the SO2 from those sources do not contribute significantly to the region’s PM2.5 problem.

In January of this year, the EPA sought public comment on its proposal to approve and disapprove parts of the state’s current plan. After reviewing 160 comments, including new information from the state, the EPA re-evaluated several elements of the state’s plan it had proposed disapproving. For instance, after initially proposing to disapprove the state’s determination that requiring the use

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