Environmental Protection

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EPA Approves More Ozone-Friendly Coolant for Car Air Conditioning Systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued final approval for a new motor vehicle air conditioning system refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer.

Researcher: Consider Rivers’ Carbon Dioxide Output in Climate Change Models

Freshwater ecologist Dr. Tom Battin, of the University of Vienna, told a COST ESF Frontiers of Science conference in October that our understanding of how rivers and streams deal with organic carbon has changed radically.

Dust Storm

Study Projects Drier Conditions Will Accelerate Dust Storms in the Southwest

Drier conditions projected to result from climate change in the Southwest will likely reduce perennial vegetation cover and result in increased dust storm activity in the future, according to a new study by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Final Boiler, Incinerator Rules Cut Compliance Costs in Initial Proposals

EPA says it is proposing "sensible standards" that will provide significant public health benefits while cutting costs by nearly 50 percent; the agency is offering these standards for additional public review and comment.

LA Man Pleads Guilty to Asbestos Work Practice Conspiracy

John Bostick apparently knew the building's ceiling contained asbestos but failed to tell workers, who were not trained in correct work practice techniques.

Jacksonville, Fla., Utility Selects BioAir to Control Odors

The filter units use structured plastic synthetic media to remove hydrogen sulfide and other odor-causing chemicals.

TCEQ Fines DCP Midstream, Citgo Refining for Records' Review Issues

Some of the penalty money will support supplemental environmental projects on clean school buses and tire cleanup.

EPA Seeks Public Comment on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

The agency is reporting that overall greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 6 percent in 2009.



Which EPA Rules Are Outmoded?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on its plan to review regulations.

Renovation Construction Manager Pleads Guilty to Asbestos Crimes

Russell Coco faces one year in prison and could be fined up to $250,000; a trial for Bob Knapp, the building owner, is set for Feb. 28.

PNNL Study: Worldwide Sulfur Emissions Rose between 2000 and 2005

Shipping and growing Chinese economy top growth in analysis of 150 years of emissions.

USDA Forest Service has proposed a new planning rule.

Forest Service Proposes Planning Rule, Seeks Comment

The rule provides a collaborative and science-based framework for creating land management plans that would support ecological sustainability and contribute to rural job opportunities.

Attorneys General Urge Upton to Let Toxic Emissions Rules Stand

New York's Schneiderman warns that proposed resolution would weaken protections from mercury emitted by cement plants.

15 Facilities Turn in Coal Ash Impoundment Action Plans

EPA is making the plans, which describe how companies are making their impoundments safer, available through its website.

N.J. Governor Joining Legal Action against Pennsylvania Power Plant

New Jersey has taken legal action against another out-of-state coal-fired power plant that is spewing pollutants into the air and impacting the state.

Cemex to Pay $1.4M for Clean Air Act Violations

The company also will install control technologies that will reduce nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide emissions emanating from its Fairborn, Ohio plant.

EPA Submits Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan to Independent Scientists for Review

EPA submitted its draft study plan on hydraulic fracturing for review to the agency’s Science Advisory Board, a group of independent scientists.

There's an App for Tracking Air Pollution

University at Buffalo researchers are creating a new and unusual app for the smart phone: tracking air pollution.

Petrol Stations Pollute Their Immediate Surroundings

Researchers from the University of Murcia have studied the effects of contamination at petrol stations that is potentially harmful to health, which can be noted in buildings less than 100 meters from the service stations.

Pollution Controls Used During China Olympics Could Save Lives If Continued

The air pollution control measures that were put in place in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games – if continued – would cut almost in half the lifetime risk of lung cancer for the area's residents from certain inhaled pollutants.

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