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EPA Recognizes Des Moines-Based Hy-Vee as GreenChill Program Celebrates 15 Years of Supporting Smart Refrigerant Management Across Supermarket Industry

EPA Air - Tue, 09/27/2022 - 19:00

LENEXA, KAN. (SEPT. 27 , 2022) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report Sept. 21 celebrating the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership’s (GreenChill) 15th anniversary that highlights Partner achievements in supermarket refrigerant management.

EPA also presented the annual GreenChill awards for achievements made during the 2021 program year at FMI’s Energy and Store Development Conferencein Orlando, Florida. Hy-Vee, based in Des Moines, Iowa, was recognized for Superior Goal Achievement, achieving its annual refrigerant emissions reduction goal, which was even lower than the previous year’s rate.

This year, GreenChill honored 13 supermarket industry organizations and one advanced refrigeration system manufacturer for exceptional achievements in effectively managing refrigerants and reducing emissions of ozone-depleting substances and high global warming-potential gases, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), to reduce the impacts of commercial refrigeration systems on the environment.

“As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of GreenChill, I want to thank our Partners for the leadership they have shown in choosing to go above and beyond to reduce refrigerant emissions,” said Joe Goffman, principal deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Their commitment over the past decade and a half has resulted in huge benefits to the climate system and the ozone layer. As we continue phasing down climate-damaging HFCs under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, we look to industry leaders like our GreenChill Partners to once again lead the way with the technological innovation and creativity needed to tackle this hurdle.”

Since its founding in 2007, GreenChill has grown from 10 Partners representing about 4,500 stores to 33 food retail Partners representing over one-third of all U.S. supermarkets, or over 13,000 stores. On average, GreenChill food retailers maintain emissions rates that are approximately half the industry average. Over the past 15 years, Partners have avoided emissions of over 500 metric tons of ozone-depleting substances and roughly 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. This is roughly equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from consuming over 11 billion gallons of gasoline.

Each year, EPA recognizes GreenChill Partners for outstanding refrigerant management at both the corporate level and the individual store certification level.

2022 GreenChill Corporate Partner Awardees:

Superior Goal Achievement

  • Hy-Vee (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Ashland Food Co-Op (Ashland, Oregon)
  • BJ’s (Westborough, Massachusetts)
  • Coborn’s Inc. (St. Cloud, Minnesota)
  • Food Lion (Salisbury, North Carolina)
  • The GIANT Company (Carlisle, Pennsylvania)
  • Giant Eagle (Pittsburg)
  • Meijer (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • Target (Minneapolis)

Exceptional Goal Achievement

  • Ashland Food Co-Op (Ashland, Oregon)
  • Coborn’s Inc. (St. Cloud, Minnesota)
  • Giant Eagle (Pittsburg)
  • Meijer (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Best Corporate Emissions Rate

  • Ashland Food Co-Op (Ashland, Oregon)
  • Meijer (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Most Improved Emissions Rate

  • PCC Community Markets (Seattle)
  • Weis Markets (Sunbury, Pennsylvania)
2022 GreenChill Store Certification Program Awardees:

Store Leadership

  • Target’s Vista, California, location was honored for its innovative design as the company’s first net-zero energy store. (Target has applied for net-zero certification from the International Future Living Institute.) The pursuit of this certification is a first among GreenChill-certified stores.

Store Certification Excellence

  • ALDI (Batavia, Illinois) – ALDI certified 505 stores at the Platinum Level. This is the highest number of Platinum-level stores certified in one year by any company in GreenChill’s history.
  • Hillphoenix (Conyers, Georgia) – Installed the most systems in GreenChill-certified stores in 2021. This is the 10th consecutive year that Hillphoenix has won this award.

Store Recertification Excellence

  • Sprouts Farmers Market – One store in Whittier, California, achieved GreenChill store certification for 10 consecutive years. Seventeen additional Sprouts Farmers Market stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee earned recognition for five consecutive years of certification.
  • ALDI – Twenty-one stores across California, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia achieved GreenChill store certification for five consecutive years.
  • Weis Markets – Two stores in Maryland achieved GreenChill store certification for five consecutive years.
  • Meijer – One store in Indiana achieved GreenChill store certification for five consecutive years.
  • Target – One store in Minnesota achieved GreenChill store certification for five consecutive years.
About GreenChill

GreenChill is a voluntary partnership program that works cooperatively with the food retail industry to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the environment. Leaky systems can come at a high price, requiring retailers to pay for replacement refrigerant, system maintenance, and repairs. Reducing leaks is also beneficial to the environment, as some refrigerants deplete the stratospheric ozone layer and are potent greenhouse gases. In addition to reducing leaks, GreenChill participants are leaders in transitioning to environmentally friendlier refrigerants and adopting advanced refrigeration technologies.

Learn more about the GreenChill 15th anniversary report and today’s awardees.

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EPA’s Clean Air Act Enforcement Action Will Result in $1.3 Million of Fixes at Puerto Rico Petroleum Storage Facility

EPA Air - Tue, 09/27/2022 - 19:00

PUERTO RICO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that TotalEnergies Marketing Puerto Rico Corp. will implement compliance measures valued at approximately $1.3 million to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act at its petroleum storage facility in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The settlement requires measures and actions to resolve serious problems and inadequate maintenance at the company’s petroleum storage facility in Guaynabo. The company will also pay a civil penalty of $500,000.

“Reducing risks from releases of hazardous substances at industrial and chemical facilities such as Total Energies is a top priority for EPA. This settlement requires Total Energies to manage its storage tanks in a way that protects people living and working near their facility,” said EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. “Proper maintenance, operations and equipment at petroleum facilities is essential to controlling emissions of chemicals such as benzene, xylene and toluene. Reducing risks from releases of hazardous substances at industrial and chemical facilities is a top priority for EPA.”

TotalEnergies operates a large bulk storage facility in Guaynabo. EPA issued a Clean Air Act emergency order to the company in 2019 for its failure to adequately respond when it was informed by EPA that its gasoline storage operation resulted in vapor concentrations high enough to pose unacceptable fire and explosion risks. The company previously addressed the immediate dangers posed by its facility.

The violations addressed in the settlement include failure to use good air pollution control practices at the petroleum storage tanks; failure to follow regulatory requirements after liquid was found on an internal floating roof within one petroleum storage tank; and violations related to the vapor recovery system at the site’s truck loading racks, which resulted in excess emissions of hazardous air pollutants.

Under the settlement, the company must replace parts of some tanks that are defective before using them further and improve monitoring. vapor concentrations in tanks build to a certain level. This includes repairing or making operational adjustments to the tanks or removing tanks from service, as well as safety testing. The settlement includes other improvement measures and reporting to EPA.

Total is a subsidiary of The Total Group, a large global petroleum company. In addition to the Guaynabo bulk storage facility, Total also has a network of approximately 210 retail gas stations across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by the federal court. Once it is published in the Federal Register, a copy of the consent decree will be available on the Justice Department web site.

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EPA and The International Motorsports Association to host Green Racing Science Technology, Engineering and Math Event at Tucker High School

EPA Air - Tue, 09/27/2022 - 19:00

ATLANTA (September 27, 2022) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is partnering with the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) to host the Green Racing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event at Tucker High School in Tucker, Georgia.

“The Green Racing STEM event is a great example of how we are making strides in partnering with students to promote careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and educating communities about clean and innovative new technologies,” said EPA Region 4 Administrator Daniel Blackman.

Scientists and Engineers from the EPA, IMSA and Michelin Motorsports will partner with two accomplished IMSA race drivers to introduce the students to STEM-related careers, internships, and scholarship opportunities in the racing industry and at EPA. The event will also highlight the diversity and inclusion opportunities in IMSA racing and at EPA. The students will have the opportunity to learn about the science and technology of racing by getting an up-close look at one of Paul Miller Racing Team’s IMSA race cars, a display of racing tire technology from Michelin, and Georgia Tech’s award-winning hybrid-electric vehicle, which competed in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2022 EcoCAR Mobility Challenge.


The Green Racing Initiative began in 2008 as a partnership between the EPA, the DOE and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).  The goal of the Green Racing program is to promote clean and innovative technologies in racing that can then be transferred to consumer vehicles, hence the slogan “From the Raceway to the Driveway.”  Over the years, EPA, DOE and SAE have partnered with IMSA to promote the Green Racing program.  EPA Region 4 has partnered with the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) in EPA Headquarters to educate fans at numerous sports car races in the region, including many years at the Petit Le Mans race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. The outreach events have reached thousands of race fans educating them on environmental and climate benefits of clean and renewable fuels, hybrid, electric and other advanced vehicle technologies. 

EPA will partner with IMSA and the GA Tech EcoCAR Team to have an educational display at the 2022 Petit Le Mans from September 28 through October 1, 2022, at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. 

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IMSA Sustainability

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EPA Announces $315 Million WIFIA Loan to Increase Water Treatment Capacity and Reduce Emerging Contaminants in Nashville, Tennessee

EPA Air - Tue, 09/27/2022 - 19:00

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $315 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to Metro Water Services in Nashville, Tennessee. With EPA’s WIFIA loan, Metro Water Services will modernize its infrastructure to provide safe, reliable drinking water to its growing service area.

“Metro Water Services is investing in their city’s future by expanding drinking water capacity and increasing resiliency – all while creating jobs and saving ratepayers money,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “This WIFIA loan will fund the installation of a new filtration to address vital emerging contaminates, like PFAS, so that drinking water is safe for every person in Nashville.”

The Process Advancements at Omohundro and K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plants Project in Nashville, Tennessee, will modernize two aging treatment plants that are increasingly subject to flood risk and need to accommodate growing demand for drinking water. Metro Water Services will install a new filtration system to address emerging contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Metro Water Services will undertake a series of other improvements that will increase overall treatment capacity by 50 percent, mitigate flood risk, add finished water storage capacity, and protect against power failures by installing generators as a backup power source.

“We are grateful to the EPA for awarding this WIFIA loan to Metro Water Services. The process advancement projects at Omohundro and K.R. Harrington Water Treatment plants are the result of many years of strategic, long-term planning, and this WIFIA loans marks a milestone making these plans a reality for our community,” said Metro Water Services Director Scott Potter. “Proper investment in infrastructure is necessary to ensure Nashville’s ability to provide safe, clean, and reliable water and waste services to our community now and in the future. The process advancements projects funded by WIFIA allows MWS to proactively address aging infrastructure, expand capacity, reduce flood risk and incorporate the use of new treatment technologies for enhanced water quality at our water treatment facilities – preparing them for the next generation.” 

By engaging with the WIFIA program early in the design stage, Metro Water Services secured funding certainty to enable these proactive system improvements. As a result of the program’s flexibility and competitive rates, Metro Water Services will save approximately $61.5 million by financing with a WIFIA loan. Construction is expected to be completed in 2028 and construction and operation are estimated to create over 1,000 jobs.

Learn more about the WIFIA program.


Established by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014, the WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program administered by EPA. The WIFIA program’s aim is to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental credit assistance for regionally and nationally significant projects. 

The WIFIA program has an active pipeline of pending applications for projects that will result in billions of dollars in water infrastructure investment and thousands of jobs. With this WIFIA loan closing, EPA has announced 92 WIFIA loans that are providing nearly $16 billion in credit assistance to help finance $34 billion for water infrastructure while creating over 103,000 jobs and saving ratepayers nearly $5.5 billion.

EPA is currently accepting letters of interest for WIFIA and SWIFIA loans. In June, EPA announced the availability of $5.5 billion under the 2022 WIFIA Notice of Funding Availability and an additional $1 billion under the State Infrastructure Financing Authority WIFIA (SWIFIA) program. Together, this newly available funding will support more than $13 billion in water infrastructure projects while creating more than 40,000 jobs. Learn more about submitting a letter of interest for a WIFIA or SWIFIA loan.

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