Environmental Protection


Clean Hands Report: Americans Get a B- on Hand Hygiene

U.S. citizens appear to be embracing hand hygiene more than in past years. But not all of us are cleaning our hands as often as we should – especially with the threat of the H1N1 flu virus.

U.S. Orders More Vaccine from Pharmaceutical Companies

MedImmune, Sanofi Pasteur get orders for 56 million more doses of the vaccine for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.

EPA Fines 3 Bulk Storage Facilities for SPCC Issues

Marina Del Ray, Seaway Marina and Carlo Ditta paid fines and provided certification that deficiencies have been corrected.

Aqua America: Private Companies Poised to Meet Needs

At least one private water and wastewater company is using its good credit rating to invest in infrastructure.

$100 M in Stimulus Available for SmartGrid Training

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the funds will support training program development as well as training program implementation.

Vented Stoves Improve Women's Health in Mexico

The National Institute of Public Health study followed 500 households and found that families that used the Patsai stove experienced better lung function than those that did not.

USGS Study Questions Use of Indicator Bacteria

Michigan Water Science Center finds little relation between E. coli and fecal indicator bacteria criteria for recreational waters.

Agency Joins WHO in Detailing Radon's Cancer Risk

Radon inhalation accounts for up to 14 percent of lung cancers worldwide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is joining the World Health Organization's first global call-to-action on cancer risk from radon in homes.

Riyadh Conference Calls for Papers

Abstracts for the 2010 International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments should be submitted by Oct. 30 to the conference Web site.

Agency Reopens Perchlorate Comment Period

Deadline for submissions on whether an EPA ruling would lower human health risks is set for Oct. 8.

NSF Certifies Wilkins to New Calif. Lead Requirements

Company's backflow preventers now meet California's lead content rules, which go into effect Jan. 1.

CARB Fines Companies for Gas-Powered Drink Blenders

Imported from China, the blenders use uncertified small off-road engines that can produce excess smog-forming emissions.

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