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Damping Down High Heating Costs With Conservation

Article: Damping Down High Heating Costs With Conservation

WASHINGTON, DC, October 7, 2008 (ENS) – Heating costs this winter are expected to go through the roof, according to the federal Energy Information Agency, but residents can keep more of the warmth inside by inspecting home heating equipment now and by following simple, effective energy conservation measures, Average household expenditures for all space-heating fuels…

States, Enviros Warn EPA Over Ship, Aircraft Emissions

Article: States, Enviros Warn EPA Over Ship, Aircraft Emissions

WASHINGTON, DC, August 3, 2008 (ENS) – Formal letters warning of impending lawsuits over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to address greenhouse gas emissions from ocean-going ships and aircraft have been filed by four state attorneys general, three state agencies, New York City and a coalition of conservation groups. The conservation groups’ notice of…

Pennsylvania Lawmakers, Groups Urge Forested Streamside Buffers

Article: Pennsylvania Lawmakers, Groups Urge Forested Streamside Buffers

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 18, 2008 (ENS) – A proposal that would require all new developments in Pennsylvania to protect rivers and streams on their properties with a forested strip of land at least 100 feet wide was presented today to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, DEP. The Pennsylvania Campaign for Clean Water launched the…

Mercury Makes Recycling Compact Fluorescents a Chore

Article: Mercury Makes Recycling Compact Fluorescents a Chore

HARRISBURGH, Pennsylvania, April 6, 2008 (ENS) – Compact fluorescent light bulbs can save up to 75 percent of the energy used by traditional light bulbs and save householders money too, but a lack of options on where to recycle the mercury-containing bulbs may make some consumers reluctant to adopt the popular technology. To help encourage…

Battery Company Faces $10,000/Day Fines for Overflows

Article: Battery Company Faces $10,000/Day Fines for Overflows

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 3, 2008 (ENS) – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has ordered Exide Technologies of Reading to clean and maintain an industrial wastewater discharge line that resulted in unpermitted discharges from the city’s stormwater system. Lime deposits inside the discharge pipe have shrunk the internal diameter, causing backups that overflow the system.…

Turning Contaminated Properties into Shopping Centers

Article: Turning Contaminated Properties into Shopping Centers

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, February 4, 2008 (ENS) – Philadelphia will host redevelopers of contaminated properties on February 12 when the Northeast Brownfields Development Forum comes to the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. Billed as an educational and deal making event, owners of contaminated properties are welcome to attend the brownfield redevelopment and property transaction forum. The one day…

States Petition EPA to Control Climate Gases from Nonroad Engines

Article: States Petition EPA to Control Climate Gases from Nonroad Engines

SACRAMENTO, California, January 28, 2008 (ENS) – California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. will host a news conference Tuesday announcing a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to adopt greenhouse gas emissions standards for nonroad vehicles, engines and equipment. Other states, government agencies, and national environmental organizations that are joining…

Pennsylvania Hospital Found Throwing Medical Waste in Landfills

Article: Pennsylvania Hospital Found Throwing Medical Waste in Landfills

WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania, January 25, 2008 (ENS) – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection today fined the Pocono Medical Center $100,000 for illegally disposing and managing infectious and chemotherapeutic waste in 2006. Pocono Medical Center is an acute-care, not-for-profit community hospital in in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County. “The medical center was not following procedures for separating…