Click the link below to see the list of 179 documents on the EPAs website concerning remediation at many, many Kopper’s plant locations.
Editorial: The joke’s on us
Neighborhood worried about contamination
EPA’s plan for Koppers cleanup assailed
Editorial: Susan Fairforest: EPAs Cabot-Koppers cleanup plan is inadequate
Editorial: Water matters
Published: Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 16, 2009 at 5:02 p.m.
News flash: The Environmental Protection Agency has decided that it has a responsibility to enforce the Clean Water Act.
It’s about time.
A recent investigation by the New York Times discovered that companies had violated the Clean Water Act more than half a million times over the past five years. Yet less than 3 percent of the violators have been fined or otherwise punished.
“The time is long overdue for the EPA to reexamine its approach to Clean Water Act enforcement,” EPA chief Lisa P. Jackson told a congressional subcommittee the other day.
One EPA official later told The Times: “Going forward, if states are falling down on the job we’re going to reverse the permits they’ve issued, and if they’re not enforcing the law, we’ll step in an do it ourselves.”
Since Florida was recently served notice that it has to do a better job limiting nutrient pollution limits for its lakes and rivers, we hope the EPA’s newfound commitment to clean water enforcement is genuine.
One doesn’t always have to go far to see the effects of poor water quality on health. The effects of contaminated water and the challenges associated with cleaning up sites of environmental contamination have been made starkly obvious at the Cabot Koppers Superfund site in Gainesville, FL.
Here is an interesting handout created for Water Biology – PHC 6937 at the University of Florida.
Source: Andrew Kane, Ph.D., http://aquaticpath.epi.ufl.edu/waterbiology/handouts/Koppers.pdf, October, 2007.