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EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 01:42
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), today, which presents a national-level overview of annual greenhouse gas emissions since 1990. The inventory shows a nine percent drop in emissions since 2005, and a one percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 from 2013 levels. Total U.S. greenhouse emissions were 6,108 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2014

EPA Proposes Locations for Two Sewage Retention Tanks as Part of Gowanus Canal Cleanup; Public Encouraged to Provide Comments

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 00:02
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a proposed agreement with the City of New York that establishes the location for two sewage and storm water retention tanks, included as part of the cleanup for the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site. The agreement sets out a schedule for the design of the larger of the two tanks. It also requires New York City to undertake activities to prepare that location for the tank installation, and to pay EPA oversight costs

TODAY: National Wildlife Federation Recognizes EPA Administrator as Conservationist of the Year/Administrator to give keynote address

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:00
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will be recognized as Conservationist of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation at their 80th Anniversary Luncheon. WHAT: Conservationist of the Year Award & Keynote Address WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 12:30 p.m

EPA Installs New Village Green Air Monitoring Bench at Jane Addams Elementary School in Southeast Chicago

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:49
For Immediate Release: April 13, 2016 16OPA-010 (CHICAGO) --U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Region 5 Administrator Robert Kaplan today joined students and teachers at Jane Addams Elementary School on Chicago’s Southeast Side to showcase EPA’s newest Village Green Station – a wind- and solar-powered air monitoring bench. EPA has installed Village Green Stations at six other locations across the nation to help people learn more about local air quality issues

TODAY: EPA Administrator to Give Remarks at Energy Star Partner of the Year Awards

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:00
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will give remarks at the Energy Star Partner of the Year Award ceremony to recognize 149 Energy Star partners in 35 states-- including Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, retailers, manufacturers, home builders, and buildings— for their outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency

EPA Grant Will Help Central States Improve Air Quality

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:33
DALLAS – (April 12, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $561,507 to the Central States Air Resource Agencies Association to help states collaborate on improving air quality. This group of nine states in the central U.S. will work on issues related to air pollution moving between states, and provide lower-cost training for state staff

EPA Settles with Boise Ski Park Developer Over Asbestos Violation

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 01:02
Gateway Parks to pay $10,000 for alleged illegal demolition of asbestos-containing buildings near Boise, Idaho (Seattle – April 11, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Gateway Parks LLC, a ski and snowboard park owner and developer based in Boise, Idaho, will pay a $10,000 penalty to settle a claim of a violation of federal asbestos regulations designed to protect public health

Statement from ECCC Minister Catherine McKenna and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:35
OTTAWA - Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today made the following statement as they concluded successful meetings in Ottawa, Ontario. “Canada and the United States share a common vision: that of a prosperous and sustainable North American economy

Statement from the EPA on Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 02:44
Based on data from the Puerto Rico Department of Health and PRASA, the water wells that are still in use are in compliance with the drinking water standards. To protect people's health, Puerto Rico is required to sample wells regularly and wells that have elevated levels of contamination are addressed accordingly. On April 6, 2016 the U.S

EPA Awards $700,000+ Grant to Harvard for Research on Climate Impacts on Air Quality

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 01:45
BOSTON – A US Environmental Protection Agency research grant of $719,780 will assist a Harvard researcher for a project to study how climate change will affect changes in dust and smoke on the Earth’s surface over the next several decades, which can have significant impacts on air quality. The grant to the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Cambridge, Mass

Compliance with Environmental Laws Helps Protect Air, Water and Lands in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska Communities

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 04:34
(Seattle – April 6, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Northwest Region completed 22 environmental compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from October 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Violations of environmental laws put public health and the environment at risk. EPA enforces federal environmental laws to protect communities and to keep our air, water and lands healthy

EPA Provides $2.3 Million to Two Universities in Atlanta to Protect Air Quality in a Changing Climate

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 01:20
ATLANTA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $8.5 million in research funding to 12 universities to protect air quality from the current and future challenges associated with the impacts of climate change

EPA Proposes to Add Dorado, Puerto Rico Site to the Federal Superfund List; Drinking Water Contaminated with Solvents

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 23:42
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed adding the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site in the municipality of Dorado, Puerto Rico to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. Sampling at the site has found chemical contamination that is impacting wells used to supply drinking water to the local communities

EPA Proposes to Add Dutchess County Creek, N.Y. to the Federal Superfund List; Sediment Contaminated with Mercury, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 23:39
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed adding the Wappinger Creek in Dutchess County, N.Y. to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. Sediment within the two mile long tidal portion of the creek, which is downstream from an industrial park, is contaminated with mercury, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other pollutants

EPA Adds N.J. Pesticides Manufacturing Facility to the Federal Superfund List of Hazardous Waste Sites; $1 Million Spent to Date

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 22:57
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added the former Kil-Tone Company site in Vineland, N.J. to its Superfund list of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. Pesticides were manufactured at the now defunct Kil-Tone Company facility, and groundwater and soil at the site, including soil in the yards of nearby homes, is contaminated with arsenic and lead