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Click here to view Dr. deFur’s presentation on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site proposed cleanup plan

ESC’s June 2016 newsletter is now available

Lots of new developments in our May 2016 newsletter.

Our April 2016 newsletter has arrived.

ESC Alert: The Lower Passaic River Record of Decision has been released.

Check out our March 2016 newsletter.

ESC’s February 2016 newsletter has arrived.

Review some of 2015’s top environmental highlights in ESC’s It’s the Environment! 2015 Review.

Learn what’s new for our clients in 2016 in our January newsletter.

Read Peter’s comments from the 11/18/2015 HRI CCC meeting.

Our December 2015 newsletter has arrived.

Check out what’s new for our clients in our November 2015 newsletter.

ESC sounds off on EPA’s decision on the Housatonic River cleanup

Our October 2015 newsletter has arrived.

Check out our September 2015 newsletter here.

Dr. deFur comments on the loss of a colleague Lou Guillette

Our August 2015 newsletter is hot off the presses

Dr. deFur’s editorial on the state of the JAMES RIVER WATERSHED and the continuing risks it still faces

CHECK OUT OUR LATEST REPORT: James River Watershed Risk Analysis and our report Public Summary

Check out our July 2015 newsletter here.

Our June 2015 newsletter is available to read here.

ESC’s May 2015 newsletter is available here.

For Earth Day 2015, an “It’s the Environment!” editorial piece from Peter

Check out our April newsletter here

Click here to view Peter’s presentation from a March 27th William and Mary Law Symposium on emerging contaminants in our waterways

For all of the latest updates on our clients, read our March newsletter here

Peter’s latest edition of “It’s the Environment!” focuses on issues of environmental justice. Click here to read.

Our February newsletter is available to read here

Click here to view Peter’s presentation on the Record of Decision for the Lower Duwamish River

Click here to view Peter’s January 13th presentation to the Algona, WA, community on local groundwater.

Want to see ESC President Dr. Peter deFur in action? Click here to check out the webinar presentation Peter gave in Seattle comparing three of ESC’s Superfund sites in the Pacific Northwest.

On January 13th, Peter will give a presentation to the Algona community on local groundwater and drinking water supplies. Get more info about the community forum here!

Read the latest edition of “It’s the Environment!”, a tribute to the late visionary, Dr. Theo Colborn here!

As 2014 comes to a close, check out the year’s last newsletter for updates on several of our clients.

See what’s new for our clients in our November 2014 newsletter.

Check out the latest edition of “It’s the Environment!” here!

Our October 2014 newsletter is available to read here.

Check out the latest edition of “It’s the Environment!” here!

Listen to Peter’s comments on the Housatonic cleanup plan that he gave at the Housatonic River Public Hearing here

Check out the latest edition of “It’s the Environment!” here!

Our September 2014 newsletter is available to read here.

The latest installment of Peter’s “It’s the Environment!” column focuses on the team’s summertime trips to a few of our nation’s fine natural areas… and why it’s important that we keep them around! It is available here.

Our August 2014 newsletter is available to read here.

Click here to take a photo tour of the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay, locations of the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site in New Jersey. Peter took part in this tour on July 23rd, which was led by the New York/New Jersey Baykeeper.

On July 22nd, Peter traveled to the New Jersey Institute of Technology to present at a public forum on the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan for the Lower Passaic River. To view his presentation on the environmental impacts of Confined Aquatic Disposal cells (CADs), click here.

Our July 2014 newsletter is available to read here.

On June 18th, Peter joined approximately 150 residents, environmentalists, and concerned citizens at the EPA’s public meeting on the proposed plan to address PCB contamination in the Housatonic River. While some were concerned about the impact of cleanup efforts on their local communities, many others were skeptical that the plan goes far enough to clean the Housatonic of these toxic chemicals. View the full story here.

On Monday, New England EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding met with a local newspaper to give his remarks on the current Housatonic River cleanup plan. While Spalding urged the public to accept the plan, local environmental groups say that the plan doesn’t do enough to eradicate PCBs from the river and surroundning ecosystems.

On June 4th, Peter presented at the Choose Clean Water Coalition Conference in Staunton, VA. View his presentation here.

The EPA’s proposed cleanup plan for the Housatonic River, released in early June, has received much criticism from local environmental groups. Housatonic Riverkeeper Tim Gray states that one of the major drawbacks of the proposal is that it “buys into the idea that sensitive areas probably should not be cleaned up.” Read the latest news and input from local environmental groups in this news article.

Our June 2014 newsletter is available to read here.

Click here to read the newest installment of our It’s the Environment! series. February’s installment, written by ESC President Dr. Peter deFur, focuses on the concerns raised by the recent spills in the Dan River and Elk River.

At the Dewey Loeffel Landfill in New York, the fourth planned tank discharge at the newly constructed water treatment plant began on Thursday. Treated toxins were released from a 20,000 gallon tank into the Valatie Kill waterway. Although this discharge was planned, the event is still concerning. Click here to read more about the discharge, and here for more information on the Dewey Loeffel Landfill.

The Federal Natural Resources Trustees for the Hudson River openly criticized General Electric this week for being misleading in their December report that found no need to voluntarily expand dredging in the polluted Hudson River. Read more on this story here.

Good news for the members of the Housatonic River Initiative in Massachusetts: almost 50,000 acres in Berkshire County are now off limits to a potential PCB landfill, thanks to a recently enacted prohibition protecting sensitive areas from hazardous waste facilities. Read about the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s prohibition here.

ESC, LLC, in collaboration with Glynn Environmental Coalition, recently submitted our comments to the EPA on the Draft Feasibility Study for the Brunswick, GA, LCP Chemicals Superfund Site. A copy is available here.

Results of an ESC, LLC literature search regarding Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) research from 2002 to present (2013), with specific attention to toxicological impacts on living organisms are available to read HERE!

A Copy of Peter’s testimony at the Kauai Council Meeting on Amendment 2491, as well as supporting research and links, are available to read HERE!

The August 2013 ESC Newsletter, is available to read HERE!

Please read our latest edition of It’s the Environment!

Exciting news out of Spokane, WA please read our most recent ESC News Alert about a legal ruling that shut down Spokane County Sewage Treatment Plant in order to be more protective of PCB discharges.

Please read our ESC News Alert for more information about recent community meetings held by Olympic Environmental Council, and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.

The Proposed Plan , Environmental Justice Analysis , and Source Control Strategy for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site have been released and are open for public comment. Click here to get more information on how to comment by June 13th, 2013.

The Wisconsin community group, Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, has issued a press release about the recent Alternate Feasibility Study read about it here HERE!

Hudson River PCBs community forum was a success, view Peter’s PowerPoint presentation to the community HERE

Peter will be presenting the findings of the NRC committee on Uranium Mining in Virginia to the Potomac Watershed Roundtable on Friday, January 11. The presentation is available to view HERE.

President of ESC, Dr. Peter deFur has contributed to a new protocol which chemists can use to avoid the hazard of creating endocrine disrupting chemicals. Read the press release for Tiered Protocol for Endocrine Disruption (TiPED) here.

Click here to view ESC’s Environmental Scientist, Laura Williams, masters thesis abstract entitled: The Effect of River Contaminants and Moderate Hypoxia on Blue Crabs (Callinectes Sapidus) from the Tidal Freshwater James River.

The US Army Corp of Engineers demolishes house on former WWI munitions site in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Washington, DC. Click here for the NBC news clip

The Velsicol Record of Decision for Operable Unit 1 has been released. Click here to read it

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group will hold its monthly meeting from 6 – 8 PM on June 13th at the Portland BES Water Pollution Control Lab. The meeting will include a discussion on restoration planning for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. For more information, visit the PHCAG website

ESC has submitted comments on behalf of Olympic Environmental Council on the Port Angeles Harbor Sediment Investigation Report. Click here to read the comments

EPA has posted the Potential Remediation Approaches to the GE-Pittsfield­ Housatonic River Site “Rest of River” PCB Contamination document which is now available under the Housatonic River Initiative section of this site. Click HERE to view the .pdf of the document.

Resources for Communities

ESC reports and presentations are available for public viewing. Look for links on individual project pages.






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