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FACT SHEET: EPA’S STRATEGY FOR REDUCING METHANE AND OZONE-FORMING POLLUTION FROM THE OIL AND NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:01
January 14, 2015 -- As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to addressing climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined a series of steps it plans to take to address methane and smog-forming VOC emissions from the oil and gas industry, in order to ensure continued, safe and responsible growth in U.S. oil and natural gas production

8:00AM TODAY: White House to Host Press Call to Discuss New Actions on Methane Emissions

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 20:58
WASHINGTON - Today, Wednesday, January 14, at 8 a.m. EST, the White House will hold an on-the-record press call to announce administration actions to cut methane emissions in the oil and gas sector

Proposed Settlement Regarding Cleanup of Superfund Site In Warren County, New Jersey; Value of Cleanup Work Estimated at $92 Million; Underground Contaminated Plume to be Addressed

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 22:34
(New York, N.Y.) The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a proposed settlement with several companies to address the Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination Superfund site in Warren County, New Jersey. The companies are Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc. (Pechiney) , Albea Americas, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Citigroup Inc., and Rexam Beverage Can Company

EPA recommends radon testing in January

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 01:35
PHILADELPHIA (January 8, 2015) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as national Radon Action Month, a perfect time for you to protect your family by testing your home for radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, so testing is the only way to know if radon is present in your home or school. Test kits are available in home improvement centers, hardware stores and online. They cost approximately $20

TODAY: EPA's Office of Air and Radiation to Hold Media Call on Carbon Pollution

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 21:46
NOTE: FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY WASHINGTON--Today at 12:30 p.m. EST, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe will hold a press call on carbon pollution from power plants

Inhance Technologies LLC to Spend $239,000 to Settle Clean Air, Emergency Planning Violations in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:30
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Jan

EPA Administrator to visit Fresno for high-speed rail groundbreaking

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:44
WASHINGTON – Tuesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to Fresno, Calif. to join California Governor Jerry Brown, California High-Speed Rail Authority board members, and other government, community and transportation leaders to commemorate the start of sustained construction on the nation’s first high-speed rail system. By 2029, the system is expected to run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours

EPA, Coast Guard Extend Pollution Control Agreement with Royal Caribbean: New advanced technologies allow industry to comply with emission standards, reduce costs

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:35
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 23, 2014 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Coast Guard authorized formal exemptions by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines that allow for the enlargement of  the cruise line’s research program to develop and install exhaust gas scrubber systems on its cruise ships. Under the exemption, as articulated in MARPOL, Royal Caribbean will expand the program from six to 19 ships

EPA to Hold Public Hearings in California, Texas and D.C. on Proposed Smog Standards

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 23, 2014 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold three public hearings on the proposed updates to the national air quality standards for ground-level ozone, also known as smog. EPA has proposed to strengthen the standards to a level within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion to better protect Americans’ health and the environment, while taking comment on a level down to 60 ppb

EPA Tips for Building a Cleaner Fire this Holiday Season

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 01:07
December 22, 2014 WASHINGTON – Across the country this holiday season, families and friends will gather around fires in woodstoves or fireplaces. But how you build that fire – and what you burn – can have a significant impact on air quality and health, both inside your home and out. Whether you’re using a woodstove, pellet stove, or your fireplace, seeing smoke from your chimney means your fire isn’t burning efficiently or cleanly as it could

Florida Company Included in EPA Action to Protect Public from Harmful Lead Exposure

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:55
(12/19/14) -ATLANTA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint against Dynamic Construction and Roofing, LLC of Florida as part of an announcement that included 62 enforcement actions requiring renovation contractors and training providers to protect people from harmful exposure to lead dust and debris, as required by EPA’s Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) standards

EPA Designates Idaho’s West Silver Valley as being in “Non-Attainment” for Fine Particle Air Pollution

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:43
State of Idaho has until December, 2021 to demonstrate improvement (Seattle, WA – December 19, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken another step forward today to reduce pollution and protect air quality in Northern Idaho’s West Silver Valley. Late yesterday, the EPA officially finalized nationwide area designations for the 2012 annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard

EPA awards $600,000 to Oakland, Calif. health nonprofit to help fight asthma in schools nationwide

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 02:46
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $600,000 grant to the Public Health Institute’s Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (RAMP), in Oakland, Calif. to help school-based health centers across the country prevent and manage environmental asthma triggers for children

EPA Applauds Work of Bennington College Students to Help Community Increase Energy Efficiency, Battle Climate Change

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:53
NORTH BENNINGTON, VT – EPA has released a short video that applauds the voluntary efforts of a professor and students at Bennington College to help their local community combat climate issues by analyzing energy use of municipal streetlights and working with the local power utility to dramatically increase efficiency, saving the town thousands of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

EPA to announce grant funding for Oakland, Calif. health nonprofit to help fight asthma in schools nationwide

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:07
SAN FRANCISCO – On December 17, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator will announce a major grant award to the Public Health Institute’s Regional Asthma Management & Prevention, in Oakland, Calif. to help school-based health centers nationwide prevent and manage environmental asthma triggers for children at school and at home

TODAY: EPA Administrator in Durham to Tour Energy Efficient Habitat for Humanity Home, Highlight New Energy Star Tool

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 02:23
ATLANTA – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy is visiting Durham, N.C. today for the agency’s Energy Efficiency Action Week and touring a new Energy Star-certified Habitat for Humanity home, in the North East Central neighborhood, that includes energy-efficient features that will save homeowners money on their utility bills. Administrator McCarthy will meet with the new homeowner and be joined by Congressman G. K

EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Permit for Magellan Processing; $400M project will add 500 construction jobs, 105 long-term jobs to Corpus Christi economy

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 00:24
DALLAS – (Dec. 12, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to Magellan Processing, L.P. to build a new condensate splitter plant at the company’s existing terminal. The facility is in Nueces County, in Corpus Christi, Texas. “Corpus Christi’s economy is well-placed to take advantage of today’s diverse energy market,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry

EPA Approves Iowa’s State Implementation Plan for Reducing Particulate Matter in Muscatine’s Air

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:03
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Dec. 8, 2014) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Iowa’s state implementation plan (SIP) to reduce fine particle emissions in Muscatine County. The Clean Air Act requires states to develop plans to attain and maintain the national air standards in all areas of the state. These plans, known as SIPs, are developed by state and local air quality management agencies and submitted to EPA for approval

EPA grant will upgrade Cape May-Lewes Ferry with diesel clean air technology

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:09
(LEWES, Del., December 8, 2014) – The U.S Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $975,000 Diesel Emission Reduction Act grant to the Delaware River and Bay Authority that will help bring new clean air technology to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and reduce toxic air emissions. “Cleaning up our air and ensuring people’s right to breathe healthy air is a priority for EPA,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin

EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Permit for Guadalupe Power; Additions will bring over an estimated $125 million in capital investments and increased jobs

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 23:10
DALLAS – (Nov. 3, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to Guadalupe Power Partners L.P., to add two gas-fired turbines to their existing facility. The natural gas-fired plant is located in Guadalupe County, 30 miles northeast of San Antonio, Texas