CHICAGO, September 22, 2016 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today ordered H. Kramer & Co. to take immediate action to remove lead-contaminated soil from at least 54 residential yards in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. H. Kramer has up to 30 days to comply with EPA’s unilateral administrative order and begin the cleanups.
Continue reading CHICAGO, September 22, 2016 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today ordered H. Kramer & Co. to take immediate action to remove lead-contaminated soil in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
For Immediate Release: No. 16-OPA029
There will be a 30 day public comment period on the consent decree lodged today. Information on how to comment on the consent decree will be available in the Federal Register and on the Department of Justice’s website: www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-
CHICAGO (July 20, 2016) –U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice today announced a settlement with Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership and several related Enbridge companies to resolve claims stemming from its 2010 oil spills in Marshall, Mich. and Romeoville, Ill. Enbridge has agreed to spend at least $110 million on a series of measures to prevent spills and improve operations across nearly 2,000 miles of its pipeline system in the Great Lakes region. Enbridge will also pay civil penalties totaling $62 million for Clean Water Act violations — $61 million for discharging at least 20,082 barrels of oil in Marshall and $1 million for discharging at least 6,427 barrels of oil in Romeoville.
In addition, the proposed settlement will resolve Enbridge’s liability under the Oil Pollution Act, based on Enbridge’s commitment to pay over $5.4 million in unreimbursed costs incurred by the government in connection with cleanup of the Marshall spill, as well as all future removal costs incurred by the government in connection with that spill. Today’s settlement includes an extensive set of specific requirements to prevent spills and enhance leak detection capabilities throughout Enbridge’s Lakehead pipeline system – a network of 14 pipelines spanning nearly 2,000 miles across seven states. Enbridge must also take major actions to improve its spill preparedness and emergency response programs. Under the settlement, Enbridge is also required to replace close to 300 miles of one of its pipelines, after obtaining all necessary approvals. Enbridge’s Lakehead System delivers approximately 1.7 million barrels of oil in the United States each day.
“This settlement will make the delivery of our nation’s energy resources safer and more environmentally responsible,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “It requires Enbridge to take robust measures to improve the maintenance and monitoring of its Lakehead pipeline system, protecting lakes, rivers, land and communities across the upper midwest, as well as pay a significant penalty.”
Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) Hearing
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a public hearing on the proposed design details for the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Wednesday, August 3rd.
The Clean Power Plan (CPP), establishes limits on carbon emissions from power plants to address climate change. As part of the CPP, the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) encourages states to take early action to reduce carbon pollution by investing in renewable energy projects, particularly in economically challenged areas. The EPA needs feedback from the public on several questions, including how “low-income” communities should be defined in the program, and whether renewable energy projects in “low-income” communities should be eligible for double credits.
This is the only hearing that will be taking place in the nation, and it will be right here in Chicago.
If you would like to offer oral testimony at the hearing, please complete the EPA’s Registration Form.
Please note that the hearing will be held in a federal building and you will need to bring a driver’s license or government-issued ID to enter. Additional information about parking and directions can be found on the EPA’s website about this hearing.
June 2016 Update
(See map, which shows Areas 1 through 10 representing segments along the spur and alley.) Area 1 west of the Benito Juarez parking lot driveway has a final compacted gravel cap. Workers have also completed capping with a final asphalt cover on Areas 5, 7, 8 and 9. The eastern part of Area 1 (east of the Benito Juarez parking lot driveway) and Area 2 will have an asphalt cover installed the week of June 20 along with Areas 4, 6 and 10. Area 3 is the area where the railroad spur crossed over South Loomis Street and it is already covered with the street’s asphalt.OU 1 consists of an east-west alley between West 21st Street and West Cermak Road and between South Loomis and South Throop Streets. It also includes a railway spur that begins on South Laflin Street behind the Benito Juarez Community Academy athletic field and ending on West Cermak Road just east of South Loomis Street. Starting in November, EPA oversaw the removal of tracks and ties along the railway spur and the excavation and disposal of lead-contaminated soil from the railroad spur and alley.
Environmental Protection Agency is asking owners of over 100 properties in a portion of the Pilsen neighborhood for permission to take samples in their yards and gardens for lead-contaminated soil.
The specific residential area — referred to as Operable Unit 2 — is bounded by 18th Place to the north, an alley halfway between Allport Street and Racine Avenue to the east, 21st Street to the south, and Loomis Street to the west. There are about 178 residential properties in this 25-acre OU2 site. About 121 of the properties have non-permanent covers in their yards such as bare soil, grass or gravel and are the focus of EPA’s outreach.
If you own a residential property within these boundaries, EPA urges you to complete an access agreement allowing us to sample your property for lead to find out if a cleanup is needed. Turning in your signed access agreement during January and February will help the Agency begin work when the first signs of spring arrive.
https://www.epa.govp June 2016/il/pilsen-area-soil-site
EPA Open House Community Meeting
Sangamon Street Right of Way Hosted by U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Investigation information and clean up for Sangamon Street Right of Way and to answer your questions one-on-one.
When: Wednesday, June 15
Where: Casa Maravilla 2021 S. Morgan St.
Time: 5pm to 7 pm
More information about the site: www.epa.gov/il/sangamon-right-way
Drinking Water in Chicago Presentation by EPA water expert Miguel Del Toral at the Lozano Library on YouTube, click on “Drinking Water in Chicago” below: Continue reading YouTube Drinking Water in Chicago/Presentation by Flint EPA whistleblower Miguel Del Toral/Lozano Library
NEXT P.E.R.R.O. Meeting
Looking to meet a lot of new members that came to our Presentation Meeting at the Lozano library !!
Date : April 13th 2016/Wedndesday
Time: 6 pm
Where: La Catrina Cafe 1011 W 18th street
Community Presentation: Our Drinking Water in Chicago
Lead in your drinking water?
Join up for our next meeting to help plan for
our Presentation at the library !
When: March 30th 2016, Wednesday
Where: Barrel Bar 2015 S. Damen
Time: 6 pm