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Urban Schools Near Industries to Be Monitored for Air Toxics

Article: Urban Schools Near Industries to Be Monitored for Air Toxics

WASHINGTON, DC, March 2, 2009 (ENS) – Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said today that the agency will begin a new initiative to measure levels of air contamination near many schools across the country, particularly those located near large industries and in urban areas. The $2.25 million initiative will be the…

Anti-Coal Protesters Block Gates to Capitol Power Plant

Article: Anti-Coal Protesters Block Gates to Capitol Power Plant

WASHINGTON, DC, March 2, 2009 (ENS) – Several thousand demonstrators marched through chilly winds and snow to the Capitol’s coal-fired power plant today in a bid to attract the attention of lawmakers to the dangers of climate change. An estimated 2,500 protesters organized by Capitol Climate Action blocked the five main gates to the Capitol…

House Votes to Expand Marine Sanctuaries on California Coast

Article: House Votes to Expand Marine Sanctuaries on California Coast

WASHINGTON, DC, March 31, 2008 (ENS) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to protect one of the nation’s most biologically important stretches of coastal waters. The measure would increase the size of two existing marine sanctuaries along the coast of Northern California to safeguard a unique upwelling marine ecosystem. The House approved H.R.…

Washington Nationals Open First Green U.S. Ballpark

Article: Washington Nationals Open First Green U.S. Ballpark

WASHINGTON, DC, March 29, 2008 (ENS) – When the Washington Nationals host the Atlanta Braves in Sunday’s nationally televised baseball season opener, they will play at the first green-built ballpark in the United States. Completed just in time for Opening Day, the new 41,000-plus seat Nationals Park is the first U.S. stadium to achieve environmental…

Groups Contest Pollution Reporting Exemption for Factory Farms

Article: Groups Contest Pollution Reporting Exemption for Factory Farms

WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2008 (ENS) – More than 70 groups from 27 states are objecting to a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would exempt factory farms from reporting emissions of hazardous gases from animal waste. The public interest law firm Earthjustice submitted formal comments on behalf of the groups, which include…

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…

Tribal Wildlife Grants Benefit Rare and Endangered Species

Article: Tribal Wildlife Grants Benefit Rare and Endangered Species

WASHINGTON, DC, March 25, 2008 (ENS) – In Idaho, the Nez Perce Tribe will receive $200,000 in federal grant funding to assist in the restoration of bighorn sheep and their habitat along the Salmon River. The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes will receive $197,000 to restore the swift fox on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and…

Floating LNG Terminal OKd for Long Island Sound

Article: Floating LNG Terminal OKd for Long Island Sound

WASHINGTON, DC, March 25, 2008 (ENS) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC, Thursday unanimously approved Broadwater Energy’s proposal to build and operate the first floating terminal for the storage and delivery of liquefied natural gas in the United States. Broadwater Energy, a joint venture between Shell Oil and TransCanada Corporation, has proposed to permanently…

If Natural Disaster Strikes Along the U.S-Mexico Border

Article: If Natural Disaster Strikes Along the U.S-Mexico Border

WASHINGTON, DC, March 20, 2008 (ENS) – Hurricanes, mudslides, tornados, wildfires and earthquakes – these natural disasters are difficult to overcome no matter where they happen, but when they occur along the U.S.-Mexican border, the difficulties are multiplied. Two languages, two sets of laws and regulations, and lack of formal avenues of cooperation are some…

Government Scientists Seek Protection Under New Whistleblower Bill

Article: Government Scientists Seek Protection Under New Whistleblower Bill

WASHINGTON, DC, March 19, 2008 (ENS) – Four dozen groups spanning the political spectrum sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Tuesday urging lawmakers to include scientists who work for the federal government in pending legislation designed to strengthen protection for whistleblowers. The coalition of academic, consumer, environmental, government reform and health groups, which includes…

Reebok Fined Record $1 Million for Leaden Bracelets

Article: Reebok Fined Record $1 Million for Leaden Bracelets

WASHINGTON, DC, March 19, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today that Reekbok, a manufacturer of athletic shoes and apparel, has agreed to pay the federal government a one million dollar civil penalty. This fine is the largest ever imposed for a violation of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. In agreeing…

U.S. Power Plant Carbon Emissions Zoom in 2007

Article: U.S. Power Plant Carbon Emissions Zoom in 2007

WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2008 (ENS) – The biggest single year increase in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants in nine years occurred in 2007, finds a new analysis by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project. The finding of a 2.9 percent rise in carbon dioxide emissions over 2006 is based on an analysis…

Greener Clothes Washers Coming to a Store Near You

Article: Greener Clothes Washers Coming to a Store Near You

WASHINGTON, DC, March 17, 2008 (ENS) – Next year, clothes washers that are much more efficient than current appliances will be coming on the market. The new washers will have to use less water than those now on sale, and they also must be more energy efficient. As of July 1, 2009, manufacturers will have…

New U.S. Smog Rules Clouded by Controversy

Article: 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…

Wolverine Denied Endangered Species Protection

Article: Wolverine Denied Endangered Species Protection

WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration announced today that it has no obligation to protect endangered wildlife, provided their U.S. populations are contiguous with larger populations in Canada or Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it has determined that protecting the wolverine in the contiguous United States as a…

Nationalwide Ban on New Power Plants Without CO2 Controls Proposed

Article: Nationalwide Ban on New Power Plants Without CO2 Controls Proposed

WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – Two powerful House Democrats Tuesday introduced legislation that would require new coal-fired electric generating plants to use state-of-the-art control technology to capture and sequester emissions of carbon dioxide, CO2, the primary greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. Congressman Henry Waxman of California, who chairs the House Government Oversight…

W.R. Grace Hit With Record Superfund Fine for Libby Asbestos

Article: W.R. Grace Hit With Record Superfund Fine for Libby Asbestos

WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – W.R. Grace, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, has agreed to pay $250 million, the highest sum in the history of the Superfund program, to reimburse the federal government for the costs of the investigation and cleanup of asbestos contamination in the town of Libby, Montana, the Justice…

U.S. Transport Systems Vulnerable to Climate Change

Article: U.S. Transport Systems Vulnerable to Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Every mode of transportation in the United States will be affected as the climate warms, with the greatest impact expected to be flooding of roads, railways, transit systems, and airport runways in coastal areas because of rising sea levels and surges brought on by more intense storms, says…

Pharmaceuticals Again Found in U.S. Drinking Water

Article: Pharmaceuticals Again Found in U.S. Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, DC, March 10, 2008 (ENS) – Drugs taken for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems contaminate drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, according to a report by the Associated Press National Investigation Team released today. These findings confirm a 2002 report by the U.S. Geological Survey…

Water Contamination Suit Filed Against Dickson County, Tennessee

Article: Water Contamination Suit Filed Against Dickson County, Tennessee

WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2008 (ENS) – The Natural Resources Defense Council and two residents of Dickson, Tennessee have filed a lawsuit against the Dickson County and city governments. They allege that trichloroethylene, TCE, an industrial chemical disposed at the Dickson Landfill that has been linked to neurological and developmental harm and cancer, poses an…

Feds Halt Financing for New Rural Coal Plants

Article: Feds Halt Financing for New Rural Coal Plants

WASHINGTON, DC, March 5, 2008 (ENS) – The federal government is suspending its loan program for new coal plants in rural communities. The Rural Utility Service announced today that due in part to uncertainty over litigation, it will not fund new coal plants in 2008 and 2009. A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,…

Bush: America Must 'Get Off Oil'

Article: Bush: America Must 'Get Off Oil'

WASHINGTON, DC, March 5, 2008 (ENS) – “This conference will seem unbelievably outdated within a decade,” President George W. Bush today told participants at WIREC 2008, the third global ministerial-level conference on renewable energy, taking place at the Washington Convention Center. “People will marvel about how far technology has helped change our habits and change…

Park Rangers Would Shoot Down Plan to Lift Gun Restrictions

Article: Park Rangers Would Shoot Down Plan to Lift Gun Restrictions

WASHINGTON, DC, March 4, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration is taking aim at longstanding regulations that ban individuals from bringing loaded weapons into many U.S. national parks. New rules that would relax the firearm restrictions will be formally proposed by the U.S. Interior Department within the next two months, despite fierce opposition from current…

Bush Administration Sued Over Penguins Harmed by Warming

Article: Bush Administration Sued Over Penguins Harmed by Warming

WASHINGTON, DC, March 1, 2008 (ENS) – Concerned that 10 penguin species are threatened by global warming, the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit against the Bush administration Friday for failing to take action to protect these penguin species threatened by global warming under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit, brought against Secretary of Interior…

Clean Energy Corps Proposed to Create Jobs, Fight Global Warming

Article: Clean Energy Corps Proposed to Create Jobs, Fight Global Warming

WASHINGTON, DC, March 2, 2009 (ENS) – More than 80 labor, environmental, civic, and policy organizations have endorsed a proposal to secure America’s economic recovery and environmental health by applying energy-efficient measures to over 15 million existing buildings – from adding insulation to replacing inefficient boilers. The Clean Energy Corps would combine job creation, service,…