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Texas Chemical Plant Agrees to Cut Harmful Air Pollution in Overburdened Community

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:18
WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Flint Hills Resources of Port Arthur has agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment at the company’s chemical plant in Port Arthur, Texas

EPA Proposes Plan to Remove Contaminated Buildings at Radiation Technology, Inc. Superfund Site in Rockaway Township, New Jersey; Encourages the Public to Comment

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 01:39
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to demolish and remove buildings and smaller structures at the Radiation Technology, Inc. Superfund site in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, which were contaminated during the testing and development of rocket motors and propellants

North America’s Largest Acid Manufacturer and Its Subsidiaries Agree to Slash Emissions and Reduce Air Pollution

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 21:34
WASHINGTON - LSB Industries Inc. (LSB) , the largest merchant manufacturer of concentrated nitric acid in North America, and four of its subsidiaries have agreed to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by meeting emission limits that are among the lowest for the industry in the nation at plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice announced today

EPA Celebrates 10 Years of SmartWay Partnerships / Voluntary program saves companies billions in fuel costs while cutting pollution

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 21:07
WASHINGTON -- EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest most energy-efficient way possible, saving businesses money while protecting public health and fighting climate change. Over the last 10 years, SmartWay has eliminated 51.6 million metric tons of carbon pollution, resulting in savings of more than120 million barrels of oil, and $16.8 billion in fuel costs

EPA Requires Five New England Companies to Better Manage Hazardous Chemicals to Protect Community

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 23:06
BOSTON – Five companies in New England that store or use extremely hazardous chemicals are taking action to improve the safety of their operations, following settlements with EPA for violating federal regulations meant to prevent chemical accidents from occurring

EPA Extends Comment Period for Draft Clean Harbors Permit; Public Hearing on Wed., April 16

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:17
(BOSTON) – Responding to several requests, EPA has scheduled a formal public hearing and is extending the public comment period regarding its proposal to issue a Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments permit to Clean Harbors of Braintree, Mass. EPA will hold a public hearing on the draft permit on April 16, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Braintree Town Hall (Cahill Auditorium). Public comments on the draft permit will also be accepted until April 16

Two New England Businesses Recognized by EPA for Climate Leadership

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 20:46
BOSTON – Two New England companies, The Hartford of Hartford, Conn., and Hasbro, Inc. of Pawtucket, R.I., have been recognized by EPA in the third annual Climate Leadership Awards. EPA, in collaboration with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry, recently recognized 15 organizations and two individuals with awards for professionals addressing global climate change through policy, innovation and business solutions

UPDATE: Here's What They're Saying about EPA's Final Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 22:37
WASHINGTON – Based on extensive input from auto manufactures, refiners, states and public health and environmental organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive

EPA Sets Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Health Benefits to Thousands

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 20:32
WASHINGTON – Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution and prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive

***UPDATED CALL IN NUMBER *** CALL WILL BEGIN AT 10:15 AM EST *** TODAY: Press Conference Call with EPA Administrator on Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standards Announcement

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 20:13
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will hold a press conference call on Monday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. EST to discuss the Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards. Members of the media interested in participating should dial in ten minutes prior to the beginning of the call at (877) 851 0679 and give the conference ID number 7189038. The name of the call is the Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Announcement. WHO: U.S

EPA Improves U.S. — Mexico Border with Environmental Projects; More than $720,000 for improving air monitoring, expanding waste collection, improving water quality and other priorities

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:46
DALLAS – (Feb. 27, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $720,000 in grants to fund 16 environmental projects along the Texas and New Mexico U.S-Mexico border. The projects include improving air monitoring, expanding waste collection and recycling, and improving environmental awareness and education among area residents. “At EPA, we are always looking for ways to help communities identify and solve problems

EPA Finalizes Cleanup Plan for the LCP Chemicals, Inc. Superfund Site in Linden, New Jersey; $36.5 Million Cleanup at Old Chlorine Plant will Protect Community from Mercury and Other Contaminants

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 00:43
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its plan to address contaminated soil and ground water at the LCP Chemicals, Inc. Superfund site in Linden, New Jersey. The soil, ground water and sediment from a stream on the site were contaminated with mercury and other pollutants from previous industrial activities

EPA Honors Mack Trucks in Greensboro, NC for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 03:53
ATLANTA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership announced the third annual Climate Leadership Award winners in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR)

EPA Honors Fruit of the Loom, Inc. in Bowling Green, KY for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 03:51
ATLANTA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership announced the third annual Climate Leadership Award winners in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR)

EPA Honors Novelis in Atlanta, GA for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 03:49
ATLANTA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership announced the third annual Climate Leadership Award winners in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR)

EPA Honors Corporate Leadership in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:03
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership announced the third annual Climate Leadership Award winners in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR)

EPA awards $496,000 to the State of Utah to reduce diesel emissions along the Wasatch Front

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 02:24
Truck retrofit project to save fuel and money, and reduce 21 tons of particulate matter and 1,364 tons of greenhouse gases (Denver, Colo. – February 20, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Utah Department of Environmental Quality a $496,000 grant to reduce diesel emissions from heavy- duty trucks based in seven counties along the Wasatch Front, an area challenged by levels of particulate matter that exceed federal air quality standards

District of Columbia agrees to establish improved air pollution monitoring at D.C. General Health Campus

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 22:09
PHILADELPHIA (February 20, 2014) -- The District of Columbia has agreed to implement an enhanced air monitoring system at the D.C. General Health Campus, 1900 Massachusetts Ave., to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The district will also pay a $14,900 penalty. The district operates the health campus, which was formerly known as the D.C. General Hospital

EPA Withdraws Federal Plan and Approves Oklahoma’s Air Plan for Public Service of Oklahoma

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 01:30
DALLAS – (Feb. 10, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the approval of Oklahoma’s state clean-air plan to control regional haze from the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) two coal-fired power plants at its Northeastern Station in Oologah, OK. The state’s plan is a result of the April 2012 agreement between EPA, Oklahoma and PSO to both reduce pollution and protect Oklahoma consumers and ratepayers

EPA Analysis Shows Decrease in 2012 Toxic Chemical Releases in Connecticut

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 01:16
(Boston, Mass. – Feb. 10, 2014) – EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2012. In Connecticut, the reporting data show that overall releases of pollutants to the environment have decreased since the previous reporting year (2011). TRI information is a key part of EPA’s efforts to provide greater access to environmental information and get information to the public as quickly as possible