volatile organic compounds

Ohio EPA Launches Air Emissions Banking System

Ohio EPA Launches Air Emissions Banking System

COLUMBUS, Ohio, January 21, 2009 (ENS) – The Ohio EPA has introduced a new online voluntary air emissions credit banking system to make it easier for companies to build or expand in Ohio counties that cannot meet federal air quality standards. Currently, 32 out of Ohio’s 88 counties do not meet federal standards for particulate…

Energy Dept. Fined for Failing to Clean Groundwater at Livermore Lab

Energy Dept. Fined for Failing to Clean Groundwater at Livermore Lab

SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 7, 2009 (ENS) – Groundwater on and around the site of the U.S. Energy Department’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is contaminated with volatile organic compounds and chromium from activities at the nuclear weapons research site, yet the DOE has halted cleanup, putting the drinking water supply of local communities at risk.…

Florida Fines Lockheed Martin $50,000 for Tainted Water Discharge

Florida Fines Lockheed Martin $50,000 for Tainted Water Discharge

TALLEVAST, Florida, October 13, 2008 (ENS) – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection today reached a legal agreement with defense contractor Lockheed Martin to resolve violations that occurred when about 5,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was released from the company’s on-site pump and treat system in the small town of Tallevast on Florida’s west coast.…

Radioactivity, Arsenic Contaminate New Jersey Drinking Water

Radioactivity, Arsenic Contaminate New Jersey Drinking Water

TRENTON, New Jersey, August 28, 2008 (ENS) – Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents are drinking polluted water from private wells, according to a new state report, and radioactive contamination is the most common violation of state standards. The new report from the state Private Well Testing Act Program covers the five-year period from…

Seven Texas Petrochemical Plants Must Stop Air Pollution

Seven Texas Petrochemical Plants Must Stop Air Pollution

AUSTIN, Texas, August 27, 2008 (ENS) – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has resolved the state’s environmental enforcement action against two Lyondell Chemical Company subsidiaries that operated seven petrochemical plants in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. Under an agreed final judgment proposed by the state, defendants Equistar Chemicals and Millenium Petrochemicals Inc. will each…

Breathing Dust and Soot Raises Risk of Stroke

Breathing Dust and Soot Raises Risk of Stroke

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, June 2, 2008 (ENS) – Short-term exposure to low levels of particulate air pollution may increase the risk of stroke or mini-stroke, according to new research conducted in Texas that suggests current exposure standards are not sufficient to protect the public. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United…

Waste Beer Ethanol to Fuel Democratic Convention Motorpool

Waste Beer Ethanol to Fuel Democratic Convention Motorpool

DENVER, Colorado, May 22, 2008 (ENS) – The flex-fuel vehicles at this summer’s Democratic National Convention will be running on waste beer, thanks to the Molson Coors Brewing Company. Molson Coors, along with its U.S. subsidiary, Coors Brewing Company, will be the Official E85 Ethanol Producer for the convention, which is set for August 25…

Self-cleaning Paint Uses Light to Cleanse Walls

Self-cleaning Paint Uses Light to Cleanse Walls

CORAL GABLES, Florida, April 27, 2008 (ENS) – It sounds like something out of a householder’s fantasy – walls covered with self-cleaning paint that repels dirt and grime. But this new kind of paint is a reality now being tested on the walls of research lab at the University of Miami College of Engineering. The…

New U.S. Smog Rules Clouded by Controversy

New U.S. Smog Rules Clouded by Controversy

WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration has tightened federal air quality standards for smog-forming ozone, but not to the extent recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific advisers. The decision was met with dismay by state and local air quality officials, public health advocates and environmental groups, who contend the…

'A Civil Action' River to Be Cleaned at Superfund Site

'A Civil Action' River to Be Cleaned at Superfund Site

WOBURN, Massachusetts, March 3, 2008 (ENS) – Dredging of the Aberjona River and off-site disposal of contaminated sediments are included in a $31 million settlement agreement reached Wednesday between two companies and the federal government to handle cleanup at the Industri-Plex Superfund Site in Woburn, 12 miles north of Boston The Pharmacia Corporation, a successor…

Sinclair Oil Agrees to Pollution Controls Worth $72 Million

Sinclair Oil Agrees to Pollution Controls Worth $72 Million

WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2008 (ENS) – Sinclair Oil Corp. has agreed to pay a $2.45 million civil penalty to state and federal governments and spend more than $72 million for new and upgraded pollution controls to reduce air pollution from the company’s three refineries. The settlement resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act…

Ace Hardware Fined $850,000 for Selling Polluting Wiper Fluid

Ace Hardware Fined $850,000 for Selling Polluting Wiper Fluid

SACRAMENTO, California, January 10, 2008 (ENS) – In its largest consumer product settlement ever, the California Air Resources Board has fined Ace Hardware $850,000 for selling windshield washer fluid in stores throughout the state that failed to meet California air emissions requirements. ARB cited the hardware chain for selling windshield fluid that was specially formulated…

U.S. Clean Fuel Programs Have Helped to Clear the Air

U.S. Clean Fuel Programs Have Helped to Clear the Air

WASHINGTON, DC, January 4, 2008 (ENS) – Toxic emissions from gas-burning motor vehicles have been reduced over the past 12 years due to federal clean fuel programs and reformulated gasoline, a new federal government report shows. Changes in gasoline composition to comply with federal clean fuel programs between 1995 and 2005 resulted in emission reductions…

Avoid Indoor Air Pollution in Your Home

Avoid Indoor Air Pollution in Your Home

The air inside our homes can be pretty bad for us, as we talked about yesterday, but what to do? We’ve learned a few tricks to keep the air inside your home fresh, clean, and toxin-free. Take a look and breathe easier. 1) A collection of the right plants can help filter your air from…

Breathe Easy: An Intro to Indoor Air Pollution

Breathe Easy: An Intro to Indoor Air Pollution

Pollution from power plants, cars, and other transportation is a well-known contributor to outdoor air pollution, but indoor air pollution is often worse; it can be up to 10 times worse for you than the air outside. Microbial pollutants like mold, pet dander and plant pollen can combine with chemicals like radon and volatile organic…

How to Have a Green Barbeque

How to Have a Green Barbeque

Here in the US, there’s, family fun and maybe a little backyard barbeque. For regular readers of this blog, it will come as no surprise that there are a plethora of ways to heat up the grill and have a good time while keeping the environmental impact to a minimum. So we’l start with the…

Designer Spotlight: Q Collection

Designer Spotlight: Q Collection

At TreeHugger, we embrace design as part of the solution to a healthier, greener, more livable planet; we all need stuff (though not too much) and all that stuff needs to be designed by someone; the more sustainability in incorporated into design, the better, and the better the design is, the more people will want…