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Poor Air Quality Expected to Continue in Parts of New England on Tuesday, Aug. 18

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:00
BOSTON –High levels of ground-level ozone is expected to result in poor air quality for interior western Connecticut, including the Connecticut River Valley, and along coastal New Hampshire and Maine, for Tues. Aug. 18, 2015. Much of this same area is also expecting unhealthy air quality today (Aug. 17). Exposure to elevated ozone levels can cause breathing problems, aggravate asthma and other pre-existing lung diseases, and make people more susceptible to respiratory infection

EPA Proposes to Cut Methane Emissions from Municipal Solid Waste Landfills/Cost-effective updates would strengthen requirements for both new and existing landfills

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 04:49
WASHINGTON – As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two proposals to further reduce emissions of methane-rich gas from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. Under today’s proposals, new, modified and existing landfills would begin collecting and controlling landfill gas at emission levels nearly a third lower than current requirements

EPA Proposes Plan to Clean Up Pesticides Storage Facility in Manati, P.R.; August 18 Public Meeting Planned

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:35
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address contaminated soil in Manati, P.R. at the Pesticide Warehouse III Superfund Site. Historical pesticide operations at the site contaminated the soil and groundwater with pesticides including dioxins. The Pesticide Warehouse III site is a 2-acre former pesticides facility. Pesticides have been linked to various illnesses in people, ranging from skin and eye irritation to cancer

EPA Releases Plan to Address Pollution at San German Toxic Site; Public Invited to Public Meeting on August 19

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:24
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address contaminated soil and groundwater at the San German Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site in San German, P.R. Sampling at the site showed that public water supply wells, soil and groundwater were contaminated with volatile organic compounds, including PCE, a widely used solvent in industrial processes. Exposure to PCE can have serious health impacts, including liver damage and increased risk of cancer

EPA Asks Public for Comments on Plan to Protect Drinking Water in Corozal, P.R.; August 20 Public Meeting Planned

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:08
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to use natural processes along with the continued use of a system that EPA previously installed to treat contaminated groundwater at the Corozal Well Superfund Site in Corozal, Puerto Rico. A key step in moving forward is receiving the public’s feedback on the plan

EPA and Arkansas Take Action on Air Toxics

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:29
DALLAS – (Aug. 12, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $503,071 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to administer the state’s pollution prevention and control program. The program includes ambient monitoring, planning, permitting and compliance activities. ADEQ will also monitor for major pollutants, identifying major and minor sources of air pollution that may be impacting Arkansas

School Indoor Air Quality Assessments Go Mobile / EPA Launches School IAQ Assessment Mobile App

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 21:28
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new mobile app to assist schools and school districts with performing comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) facility assessments to protect the health of children and school staff. The School IAQ Assessment mobile app is a “one-stop shop” for accessing guidance from EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit. “Kids learn best in a healthy school environment

EPA Completes Construction of Water line in Chester and Washington Townships, N.J.; Agency Action Protects Community from Polluted Groundwater

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:24
(New York, N.Y.) Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today marked the completion of a water line extension that will provide a safe source of drinking water to 73 homes and businesses threatened by contaminated groundwater from the Combe Fill South Landfill Superfund site in Chester and Washington Townships in N.J. As a result, those homes and local businesses will no longer need treatment systems

EPA Research Funding Aims to Improve Understanding of Climate Change Impacts on Indoor Air Quality

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 21:47
BOSTON – Harvard College is one of only nine institutions that will share nearly $8 million from the US Environmental Protection Agency to study how climate change affects indoor air quality and the resulting health effects. The grant to Harvard will fund research looking at two cities in particular, Boston and Atlanta, to study global warmth’s effects on indoor air quality and health

TUESDAY: EPA Administrator to Discuss Historic Clean Power Plan to Cut U.S. Carbon Pollution and Protect Public Health

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 20:04
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, August 11, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be discussing the Clean Power Plan at the Resources for the Future (RFF) Leadership Forum. The Clean Power Plan will protect public health, spur clean energy investments and strengthen U.S. leadership by putting first-ever national limits on carbon pollution. WHAT: Discussion of the Clean Power Plan at the RFF Policy Leadership Forum WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 12:15-1:30 p.m

Obama Administration Takes Historic Action on Climate Change/Clean Power Plan to protect public health, spur clean energy investments and strengthen U.S. leadership

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:52
WASHINGTON –President Obama announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final Clean Power Plan today, which will cut U.S. carbon pollution from the power sector by 870 million tons, or 32 percent below 2005 levels, in 2030. Power plants are the largest drivers of climate change in the United States, accounting for roughly one-third of all carbon pollution emissions, but there were no national limits on carbon pollution until today

The Final Clean Power Plan: More Ambitious, More Achievable for States

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:40
By Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation Today, President Obama announced EPA’s historic Clean Power Plan, a first-of-its-kind step to cut the harmful carbon pollution fueling climate change from our nation’s power plants. Climate change threatens our health, our economy, and our way of life with impacts like more intense heat, cold, droughts, floods, fires, and storms

6 Things Every American Should Know About the Clean Power Plan

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 18:00
By EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Today, President Obama will unveil the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan—a historic step to cut the carbon pollution driving climate change. Here are six key things every American should know: 1. IT SLASHES THE CARBON POLLUTION FUELING CLIMATE CHANGE


Mon, 08/03/2015 - 17:52
Please see below for a fact sheet from the White House on President Obama announcing historic Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants

Under EPA Settlement, Chicopee, Mass. Cold Storage Warehouse Company Improves Public Protections

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 03:53
BOSTON – A Chicopee, Mass., company that operates a cold storage warehouse is spending more than half a million dollars, primarily on public safety enhancements, to resolve claims it violated the federal Clean Air Act's chemical release prevention requirements in its handling of anhydrous ammonia at the facility

4PM TODAY: U.S. EPA to Hold Media Call on Clean Power Plan

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:23
***FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY*** 4PM TODAY: U.S. EPA to Hold Media Call on Clean Power Plan WASHINGTON – Today at 4 p.m. EDT, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold an on-the-record media conference call on the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan is a historic and important step that will cut U.S. carbon pollution, which fuels climate change and impacts the health and well-being of all Americans

Poor Air Quality Expected along the Southern Coast of New England Tomorrow (Wed. July 29)

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:07
BOSTON – Poor air quality, due to ground-level ozone, is expected tomorrow, July 29, in much of southern coastal New England. Air quality modeling and forecasting predicts high levels of ozone in the Connecticut counties of Fairfax, New Haven, Middlesex and New London, in coastal Rhode Island, and along southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands. Unhealthy air quality is forecasted today for southwestern Connecticut

Three Northwest Institutions Receive Funding from EPA for Research to Better Understand the Effects of Climate Change on Indoor Air Quality

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 01:34
(Seattle – July 28, 2015) On July 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its continued commitment to improving America’s indoor air quality by providing almost $8 million to fund nine institutions, including three in the Northwest, researching the impacts of climate change on indoor air quality and the resulting health effects

Missouri University of Science and Technology Receives $1M EPA Grant to Study Climate Change Effects on Indoor Air Quality

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 05:14
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., July 23, 2015) - The Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) at Rolla, Mo., will receive a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund research on the impacts of climate change on indoor air quality and resulting health effects. Dr. Glenn C

FRIDAY: EPA Administrator and Chicago Archbishop to Visit Old St. Mary’s School in Chicago, Discuss Moral Obligation to Act on Climate

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:53
CHICAGO – Friday, July 24, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Archbishop Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will visit Old St. Mary’s School in Chicago and hold a media availability to discuss the environmental initiatives of the Chicago archdiocese including investments in energy saving programs like ENERGY STAR, and our moral obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us by acting on climate change. WHAT: Media Availability to Discuss Visit at Old St