Fwd: EPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Changes to HOVENSA Cleanup; Public Meeting Set for March 12
- Please note -- HOVENSA (that's Hess Oil and the government of
Venezuela ) have so far extracted 42 MILLION GALLONS of OIL from
groundwater underneath the gigantic refinery in St. Croix. The oil
got there by leaking out of the bottom of tanks in the refinery.
FORTY THREE PLUS MILLION GALLONS. . . "leaked?"
The EXXON Valdez oil spill involved a total of ELEVEN MILLION Gallons --
The HOVENSA leak is FOUR TIMES BIGGER than the biggest oil tanker
spill to ever occur in US waters.
Congratulations for the the record . . .
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>Subject: Fw: Hazardous Waste News Release (Region 2): EPA Seeks--
>Public Comment on
> Proposed Changes to HOVENSA Cleanup; Public Meeting Set for March 12
>To: Potter at Island Resources <bpotter@...>
>Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 14:22:06 -0400
>----- Forwarded by Felix Lopez/R4/FWS/DOI on 03/07/2008 02:22 PM -----
> EPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Changes to
> HOVENSA Cleanup; Public Meeting Set for March 12
> Contact: Rich Cahill (212) 637-3666, cahill.richard@...
> (New York, N.Y. - Mar. 7, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection
> Agency (EPA) will join HOVENSA at its public meeting, to get feedback
> from the public on proposed modifications to its EPA permit. The
> changes will improve petroleum waste treatment at the facility and
> set final goals for the ongoing groundwater cleanup at the 1500-acre
> refinery property. The 60-day public comment period on the proposed
> changes began on February 26, 2008 and ends on April 26. The public
> meeting will be on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 5:00 PM at the
> HOVENSA Administration Building - Main Auditorium, 1 Estate Hope.
> "The project to recover oil that is contaminating groundwater at
> HOVENSA is one of the largest in U.S. history," said EPA Regional
> Administrator Alan J. Steinberg. "The proposed changes to the permit
> will improve waste treatment operations at the facility and advance
> the ongoing groundwater cleanup."
> Since the vast network of recovery and treatment wells began pumping
> in 1987, nearly 42 million gallons of free product petroleum have
> been reclaimed from the on-site groundwater. An estimated 1.2
> million gallons are still targeted for recovery.
> Under its EPA issued hazardous waste permit, HOVENSA operates two
> hazardous waste land treatment units at its facility, called
> 'land-farming', which break down petroleum-related chemicals in
> sludge. When EPA required monitoring showed that in certain portions
> of the land treatment units the required cleanup goals were not being
> achieved, HOVENSA requested a modification of the EPA permit for the
> 'land-farming' operations. EPA supports HOVENSA's request to modify
> the procedures for "land-farming" of the sludge to improve its
> effectiveness because the changes will ensure that the cleanup levels
> required in the permit will be met.
> Since 1987, HOVENSA has been conducting a free product petroleum
> recovery and containment program under an EPA permit. However, the
> work had been considered an "interim measure" because final cleanup
> goals had not been set. HOVENSA has proposed to modify its EPA
> permit to establish final cleanup goals for plumes of groundwater
> contamination located on the facility property. The proposed final
> cleanup goals require that the contaminant plumes will be recovered
> to the point where no more than a 2.4 inch layer of free product
> petroleum is present at the boundary of the plume and the dissolved
> hazardous constituents in the groundwater, including benzene, xylene,
> and methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), at the boundary of the plumes do
> not exceed concentration levels that are protective of human health.
> Also, the movement of the petroleum plumes cannot exceed one and 2/10
> inches per day and the contaminated plumes must be contained so that
> they do not migrate off the HOVENSA property.
> Any interested person wishing to comment on these proposals may
> either submit written comments to EPA's representative at the March
> 12th public meeting or mail the comments,no later that April 26,
> 2008, to Mr. Adolph Everett, Chief, RCRA Program Branch, U.S.
> Environmental Protection Agency, 290 Broadway, 22nd Floor, New York,
> N.Y. 10007-1866. Documents related to the proposed decisions can be
> viewed at: DPNR, Attention: Mr. Syad Syadali, 46 Mars Hill,
> Fredriksted, USVI 00640, telephone (340) 773-05666. Information on
> the Corrective Action activities being implemented at HOVENSA
> pursuant to RCRA is located at:
> # # #
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