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New England Experienced Fewer Unhealthy Air Quality Days During Summer Ozone Season

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 22:07
BOSTON – EPA today confirmed that New Englanders experienced a decrease in the number of unhealthy air quality days this year, compared to 2013, and an even greater decrease when compared to 2012. Based on preliminary data collected between April and September 2014, there were 9 days when ozone monitors in New England recorded concentrations above levels considered healthy. By contrast, in 2012 there were a total of 29 unhealthy ozone days, and in 2013 there were a total of 20 such days

EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Permit for Austin Energy Expansion

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:07
DALLAS – (Sept. 30, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to the city of Austin for the Sand Hill Energy Center. The city plans to add equipment and capacity at the facility’s combined-cycle electricity generating unit. “The city of Austin shows how a growing economy can mean less pollution,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry

As Sandy Anniversary Approaches, EPA Highlights Importance of Wetlands in Protecting Against Severe Storms

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:31
(New York, NY) TOMORROW, October 1, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck will join Marc Matsil of the Trust for Public Land and Richard Nicotra of the Nicotra Group to highlight the importance of wetlands in protecting communities from the dangers of severe storms such as Hurricane Sandy. The event will take place at the Staten Island Hilton, overlooking the Old Place Creek Tidal Wetlands Area

EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 23:55
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions broken down by industrial sector, geographic region and individual facilities. In 2013, reported emissions from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons higher than the prior year, or 0.6 percent, driven largely by an increase in coal use for power generation

EPA Finalizes $11 Million Plan to Clean Up Soil and Groundwater at Toxic Site in Glen Cove, New York

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 23:07
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its cleanup plan to address contaminated groundwater and soil at the Mattiace Petrochemical Co., Inc. Superfund site in Glen Cove, New York. The groundwater and soil are contaminated with volatile organic compounds as a result of previous operations at the site by a chemical distribution and drum-cleaning business

Griffin Pipe Products Agrees to Resolve Issues with Lead Emissions, Air and Water Violations at Council Bluffs, Iowa

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:14
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Sept. 29, 2014) - EPA Region 7 has reached an agreement with Griffin Pipe Products, LLC, to settle violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) at its Council Bluffs, Iowa, facility that will require Griffin Pipe to lower lead emissions and pay a civil penalty of $950,000

Commerce City (Colo.) refinery agrees to resolve alleged risk management planning and chemical reporting violations

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 01:03
(Denver, Colo. - September 29, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Suncor Energy has agreed to pay $230,400 in penalties to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) at its Commerce City, Colo. refinery. The agreement resolves alleged violations of the risk management planning requirements of the CAA and Toxic Release Inventory reporting requirements under EPCRA

EPA Approves New Mexico Regional Haze and Visibility Transport Clean-Air Plan

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 05:07
DALLAS – (Sept. 26, 2014) EPA is taking final action approving the New Mexico Regional Haze and Visibility Transport clean-air plan. “By working together - we have successfully met our shared goal to protect our national treasures,” said Ron Curry, EPA Administrator for Region 6

St. Lawrence County Cheese Manufacturer to Upgrade its Operations in Agreement with the EPA; New Manufacturing Equipment Will Reduce the Amount of Nitrates and Nitric Acid Entering the Oswegatchie River

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 22:03
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a legal settlement with Losurdo Foods Inc. of Heuvelton, New York that will reduce the amount of pollutants the company discharges to the municipal water treatment plant. Losurdo has agreed to upgrade its cheese manufacturing equipment, resulting in a 16% reduction in the amount of nitrate compounds and a 50% reduction in the amount of wastewater it sends to the treatment plant each year

ADVISORY: Remarks by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at Resources for the Future

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 21:33
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2014 ADVISORY: Remarks by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at Resources for the Future As Prepared for Delivery Sept. 25, 2014 Thanks, Phil. It’s great to be here at RFF. The expertise and integrity of this organization is testament to your leadership, Phil, and the passion of the people who work here. I want to start with a story decades in the making. Forty years ago, scientists at the University of California uncovered a global crisis

U.S. EPA and San Francisco Department of the Environment honor five custodial cleaning companies recognized as Green Businesses today

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:03
The first green business program in the nation with training focused on custodial worker health SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the San Francisco Department of the Environment today honored five companies who successfully completed the Custodial Green Cleaning pilot program, the first Green Business program in the nation focused on protecting custodial worker health by switching from harmful cleaning products to greener products and methods

ADVISORY: EPA Administrator to Deliver Keynote Speech on the Economics of Climate Change/First of a series of addresses focused on economic opportunity, cost of inaction

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 22:52
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will give a keynote speech on the economic needs for acting on climate change at the Resources for the Future (RFF) Policy Leadership Forum in Washington, DC. This will be the first in a series of addresses where McCarthy will make the case about the economic opportunity and the cost of inaction when it comes to climate change

EPA Finalizes Plan to Address Contaminated Soil at Maywood Chemical Company Superfund Site in NJ

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:57
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its plan to address chemically-contaminated soil at the Maywood Chemical Company Superfund site in Maywood, Lodi and Rochelle Park, New Jersey. Previous industrial activity at the site resulted in contamination of the soil and groundwater with volatile organic compounds, radioactive waste and heavy metals. Exposure to these pollutants can have serious health effects, and in some cases, increase the risk of cancer

BJ’s Wholesale Club Joins EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge Program; Emphasis on Feeding the Hungry and Not Landfills during Hunger Action Month

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 01:29
(Edison, NJ) Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Frank Pallone, BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Doug Schiefelbein Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s (CFBNJ) Tristan Wallack and Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey to announce BJ’s participation in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge program at the store in Edison, NJ

EPA Announces Cleanup Plan for Radiation Technology Superfund Site in Rockaway Township, New Jersey; Congressmember Rodney Frelinghuysen and EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck Tour Six Superfund Sites in Morris, Essex and Sussex Counties

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:35
(New York, N.Y.) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck and Congressmember Rodney P. Frelinghuysen today announced a plan to demolish or remove 34 buildings and structures at the Radiation Technology, Inc. Superfund site in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. The buildings and structures on the 263-acre site are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos and lead among other contaminants

EPA Announces Grant Opportunities to Reduce Diesel Emissions at Ports

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:24
WASHINGTON - Today, EPA announced the availability of up to $5 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports located in areas of poor air quality. “Communities surrounding ports often face serious air quality and other environmental challenges, “ said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation

Southeast Diesel Collaborative Leadership Award Winners Announced

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 20:38
ATLANTA – This week at the Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC) 9th Annual Partners Meeting in Atlanta, GA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney and Office of the EPA Administrator Acting Senior Advisor on Environmental Justice Mustafa Ali, on behalf of the SEDC, presented the SEDC Leadership Awards to the 2013 winners

THURSDAY: EPA Administrator to Highlight New Solar Energy Project in Washington, DC

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:06
WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will join Obama Administration officials, GRID Alternatives and Habitat for Humanity for an event helping low-income families in Northeast DC gain access to solar energy and job training in a growing industry. During the president’s first term, the United States more than doubled generation of electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources

EPA Awards Mississippi Conference of Black Mayors a 2014 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2014 (09/16/14) ATLANTA – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a competitive cooperative agreement with the Mississippi Conference of Black Mayors (MCBM) to reduce lead exposure and mitigate the negative impacts of old, inadequate housing stock for low-income, minority families and children throughout the Mississippi Delta

EPA Awards Greensboro Housing Coalition a 2014 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2014 (09/16/14) ATLANTA – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a competitive cooperative agreement with the Greensboro Housing Coalition (GHC) to reduce housing-related asthma hospitalizations in low-income, minority neighborhoods in Greensboro, North Carolina resulting from exposure to toxic chemicals