Intel Brief November 2016

United States takes action to address alleged renewable fuel standard violations by NGL Crude Logistics and Western Dubuque Biodiesel.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a $6 million settlement with Western Dubuque Biodiesel LLC October 4 to resolve alleged Renewable Fuel Standard program violations for generating renewable identification numbers (rins) for renewable fuel that was produced using unapproved feedstocks and production processes. The EPA also filed a complaint against NGL Crude Logistics LLC for entering into a series of alleged transactions with Western Dubuque that resulted in approximately 36 million invalid rins in 2011.


Cook Unit 2 offline; $250 million project planned.

The Unit 2 reactor at American Electric Power’s Donald C. Cook Nuclear Generating Station in Bridgman, Michigan, was shut down October 4 to complete a $250 million project to replace the reactor’s high-pressure turbine and all 3 low-pressure turbines. The reactor is expected to return to service by the end of 2016 and Unit 1 will continue to operate at full power during the shutdown.


Ruptured pipe causes 500,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill in Gulfport.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a water advisory for the Industrial Seaway and Bernard Bayou in Gulfport October 3 after approximately 500,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled from a damaged 24-inch sewer line into nearby ditches and drains that flow into the surrounding waterways. Crews repaired the pipe and contained the leak.


Crow water treatment plant temporarily shut down.

Apsaalooke Water and Waste Water Authority officials reported that its water treatment plant serving Crow Agency, Montana, remained closed October 4 after

It was shut down September 29 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found the instruments used to measure chlorine levels and water turbidity at the plant were not functioning properly, and could not determine if the water was adequately treated to meet Federal standards.


OSHA finds workers exposed to hazardous chemicals, compressed gas and falls at discount tire retailer.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Mavis Tire Supply Corp., doing

business as Mavis Discount Tires, with one repeat and seven serious safety and health violations September 29 after an employee complaint alleging unsafe working conditions prompted an investigation at the Westfield, New Jersey facility which revealed that the company failed to properly store compressed gas cylinders, failed to install guardrails on open-sided platforms, and failed to train workers on chemical safety hazards, among other violations. Proposed penalties total $103,331.


Lake Karylbrook Dam maintenance gets underway.

The Calvert County Department of Public Works announced October 4 a $275,000 maintenance and repair project for the Lake Karylbrook Dam in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, to remove trees on both upstream and downstream dam slope embankments, slip-line the current spillway and pond riser pipe, and construct stone channels. The project is expected to be completed in January 2017.


Hurricane Matthew path, updated to category 4 by NOAA, approaches Florida.

More than 1,400 flights in the U.S. traveling to and from Florida and Georgia were canceled October 6 in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. Officials closed the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to all flights and shut down Walt Disney World theme parks in Florida through at least October 7.


1 million gallons of raw sewage leaked from ruptured Palm Harbor pipe.

Authorities are investigating after approximately 1 million gallons of raw sewage spilled from a ruptured pipe in Palm Harbor, Florida, October 4. Pinellas County Utilities crews stopped the leak and officials advised residents to avoid the affected areas and to limit water usage until the pipe is repaired.


Gold Hill residents told to boil water.

The mayor of Gold Hill, Oregon issued a boil water advisory for the city’s residents

October 4 due to a potential bacteria contamination after a construction crew struck a

waterline, causing a loss in water pressure.


Archdale neighborhoods evacuated after chemical reaction at A&D Environmental.

Approximately 35 residences in Archdale, North Carolina, were evacuated for several hours October 3 after a chemical reaction at the A&D Environmental Services facility caused a chemical vapor to be released into the air. No injuries were reported and air quality tests detected no harmful substances.


Reactor at Talen Energy’s Susquehanna nuclear plant safely shut down for repairs.

Talen Energy shut down its Unit 2 reactor at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Berwick, Pennsylvania, and disconnected from the regional transmission grid October 1 in order to repair small cracks developing in one of the turbine’s metal blades.


6,000 gallons of wastewater spill into Lake Norman.

Approximately 6,000 gallons of untreated wastewater leaked into  Lake Norman in North Carolina October 2 after roughly 7,000 gallons spilled from a broken 4-inch force main near the Pier 33 Condominiums in Mooresville. Crews repaired the main and Aqua North Carolina officials were assessing the environmental impact.


Massive fire in Exeter destroys feed store warehouse.

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed the Perkco Supply warehouse in Exeter, Maine, October 2. No injuries were reported.


Some 600,000 Florida homes without power due to hurricane: governor.

The governor of Florida reported October 7 that roughly 600,000 homes across the State were without power due to Hurricane Matthew and more outages were expected as the storm continues to move north along Florida’s east coast.


18-wheeler crash & fuel spill causes evacuations in Glen Rose.

Around 60 homes in Glen Rose, Texas, were evacuated October 6 after a semi-truck jackknifed and spilled 8,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel on Highway 144. HAZMAT crews responded to the scene to contain the fuel spill.


Three people in serious condition after chemical spill in Hesston.

A GVL Polymers, Inc. plant in Hesston, Kansas, was evacuated and closed until further notice October 6 following a spill involving an isocyanate product that sent six individuals to the hospital. Crews were working to clean up the chemical.


Heavy rains flooding northeastern Montana.

Residents from Hinsdale to Nashua in northeastern Montana were advised October 6 to move their livestock and equipment away from the floodplain and seek shelter elsewhere after 3–9 inches of rain and snowfall caused the Milk River and its tributaries to overflow, flooding lowlands and washing out roads in the region. Officials reported the heavy rainfall also caused a stock dam east of Highway 191 to break.


Nearly 100K lose power in South Bay; flare-ups seen at Torrance Refinery.

Nearly 100,000 people lost power throughout the South Bay area of California and the former Exxon Mobil Refinery in Torrance, California, experienced a flare-up October 11, forcing the facility to be evacuated and shut down, prompting a shelter-in-place order for all area residents for around 2 hours, and prompting officials to close the Torrance Unified School District until October 12. Southern California Edison officials are investigating the cause of the outage.


8,000 gallons of sewage spill after ditch collapses in Polk.

Officials from Lakeland Water Utilities reported October 10 that approximately 8,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into a drainage ditch east of Lakeland, Florida, October 9 after a dirt embankment surrounding a pressurized pipeline collapsed. Crews contained the spill and Polk County environmental officials were testing the area to determine the degree of contamination.


5 million gallons of sewage dump into Ortega River during Hurricane Matthew.

More than 5 million gallons of sewage flowed into the Ortega River in Florida October 8 after a wastewater lift station in southwest Jacksonville went offline during Hurricane Matthew. The Jacksonville Environmental Agency is working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to monitor the river.


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