Conservation

EPA Awards $700,000 to UMass Amherst for Environmental Health Research for Tribal Communities

EPA Energy News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:32
BOSTON – EPA is awarding $700,000 for a research project being conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst on indoor air quality affecting tribal people. The research grant is one of six awarded today for projects to identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma and other unique tribal concerns
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EPA Administrator McCarthy to attend Commission on Environmental Cooperation

EPA Energy News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:44
WASHINGTON – Today and Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will join host Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan Jos_ Guerra Abud in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada for the 21st Regular Session of the Council for the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC)
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151 New England Buildings compete in EPA’s 5th Annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings

EPA Energy News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:22
BOSTON – More than 150 buildings across New England have entered the 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge. The competition specifically targets wasted energy in commercial buildings, and will motivate businesses to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon pollution, and save money
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Oak Ridge Becomes Southeast’s First Green Power Community

EPA Energy News - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 22:00
ATLANTA – On Monday, the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee becomes the newest member of EPA’s national Green Power Communities initiative. Oak Ridge becomes the first city in the Southeast to take part in the national initiative. “We applaud the City of Oak Ridge for increasing their use of clean and renewable energy sources,” said Beverly Banister, Director of the Air, Pesticides, and Toxics Management Division at the EPA Southeast regional office in Atlanta
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More than 5,500 buildings to compete in EPA’s Fifth-Annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings/Commercial buildings around the US are in a race to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

EPA Energy News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:56
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge. More than 5,500 buildings nationwide are going head-to-head to reduce their energy use
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EPA and Partners Celebrate Nation’s Largest Federally Owned Wind Farm; Site near Amarillo now generates power for nearby plant

EPA Energy News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 13:44
DALLAS – (June 17, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and partner organizations celebrated the dedication of the Pantex Renewable Energy Project (PREP) near Amarillo, TX. The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) led the development of the project, which includes the nation’s largest federally owned wind farm
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FRIDAY: U.S. EPA Chief Gina McCarthy to Attend Solar Installation at Residential Home in Long Beach, Calif.

EPA Energy News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:43
GRID Alternatives provides job training, renewable power to low-income families; meeting follows EPA’s proposal of the Clean Power Plan released last week LOS ANGELES— On Friday, June 13th, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will meet with GRID Alternatives officials and students from Los Angeles Trade Technical College’s Solar PV Technician certificate program during the installation of solar panels at a single-family home in Long Beach, California
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Remarks for Administrator McCarthy, Announcement of Clean Power Plan, Washington, DC

EPA Energy News - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 08:47
WASHINGTON- About a month ago, I took a trip to the Cleveland Clinic. I met a lot of great people, but one stood out—even if he needed to stand on a chair to do it. Parker Frey is 10 years old. He’s struggled with severe asthma all his life. His mom said despite his challenges, Parker’s a tough, active kid—and a stellar hockey player. But sometimes, she says, the air is too dangerous for him to play outside. In the United States of America, no parent should ever have that worry
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TODAY: U.S. EPA to Host Clean Power Plan Media Conference Call

EPA Energy News - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 08:46
WASHINGTON – Today at 12 p.m. EDT the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a background conference call with reporters on the steps EPA is taking under the Clean Air Act to carry out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution. WHAT: Clean Power Plan Conference Call WHEN: Monday, June 2, 12 p.m. EDT DIAL- IN: Members of the media interested in participating should dial (877) 887- 8949 and give the conference ID number 5482207
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EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants/Clean Power Plan is flexible proposal to ensure a healthier environment, spur innovation and strengthen the economy

EPA Energy News - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 08:15
WASHINGTON – At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is today releasing the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States
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EPA Reaches Legal Settlement with Operators of Arecibo Landfill to Reduce Waste and Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Agreement Creates Recycling Program in Arecibo

EPA Energy News - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 08:39
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a legal settlement with Landfill Technologies of Arecibo, the municipality of Arecibo and the Puerto Rico Land Authority to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act
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Yale Awarded $1.5 Million EPA Grant for Research on Cleaner Emissions from Cookstoves

EPA Energy News - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 12:44
BOSTON – Yale University is one of only six recipients of EPA grant funding intended to advance research into cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking, lighting and heating homes. Yale will collaborate with researchers from the Universities of Minnesota, Georgia, and British Colombia, as well as North Carolina State and two Indian non-governmental organizations
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Walpole, Mass. School Bus Company Reduces Diesel Idling under Settlement

EPA Energy News - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 09:07
BOSTON – Michael J. Connolly and Sons, a Walpole, Mass. company that operates 300 school buses and provides student transportation services in fifteen Massachusetts communities, will implement idling reduction measures resulting in cleaner air in local communities, in addition to paying a penalty of $33,000 to settle EPA allegations that it violated federally-enforceable motor vehicle idling limits in Massachusetts
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Ten New England Organizations Commit to Reduce Food Waste

EPA Energy News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:05
BOSTON – Ten New England educational, healthcare and other business institutions have become members of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, a national initiative that encourages businesses, organizations and institutions to actively participate in food waste prevention, surplus food donation and food waste recycling activities
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U.S. EPA Administrator to Visit Salt Lake City, Seattle and Portland to Highlight Agency’s Efforts to Reduce Carbon Pollution and Address Climate Change

EPA Energy News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:31
WASHINGTON - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to Salt Lake City, Seattle and Portland this week to meet with elected officials, stakeholders and business leaders to discuss the agency’s efforts to reduce carbon pollution and highlight local environmental efforts
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EPA to Recognize Washington University in St. Louis for Recycling and Food Recovery Programs on Wednesday, May 21

EPA Energy News - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:38
Environmental News NEWS MEDIA ADVISORY (Lenexa, Kan., May 20, 2014) - An EPA Region 7 representative will be in St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday, May 21, to officially recognize Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) for reducing its volume of solid waste and to view first-hand its innovative recycling and food recovery programs. WUSTL Dining Services’ compost efforts have diverted 317 tons of food waste from landfills since 2011
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EPA Finalizes Standards to Protect Fish, Aquatic Life from Cooling Water Intakes

EPA Energy News - Mon, 05/19/2014 - 14:21
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized standards to protect billions of fish and other aquatic life drawn each year into cooling water systems at large power plants and factories. This final rule is required by the Clean Water Act to address site-specific challenges, and establishes a common sense framework, putting a premium on public input and flexibility for facilities to comply
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EPA Seeking Public Comment on Enhancing Transparency for Chemicals and Mixtures Used in Hydraulic Fracturing

EPA Energy News - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 09:41
WASHINGTON -- EPA announced today that it will seek public comment on what information could be reported and disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining this information, including non-regulatory approaches. EPA is also soliciting input on incentives and recognition programs that could support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraulic fracturing
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Two oil and gas facilities in Alaska resolve industrial stormwater violations

EPA Energy News - Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:37
(Seattle—April 29, 2014) Two Alaska companies have agreed to resolve violations of federal stormwater rules intended to protect surface water and waterways, according to settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CPD Alaska and Wrangell Oil have agreed to settle industrial stormwater violations with EPA in two separate settlements. The companies violated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits
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EPA Issues Greenhouse Gas Permit to Texas Clean-Energy Electricity Plant; Permit allows construction of $1.2 billion natural-gas fired plant; will add hundreds of construction jobs and over 30 permanent jobs

EPA Energy News - Tue, 04/29/2014 - 09:26
DALLAS – (April 29, 2014) This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to FGE Power for the FGE Texas project near Westbrook, Texas. The permit allows the company to build a new natural-gas fired combined-cycle electric generation plant. “This facility will bring clean-burning electricity to the people of Texas,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry
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