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Six Estuaries Across the Country First to Be Climate Ready

Article: Six Estuaries Across the Country First to Be Climate Ready

WASHINGTON, DC, June 19, 2008 (ENS) – Charlotte Harbor on Florida’s Gulf Coast has been selected as one of the first six estuaries to be case studies for local action to protect sensitive coastal ecosystems and economies from the effects of climate change. The estuaries were chosen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the…

2008 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Could Be Largest Ever

Article: 2008 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Could Be Largest Ever

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, June 18, 2008 (ENS) – As a record-breaking volume of floodwater laden with sewage and fertilizers rolls down the waterways of the Mississippi Basin towards the Gulf of Mexico, a joint federal-state task force released an updated action plan to reduce low oxygen levels that cause a dead zone each summer in…

Careless Damage to Pipeline Costs Oklahoma Company Millions

Article: Careless Damage to Pipeline Costs Oklahoma Company Millions

KANSAS CITY, Kansas, June 16, 2008 (ENS) – Eight years of gasoline and fuel oil spills from pipelines in Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Arkansas into nearby waterways has cost a publicly traded Oklahoma pipeline company more than $5 million. Magellan Midstream Partners today agreed to pay a $5.3 million civil penalty for these alleged…

Congress Probes White House Delay of Chemical Assessments

Article: Congress Probes White House Delay of Chemical Assessments

WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2008 (ENS) – A Congressional committee today questioned the health effects of a new White House policy that delays the completion and release of chemical assessments into a public database maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The database, known as the Integrated Risk Information System, or IRIS, is used by…

Home Builders Settle Stormwater Violations for $4.3 Million

Article: Home Builders Settle Stormwater Violations for $4.3 Million

WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2008 (ENS) – Four of the country’s largest home builders have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $4.3 million to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The four separate settlements resolve alleged violations of stormwater runoff regulations at construction…

EPA Flies Chopper to Protect New York, New Jersey Beachgoers

Article: EPA Flies Chopper to Protect New York, New Jersey Beachgoers

NEW YORK, New York, June 4, 2008 (ENS) – Visitors to the beaches of New York and New Jersey this summer will not be getting peace and quiet. Instead, they will hear the drone of helicopter overflights, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the surveillance is for the protection of beachgoers. Using a helicopter,…

Illinois Poll Finds Clean Cars Best Antidote to $4 Gas

Article: Illinois Poll Finds Clean Cars Best Antidote to $4 Gas

CHICAGO, Illinois, June 3, 2008 (ENS) – By a wide majority, Illinois residents say they want cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars, sooner rather than later, and they are willing to pay more up front for them. In a statewide poll conducted by InTouch on behalf of environmental law and science groups, 89 percent of people surveyed…

Three Companies Pay $500,000 for Scottsdale Water Pollution

Article: Three Companies Pay $500,000 for Scottsdale Water Pollution

PHOENIX, Arizona, May 19, 2008 (ENS) – Motorola, Inc., Siemens Corp. and GlaxoSmithKline will collectively pay a $500,000 civil penalty for system failures that led to the release of trichloroethylene, TCE, into the public drinking water system in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. TCE above contamination limits was…

U.S. Senators Probe Departure of EPA Midwest Administrator

Article: U.S. Senators Probe Departure of EPA Midwest Administrator

WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2008 (ENS) – The circumstances surrounding the resignation of Mary Gade, formerly the U.S. EPA’s regional administrator for the Midwest, are under investigation by an environmental committee of the U.S. Senate. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman Barbara Boxer of California and committee member Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island,…

Mercury Released from Products Down by 88 Percent

Article: Mercury Released from Products Down by 88 Percent

CHICAGO, Illinois, May 8, 2008 (ENS) – Mercury released from products such as thermometers and dental amalgam is much lower now than it was in 1990, but such releases continue to be a dangerous source of environmental contamination, according to new research conducted by an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. Releases…

EPA Petitioned to Stop Sale of 260 Products Containing Nano-Silver

Article: EPA Petitioned to Stop Sale of 260 Products Containing Nano-Silver

WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of consumer, health, and environmental groups Thursday filed a legal petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, demanding that the agency use its authority to regulate pesticides to stop the sale of more than 260 consumer products using nanosized versions of silver. The legal action is…

Hazwaste a Threat to Chicago's Bridgeport Neighborhood

Article: Hazwaste a Threat to Chicago's Bridgeport Neighborhood

CHICAGO, Illinois, April 30, 2008 (ENS) – A defunct metal plating company in a Chicago residential area has left its property littered with drums full of hazardous waste that state environmental officials warn are a danger to the surrounding community. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Doug Scott has asked the state Attorney General’s Office to…

Pledge To Make Earth Day Every Day With Energy Star

Article: Pledge To Make Earth Day Every Day With Energy Star

It is good to know what your government is doing in regards to the state of the environment. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started a program called Energy Star in 1992. Energy Star is a voluntary organization that entreats companies who make electrical devices to include a special label on their products. In order…

Boston's Charles River Cleaner Now Than Ever

Article: Boston's Charles River Cleaner Now Than Ever

BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 28, 2008 (ENS) – The Charles River now has the best water quality for boating and swimming since the intensive Clean Charles Initiative began in 1995, federal and state environment officials said Friday. However, there still is growing concern about elevated levels of nutrients from stormwater runoff, especially phosphorus. The U.S. Environmental…

Texas Names 2008 Environmental Award Winners

Article: Texas Names 2008 Environmental Award Winners

AUSTIN, Texas, April 23, 2008 (ENS) – A small North Texas woman whose volunteer efforts have made a big impact on the environment and a $14 million restoration project that has brought a desolate South Texas wetlands back to life are among 11 innovative projects and people across the state to be recognized with the…

Brief Smog Exposure Linked to Premature Death

Article: Brief Smog Exposure Linked to Premature Death

WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2008 (ENS) – Exposures of less than 24 hours to current levels of ground-level ozone in many areas are likely to contribute to premature deaths, finds a new National Research Council report. Ozone, a key component of smog, can cause respiratory problems and other health effects. In addition, evidence of a…

Copper Firm Asarco Will Cleanse Employees' Yards of Toxics

Article: Copper Firm Asarco Will Cleanse Employees' Yards of Toxics

HAYDEN, Arizona, April 20, 2008 (ENS) – In response to a demand for cleanup by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, copper mining, smelting and refining giant Asarco says it will conduct contamination investigations and remove arsenic, lead and copper contaminated soil in the adjacent Arizona towns of Hayden and Winkleman. In addition, the Tucson-based company…

California's Top Environment Official in China

Article: California's Top Environment Official in China

SACRAMENTO, California, April 17, 2008 (ENS) – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has sent the head of the California Environmental Protection Agency to Beijing to participate in events that support China’s efforts to address climate change. Cal/EPA Secretary Linda Adams says she arrived in Beijing today to hazy skies, “the Sun actually darkened by dirty air.” “But…

New Rule Requires Cleaner Aircraft Drinking Water

Article: New Rule Requires Cleaner Aircraft Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, DC, April 14, 2008 (ENS) – Drinking water aboard aircraft may be safer for passengers and crews under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Aircraft Drinking Water Rule tailors existing drinking water regulations to fit the unique characteristics of aircraft public water systems in an attempt to protect the…

Refinery Water Pollution Costs ConocoPhillips $1.2 Million

Article: Refinery Water Pollution Costs ConocoPhillips $1.2 Million

HOUSTON, Texas, April 7, 2008 (ENS) – ConocoPhillips, an international energy company headquartered in Houston, has agreed to pay a $1.2 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at a petroleum refinery it operates in the city of Borger, located in the Texas panhandle. The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental…

EPA Chief Reluctant to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

Article: EPA Chief Reluctant to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2008 (ENS) – The public will have an opportunity to comment before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency takes any action to regulate the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, EPA chief Stephen Johnson told members of Congress in a letter on Thursday. Johnson said he will solicit public input through an…

Love Field Airport in Dallas Cuts Harmful Chemicals

Article: Love Field Airport in Dallas Cuts Harmful Chemicals

DALLAS, Texas, March 21, 2008 (ENS) – After eliminating 4,000 pounds of harmful chemicals, the management of Dallas Love Field airport is pledging to reduce 1,000 additional pounds as part of a national program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The airport plans to reduce 1,000 pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs, as part of…

EPA Targets Export of Ancient PCB-Laden Cruise Ship

Article: EPA Targets Export of Ancient PCB-Laden Cruise Ship

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 18, 2008 (ENS) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a federal complaint against Global Shipping and Global Marketing Systems, Inc. for distribution in commerce and export of materials containing PCBs on the old cruise liner MV Oceanic, formerly the SS Independence. The ship is being sent by Global to…

Jacksonville Will Clean Incinerator Ash From Superfund Sites

Article: Jacksonville Will Clean Incinerator Ash From Superfund Sites

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – The city of Jacksonville, Florida has agreed to clean up two Superfund sites located within the city limits at an estimated cost of $94 million, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The settlement also requires the city to reimburse all costs incurred by the…