Legionella Concern as Offices Reopen

Downtown Magazine  by Stacy Gittleman

National – Across the nation, schools, businesses, and office spaces are embroiled in what is known as “hygiene theater” to assure the public that indoor spaces are safe to return to work, learn, shop, exercise, and dine in once the pandemic ebbs. Back at the office, workspace experts are trying their best to implement guidelines from the CDC, repartitioning and reconfiguring layouts to maximize physical distancing of desks, installing plexiglass barriers, and posting one-way foot traffic signs around workstations. Some schools and businesses have deployed high-tech devices for temperature checks as the world figures out how to get back to a new, post-pandemic normal. But prolonged inactivity in all the buildings we normally occupy in day-to-day life has heightened the presence of another underlying hazard lurking in our man-made water systems that not even the CDC’s offices could evade: the presence of Legionella. 

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EPA Would Restore Asbestos Reporting Rules Under Planned Settlement

Department of Justice by Cameron Ayers

National – The EPA is on the cusp of a settlement with anti-asbestos activists, one that eventually would require asbestos importers to once again report exposure and use data. During a virtual court hearing April 15, a Justice Department representative announced that the EPA has reached an agreement in principle to settle with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and other entities that sued the agency over its regulation of asbestos. Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), companies that produce or import toxic chemicals must disclose exposure and use data to the agency as specified by the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. Asbestos was one such chemical until the agency exempted it from the requirements in 2017. 

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Revision to ASTM Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process

JD Supra

Washington, DC – The current (E1527-13) version of the ASTM Phase I standard, used by EPA and the states to determine whether sufficient environmental due diligence has been conducted for a purchaser to utilize CERCLA defenses, is scheduled to be updated this year. While the revised standard has not been finalized, several possible changes of potential significance have been proposed. 
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Asbestos a Concern After Vehicles Damage Ruby Hill Park During Blizzard

E&E News by Jacqueline Qyunh

Denver, CO – Denver Parks and Recreation crews are working to clean-up asbestos after Ruby Hill Park visitors tore up turf that may have exposed some of the cancer-causing material. The park was targeted by vandals after last weekend’s blizzard. An epic snowstorm, may have left behind a historic amount of damage to Ruby Hill, a well-known local spot for sledding. Parks and Recreation crews are mapping out the park for repairs, but some decided they didn’t want to obey the rules and drove around the barriers. Click here for the full text.

Proposed Texas Asbestos Rules Available for Stakeholder Comment

TX Department of State Health Services

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of State Health Services is accepting formal comments from stakeholders on the proposed asbestos rules March 26, 2021 through April 26, 2021. Comments may be submitted by mail, or email. Visit the Draft and Proposed Rules – Asbestos Program website for more information. Questions can be emailed to the EHG Rules CoordinatorClick here for the full text.

New Plan Identifies Asbestos Control for Libby Railroad Corridor

Daily Interlak

Libby, MT – The public has until April 9 to review and comment on an institutional control and assurance plan for the BNSF-owned railway corridor at the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site. The railroad corridor became contaminated when the railway company transported vermiculite containing toxic asbestos from the now defunct W.R. Grace & Co. mine near Libby. The corridor is one of several areas identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as being in need of decontamination, and is referred to as Operable Unit 6 of the cleanup site. For the full article, click here.

EPA Settles With Six Missouri Renovators for Alleged Lead-Paint Violations

Door and Window Market

Kansas City, MO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached settlements with six residential home renovators in Missouri for alleged violations of lead-based paint regulations under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. The settlements include Kansas City area renovators Montgall LLC and Karin Ross Designs LLC; Woodard Cleaning and Restoration Inc., Starke Inc., and City Restoration & Revival LLC, all from the St. Louis area; and Springfield-based renovator The Window Dudes LLC. For the full article, click here.