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EPA Report: Diesel Engine Grant Program Nets Major Air, Public Health Benefits

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 00:49
WASHINGTON – Clean diesel grants aimed at cleaning up old diesel engines have greatly improved public health by cutting harmful pollution that causes premature deaths, asthma attacks, and missed school and workdays, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since its start in 2008, the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program has significantly improved air quality for communities across the country by retrofitting and replacing older diesel engines

Chemical Accident Prevention Requirements are Met and Settlement Agreed to in Swanton, Vt.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:14
Yesterday, a Swanton, Vt. cheese manufacturer and the owner of the property agreed to pay $100,000 to settle penalty claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated clean air, Superfund and right-to-know laws between 2011 and 2015. After two EPA inspections and an August 2015 EPA Order, the company is now protecting worker and community safety by complying with chemical accident prevention measures outlined in the Clean Air Act

U.S. EPA Honors Cisco Systems for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 04:08
Cisco recognized for boosting sustainability throughout its supply chain SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is honoring Cisco Systems, headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with a 2016 Climate Leadership Award for its innovation in helping fight climate change. Cisco—one of just three awardees in California—received a Supply Chain Leadership Award for encouraging all of its suppliers to have strong sustainability programs

Ingersoll Rand in Davidson, N.C., to be Recognized Nationally by EPA for Climate Action

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 02:38
ATLANTA – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will recognize 17 organizations from around the country at the Climate Leadership Awards for their leadership and innovation in helping fight climate change. Ingersoll Rand in Davidson, N.C., will be presented with an Organizational Leadership Award for phasing out HCFCs and other refrigerants

Two Connecticut Companies Earn EPA Climate Leadership Awards

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 01:53
BOSTON – Two corporations headquartered in Connecticut are among 17 awardees nationwide recognized by EPA for climate action. Pitney Bowes Corp. and United Technologies Corp. were both selected by EPA recognized for their Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management Goal Achievement. Pitney Bowes (Stamford, Conn.) reduced global absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 15 percent from 2012 to 2014, and United Technologies Corp

EPA To Announce 2016 Climate Leadership Awards/ Mars, Microsoft, Ingersoll Rand, and Calif. Department of Water Resources to Earn Organizational Leadership Awards; Among 17 Awardees Recognized for Climate Action

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 11:00
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will recognize organizations from around the country at the Climate Leadership Awards for their leadership and innovation in helping fight climate change. Winners are honored for managing and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain, as well as integrating climate resilience into their operating strategies

Washington Seafood Companies Agree to Cut Ozone-Depleting and Greenhouse Gas Refrigerant Releases

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 21:51
Ocean Gold Seafoods and Ocean Cold to pay nearly $500,000 for environmental violations (Seattle – March 8, 2016) Two seafood processing and cold storage companies, Ocean Gold Seafoods Inc. and Ocean Cold LLC, have agreed to cut their releases of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases from leaking refrigeration equipment at their facilities in Westport, Washington

Tuesday, March 8: EPA Region 7 to Co-Host Radon Conference in Nebraska City, Neb.

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 02:46
Environmental News NEWS MEDIA ADVISORY (Lenexa, Kan., March 7, 2016) - On Tuesday, March 8, EPA Region 7 will join city, county and state governmental agencies from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, and the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists to host the 10th Annual Region 7 Radon Conference in Nebraska City, Neb. WHAT: 10th Annual Region 7 Radon Conference WHEN: 7:30 a.m

EPA Finalizes Passaic River Cleanup; One of the Largest Superfund Projects in EPA History Will Protect People’s Health and the Environment

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 02:29
(New York, N.Y.) In an action that will protect people’s health and the environment, and benefit riverfront communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today finalized a plan to remove 3.5 million cubic yards of toxic sediment from the lower eight miles of the Passaic River in New Jersey, followed by capping that entire stretch of river bottom

EPA Rebates Will Help Fairfield and Gray, Maine Purchase Clean Diesel School Buses

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 01:24
BOSTON – Two school districts in Maine will receive a total of $40,000 to help pay for new school buses that emit less pollution than the older buses the districts now use. Maine School Administrative District 49 in the town of Fairfield, and Maine School Administrative District 15 in the town of Gray, will each receive $20,000 to replace one bus in each district. These rebates were made available under EPA’s Clean Diesel Program

EPA Rebate Will Help Arlington, Vermont Purchase a Clean Diesel School Bus

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 01:22
BOSTON – The Arlington School District, in southwest Vermont, was selected to receive a $20,000 rebate to help pay for a new school bus that will emit less pollution than older buses currently in use. This funding was made available under EPA’s Clean Diesel Program

Two New England Small Businesses Awarded EPA Funding to Develop Environmental Technologies

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 01:14
BOSTON – Two New England small businesses – one in Connecticut and the other in Massachusetts – were among eight companies nationwide awarded contracts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment. Precision Combustion, Inc. in North Haven, Conn. and Aspen Products Group in Marlborough, Mass. were each given $300,000 by EPA to develop their projects

TODAY: EPA Administrator McCarthy to Hold Fireside Chat at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:00
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will participate in a fireside chat at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in National Harbor, Md. The discussion will be moderated by Jason Grumet, founder and president of the Bipartisan Policy Center. WHERE: Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center Potomac A 201 Waterfront Street National Harbor, Md. 20745 TIME: 9 to 9:40 a.m

EPA Takes Action Against Illegal Methyl Bromide Use in Puerto Rico

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 01:14
(New York, N.Y.) As part of its ongoing work to address the illegal use of toxic pesticides containing methyl bromide in the Caribbean, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued legal complaints against two individuals and a pest control company in Puerto Rico for violating federal pesticides law (the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, or FIFRA) and the Clean Air Act

EPA Announces Availability of Up to $1.5 Million to Clean Up Diesel Engines in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 03:57
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Feb. 26, 2016) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the availability of up to $1.5 million in funding for clean diesel projects in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. Nationally, $26 million in grant funding will be available to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines

EPA Announces Availability of $26 Million to Clean Up Diesel Engines Nationwide

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 02:37
$4.4 Million Available for Ariz., Calif., Hawaii, Nev., and the Pacific Islands SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the availability of $4.4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the existing fleet of diesel engines in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands

EPA Announces Availability of up to $1.9 Million to Clean Up Diesel Engines in the Southeast Preference given to fleets in areas with poor air quality

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 02:10
(02/25/16 - ATLANTA) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the availability of up to $1.9 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the existing fleet of diesel engines in the southeast. Funds being made available for applicants in the southeast are part of a $26 million national allotment

EPA Announces Availability of $26 Million to Clean Up Diesel Engines Nationwide

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 01:58
EPA Announces Availability of $26 Million to Clean Up Diesel Engines Nationwide (Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines

Settlements Aim to Prevent Oil Spills by Darling Ingredients Inc., Related Subsidiaries in Iowa, Kansas

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 23:16
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Feb. 25, 2016) - Three subsidiary companies of Darling Ingredients, Inc., a publicly traded corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas, have agreed to settle allegations of Clean Water Act violations at four different oil storage facilities located in Muscatine and Sioux City, Iowa, and Wichita and Kansas City, Kan

EPA Recognizes Nissan and Toyota Manufacturing Plants in Mississippi for Achieving 2015 Energy Star Certification

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 01:18
ATLANTA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nissan NA in Canton and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs, both in Mississippi, are among 70 manufacturing plants nationally that have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2015