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Jul. 12, 2010
U.S. EPA is launching a new on-line tool for scientific collaboration and knowledge sharing that was built by Purdue University with support from EPA. The Integrated Environmental Modeling Hub (iemHUB) allows environmental researchers to analyze environmental problems and combine environmental models so that a better understanding of the environment can be developed - everything from keeping beaches clean to predicting climate effects. The iemHUB is being released by the EPA-supported Community of Practice for Integrated Environmental Modeling (CIEM).
Jul. 7, 2010
DOT will be leading a multi-agency public outreach and education campaign to encourage federal agencies to choose sustainable locations for future facilities.
Jul. 6, 2010
The Environmental Justice Summit will be held October 15 - 16, 2010 in Bricks, NC. This call is for submissions addressing environmental justice topics from any disciplinary perspective, including environmental sciences, social sciences, humanities, law, journalism, public health and medicine.
Jul. 1, 2010
The webcast describes EPA efforts to develop a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for discharges from the application of pesticides in those few areas nationwide where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. This webcast is intended to provide an overview of the EPA's draft PGP and to answer questions related to the PGP to help stakeholders better formulate comments on the permit. Those comments are due back to EPA by 19 July 2010.
Jul. 1, 2010
(Kansas City, Kan., June 24, 2010) - Results from March air sampling at a child care center and an adjacent building at the Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City do not reveal health concerns at the facilities related to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), EPA Region 7 officials announced today. The results include tests for 209 different forms of PCBs in indoor air samples and from air samples taken from beneath the concrete floor slabs of Buildings 50 and 52.
Jun. 29, 2010
For the 15th year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized pioneering chemical technologies developed by leading researchers and industrial innovators who are making significant contributions to pollution prevention in the United States. The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards recognize and promote green chemistry technologies, including cleaner processes; safer raw materials; and safer, better products. They also highlight the environmental and economic benefits of novel green chemistry.
Jun. 18, 2010
The USEPA is proposing to revise a national primary drinking water regulation to achieve greater public health protection against waterborne pathogens in the distribution systems of public water systems. Waterborne pathogens can cause a variety of illnesses with symptoms such as acute abdominal discomfort or in more extreme cases, kidney failure, hepatitis or chronic concerns.
Jun. 18, 2010
The USEPA is seeking public comment on its draft FY 2011-2015 strategic plan, which helps advance Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's priorities and the mission to protect human health and the environment. Administrator Jackson's seven priorities are; taking action on climate change, improving air quality, protecting America's waters, cleaning up our communities, assuring the safety of chemicals, expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice, and building strong state and tribal partnerships.
Jun. 15, 2010
DOE is inviting interested parties to submit comments that will help to develop a National Energy Rating Program for Homes. This rating program will offer consumers easy-to-understand, reliable information about the energy performance of existing homes, and help them identify cost-effective energy efficiency investments for their homes.
Jun. 15, 2010
EPA has notified 12 states that they have at least one area under consideration for a nonattainment designation based on the 2008 lead standards. A nonattainment area would include counties with monitors that show violations of the lead standard and nearby areas contributing to that violation. Using data from currently operating monitors, EPA will designate nonattainment areas by October 2010.
Jun. 15, 2010
Fort Bliss, TX was named a Keep America Beautiful 1st Place Award winner for their efforts in reducing waste through innovative recycling programs. Fort Bliss received the award as a result of ongoing and innovative recycling programs launched this past year. Some of the new programs that were at the core of the award were Single Stream Recycling, Electronics Waste Collection and Litter Free Events.
Jun. 9, 2010
EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (OWOW) has announced the availability of a new 11-minute video, "Building Green: A Success Story in Philadelphia," which highlights innovative efforts by green builders in Philadelphia who are helping protect and restore environmental quality and beautify the city. By installing cisterns, green roofs, porous pavers, solar panels, and Energy Star appliances, the builders are capturing rainwater, reducing stormwater runoff, and saving energy. A high resolution Digital Betacam version is also available upon request.
Jun. 9, 2010
The spring 2010 edition of the US Army Environmental Center's Environmental Update, a quarterly publication of Army environmental news, is now available at http://aec.army.mil/usaec/newsroom/update00.html.
Jun. 7, 2010
GSA established the Achievement Award for Real Property Innovation to motivate federal agencies to improve real property management. The program recognizes an agency's success and communicates cutting-edge ideas to agencies striving to improve their real property asset management. GSA focuses on three topic areas for the award program: Asset Management, Sustainability, and Workplace Innovation. Applications are due 21 July 2010.
Jun. 7, 2010
By Presidential Proclamation 8528 of May 28, 2010 June 2010 is declared Great Outdoors Month.
Jun. 7, 2010
By Presidential Proclamation 8531 of May 28, 2010 June 2010 is declared National Oceans Month.
Jun. 3, 2010
With EPA support, the publication titled "The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning" is available for download free of charge. The publication includes IAQ strategies, diagrams, case studies and more, aimed at architects, design engineers, contractors, commissioning agents, and all other professionals concerned with IAQ.
Jun. 3, 2010
EPA is considering two possible modifications to existing regulations: (1) establishing standard National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit conditions for publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) permits that specifically address sanitary sewer collection systems and SSOs; and (2) clarifying the regulatory framework for applying NPDES permit conditions to municipal satellite collection systems. EPA will hold public listening sessions and the public can submit written comments. EPA will accept written comments on the potential rule until 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.
Jun. 3, 2010
EPA is proposing a new permit requirement that would decrease the amount of pesticides discharged to our nation's waters and protect human health and the environment. This action is in response to an April 9, 2009 court decision that found that pesticide discharges to U.S. waters were pollutants, thus requiring a permit. The proposed permit, released for public comment and developed in collaboration with states, would require all operators to reduce pesticide discharges by using the lowest effective amount of pesticide, prevent leaks and spills, calibrate equipment and monitor for and report adverse incidents. Additional controls, such as integrated pest management practices, are built into the permit for operators who exceed an annual treatment area threshold.
Jun. 3, 2010
Learn more about new rules proposed by EPA, which will reduce emissions from boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators. The webinar is 9 June 2010.
May. 25, 2010
May 21, 2010, this document was prepared to assist Federal agencies in implementing Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. This document outlines the recommended steps for cost-effective creation of a bicycle-friendly environment for employees at and visitors to Federal facilities, thereby reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG). This document was developed by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive with assistance from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Bicycling and Active Transportation.
May. 25, 2010
Check out the newest edition of the GreenGov Leader. If you are Federal (military or civilian) employee we invite you to join the GreenGov Collaborative, hosted here on FedCenter, to put your GreenGov ideas into action.
May. 20, 2010
The Local Government Commission (LGC), sponsor of the conference, is accepting proposals doe sessions to be held at the 2011 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. The theme of the conference is "Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities." Session proposal will be accepted until 30 June 2010.
May. 20, 2010
Potential topics for educational sessions include: green jobs, community engagement and environmental justice, the business of brownfields, green technology and emerging solutions, planning for community revitalization, and sustainability. The deadline for submitting proposals is 2 July 2010.
May. 20, 2010
Through a grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the University of Maine's Center on Aging has completed the first statewide mail-back pilot program for managing pharmaceutical waste from consumers. EPA is currently evaluating the potential risks associated with pharmaceuticals and personal care products on public health and aquatic life.
May. 19, 2010
The U.S. EPA Region 4 today has approved the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) selected cleanup plan for the next phase of coal ash removal at the TVA Kingston site in Roane County, Tenn. The cleanup plan, one of three alternatives proposed to the public earlier this year, requires TVA to permanently store on site all of the ash being removed from the Swan Pond Embayment, which includes land and bodies of water adjacent to the TVA coal ash disposal area. The embayment area will then be restored to conditions that protect human health and the environment. The cleanup plan approved by EPA in a signed Action Memorandum (AM) was chosen above the others because of its protectiveness, ease of implementation and cost effectiveness. POC is Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293, marraccini.davina@epa.gov.
May. 18, 2010
The U.S. EPA has added more than 6,300 chemicals and 3,800 chemical facilities regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to a public database called Envirofacts. The Envirofacts database is EPA's single point of access on the Internet for information about environmental activities that may affect air, water and land in the U.S and provides tools for analyzing the data. It includes facility name and address information, aerial image of the facility and surrounding area, map location of the facility, and links to other EPA information on the facility, such as EPA's inspection and compliance reports that are available through the Enforcement Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. EPA is also adding historic facility information for another 2,500 facilities. Envirofacts, and other EPA databases with helpful information, can be found at http://www.fedcenter.gov/assistance/myfacility/.
May. 17, 2010
The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) Awards. The 2010 FEC Awards will recognize 38 Federal facilities from ten different Federal Agencies for their leadership in Federal electronics stewardship during fiscal year 2009.
May. 17, 2010
This guidance explains technical and policy approaches available to states, territories and authorized tribes that are adopting the water quality criterion for methylmercury into their water quality standards. As states, territories and authorized tribes adopt these criterion, federal facilities will become subject to the criterion. This is EPA document # 823-R-10-001.
May. 13, 2010
EPA today announced a final rule to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the largest stationary sources, while shielding millions of small sources of GHGs from Clean Air Act permitting requirements. The phased-in, common-sense approach will address facilities like power plants and oil refineries that are responsible for 70 percent of the greenhouse gases from stationary sources that threaten American's health and welfare. EPA's phased-in approach will start in January 2011, when Clean Air Act permitting requirements for GHGs will kick in for large facilities that are already obtaining Clean Air Act permits for other pollutants. Those facilities will be required to include GHGs in their permit if they increase these emissions by at least 75,000 tons per year (tpy).
May. 12, 2010
This guidance was developed under the executive order issued by President Obama in May 2009, which declared the Chesapeake Bay a national treasure and ushered in a new era of shared federal leadership, action and accountability. It presents the most effective tools and practices to address nonpoint source pollution that is currently contributing nutrients and sediments from federal land management activity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The categories of activity that are addressed in this guidance are agriculture, urban and suburban (including turf), forestry, riparian areas, decentralized wastewater treatment systems, and hydromodification. The same techniques can be utilized by states, local governments, conservation districts, watershed organizations, developers, farmers and citizens in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
May. 11, 2010
Available from EPA's Office of Water, the report describes the progress made in FY 2009 toward each of the 15 National Water Program subobjectives identified in the FY 2009 National Water Program Guidance and the EPA 2006 -2011 Strategic Plan. Four key elements in the Report are: an overview of performance for all FY 2009 National Water Program measures; a description of innovative approaches and best practices in program implementation; performance highlights and management challenges for each subobjective; and an appendix of data for environmental and program-related measures, including national and regional data (where available).
May. 10, 2010
CBP pairs Participants with laboratory researchers and technical experts to provide technical expertise to Participants in the design, construction, and validation of low-energy building designs. Applications are due noon on May 12, 2010.
May. 5, 2010
Presentations are being solicited for the 2011 North American Environmental Field Conference on the topics of environmental site characterization, sampling, monitoring and remediation. Abstracts are due 9 July 2010.
May. 5, 2010
EPA Region 7 and GSA Heartland have signed an Environmental Working Agreement that outlines a plan to further investigate and manage environmental conditions at GSA-managed facilities within the Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City, Mo. As part of the combined effort to improve environmental management at the Bannister Federal Complex, EPA and GSA also announced the activation of a community advisory panel which will provide input to a newly created Interagency Environmental Leadership Council on environmental and redevelopment issues.
May. 5, 2010
EPA Region 7 announced it is going to reassess the entire Bannister Federal Complex for possible inclusion on the National Priorities List (NPL). The Sierra Club and Physicians for Social Responsibility sent a request April 15 asking Region 7 to "conduct a full and complete reinvestigation and reassessment of the entire Bannister Federal Complex." The original EPA assessment was conducted in 1987.
May. 5, 2010
EPA and DOE will hold the first public meeting of the Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage on May 6, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
May. 4, 2010
EPA is seeking input on an environmental review of 16 Camp Edwards sites scheduled for use in a Massachusetts National Guard Training exercise in June 2010. The EPA is overseeing an ongoing cleanup of sites within the Camp Edwards Training Area.
May. 4, 2010
DOE has announced that there are four new agreements valued at a total of $52.5 million under its Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC), which are designed to help the federal government save energy and water. The new "task orders" will result in energy-saving upgrades at the Bureau of Land Management, National Wildlife Center, and two General Services Administration (GSA) facilities.
May. 4, 2010
The Coast Guard Academy came in #1 in the "Per Capita Classic" category (total pounds of recyclables collected per person over 10 weeks).
Apr. 29, 2010
This interactive site provides basic information about smaller Clean Water Act direct dischargers. Information includes: how many permits have been issued; how frequently sampling data is reviewed to determine if violations occurred; and frequency of violations.
Apr. 27, 2010
(Kansas City, Kan., April 26, 2010) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 announced it is going to reassess the entire Bannister Federal Complex for possible inclusion on the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is EPA's list of the most serious hazardous waste sites identified for possible long-term remedial response under Superfund.
Apr. 27, 2010
The EPA semiannual regulatory agenda is published to update the public about: regulations and major policies currently under development, reviews of existing regulations and major policies, and rules and major policymakings completed or canceled since the last agenda.
Apr. 22, 2010
Check out the newest edition of the GreenGov Leader. If you are Federal (military or civilian) employee we invite you to join the GreenGov Collaborative, hosted here on FedCenter, to put your GreenGov ideas into action.
Apr. 22, 2010
The Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration has issued two new reports on the green economy. The first, "Measuring the Green Economy," presents definitions and estimates of the size of the green economy. The report finds that the green economy makes up about 1 to 2 percent of the total economy and is poised for strong growth. The second report, "U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Intensities Over Time: A Detailed Accounting of Industries, Government and Households," analyzes energy-related CO2 emissions and intensities for 349 industries, the government, and households for the 1998 to 2006 period. This report shows how energy efficiency has changed over the past decade across industry sectors, indicating that some areas of the economy have shown substantial decreases in their CO2 emissions while others have made less progress. The methodology of the report provides a way to measure changes in energy efficiency over time as policies change.
Apr. 22, 2010
Saturday, April 24 is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Celebrate by attending or volunteering at Earth Day events around the nation.
Apr. 21, 2010
DOE announced that Seattle City Light, Seattle's publicly owned power utility, has been selected to lead a national effort to guide municipalities in evaluating light emitting diode (LED) street lights.
Apr. 20, 2010
As the weather warms, exposure to unhealthy ground-level ozone conditions becomes more likely and especially harmful to asthmatics and those with respiratory conditions. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and Nitrous Oxides (NOx) react with hot temperatures in the air to form ground-level ozone. To alert and protect the public, EPA's AIRNow website provides information about air quality conditions to prevent dangerous over-exposure to ozone pollution.
Apr. 20, 2010
Through the RRFA program, the Western Area Power Administration works with the Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to help Federal agencies meet renewable energy goals, reduce emissions and foster markets for emerging technologies. RRFA coordinates the purchase of renewable energy and/or its benefits for Federal facilities with a streamlined purchase process that contains costs and gives agencies greater choice in the type of renewable projects they support.
Apr. 15, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the 15th annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report, which shows a drop in overall emissions of 2.9 percent from 2007 to 2008. The downward trend is attributed to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions associated with fuel and electricity consumption. The full EPA announcement can be found here. The Report can be found here.
Apr. 15, 2010
Executive Order (E.O.) 13514 requires Federal agencies to reduce petroleum fuel use by 2 percent each year from 2005 through 2020, for a total 30 percent reduction. This new fleet guidance highlights a number of ways Federal agencies can reduce petroleum consumption by reducing vehicle miles traveled, increasing fleet fuel efficiency and switching to lower GHG-emitting and alternative fuels.
Apr. 13, 2010
The Department of Defense has announced the winners of the 2010 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. A panel of judges representing federal and state agencies, academia, and the public has selected this year's installation, team and individual winners.
Apr. 13, 2010
NEJAC will host a public teleconference call on, Wednesday April 28, 2010, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary topics of discussion will be updates on EPA's response to the NEJAC's Goods Movement Report; and reports from the NEJAC liaisons to the Tribal Operations Commission and the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee School Siting Task Group. This NEJAC National Public Teleconference meeting is open to the public. There will be a public comment period from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
Apr. 8, 2010
This electronic template is intended to help the owner or operator of a Tier I qualified facility develop a self-certified Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan. To use this template, your facility must meet all of the applicability criteria of a Tier I qualified facility listed under 40 CFR 112.3(g)(1) of the SPCC rule. This template provides every SPCC rule requirement necessary for a Tier I qualified facility, to address and implement. This template can be completed either electronically or by hand on a printed copy. This template may be used to comply with the SPCC Rule or used as a model and modified as necessary to meet facility-specific needs. The template is available in interactive PDF, Word, and Word Perfect versions.
Apr. 6, 2010
One hearing will be held in Arlington, Virginia on April 19, 2010. It will cover the proposed rule "Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases: Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems"and the proposed rule "mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases: Injection and Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide."he other hearing will be held in Washington, DC, on April 20, 2010. It will cover the proposed rule "Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases: Additional Sources of Fluorinated GHGs."
Apr. 5, 2010
This joint effort with the EPA's Plug-In To eCycling program and leading cell phone manufacturers, retailers, and wireless service providers to increase awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling to save energy and conserve natural resources.
Apr. 5, 2010
April 22. 2010 is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. This is also EPA's 40th anniversary year, so a variety of activities, events, and tools are highlighted on the EPA's Earth Day website.
Mar. 30, 2010
Under the first step to its' phase-in approach to GHG permitting, EPA issued a final decision that no stationary sources will be required to get Clean Air Act permits that cover greenhouse gases (GHGs) before January 2011.
Mar. 29, 2010
IMO has accepted the proposal to designate waters off the North American coasts as an Emission Control Area (ECA). Large ships that operate in ECAs must use dramatically cleaner fuel and technology, leading to major air quality and public health benefits that extend hundreds of miles inland.
Mar. 29, 2010
(San Juan, P.R. - March 25, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will pay a $13,000 fine and hold training sessions on storage tank regulations to settle a complaint issued by EPA over a failure to monitor, inspect and maintain records for underground petroleum and diesel storage tank systems at a San Juan, P.R. facility.
Mar. 23, 2010
EPA is proposing to collect emissions data from the oil and natural gas sector, industries that emit fluorinated gases, and from facilities that inject and store carbon dioxide (CO2) underground for the purposes of geologic sequestration or enhanced oil and gas recovery. Under these proposals, newly covered sources would begin collecting emissions data on January 1, 2011 with the first annual reports submitted to EPA on March 31, 2012.
Mar. 22, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have outlined a series of steps to further strengthen the trusted Energy Star program.
Mar. 10, 2010
EPA is looking for public comment on the annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2008 draft report. This annual report is prepared by EPA in collaboration with experts from other federal agencies. After responding to public comments, the U.S. government will submit the final inventory report to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The report will fulfill the annual requirement of the UNFCCC international treaty, ratified by the United States in 1992, which sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change.
Mar. 10, 2010
This is a November 2009 report containing the data accumulated and reviewed for 2008. There was a slight decrease in the amount of waste generated in 2008.
Mar. 10, 2010
Water utilities, manufacturers, retailers, communities, plumbers, and other professionals are working with the EPA's WaterSense program to promote Fix a Leak Week, March 15 to 21, 2010. EPA is promoting ways to identify and repair dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky showerheads.
Mar. 8, 2010
EPA, DOE, and industry leaders have made an agreement on energy efficiency measurements, metrics, and reporting conventions for data center facilities. The new agreement provides guiding principles for data center operators to gauge energy use and create opportunities for improved energy performance.
Mar. 8, 2010
Results of recent air monitoring in and around a child care facility and an adjacent building at the Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City do not reveal health concerns with indoor air at the facilities. This round of sampling involved tests of indoor air, as well as supplemental tests of outdoor air and air samples taken from beneath the concrete floor slabs of both buildings. Indoor air samples showed no indication of health concerns related to volatile organic compounds. Results of the related sampling do not indicate migration from beneath the building that would pose health risks.
Feb. 23, 2010
(New York, N.Y. - 02/23/2010) The U.S. Army and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service failed to comply with critical environmental laws related to underground tanks used to store diesel fuel, gasoline and used oil at the West Point Garrison in New York, according to a complaint issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Both military branches failed to monitor, test and keep records for their underground petroleum storage tanks. Leaking underground storage tanks pose significant threats to soil, surface water and ground water across the nation. EPA is requiring the two parties to comply with regulations and is seeking a $167,116 penalty.
Feb. 18, 2010
On October 19, 2009, the White House launched the GreenGov Challenge to ask all Federal and military personnel to share ideas about how the federal community can lead by example, green the govern­ment, and meet the goals of President Obama's Executive Order on Federal Sustainability. The GreenGov Challenge generated more than 5,000 ideas and 165,000 votes from 14,000 federal employees. The top ideas are summarized in the GreenGov Final Report.

The GreenGov Collaborative, an online discussion group hosted by FedCenter.gov, is your opportunity to work with colleagues across the government to put these ideas into action. This private community offers various discussion forums for you to share your best ideas and strategies, ask questions, and recruit allies in your efforts to create a more sustainable Federal Government.

Participation in the forums is offered to all Federal employees.

Click here to view the President's GreenGov Collaborative message.

Go to Join GreenGov to learn more and sign up!

Feb. 9, 2010
DOE is requesting information from stakeholders on questions pertaining to Section 1605--the Buy American provisions--of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (``Recovery Act'') of 2009, Public Law 111-5. Part 1 requests technical information from stakeholders seeking to ascertain the availability of manufactured goods produced in the United States that are needed to carry out projects funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Part 2 requests information on questions pertaining to the application and implementation (programmatic questions) of the Buy American provisions in Recovery Act projects funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Written comments and information are requested on or before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, February 18, 2010.
Feb. 9, 2010
EPA has created a new Office of Sustainable Communities to encourage communities to take an integrated approach in making environmental, housing and transportation decisions.
Feb. 3, 2010
WASHINGTON (February 3, 2010)– President Barack Obama today announced a series of steps his Administration is taking as part of its comprehensive strategy to enhance American energy independence while building a foundation for a new clean energy economy, and its promise of new industries and millions of jobs. At a meeting with a bipartisan group of governors from around the country, the President laid out three measures that will work in concert to boost biofuels production and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.
Feb. 1, 2010
Two Air Force Space Command installations, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., including Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, will be the initial beneficiaries of this effort to identify, communicate, manage and take action regarding encroachment issues ranging in scope from local to federal that impact the installations' missions. Encroachment is defined as any actions that impair or are likely to impair the current or future operational capability of an installation complex, or have or are likely to have a significant adverse effect on nearby communities.
Feb. 1, 2010
EPA will hold 3 public hearings on the proposal to strengthen the nation's air quality standards for ground-level ozone, also called smog. The agency is proposing to set the "primary" standard, to protect public health, at a level between 0.060 and 0.070 parts per million measured over eight hours. EPA is also proposing to set a separate, seasonal "secondary" standard to protect the environment, especially plants and trees.
Feb. 1, 2010
The U.S. Army Fort Hood has partnered again with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by setting new goals to recycle lead batteries, reduce or eliminate lead wheel weights, and recycle lead projectiles throughout the base's various operations.
Jan. 29, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC (January 29, 2010) – President Barack Obama today announced that the Federal Government will reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by 28 percent by 2020. Reducing and reporting GHG pollution, as called for in Executive Order 13514 on Federal Sustainability, will ensure that the Federal Government leads by example in building the clean energy economy. Actions taken under this Executive Order will spur clean energy investments that create new private-sector jobs, drive long-term savings, build local market capacity, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship in clean energy industries.
Jan. 27, 2010
The U.S. EPA is soliciting award nominations by March 1, 2010, for individuals, teams and organizations that have made significant contributions to ozone layer protection. Nominees must demonstrate one or more of the following criteria: originality and public purpose; leadership and corporate responsibility; global perspective and implication; success in eliminating substances that deplete the ozone layer or in transitioning to alternatives with reduced environmental impact; or leadership in improving awareness of the harmful health effects of overexposure to UV radiation.
Jan. 27, 2010
The 30-day public comment period ends February 20, 2010 for EPA's proposed agreement to allow the Massachusetts National Guard (MANG) and other military agencies, to resume training using a reformulated pyrotechnic device, the M116A1 Hand Grenade, for a two year period to commence the first day of use on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR).
Jan. 27, 2010
The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. EPA ranked number 11 and 14 respectively in the updated list of Green Power Partners.
Jan. 25, 2010
WASHINGTON (Jan. 22, 2010) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a new national air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). This new one-hour standard will protect millions of Americans from peak short-term exposures, which primarily occur near major roads. Short-term exposures to NO2 have been linked to impaired lung function and increased respiratory infections, especially in people with asthma.
Jan. 21, 2010
Starting today, EPA will reject a certain type of confidentiality claim, known as Confidential Business Information (CBI), on the identity of chemicals. The chemicals that will be affected by this action are those that are submitted to EPA with studies that show a substantial risk to people's health and the environment and have been previously disclosed on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Inventory.
Jan. 21, 2010
The largest study of its kind conducted in the United States to date, the study evaluates the future operational and integration impacts of up to 30% wind energy penetration into the power system in the study year 2024. The study encompasses the majority of the utilities in the Eastern Interconnection. The study also includes a high-level analysis of transmission needed to deliver the wind energy to load centers and a cursory analysis of carbon pricing impacts. The study was released by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory January 20, 2010.
Jan. 13, 2010
(Boston, Mass. – January 13, 2010) – Three entities involved in a demolition project at the Newport Navy Base in Newport, R.I. have agreed to pay a penalty for alleged violations of Federal requirements for the safe handling and disposal of asbestos during demolition activities.
Jan. 13, 2010
(Seattle, Wash.--Jan. 12, 2010) The Federal Aviation Administration has pledged to permanently close over two dozen motor vehicle waste disposal wells in Alaska. The FAA action resulted from an administrative order on consent issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Jan. 13, 2010
Each April, EPA Region 2 honors individuals and organizations who have significantly improved the environment in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. One of the award categories is Federal, State, Local or Tribal Government or Agency, Nominations are due February 22, 2010.
Jan. 12, 2010
DOI employees are invited to submit Green DOI ideas until 26 February 2010. DOI employees can submit ideas within seven main categories: reducing GHG emissions; conserving energy; conserving water; eliminating waste; purchasing sustainable products and services; sustainable buildings; and other.
Jan. 12, 2010
Three public hearings concerning the reconsideration will be held concurrently in Arlington, Virginia, and Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, 2 February 2010, and in Sacramento, California, on Thursday, 2 February 2010. EPA proposes to set different primary and secondary standards than those set in 2008 to provide requisite protection of public health and welfare.
Jan. 11, 2010
40th Anniversary of National Environmental Policy Act Presidential Proclamation 8469 declares January 1, 2010 as the 40th Anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act.
Jan. 4, 2010
Question: What is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking?
Answer: Radon. Exposure to radon in indoor air can lead to lung cancer. Radon is a radioactive gas produced by the decay of radium which occurs naturally in rock and soil.

In 2009, the World Health Organization estimated that up to 14% of lung cancers world-wide may be due to radon. In 2003, the U.S. EPA estimated there were more than 20,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year in America. Because of this risk, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a national health advisory on radon.

All Americans are urged to test, and if necessary, fix their homes to reduce their risk. Radon testing is simple and inexpensive, and fixing is affordable. The Environmental Protection Agency, state radon programs, and their partners, urge you to fix your home if your test result is four picocuries of radon per liter of air (4 pCi/L), or higher. You should consider fixing your home for a radon level between 2-4 pCi/L, because there is no known safe level of radon exposure. Live green from the ground up - check your home for radon. The life you save may be your own.

To learn more about radon, visit http://www.epa.gov/radon.
To contact your state radon office for help, visit < http://www.epa.gov/iaq/whereyoulive.html.

Dec. 23, 2009
On December 22nd, EPA announced final emission standards under the Clean Air Act for new marine diesel engines with per-cylinder displacement at or above 30 liters (called Category 3 marine diesel engines) installed on U.S.-flagged vessels. The final engine standards are equivalent to those adopted in the amendments to Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (a treaty called "MARPOL"). The emission standards apply in two stages: near-term standards for newly-built engines will apply beginning in 2011, and long-term standards requiring an 80 percent reduction in nitrogen dioxides (NOx) will begin in 2016.
Dec. 23, 2009
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released enforcement results for fiscal year 2009, and has developed a new Web-based tool and interactive map that allows the public to get detailed information by location about the enforcement actions taken at approximately 4,600 facilities. In FY2009, EPA concluded enforcement actions requiring polluters to invest more than $5 billion on pollution controls, cleanup, and environmental projects. Civil and criminal defendants committed to install controls and take other measures to reduce pollution by approximately 580 million pounds annually once all required controls are fully implemented. The new mapping tool allows the public to view the locations of facilities that were the subject of those enforcement actions on interactive maps of the U.S. and territories. The maps show facilities where civil enforcement actions were taken for environmental laws for air, water, and land pollution, and a separate map shows criminal enforcement actions.
Dec. 21, 2009
Themes of the strategy are: Healthy Watersheds and Coastal Waters, Safe Drinking Water, Sustainable Water Infrastructure, and Water Security. Within each theme, research needs are categorized into the following areas: aquatic health effects, human health effects, occurrence and exposure, methods development, and treatment technologies and effectiveness.
Dec. 14, 2009
The report "Acid Rain and Related Program: 2008 Highlights" was released December 2009. The report documents that emissions from sources in the Acid Rain Program fell by 52 percent compared with 1990 levels and are already below the statutory annual emission cap of 8.95 million tons set for compliance in 2010.
Dec. 9, 2009
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a complaint to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, part of the U.S. Air Force, for improperly managing underground tanks used to store diesel fuel and gasoline at its facility in Toa Baja. Leaking underground storage tanks pose significant threats to soil, surface water and ground water. EPA cited the Puerto Rico Air National Guard for failing to properly monitor its storage tanks for leaks and maintain records of release detection for two underground storage tank systems; the Agency is seeking a civil penalty of $154,353.
Dec. 8, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued guidance to help federal agencies minimize the impact of federal development projects on nearby water bodies. The guidance is being issued in response to a change in law and Executive Order 13514, "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance" signed by President Obama on October 5, 2009, which calls upon all federal agencies to lead by example to address a wide range of environmental issues, including stormwater runoff.
Dec. 7, 2009
Reports are available from 7 Federal agencies concerning the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. Public comment on these reports is requested. The reports were prepared pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13508 of May 12, 2009, Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration. The E.O. required that a draft strategy be published for public review and comments together with the final reports prepared by the federal agencies. The draft strategy was made available on 9 November 2008 for comment. Comments on the seven Section 202 reports must be submitted on or before 8 January 2010.
Dec. 7, 2009
WASHINGTON (December 7, 2009) After a thorough examination of the scientific evidence and careful consideration of public comments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people. EPA also finds that GHG emissions from on-road vehicles contribute to that threat.
Dec. 3, 2009
Fielded by EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), this is an online discussion forum designed to enhance communication between EPA and the public on contaminated sites, waste management, and recycling issues. The forum is a public comment board and the first four discussion topics pertain to community involvement, Superfund metrics, toxic material reduction, and land revitalization. Potential topics for future discussions include recycling, waste management, brownfields, leaking underground storage tanks, and emergency response. EPA plans to post a new topic of discussion each month to generate discussion related to hazardous waste, recycling, and emergency response activities.
Nov. 25, 2009
A free online supplement to the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) is a compilation of articles demonstrating the advancement and evolving sophistication of environmental and occupational justice work, and the use of community-based participatory research approaches over the past decade. This edition of the America Journal of Public Health is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The supplement was supported by the three federal partners and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Nov. 24, 2009
The draft standards were released on November 19, 2009. The specification is open for public comment through January 18, 2010.
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