EPA Announces 2016 Brownfield Funding

Brownfield Site Newsplash 2016The EPA has announced $10.7 million that will be available fiscal year ’16 to provide supplemental funding for 33 successful Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grantees.   RLF’s supply funding for loans and sub-grants to carry out cleanup activities at Brownfield sites.  These funds help maintain momentum so more cleanups can be completed.

In the EPA news release, Mathy Stanislaus, the assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management stated, “These funds – going to communities who have already achieved success in their work to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites – will help revitalize distressed communities, improve public health, encourage innovation, and boost local manufacturing opportunities.”  With over 40 communities getting prepared to receive projects to redevelop brownfield properties, jobs are going to be established as well.

The redevelopment process of the brownfield sites does not only improve communities, but it also generates additional space for commercial businesses, as well as revenue for local governments.  One project alone will provide housing for 140 individuals and create over 100 permanent jobs.

The EPA did not stop here because when they calculated the total amount of jobs that were established from these projects, approximately 109,000 jobs were created throughout the whole United States.  They are not only creating a safer environment for the local population, but creating jobs for them as well.

With a discovery of 450,000 brownfield sites across the United States, the EPA continues to invest in the redevelopment of these sites.  The value of properties around these sites increased approximately 15 percent once they are cleaned up.  Local governments are also accumulating revenue through taxes which range from $29 to $97 million in one year, just from 48 different brownfield sites.

Suburban Testing Labs supports the environmental testing required for consultants working on brownfield redevelopment sites.  For more information, contact us and visit our site remediation webpage.

To read more, please visit https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-107-million-supplemental-funds-clean-contaminated-brownfield-sites 

 


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August is National Water Quality Month!

Celebrate our national water quality with the great outdoors

National Water Quality Month

Canoeing on the Delaware River

Reading, PA – There is no better way of showing the importance of clean water then by celebrating a whole month dedicated to the quality of water.

Everyone who enjoys going swimming, kayaking, or even boating in rivers, lakes, and oceans needs to understand how important it is to preserve the clean water that we use for drinking, and our personal enjoyment.

Did you know that 207 of our 397 national parks – 52% have waterways that are considered “impaired” under the Clean Water Act? According to the National Parks Conservation Association, the most common reasons are high levels of pathogens, mercury, heavy metals, nutrients and sediment.

The National Park Service (NPS) is the agency in charge of the management and monitoring of water quality in all national parks across the United States. The NPS is highly important because not only do they monitor all the waterways, but they classify each waterway as well.  If a waterway is impaired, they contact the state and make sure they take the appropriate measures to reduce the pollution.  In fact, by treating the waterways that are contaminated, this in turn reduces the amount of pollutants that enter from runoffs into other bodies of water.

Lake Okeechobee is a great example of this type of situation.  The fact that Lake Okeechobee is a man-made lake and collected too much water this past winter, water was released and now heading to the Everglades National Park.  The state of Florida has constructed a plan that will store and treat the water flowing into the Everglades National Park.

Suburban Testing Labs is a leader in testing the public drinking water, wastewater, soil and solid materials for many recreational and commercial areas. In fact, in Pennsylvania alone, we test the water for more than 1 Million residents.  Contact us for information on how we can support the testing needs of your utility or construction project.

To read more, please visit https://www.npca.org/articles/98-focus-on-water-celebrating-national-water-quality-month


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Too Close to Home –

Algae Crisis in Lake Erie Similar to Lake Okeechobee, South Florida

Overhead Pic of Lake Erie

Overhead View July 2015

We all know nutrients from wastewater treatment plants, septic systems, and farms are hazardous to our waterways.  But recent visible algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee garnered a nationwide outcry.  Unfortunately here at home, Lake Erie,  is strikingly similar.

Since 1995, Lake Erie has been known for containing a bacteria called microcystis, which is an extremely toxic organism.  According to The Blade, microcystis nourish off of sunlight, freshwater, nutrients from agricultural runoff, and stagnant air.  Another case has emerged this summer at Lake Okeechobee in South Florida.  Besides all the evidence being highly identical to the Lake Erie case, Florida also reached an all-time rainfall amount this previous winter.  Could this be one of the central causes for this bacteria to cultivate?

Chlorophyll Map of Lake Erie

Chlorophyll Map of Lake Erie

Climatologist consider this to be an El Nino effect.  This past winter was the warmest in years causing South Florida to receive up to 12 inches of rain, just in January.  The amount of rain that South Florida usually accumulates is about less than an inch of rain during the month of January.  Due to the fact that Lake Okeechobee is a man-made Lake that is treated as a reservoir, and a place to store hurricane-induced flooding, water was overflowing from all of the rain they received.  Since the Lake was holding more water than it could, water was released into local canals.   This might sound like a great idea, but this contaminated water is being carried into additional bodies of water causing more of a tragedy.

They say this year is the biggest boom in history.  Want to learn more?  To read more about the algae crisis, click here.

Also for reference: EPA’s Fact Sheet on Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms


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 Suburban Testing Labs is a nationally recognized independent environmental testing laboratory specializing in analysis of water, wastewater, and solid materials such as biosolids, sludge and soil.  We are accredited in accordance with NELAC (National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference) and commit to providing defensible data at a competitive price with first-class customer service.

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