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Flint Michigan Files Negligence Claim Against EPA

Flint, Michigan Files Negligence Claim Against EPA

The city of Flint, Michigan, with a population of nearly 100,000, has filed a claim against the EPA, stating that the agency is responsible for the city's lead-contaminated water. Flint residents, 513 of whom made the claim, are demanding $220 million from the EPA.

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A CEO's Seven Personal Inputs for Making an Environmentally Sustainable Business

Employees need a leader who integrates sustainable solutions into the company's mindset, focus, and strategy and every-day culture with consistent, coherent actions. Staff members want to work for a leader with a personal commitment to making the company eco-friendly.

Spend a day in a data center and you will come away with a deep appreciation that indoor noise exposure is a priority safety consideration. (Digital Realty Trust, Inc. photo)

Data Center EH&S 101

Stakeholders' concerns range from asbestos and lead-based paint typically found in older and/or legacy data centers to fire-resistant clothing, contractor and construction management, elevated work such as portable and fixed ladders, and rooftop maintenance.

This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Environmental Protection.

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Port of Long Beach Set to Open 'Greenest' Container Terminal March 11

Middle Harbor eventually will have the capacity to handle 3.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units annually. "LBCT is committed to ushering in this new era the right way," said President Anthony Otto. "This includes our investment in all zero-emissions cargo handling equipment and comprehensive training."

EPA Reaches Settlement with Clorox for Mislabeled Products

In 2013, Clorox attached misleading labels on their pesticide products on more than 600 occasions. The company reached a $250,000 settlement with EPA earlier this week.

Ten Killed in San Bernardino Were Environmental Health Specialists

They were all members of SEIU Local 721. Some of its members also were wounded in the gunfire.

Production Materials Become Hazardous Waste Practically Overnight—EPA's Perspective on Abandoned Commercial Chemical Products

EPA has made checklists available to the regulated community, including the associated guidance regarding abandoned CCPs.

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Let's Be Frank about Fracking: Is Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Really Worth It?

Linked to earthquakes, water contamination, and general pollution, fracking becomes more controversial by the day. Meanwhile, 13,000 new wells are being drilled every year. There have been over a thousand documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling—cases of sensory, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological damage. From the water we drink to the ground beneath our feet, is it too late to ask, “What gives?”



Pollution Versus Pollination: Losing Our Natural Resources from A to Zinc

Pollution Versus Pollination: Losing Our Natural Resources from A to Zinc

Two new studies are highlighting the decreasing numbers of food pollinators and the increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

The EPA has awarded close to $600,000 in brownfields grants to help provide job training and environmental property assessments in Huntington and the southern region in West Virginia.

Brownfields Grants Boost Economy in West Virginia

The EPA has awarded close to $600,000 in brownfields grants to help provide job training and environmental property assessments in Huntington and the southern region in West Virginia.

Yeager Airport to Start Remediation Program

The airport experienced a landslide three months ago.

EPA Honors Winners of 2015 Safer Choice Partner Awards

To qualify for the Safer Choice label (formerly named "Design for the Environment"), a product must meet EPA's Safer Choice Standard, which is based on human health and environmental criteria.

Officials Continue to Examine Simi Valley Homes for Mercury Exposure

Officials continued Tuesday to examine Simi Valley homes for possible mercury contamination but said early tests indicate it was confined to a small area around the actual spill.

Ohio State Researchers Develop Mesh that Captures Oil

The researchers coated the mesh with a fine layer of hydrogen and carbon, putting the elements together in such a way to attract water and repel oil.

The use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in school buses that 25 million children ride every day could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, based on a study by the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.

Reducing School Bus Pollution Improves Children's Health

The use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in school buses that 25 million children ride every day could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, based on a study by the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.

China Renews 'Green GDP' Initiative

China has revived a controversial concept to monitor pollution, a decade after its first attempt at calculating its "green GDP" suffered a swift death.

The American Chemistry Council has asked Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that will improve current freight rail policies.

Congress Urged to Pass Freight Rail Policy Improvements

The American Chemistry Council has asked Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that will improve current freight rail policies.

State Lawmakers Support EPA Carbon Reduction Efforts

Two hundred fifty-nine state legislators from across the nation submitted a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency supporting the EPA’s efforts to reduce carbon dioxide pollution and urging the EPA to increase its renewable energy and efficiency goals.

The EPA will be funding more than $8 million in grants for environmental improvement projects along the U.S. – Mexico border. The funding was announced during a border tour led by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in San Diego on Oct. 7.

EPA Funding to Improve Environmental Health of U.S. – Mexico Border

The EPA will be funding more than $8 million in grants for environmental improvement projects along the U.S. – Mexico border. The funding was announced during a border tour led by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in San Diego on Oct. 7.

Umbria, Italy: A Top Ecotourism Destination

The historic Italian region offers eco-retreats and activities to responsible travelers.

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