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TOMORROW: US EPA Administrator to Testify before Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:58
WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify before the Full Committee of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan at 9:30 a.m. The hearing is entitled “Oversight Hearing: EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants.” WHO: U.S

EPA Air Pollution Settlement with DuPont Chemical Facility in Tonawanda, NY; Approved by Federal Court

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:12
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that a legal agreement with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. (DuPont) has been approved by the District Court for the Western District of New York. Under the agreement, DuPont will comply with air pollution control measures required by the Clean Air Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act at its DuPont Yerkes chemical manufacturing facility in Tonawanda, New York

EPA Warning: Recharging Air Conditioners with Wrong Refrigerant Poses Injury and Fire Risks

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:48
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cautioning homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of the safety hazards related to the use of propane in existing motor vehicle and home air conditioning systems. A number of refrigerants with “22a” or “R-22a” in the name contain highly flammable hydrocarbons, such as propane

151 New England Buildings compete in EPA’s 5th Annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:22
BOSTON – More than 150 buildings across New England have entered the 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge. The competition specifically targets wasted energy in commercial buildings, and will motivate businesses to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon pollution, and save money

EPA Honors Dunwoody’s Sprouts Farmers Market for its Climate Protection Efforts

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:18
ATLANTA - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Sprouts Farmers Market of Dunwoody, Georgia, for its innovative climate-friendly refrigeration technology. Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney presented the store with a GreenChill Platinum-Level Store Certification, the highest honor under the GreenChill Partnership program, for its deployment of a transcritical CO2 refrigeration system

EPA Proposes PCB Cleanup Plan for Lower Ley Creek Portion of Onondaga Lake Superfund Site Located in Town of Salina, New York; Public Meeting to Be Held on July 29 in the Town of Salina Town Hall

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:57
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil and sediment at the Lower Ley Creek area of the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site located in the Town of Salina, Onondaga County, New York. Discharges from nearby industries and a landfill have contaminated the soil and sediment with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other hazardous substances

TUESDAY: EPA to Present Sprouts Farmers Market in Dunwoody, Ga with GreenChill Certification

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:27
ATLANTA – On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney will deliver remarks and award GreenChill Platinum-Level Store Certification, the highest level of certification, to Sprouts Farmers Market in Dunwoody, Ga. Regional Administrator Toney will recognize the store for responding to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by eliminating the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent class of greenhouse gases

Second Phase of Cleanup Work to Begin at Mercury Refining Superfund Site On Colonie/Guilderland Border; Total Cleanup Cost Estimated at $9.3 Million

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:29
(New York, NY) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the second phase of cleanup work will begin this week at the Mercury Refining Superfund site, a former mercury reclamation facility in the towns of Colonie and Guilderland, New York. Soil, sediment and ground water at the site became contaminated with mercury as a result of past operations and waste disposal practices

Oak Ridge Becomes Southeast’s First Green Power Community

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:00
ATLANTA – On Monday, the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee becomes the newest member of EPA’s national Green Power Communities initiative. Oak Ridge becomes the first city in the Southeast to take part in the national initiative. “We applaud the City of Oak Ridge for increasing their use of clean and renewable energy sources,” said Beverly Banister, Director of the Air, Pesticides, and Toxics Management Division at the EPA Southeast regional office in Atlanta

MEDIA ADVISORY: EPA Administrator to Deliver Remarks at 85th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens National Conference

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:05
WASHINGTON - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to New York today to deliver remarks at the 85th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Conference Presidential Banquet. LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States. McCarthy’s remarks will focus on climate change and disproportionate public health impacts on the Latino community

TODAY: US EPA Administrator to Deliver Remarks at National Association of Regulatory Utility in Dallas

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:46
DALLAS – (July 14, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver remarks at the National Association of Regulatory Utility (NARUC) summer meeting

EPA Clean Air Act Settlements with Two Industrial Laundry Companies Minimize Emissions in New England Communities

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 21:13
BOSTON – Two separate EPA settlements will require two industrial laundry companies operating in New England to obtain required Clean Air Act permits containing measures designed to minimize air emissions and protect air quality around the communities where they operate. The two companies, UniFirst Corp. based in Mass., and Cintas Corp

More than 5,500 buildings to compete in EPA’s Fifth-Annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings/Commercial buildings around the US are in a race to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:56
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge. More than 5,500 buildings nationwide are going head-to-head to reduce their energy use

U.S. Branch of Canadian Company to Pay $2.5 Million Penalty for Shreveport, LA, Wastewater Plant; Settlement resolves water, hazardous waste, and air violations

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:39
DALLAS – (July 10, 2014) Houston-based CCS (USA) Inc. and several of its operating subsidiaries will pay a $2.5 million civil penalty relating to operations at its Shreveport, Louisiana, industrial wastewater treatment plant, the Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Louisiana announced today. The settlement will resolve violations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the hazardous waste law known as RCRA

EPA Proposes to Replace and Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gases

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:27
WASHINGTON – Today, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to prohibit the use of certain chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change where safer, more climate-friendly alternatives exist. This is the agency’s second action aimed at reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of potent greenhouse gases, under President Obama's Climate Action Plan

EPA Settlement with Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico Auto Crushing Company; Addresses Hazardous Waste and Used Oil

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:05
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a legal settlement with W.R. Recycling of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, resolving alleged violations of federal hazardous waste law. W.R. Recycling is the owner and operator of an auto crushing and scrap recycling business. As part of the settlement announced today, W.R

EPA Clean Air Settlements with Two Industrial Laundry Companies Minimize Emissions in New England Communities

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:00
BOSTON – Two separate EPA settlements will require two industrial laundry companies operating in New England to obtain required Clean Air Act permits containing measures designed to minimize air emissions and protect air quality around the communities where they operate. The two companies, UniFirst Corp. based in Mass., and Cintas Corp

EPA Takes Action To Bring Suffolk County Company into Compliance with Pesticides Regulations; Fines Company for Selling Unregistered Cleaning and Surface Disinfectant Products

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 01:50
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Air Techniques, Inc. of Melville, New York, to settle violations of federal law governing pesticides. The company, which sell wholesale cleaners and a surface disinfectant that are used to clean instruments, equipment and surfaces in dental offices and medical facilities, sold unregistered pesticides and imported pesticides into the U.S. without proper notification

EPA Grants Nearly $800,000 to Improve Houston-Galveston Area Air Quality; Houston-Galveston Area Council will use grant to reduce ozone-forming emissions

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:30
DALLAS – (July 1, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded nearly $800,000 to the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) to reduce emissions from non-road equipment and marine vessels. The council will distribute the funds to equipment operators to upgrade to cleaner-burning, more efficient engines

EPA Proposes Updates to Reduce Methane, Other Harmful Pollution from New Landfills/Agency also seeks public input on potential updates to guidelines for existing landfills

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:00
WASHINGTON – As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and help further reduce pollution that harms public health