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Blackstone’s Scott Mattes and Emily Smart receive EPA L.E.A.F.S. Award

April 25, 2018

Blackstone Environmental is pleased to announce that Scott Mattes and Emily Smart were among the named recipients of an EPA L.E.A.F.S. award made to the City of Dubuque on Thursday, April 19, 2018, for their work on the Peoples Natural Gas Superfund Site redevelopment in Dubuque, IA. The prestigious L.E.A.F.S. award was established by EPA Region 7 to recognize those who have supported the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative through innovative thinking, sustainable practices, and environmental stewardship. A responsible party, developer, site owner, nonprofit, local government or community member who has demonstrated excellence in working cooperatively with Region 7 to guarantee the redevelopment of a Superfund Site is eligible to receive the L.E.A.F.S award. The City’s vision for this Site was executed by a large group of project partners, including multiple federal and state agencies, several responsible parties, consultants, contractors, and a dedicated City Project Management team. The construction of a beautiful and functional bus storage facility and training center on this Superfund Site improved the property,…
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Superfund Target Lists Released

March 1, 2018

In May 2017, a Superfund Task Force was formed to provide recommendations to streamline and improve the Superfund Program. In July 2017, the Superfund Task Force recommended that EPA develop a list to target Superfund sites for immediate and intense action. This list was developed considering sites that would benefit from the Administrator’s direct engagement and that require timely resolution of specific issues to expedite cleanup and redevelopment efforts. The list is dynamic and will change as sites need to move on and off of the list. EPA has published a list of these sites targeted for immediate and intense action as of December 8, 2017. In January 2018, also in response to Task Force recommendations, EPA released a list of the initial Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) sites with the greatest expected redevelopment and commercial potential. EPA has indicated that they will focus redevelopment training, tools and resources towards the sites on this list.
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Once In Always In Policy for NESHAP Major Sources Withdrawn

March 1, 2018

In January 2018, EPA issued a guidance memorandum that withdrew the long-standing “once in always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act, the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants or NESHAPs. A major source of HAPs is a stationary source that has the potential to emit 10 tons per year or more of any HAP or 25 tons per year or more of a combination of HAPs. An area source is a stationary source that does not emit HAPs above these thresholds. EPA’s previous guidance under the Seitz Memo, in place since 1995, stated that once a source became a major source of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), they could not be reclassified as an area source even if potential HAP emissions drop below major source thresholds. Once they were “in” as a major source, that facility would always be in. The new policy allows these sources previously classified as major sources…
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