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Getting The Lead Out

About 250,000 children in the United States have high levels of lead in their systems, say the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.

Covering Up Only Makes Crime Worse

Greek Shipping Company Sentenced in New Orleans to Pay $2 Million for Intentional Cover-Up of Oil Pollution and Obstruction of Justice

New Research can Save Tropical Forests

Scientists from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have investigated how much carbon the natural forests of Sri Lanka contain. The results are important for work to reduce deforestation of tropical countries, and for international negotiations in climate policy relating to a new climate agreement.

Radiation Risks from Fukushima are Likely to be Less than for Chernobyl

Radiation exposures to the public in Japan from meltdowns at three Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant reactors in the wake of last year’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and 45-foot tsunami have been less than what people were exposed to in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster a quarter century ago, according to two experts who spoke at a daylong symposium at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) marking the anniversary of the catastrophe in Japan.

Alleged Clean Air Violation Notice Issued

EPA Region 7 Issues Notice of Violation to Grain Processing Corporation, Inc., of Muscatine, Iowa, for Clean Air Act Issues

Small Cluster of Nations Found to Dominate Global Trading Web of Food, Water

It's not easy, or economically feasible, to ship freshwater across the globe. But when scientists use food as a proxy for that water - taking into account how much crops are irrigated and livestock are fed - they can get a glimpse of the flow of freshwater between countries. When one research group studied this "virtual water network," they found that the interconnectedness between countries has almost doubled over the last two decades - potentially lending some resiliency to the water trade.

Lead Sampling in Big River Flood Plain

EPA to Host April 5 Session in Byrnes Mill, Mo., to Discuss Residential Lead Sampling in Big River Floodplain of Southwest Jefferson County

Best Practices in Solar Energy Production Highlighted in New Report

Survey of Over 100 Solar Manufacturers Reveal Current Environmental, Worker Safety, and Fiduciary Considerations



EPA Proposes First Carbon Pollution Standard for Future Power Plants

Achievable standard is in line with investments already being made and will inform the building of new plants moving forward.

New Tool Developed to Assess Global Freshwater Stress

A new method to make better use of vast amounts of data related to global geography, population and climate may help determine the relative importance of population increases vs. climate change.

Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Wins Civil Engineering Award

The 2012 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award was presented March 22 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

EPA and LA Water Board Set Strict New Pollution Reduction Plans for 175 Waterways in Los Angeles Area

Action Culminates 13 Year Effort, Eliminating Beach Closures, Reducing Trash and Toxic Chemicals in Waters

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Compost Receives Approval for Use in Organic Farming

Rhode Islanders no longer need to make a trip to their local home improvement store for high-quality compost – they can literally find it in their own backyards.

Study Shows UN Hits Water Target, but 1.8 Billion People still Drinking Unsafe Water

Recent widespread news coverage heralded the success of a United Nations' goal of greatly improving access to safe drinking water around the world.

Ecologist Simulates Climate Change with Infrared Heaters

Climate change is leading to higher temperatures around the world, forcing plants, trees and animals to adapt to new conditions or relocate, often to higher elevations. But the process is gradual, and the effects of climate warming can usually only be observed over the course of years and decades.

Idaho Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Failed to Disclose Chemical Releases

US Ecology Idaho, Inc., a hazardous waste disposal site in Grand View, Idaho, failed to report the on-site disposal of thousands of pounds of chemicals at its facility, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company has corrected the violations of the Toxics Release Inventory Program and will pay a fine.

Development Agreement for Seawater Desalination Project in Dahej, Gujarat, India

A consortium comprising Hitachi, Ltd., ITOCHU Corporation and Hyflux Ltd. (collectively known as the "Consortium") signed a Co-Developer Agreement ("CDA") with Dahej SEZ Ltd. ("DSL"), the management company of Dahej Special Economic Zone ("Dahej SEZ") in Gujarat, located in Western India, in relation to the implementation of a seawater desalination project (the "Project") in Dahej SEZ.

On NYC Streets, Big Test for Competing Pothole Machines

The Python pothole-filling machine is operated by one person from inside the vehicle’s cab, which maximizes safety and efficiency, according to Mayor Bloomberg’s office. A Rosco machine also is being tested.

A Warming Antarctic Brings Changes to Penguin Breeding Cycles

Three penguin species that share the Western Antarctic Peninsula for breeding grounds have been affected in different ways by the higher temperatures brought on by global warming, according to Stony Brook University Ecology and Evolution Assistant Professor Heather Lynch and colleagues. The work by Lynch and her team is contained in three papers that have been published online in Polar Biology, Ecology and Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS).