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Studies Estimate Cost of Environmental Disease in Children at $76.6B Per Year

In three new studies published in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs, Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers reveal the staggering economic impact of toxic chemicals and air pollutants in the environment, and propose new legislation to mandate testing of new chemicals and also those already on the market.

Colorado Petroleum Distributors to Pay $2.5 Million For Illegally Mixing, Distributing Gasoline

The action ensures that gasoline meets fuel quality and performance standards, and protects people’s health by reducing harmful VOC emissions.

EPA Proposes Stronger Emissions Standards for Secondary Lead Smelters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stronger air toxics standards for secondary lead smelters, which would improve air quality and protect people’s health in communities where the smelters are located.

Chevrolet Begins Selling Volt in Canada

Dealers in selected Canadian markets began taking orders for the Volt May 2.

Mercury

Most Mercury Waste Regulations Fail to Account for Vapor Release

Chemical transport regulations don't always take into consideration the fact that mercury vaporizes at room temperature.

EPA Fines Oregon Freeze Dry for Failing to Report Ammonia Release

Oregon Freeze Dry Inc. will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $3,323 for its failure to report an estimated 422 pounds of anhydrous ammonia released at its food freeze dryer facility in Albany, Ore.

Five Eastern Washington Gas Stations Fined for Violating Federal Air Rules on Tribal Land

Three companies operating five gas stations in eastern Washington will pay more than $8,000 for violating federal air rules on tribal land, according to several orders issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Northeast Utilities Chooses Enviance Software for Managing Emissions

New England’s largest utility to implement Environmental ERP solution to comply with regulations and corporate sustainability programs.



CAA Settlement Requires TVA to Invest Up to $5.3B

EPA says state-of-the-art pollution controls and clean energy technology in many of the corporate agency's coal-fired power plants should provide up to $27 billion in annual health benefits.

Alcoa Teams with Codex, CO2 Solutions on Carbon Capture

A pilot program will test the ability of proprietary enzyme technologies to reduce the environmental impact of industrial byproducts.

Deadlines for rules covering manufacturers that use fabrication and finishing processes are closing in.

Preparing for 2011 Fabrication and Finishing Rules

Manufacturers that use welding in their operations should get ready to meet this year's notification deadlines for Clean Air Act emission regulation.

Burning trash in the backyard is illegal in many states.

Wisconsin DNR Reminds Residents of Trash Burning Rules

The state agency says that burning trash and landfilling or burning recyclable materials are prohibited by state law.

Fisher Sand & Gravel to Pay Fine, Implement EMS in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality settled air and water quality violations with the company at a cost of $312,000, part of which will pay for the company's environmental management system.

Can't Afford a Volt? Try a Fuel Conversion System Instead

EPA streamlines regulations for car and truck fuel conversion systems with new options that encourage innovation and maintain air quality protections.

NESCAUM Reports Coal Plants Can Comply with New Clean Air Rules

The Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management has released a report that claims pollution control technologies are available and already at work in many plants.

U.S. Army soldiers run after getting of a Blackhawk helicopter during an air assault mission in Ludifiyah, Iraq, in 2008. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Del Vecchio

U.S. Troops in Iraq Are Exposed to Fine Particulate Matter

Although the long-term health effects are not known, soldiers stationed in Iraq don't have the protection of air quality and toxic heavy metals regulations.

Power Profiler Allows Users to See Emissions, Electric Sources

EPA has updated its emissions and generation database, or eGrid, with 2007 data, allowing users to access the information using ZIP codes.

Proposed Toxics Rule Will Not Compromise Electric System Reliability

The Clean Energy Group, which is a coalition of electric power companies, has reviewed the proposal and says the rule allows for some compliance flexibility.

Ozone Levels Pose Health Risk Even Below Current U.S. Air Safety Standard (with Video)

Researchers found that breathing a level of ozone at 0.06 parts per million (ppm), which is below the current U.S. standard of 0.075 ppm, can decrease lung function in healthy young adults.

Black Dog plant. Image courtesy Xcel Energy.

Xcel Energy Plans to Repower Black Dog Plant

Coal-fired units would be replaced with natural gas-fired units at the Burnsville, Minn., facility.

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