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EPA's Yucca Mountain Radiation Standard Controversial

Article: EPA's Yucca Mountain Radiation Standard Controversial

WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2008 (ENS) – Sixteen years after Congress first ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish radiation release standards for the proposed spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste disposal facility at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, the agency has announced its final standards. The Yucca Mountain site is located 90 miles northwest…

Six Chino Dairies Ordered to Control Manure Runoff

Article: Six Chino Dairies Ordered to Control Manure Runoff

LOS ANGELES, California, October 2, 2008 (ENS) – Six dairies in the Chino, California area have been ordered to comply with California Regional Water Quality Control Board permit requirements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Through an administrative order, the EPA is ordering Brothers Three Dairy, Quality Dairy, Jorritsma and Anema Dairy, Martin Vander Laan…

Climate-Friendly Greenfreezers Come to the United States

Article: Climate-Friendly Greenfreezers Come to the United States

WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2008 (ENS) – Greenpeace and Ben & Jerry’s have jointly launched the first ice cream freezer using climate-friendly technology in the United States. Ben & Jerry’s will be running trials of these hydrocarbon freezers in the Boston and DC areas while the company seeks approval for widespread commercial use from the…

Missouri Left 135 Impaired Water Bodies Off Official List

Article: Missouri Left 135 Impaired Water Bodies Off Official List

KANSAS CITY, Kansas, September 25, 2008 (ENS) – Missouri’s most recent list of impaired waters left out 135 water bodies that contain pollutants above the levels permitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act, according to a proposed decision announced Wednesday by the federal agency. The EPA did approve Missouri’s listing…

EPA Faulted for Failing to Control E-Waste Exports

Article: EPA Faulted for Failing to Control E-Waste Exports

WASHINGTON, DC, September 18, 2008 (ENS) – U.S. hazardous waste regulations have not stopped exports of toxic used electronics to developing countries, partly because they are not being enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, finds a new report issued Wednesday by the investigative branch of Congress. In the report commissioned by the House Committee…

Illinois Hazwaste Incinerator Permitted Despite Explosions, Fires

Article: Illinois Hazwaste Incinerator Permitted Despite Explosions, Fires

ST. LOUIS, Missouri, September 15, 2008 (ENS) – The Veolia hazardous waste incinerator in Sauget, with its long history of explosions and toxic chemical releases, was issued a clean air permit on Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The incinerator has been operating without a permit since 1995. Located on the Missouri-Illinois border next…

EPA: General Electric Must Revise River Clean Up Plan

Article: EPA: General Electric Must Revise River Clean Up Plan

BOSTON, Massachusetts, September 10, 2008 (ENS) – General Electric’s cleanup proposal for PCB contamination of the Housatonic River south of Pittsfield, Massachusetts raises more than 150 concerns, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The river sediment is polluted with polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs, south of the GE property where the company formerly manufactured electrical equipment…

EPA Kills Controversial Yazoo Pumps Flood Control Project

Article: EPA Kills Controversial Yazoo Pumps Flood Control Project

WASHINGTON, DC September 3, 2008 (ENS) – The Yazoo Pumps Project, proposed to drain wetlands in the Mississippi Delta for flood control, will not be built. On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its final decision under the Clean Water Act to prohibit construction of the project first proposed by the U.S. Army Corps…

Exxon Let PCBs Leak for Years Off Santa Barbara Coast

Article: Exxon Let PCBs Leak for Years Off Santa Barbara Coast

LOS ANGELES, California, August 25, 2008 (ENS) – Between 2002 and 2005, two large electrical transformers on an Exxon Mobil offshore oil and gas platform in the Santa Barbara Channel leaked nearly 400 gallons of fluid contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs. That long leak off the coast of Southern California has cost the Exxon Mobil…

Mysterious Honey Bee Disorder Buzzes into Court

Article: Mysterious Honey Bee Disorder Buzzes into Court

WASHINGTON, DC, August 19, 2008 (ENS) – The nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Washington DC to force the federal government to disclose studies on the effect of a new pesticide on honey bees. Studies on the pesticide, clothianidin, were ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from…

EPA Agrees to Set Beach Water Criteria By 2012

Article: EPA Agrees to Set Beach Water Criteria By 2012

LOS ANGELES, California, August 11, 2008 (ENS) – The association representing most of the country’s municipal sewerage agencies says it is satisfied with an settlement reached Friday that ensures its members will be represented as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency develops new criteria for beach water quality. The head of the National Association of Clean…

EPA Expands Study of Pharmaceuticals in Waterways

Article: EPA Expands Study of Pharmaceuticals in Waterways

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to conduct a detailed study of the disposal methods used by hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices and veterinary hospitals that wish to discard unused pharmaceuticals. The EPA is seeking more information on the practices of the health care industry to inform…

Plan to Rid Freshwaters of Harmful Algal Blooms Short on Solutions

Article: Plan to Rid Freshwaters of Harmful Algal Blooms Short on Solutions

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – A report on ways to minimize the impacts of harmful algal blooms in freshwaters across the United States presented by federal government agencies on Monday offers few solutions and relies heavily on future research to develop responses to the noxious and often toxic plants. These algae can form…

Water Quality at U.S. Vacation Beaches Slightly Improved

Article: Water Quality at U.S. Vacation Beaches Slightly Improved

WASHINGTON, DC, July 29, 2008 (ENS) – There were fewer closings and health advisories due to polluted water at American beaches last year than in 2006, the worst year for beach water pollution, finds the annual report on beach water quality issued today by the Natural Resources Defense Council. But there is little room for…

EPA Bans Residues of Pesticide Carbofuran on Food

Article: EPA Bans Residues of Pesticide Carbofuran on Food

WASHINGTON, DC, July 28, 2008 (ENS) – Due to “considerable risks” of damage to human health and the environment associated with the pesticide carbofuran, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is revoking the regulations that allow carbofuran residues in food. EPA’s carbofuran tolerance revocation proposal will be published for public comment on July 30, 2008. Carbofuran…

EPA Puts Off Renewable Fuels Waiver Decision to August

Article: EPA Puts Off Renewable Fuels Waiver Decision to August

WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2008 (ENS) – In April, Texas Governor Rick Perry requested a 50 percent waiver from the grain-based Renewable Fuels Standard mandated under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, enacted last December. The governor says corn prices are soaring because of the demand for corn to make ethanol, which also…

Clemson's Excellent Watershed World

Article: Clemson's Excellent Watershed World

CLEMSON, South Carolina, July 20, 2008 (ENS) – Clemson University’s Restoration Institute has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management in South Carolina by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As a Center of Excellence, the institute will receive EPA technical assistance, promotion to stakeholders; EPA letters of support for grant opportunities; and…

Energy Department Faulted for Mishandling Hanford Nuclear Waste

Article: Energy Department Faulted for Mishandling Hanford Nuclear Waste

WASHINGTON, DC, July 14, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Department of Energy doesn’t know enough about the condition and contents of millions of gallons of radioactive and hazardous wastes stored in tanks at its Hanford Site in Washington state to make good decisions about cleanup and costs, according to a new report by Congress’s investigative…

Safety Measures Proposed for Soil Fumigant Pesticides

Article: Safety Measures Proposed for Soil Fumigant Pesticides

WASHINGTON, DC, July 14, 2008 (ENS) – New draft safety measures for soil fumigant pesticides proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday require that users of these chemicals submit written, site-specific fumigant management plans before fumigations begin. All soil fumigant products will be classified as restricted-use pesticides, to ensure that only specially trained…

Carbon Trapping or Is It Carbon Wasting?

Article: Carbon Trapping or Is It Carbon Wasting?

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced that they have concluded a first draft of a carbon trapping rules. These rules would require smokestack owners to filter the emissions from their smokestacks and create liquified CO2 that could be stored underground. Granted, preventing pollution is a must, but in these troubled economic times in America, isn’t…

U.S. EPA Chills Progress Towards Regulating Greenhouse Gases

Article: U.S. EPA Chills Progress Towards Regulating Greenhouse Gases

WASHINGTON, DC, July 11, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration today asked for public comment on a long list of options for controlling greenhouse gas emissions under existing federal law, but emphasized that it has no intention of pursuing any of them. The announcement confirms that the Bush administration will not move to regulate greenhouse…

EPA Set to Approve Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Air Plan

Article: EPA Set to Approve Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Air Plan

DALLAS, Texas, July 3, 2008 (ENS) – With more than $100 million in funding from two state programs, the smoggy air of the Dallas-Fort Worth area has been cleared to the point that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced its proposed approval of the area’s clean air plan. Tuesday, the regional EPA gathered…

Green Power, Cleaner Cars, Carbon Trading in California's Future

Article: Green Power, Cleaner Cars, Carbon Trading in California's Future

SACRAMENTO, California, June 29, 2008 (ENS) – By the year 2020, California utilities will produce a third of their energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal, under a draft plan to address climate change released Thursday by the California Air Resources Board. Overall, the Climate Change Draft Scoping Plan aims to reduce…

Lower Passaic River to Be Cleaned of Dioxin-Laden Sediment

Article: Lower Passaic River to Be Cleaned of Dioxin-Laden Sediment

NEWARK, New Jersey, June 25, 2008 (ENS) – The removal of contaminated sediment from the lower Passaic River took a step forward Monday when an agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two companies was signed at a park overlooking the river. The deal requires Occidental Chemical and Tierra Solutions to remove 200,000 cubic…

Use Costly Corn for Feed, Not Fuel, Texas Governor Urges

Article: Use Costly Corn for Feed, Not Fuel, Texas Governor Urges

WASHINGTON, DC, June 25, 2008 (ENS) – Texas Governor Rick Perry is asking the federal government to reduce by half the amount of corn-based ethanol that must be blended into the national fuel supply under the national Renewable Fuel Standard, RFS. Instead of being used for fuel, the governor wants that corn to feed livestock…