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Congress Considers Reform of U.S. Chemicals Control Law

Congress Considers Reform of U.S. Chemicals Control Law

WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2009 (ENS) – The U.S. chemical regulatory system is failing to protect public health and the environment and is in dire need of reform, experts told a House panel Thursday. The legal hurdles of existing law make it virtually impossible for the federal government to limit or ban the use of…

Commercial Ship Discharges Now Need Clean Water Permit

Commercial Ship Discharges Now Need Clean Water Permit

WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2008 (ENS) – A new general permit will reduce releases of 26 types of discharges from vessels operating in U.S. waters, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Beginning today, some 61,000 domestically flagged commercial vessels and 8,000 foreign flagged vessels will need to comply with the discharge permit. As a…

EPA Kills Controversial Yazoo Pumps Flood Control Project

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…

Six Estuaries Across the Country First to Be Climate Ready

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…

New Rule Requires Cleaner Aircraft Drinking Water

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…