As part of the New York’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, Governor Cuomo just announced that $20 million dollars in grants will be awarded statewide to replace residential drinking water lead service lines. Out of the $20 million, over $5 million has been allocated to New York City. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that drinking water contaminated with lead can contribute up to 20% of a person’s total lead exposure. Lead poisoning is especially bad for young children whose brains are still developing and pregnant women. New York State is aggressively pursuing initiatives for childhood lead prevention, for more information please click here.
Athenica’s HazMat team has recently started work on a New York State Superfund site (SSF). As per NYSDEC “The SSF Program is an enforcement program whose goal is to identify and characterize suspected inactive hazardous waste disposal sites and to ensure that those sites which pose a significant threat to public health or the environment are properly addressed.” The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), along with the Departments of Health (DOH) and Law (DOL), is responsible for ensuring the cleanup of inactive hazardous waste disposal sites across the state. Athenica will be working for the potentially responsible party under DEC's oversight to fully characterize and remediate the site.
We wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate Artour Martirossian, project manager at our IH Department, on his ten year anniversary with Athenica. We appreciate his dedication and hard work and wish him continued success in our company for many years to come. Artour’s contributions to Athenica are greatly appreciated!