Recent Legionella-related Incidents in New York City

Legionnaires Disease from Air Conditioning

When following the news lately, you may have noticed that Legionella is back in the local health reports.  A Legionella-related infection occurred on Friday, June 9th at a New York City Police Department precinct in East Harlem.  One officer became infected and required hospitalization and treatment.  Subsequent testing of the potable water at the precinct… Read More

Do You Know How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste?

In February a New York business and one employee were convicted for violating the New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). The business and employee illegally disposed of hazardous materials and waste at their facility. Both the employee and facility were indicted with endangering public health, safety or the environment for the crimes and paid… Read More

What to do when your Right-to-Know Filing is Late

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection requires all businesses to report hazardous substances stored, processed, handled or used on-site on a yearly basis. Did you miss the March 1st filing deadline for your business’s 2016 Community Right-to-Know? Unfortunately, with non-compliance comes heavy fines: – First-time Violators often see a penalty of $250-$2,500 –… Read More

The Origins of 1,4-Dioxane: How Did It Get Into Long Island’s Drinking Water?

PFOA PFOS in drinking water - walden

Long Island’s groundwater has recently been reported to contain elevated levels of 1,4-dioxane. As discussed in Walden’s recent blog, “How will the 1,4-Dioxane in my Drinking Water Affect my Health?“, 1,4-dioxane, a probable cancer causing chemical, has been detected in drinking water at concentrations exceeding health based levels. What are the origins of 1, 4-dioxane… Read More

How will the 1,4-Dioxane in my Drinking Water Affect my Health?

The presence of 1,4-dioxane in drinking water has recently been a topic of public concern for residents of Long Island, New York. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) classifies 1,4-dioxane as a probable human carcinogen, or a likely cancer-causing substance. According to publicly available water quality reports from 2013 through 2015, elevated concentrations of… Read More

How Will the Adoption of Amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 597 Affect You?

  On April 25, 2016, Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS) registration requirements at new facilities became mandatory for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA-acid), ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-salt), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS-acid), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS-salt) with amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 597. Effective on March 3, 2017, the aforementioned compounds shall be added to 6 NYCRR Section 597.3, the list… Read More