Environmental Protection


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.

EPA Proposes First Mercury Pollution Standard on Power Plants

The rule reportedly eliminates 20 years of uncertainty related to emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gas emissions.

Coal-fired Generators Will Complete 340 Projects in 2011

McIlvaine estimates the investment in clean air technology will be more than $21 billion.

EPA Updates Air Toxics' Assessment with 2005 Data

The assessment shows that between 1990 and 2005, air toxic emissions were reduced by about 42 percent from industrial and mobile sources.

TCEQ Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein

Texas Senate Confirms TCEQ Commissioner Rubinstein

Eighteen months after his appointment, Rubinstein earns Senate approval and pledges to practice responsible stewardship and grow the economy.

Manufacturer Receives 'Logical Consequences' for Alleged RTK Violations

New Haven, Conn., chemical manufacturer H. Krevit and Co. will spend $36,000 on emergency response equipment for the fire department as part of the settlement in a right-to-know case.

N.J. Proposes Easing Some Strict Compliance in Favor of Economic Growth

Used under limited circumstances, the rule would allow the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to waive strict compliance when such action would not compromise the environment or public health.

EPA Awards $32M to Understand Health Impacts of Air Pollution

The research centers will explore the health impacts on children and older citizens to determine which health effects occur at different life stages.

Water Reclamation Facility Uses OHxyPhogg to Reduce Odors

According to Parkson, the fog creates a chemical reaction that reduces or eliminates odorous compounds as well as operating costs.

EPA Extends GHG Reporting Deadline; Online Platform Not Ready Yet

The agency said it expects to have the reporting tool available by this summer.

Joseph DeMatteo

DeMatteo Sentenced for Emissions Testing Scam

The former fugitive received five months of home detention, three years of probation, and was ordered to pay $100.

PowerTrain to Pay $2M for Selling Engines that Failed to Meet Air Standards

The company imported nearly 80,000 non-road engines or equipment that were not covered by a Clean Air Act-required certificate of conformity.

ITT Analytics' Instrumentation Is 'Out of this World'

NASA has the company's total organic carbon analyzer and conductivity temperature meter onboard the space shuttle Discovery, which made its last trip to the International Space Station last week.

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.

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