In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos yesterday challenged the effectiveness of EPA’s remedy to cleanup PCBs from the Upper Hudson River.With unacceptably high levels of contamination still left in river sediment, the state called on EPA to reexamine its cleanup to effectively protect public health and the environment over the long term.“Unacceptably high levels of PCB contaminated sediment remain in large portions of the Upper Hudson River,” said Commissioner Seggos. “The job is not done and the remedy as implemented may not achieve the targeted reductions of PCB levels in water and fish tissue within the timeframes originally anticipated by EPA. EPA must ensure the remediation conducted by General Electric is effectively protecting public health and the environment from exposure to PCBs.”Specifically, DEC is urging EPA to evaluate the sufficiency of the remediation selected in the Record of Decision (ROD) guiding this cleanup. EPA’s current five-year review must thoroughly quantify the trends based on all available fish, water, and sediment data, and make reasonable and conservative assumptions regarding future trends.Recent analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others illustrate that recovery rates for fish in the lower Hudson may be far longer than EPA anticipated.Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Contingency Plan (NCP), EPA is required to monitor effectiveness of the remedy to affirm that it is meeting the goals set by the Record of Decision (ROD).In March, EPA committed to perform a five-year review of the remedy, which it expects to issue in the spring of 2017. EPA must take additional remedial action if the remedy fails to meet the goals required by the ROD, including the reduction of PCB levels in fish within the timeframe EPA originally anticipated.
LiuGong’s 922F excavator will be launched in North America at the showThe 922F excavator will be launched in North America at Conexpo – it features integrated technology, intelligence and environmental protection.The 22 ton class excavator has the latest electronically controlled hydraulic systems, consisting of a main pump with large displacement, low-speed, high-torque engine and main electro-hydraulic proportional control valve.Improved hydraulic flow distribution, greater operator control and more precise operator placement of bucket or attachment are said to lead to improved quality of performance and operational efficiency.The auto engine shut down and integrated work modes are said to help owners with higher productivity and improved fuel economy.A global launch will come in the form of Dressta’s TD-16N dozer. It is said to offer best in class visibility, improved safety, and performance.Visibility is one of the core design aspects for the new TD-16N, offering an unparalleled view around the cab, blade, ripper and tracks. LiuGong will be showing a range of equipment on its stand with highlights said to be the F series excavators and the new Dressta dozer.
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