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The Ohio Environmental Protection agency has sued the estate of a manufacturing plant's property owner to recoup costs for overseeing the cleanup of a central Ohio village's water supply when it was contaminated more than 20 years ago. The Springfield News-Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2tGzIa2 ) the EPA is seeking $600,000 from the estate... [Read More]
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Suffolk officials have agreed to buy a 22.2-acre parcel at the mouth of the Swan River in East Patchogue for $1.33 million, as part of a $2 million settlement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency for not properly monitoring the county's 68 underground fuel storage tanks. [Read More]
The last two weeks I have had two separate calls on problems with bed bugs. While bed bugs may sound like a death threat if you have them, they can be controlled with the correct measures. These little insects are found worldwide in all living situations. The following article was provided by the Environmental Protection Agency:... [Read More]
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Investigators from the commissioner's office interviewed the workers at the hospital and took their clothing in for testing after learning of the exposure at 8:30 a.m. The county agricultural commissioner and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation are investigating the exposure and report the incident to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state agencies because of the number of victims, officials said. [Read More]
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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, Galesburg mayor John Pritchard and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency director Alec Messina will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to begin a $4 million investment to replace lead service lines in Galesburg. The project is slated to begin July 5. The press conference and ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at 761 S. Chambers Street. In April 2016, when news broke that Galesburg had not passed a recent EPA test for lead content in water,... [Read More]
Planned staff cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency, which employs more than 2,000 people in Research Triangle Park, are seen as the beginning of major cutbacks to scientific research and pollution enforcement in North Carolina.This week's buyout offer to more than 1,200 employees agency-wide comes in advance of Congress taking up the Trump administration's proposal to cut the EPA's budget by 31.4 percent. Congress may not adopt all of the administration's... [Read More]
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In the latest blow to the integrity of the science used by government agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dismissed nearly all of the members of its Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) this week. The board, which reviews and advises EPA's internal research departments on their scie... [Read More]
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SEATTLE— A new project led by environmental health researchers in the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health will assess key health issues affecting people who use the Duwamish River or live nearby. UW is partnering with health assessors and community representatives from two nonprofit groups: Just Health Action (JHA) and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG). Findings from the assessment will be provided to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help inform their selection of a cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish Waterway, which was designated a Superfund site in 2001. The health impact assessment... [Read More]
Lianne Sheppard from the University of Washington School of Public Health was selected to chair a 17-member committee that advises the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on air quality standards for oxides of nitrogen. Sheppard is a professor of biostatistics and environmental and occupational health sciences. Nitrogen oxides come primarily from traffic emissions. Nitrogen monoxide is formed from high-temperature combustion and reacts to oxygen in the air to form nitrogen dioxide. The current standard for nitrogen dioxide limits its concentration in the air to no more than 100 parts per billion within a single hour. The Clean Air Act... [Read More]
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Gina McCarthy In a speech and very practical conversation with UW public health, policy, and environmental students and faculty, Gina McCarthy, top Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency, exhorted students to learn "how to communicate to people about why what we do matters," and to stop using terms such as "risk reduction." The science is key, but you have to talk about it in human terms, she said. Ms. McCarthy described herself as a public health person, from a public health background. "The EPA IS a public health agency, one of the premier in the world.... [Read More]
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Several conservation groups plan to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to hold Mississippi and Alabama accountable for violating certain provisions of the Clean Air Act. [Read More]
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Beth Gorman, a Pima County environmental quality manager, says officials don't know exactly why the ozone levels are so high, but typically, extended high-pressure weather systems are a major cause, along with intense solar radiation. The Environmental Protection Agency states ozone is created by a mixture of air emissions that occurs during intense sunlight and can trigger a variety of health problems. [Read More]
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Is there anything more wholesome than children building sandcastles on an American beach? Guess again, vacationers. The Environmental Protection Agency and pediatricians have issued warnings that beach sand can contain pollutant and bacteria especially harmful to children. The Palm Beach Post's news partner, Channel 5, WPTV noted that beaches are occasionally closed because of poor water quality. A study five years ago among some 5,000 beach visitors, found that those who dug in the... [Read More]
David Whitehouse: The Global Warming Hiatus Is Real http://www.thegwpf.com/scott-pruitt-is-right-the-global-warming-hiatus-is-real/ The global warming 'hiatus' is the most talked about and researched topic in climate science Few things illustrate the poor state of the communication of climate science better than the reaction to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's comments about global temperatures in the past 20... [Read More]
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The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) internal watchdog wants it to better manage the ways it uses technology to help test the safety of chemicals.The EPA's inspector general ... [Read More]
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China To Lead After US Paris Withdrawal Mr Scott Pruitt, a friend of the oil industry who is sceptical about man-made climate change and was US President Donald Trump's controversial choice to head the US Environmental Protection Agency, will represent Washington.All G7 countries excluding the United States have pledged their commitment to the Paris climate pact during a two-day summit in Bologna, Italy, local media reported on Monday. Fracking will continue to reduce American... [Read More]
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Perhaps now the EPA could spend its time dealing with real environmental issues (Business Insider) Members of a key Environmental Protection Agency advisory committee were told in a conference call... [Read More]
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The town of St. Louis, Michigan got some good news from the Environmental Protection Agency. Agency officials announced at a meeting with concerned citizens this week that the Velsicol Chemical Superfund site will get $9.7 million to start a massive cleanup project this fall. The small city in mid-Michigan has one of the most polluted pieces of land in the country. The Velsicol Chemical Company (known as Michigan Chemical up until 1976) produced all kinds of toxic chemicals at its factory right on the banks of the Pine River. It operated from the 1930s up until the late 1970s,... [Read More]
  I t was a hard-fought race, people. But the results of our Worst Trump Cabinet Member reader poll are in. And the winner is — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos! With a near tie for second place between Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "It's hard to be worse than Sessions or Pruitt. But DeVos deals with ... children," wrote a Michigan reader. DeVos really hates public schools — something you don't find often in a secretary of education. Her goal seems to be replacing them with charter schools, none of which... [Read More]
It was a hard-fought race, people. But the results of our Worst Trump Cabinet Member reader poll are in. And the winner is — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos! With a near tie for second place between Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. [Read More]
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