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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

EPA Finalizes Cleanup Plan for Cidra, Puerto Rico Superfund Site; Volatile Organic Compounds Contaminated Drinking Water

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:09
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its plan to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater at the Cidra Groundwater Contamination site in Cidra, Puerto Rico. The site includes portions of the Cidra commercial district and an industrial park in Cidra

EPA Honors Freight Carriers for Superior Supply Chain Efficiency

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 23:00
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring 44 top truck and multi-modal carriers as industry leaders in supply chain environmental performance 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

MEDIA ADVISORY: EPA to Host the 2014 Vehicle Technology Showcase in Michigan Thursday

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 23:14
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting the 2014 Vehicle Technology Showcase in Ann Arbor, Mich., to highlight the advanced technology that auto manufacturers are developing to increase fuel economy and reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions

MEDIA ADVISORY: EPA Launches ENERGY STAR Community Service Tour

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 20:56
ENERGY STAR partners host nationwide tour to help communities save energy and money and protect the climate WASHINGTON –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is kicking off its first national ENERGY STAR Change the World through Community Service Tour, bringing together public and private organizations in communities across the country to make a positive difference in people’s lives through energy efficiency-related community service projects

New Yakima Valley air monitor measures particulate pollution

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 06:44
New air quality monitor to begin operating in Sunnyside Area (Seattle, Washington - Oct. 2, 2014) The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency (YRCAA) will begin operating a new air quality monitor to measure fine particulate matter in the Sunnyside region of the Yakima Valley. The monitor, located at Harrison Middle School, will gather data on particulate matter for a year