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EPA Awards Louisiana $137,000 to Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Schools

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:00
DALLAS (Oct. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $137,000 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited. Federal regulations require public and private schools to protect school children and employees from asbestos exposure

EPA seeks comments on draft permit renewal for Veolia hazardous waste incinerator

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:47
Chicago (Oct. 17, 2014) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requesting public comment on the Agency’s proposal to renew the operating permit for Veolia ES Technical Solutions’ hazardous waste incinerator in Sauget, Illinois. EPA initially issued a Clean Air Act permit for this facility on Sept. 12, 2008. Most requirements in the current permit would remain in place under the terms of the draft permit renewal

EPA Grant Helps Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Texas Schools

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:51
DALLAS (Oct. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $124,741 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited. Federal regulations require public and private schools to protect school children and employees from asbestos exposure

EPA Announces Proposed Settlement with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation for Cleanup of Saratoga Springs, NY Superfund Site; Value of Cleanup Work Estimated at $6.5 Million

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:01
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposed settlement with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation to perform a soil and groundwater cleanup and reimburse EPA for certain past and future costs at the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation Superfund site in Saratoga Springs, New York

EPA Encourages Newburgh Families to Have Soil Checked for Lead

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 01:14
(New York, NY) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck today joined Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy and Richard Mayfield, Orange County’s Director of the Office of Community Development, to encourage Newburgh residents to reduce their exposure to lead from soil and paint

EPA Welcomes St. Rita Elementary School in Caledonia to Air Quality Flag Program to Protect Children’s Health

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:32
CALEDONIA, WISCONSIN (Oct. 14, 2014) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman today welcomed St. Rita Elementary School in Caledonia, Wisconsin, to the Agency’s School Flag Program which alerts faculty, parents and students to the local air quality forecast to protect children’s health, especially children with asthma. Principal Diana Lesnjak and students joined Hedman to raise a green flag indicating today’s forecast for good air quality

EPA Grant Helps Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Oklahoma Schools

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 22:57
DALLAS (Oct. 14, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Oklahoma Department of Labor a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $204,000 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited. Asbestos can be found in a variety of construction materials and industrial products

EPA Encourages Newburgh Families to Have Soil Checked for Lead

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 23:42
(New York, NY) On October 15, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck will join Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus and Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy at the Lead Safe Newburgh Coalition's "Soil Kitchen" event at the Riverfront Marina

EPA Reaches Legal Agreement to Improve Operations at Moca’s Landfill; Agreement also Expands Recycling Program and Establishes a Municipal Composting Program

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:48
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the owner and the operator of the Moca Municipal Solid Waste Landfill in Moca, Puerto Rico, have reached an agreement that will result in improvements at the landfill

Water Quality Improves in Long Island Sound; Nitrogen Pollution is Declining

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 23:46
Stamford, CT For the second summer in a row, concentrations of dissolved oxygen in Long Island Sound are higher than the long-term average, indicating improved water quality and improved ecological conditions for organisms that live in the Sound. Aquatic animals rely on oxygen that is dissolved in water to survive. When dissolved oxygen levels decline, this can cause some animals to move away, weaken, or even die

EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Permit for Victoria Power Station Expansion; $200 million project will create 80 construction jobs

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 23:23
DALLAS – (Oct. 9, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to Victoria WLE to expand the Victoria Power Station. The expansion will allow the Victoria County, Texas, facility to add equipment and capacity to its combined-cycle electricity generating unit. “Texas continues to play a key role in our nation’s diverse energy mix,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry

THURSDAY: EPA Administrator Traveling to Miami for ABA Conference and King Tide Day - CHANGE IN LOCATION

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 01:46
***PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE BELOW*** THURSDAY: EPA Administrator Traveling to Miami for ABA Conference and King Tide Day WASHINGTON – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is visiting Miami on Thursday to keynote the American Bar Association’s Environment, Energy, and Resources Fall Conference and to bring attention to the impact of our changing climate on rising sea levels in Miami

U.S. Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High/Fuel economy gains for new vehicles continue under President Obama’s Clean Car Program

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:05
WASHINGTON – New vehicles achieved an all-time-high fuel economy in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today. Model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon (mpg) --- a 0.5 mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Fuel economy has now increased in eight of the last nine years. The average carbon dioxide emissions are also at a record low of 369 grams per mile in model year 2013

1PM EDT: EPA Administrator Media Call to Release New Findings on Fuel Economy Trends

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 22:10
WASHINGTON – Today, at 1 p.m. EDT, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will hold a media conference call to announce the 2014 Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Fuel Economy Trends Report

THURSDAY: EPA Administrator Traveling to Miami for ABA Conference and King Tide Day

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 03:51
WASHINGTON – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is visiting Miami on Thursday to keynote the American Bar Association’s Environment, Energy, and Resources Fall Conference and to bring attention to the impact of our changing climate on rising sea levels in Miami. Administrator McCarthy will speak about the important role of the agency’s enforcement and compliance program in protecting American communities from pollution, especially environmental justice communities

THURSDAY: EPA Administrator Traveling to Miami for ABA Conference and King Tide Day

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 03:25
WASHINGTON – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is visiting Miami on Thursday to keynote the American Bar Association’s Environment, Energy, and Resources Fall Conference and to bring attention to the impact of our changing climate on rising sea levels in Miami. Administrator McCarthy will speak about the important role of the agency’s enforcement and compliance program in protecting American communities from pollution, especially environmental justice communities

EPA Honors Tennessee-based FedEx Express for Superior Supply Chain Efficiency

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 02:38
(10/07/14-ATLANTA) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring FedEx Exress along with 43 other top truck and multi-modal carriers as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its 2014 SmartWay Excellence Awards announced today by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at the American Trucking Associations’ Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, Calif

EPA Honors Florida-based DHL Express USA for Superior Supply Chain Efficiency

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 02:31
(10/07/14-ATLANTA) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring DHL Express USA along with 43 other top truck and multi-modal carriers as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its 2014 SmartWay Excellence Awards announced today by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at the American Trucking Associations’ Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, Calif

EPA Honors Alabama-based McElroy Truck Lines for Superior Supply Chain Efficiency

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 02:21
(10/07/2014-ATLANTA) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring McElroy Truck Lines along with 43 other top truck and multi-modal carriers as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its 2014 SmartWay Excellence Awards announced today by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at the American Trucking Associations’ Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, Calif

EPA Finalizes Changes to Cleanup Plan to Address VOCs at the Olean Well Field Superfund Site on the Alleghany River in Cattaraugus County in New York

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:16
(New York, NY) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a revised plan to address contaminated soil and groundwater at the former Alcas Cutlery Corporation facility (now known as the Cutco facility) at the Olean Well Field Superfund site in Olean, New York. Soil and groundwater at the facility are contaminated with volatile organic compounds, which are often found in paint, solvents, aerosol sprays, cleaners, disinfectants, automotive products and dry cleaning fluids