Activists in Hood River County, Oregon have been attempting to stop the Nestle Corporation from bottling water at Oxbow Spring located at the Columbia River Gorge for the past seven years. The activists have organized themselves to form the Local Water Alliance and are working together to finally put an end to the possibility that any bottled water company could ever use the Spring. They are doing so by working towards this goal by having the issue added to the ballot during the upcoming November election. The vote could result in an environmental regulation banning commercial bottling operations from the county. The potential ban would become known as the “Hood River Water Protection Measure.” Activists need 664 residential signatures in order to have the issue added to the ballot.
The Cascade Locks City Council has already approved a tentative deal with Nestle. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is on board as well. In the deal, Nestle would be treated as a water customer, but would receive a discounted price. This means the water bottling company would have full access to the county’s entire water supply.
Members of the Local Water Alliance feel that the plans between the city council and Nestle are irresponsible. The plan sells the public water supply and could put resident at risk during periods of drought. Hood River County has had to declare a state of emergency in the very recent past due to drought conditions and does not wish to repeat history. Extreme drought conditions in nearby states like California have residents on high alert as they witness the associated struggles.
Activists have also gained the support of local Native American Tribes. Tribes have been steadily protesting and even threatening hunger strikes. The Columbia River Tribe has protested at the governor’s offices and for other officials, stating that the sale of the spring violates Treaties signed with the tribe hundreds of years ago. The tribe also values the Oxbow Spring as a sacred place that has provided their people with life for centuries.
Three (3) of the USTs with a capacity of 4,000 gallons each were identified in the records as being filled with space prior to November 4, 1989; information was not available on the age of these USTs. According to the owner, these 3 UST were closed in place using foundry sand as part of the property transfer in 1989. In a letter to First Eastern Bank from WCM dated September 6, 1989 (see Appendix E), WCM states these USTs will be emptied of all material, the tops cut off and filled with foundry sand. The current owner stated they uncovered one of these three USTs when constructing the Machine Shop Annex a few years ago and the UST was removed from the Site. The current owner does not have additional documentation regarding this UST removal from the Site and does not have available information on the locations of the other two USTs at the Site. Are these RECs?????
Is a cesspit a REC?
How do a descibe a leaking septic tank in a Phase I report? Is it a Recognized Environmental Condition?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed that German automaker; Volkswagen has intentionally cheated clean air rules and environmental regulations by tampering with emissions tests. They did so for at least 500,000 diesel cars, with significant discrepancies being found in up to 11 million vehicles across the globe.
Software that was intentionally designed to help pass VW’s diesel cars showed emission levels up to 40% less than what they would produce on the roads. For over a year the motor vehicle company stated that any discrepancies between test levels and actual emissions were merely technical errors. The company eventually acknowledged that tests were deliberately tampered with after intense pressure from the EPA.Since their admission of guilt, Volkswagens has recalled all of its 2015 & 2016 diesel model cars. The CEO has also resigned and stock value has plummeted.
The EPA has much more power than other automotive groups like the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) due to powers provided under the Clean Air Act. With that said the EPA is planning on holding VW accountable by charging a $37,500 fine for every car recalled. The penalty could total as much as $18 billion. The car company has already set aside $7.3 billion to begin salvaging their reputation.
The European Union is expected to have suffered the greatest air quality pollution since diesel cars are much more popular there than in the United States. Diesel cars only makes up about 3% of passenger vehicles in the U.S. Officials estimate that almost 1 million extra metric tons of nitrogen oxide were emitted last year due to cheated emissions tests. This is more pollution than the United Kingdom was expected to produce all year in all regards.
The intentional deception by an automotive giant has made the public as well regulatory officials suspect of the motor vehicle industry. Critics wonder, was VW the only company doing shady things or are others doing the same, just not being caught?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a plan outlining how a decontamination plant located near the upper Hudson River. General Electric (GE), a Connecticut based power company has been decontaminating the sediment and water in the upper Hudson River over the past six years. GE has been held responsible for cleaning up the water contamination after they discharged polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) into the Hudson River from the 1940s to the 1970’s at two of its manufacturing plants. The region became an official EPA Superfund site and cleanup projects began soon after and would continue for decades to come. Eventually the EPA decided that dredging the river’s sediment would be the best cleanup option.
GE agreed to conduct this portion of the Superfund project. The EPA had estimated that approximately 2.7 million cubic yards of sediment over a 40 mile stretch of river would have to be dredged and treated. This area lies between Fort Edward and Troy, New York. With such a large scope of project, the electric company knew that infrastructure would have to be built. For instance, a sediment treatment facility had to be built, a wharf for barges to dock, as well as a railroad system and roads to transport the contaminated sediment
Many critics believe that the decontamination facilities should not be dismantled since there is much clean up left to be done at the Superfund site. They worry that continued cleanup will be extremely difficult without the facilities. General Electric feels that they have already held up their end of the cleanup and close up shop for good later in the year. The company states that they have worked 24 hours a day for six months a year for almost six years and that sediment samples have now revealed that is PCB free. The EPA is taking public comments and opinion in the meantime.
During a recent site visit on more than 1000 acres of ag land somewhere in The Great Central Valley, several hundred undocumented environmental workers were caught on camera swimming naked on a beautiful sunny day during harvest. The land owner was fully aware of these undocumented environmental workers, whom (or who) have been on-site for years, yet nothing is done, nothing!. Page 1 of the attached pdf shows the general area of the subject site, including the pond. Page 2 shows the pond, innocent looking as it may be. However, to the experienced Environmental Professional (as defined), closer observation (pages 2 - 7) reveals just a few of these shameless undocumented environmental workers ... busted!
Does anyone have any experience with what computer storage system manufacturing entails? I'm completing a Phase I and there are city directory listings for this computer storage/tape library manufacturer from 1989-1994 and I just don't know what chemicals are used in this process (if any). Any input would be appreciated, thanks!
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Does anyone think think these two circular manhole type impressions in the floor of an auto shop may have been a lift. Each "ring" in the concrete is about 1.5' in diameter and from center to center, the rings are 6 feet apart. One has 4 sheered off bolts (left of boring), the other has two small rectangular metal brackets (to right of boring), for lack of better description. One ring is outlined by orange spray paint, a ground penetrating radar indicated concrete beneath the concrete. The other ring is partly below an alignment rack. This building was built in 1957. I am thinking this could have been some type of fluid vault at one time. Additional borings are planned. Thanks.