Category Archives: Air Quality

EPA Announces New Grant Funding to Reduce Diesel Engine Emissions

The EPA recently announced that $11 million in new grant funding will be made available through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERA) to local, regional, state, and tribal transportation agencies for retrofitting or replacing diesel-powered vehicles. The deadline for project … Continue reading

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New Study Shows Better Air Quality Helps Lungs Grow

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this month found that long-term improvements in air quality are associated with positive effects on lung-function growth in children. The study took place in southern California, where air … Continue reading

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Air Quality and Fracking

There is mounting evidence that hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has significant, unintended, negative environmental impacts.  In a recent study published in the online journal Environmental Health, community members from six states, including Pennsylvania, sampled the air near oil and gas facilities, including fracking … Continue reading

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EPA Releases Second Urban Air Toxics Report

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final of two reports required by the Clean Air Act to inform Congress of its actions in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics.  The report, Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report … Continue reading

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Air Pollutants Decline and Total Toxic Chemicals Increase in 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a news release on January 16 that described the results of the 2011 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI program “collects information on certain toxic chemical releases to the air, water and land, as … Continue reading

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Good Indoor Air Quality Is More Important Than You Think

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Global Indoor Health Network (GIHN)    have recently estimated that 50 percent of illnesses globally can be attributed to poor indoor air quality.  Indoor air quality causes more illnesses than all of the cancers … Continue reading

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U.S. EPA Releases First Ever Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data To The Public

2012 is already an historic year for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States public alike.  In early January, EPA released the comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data, reported to them directly by large facilities, to the public. … Continue reading

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January Is National Radon Month: Is Your Home Safe?

The U.S. EPA had declared January as the National Radon Action Month, in an attempt to raise awareness about the dangers of radon gas in homes and businesses.  The agency is trying to promote awareness about the subject by educating … Continue reading

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EPA Fines Pelican Refinery for CAA Violations

Significant fines were finally imposed on the Texas-based Pelican Refining Company LLC, for its major violations of the Clean Air Act at the Lake Charles, Louisiana plant.  December 12th marked the final stage in the multi-year case, when Pelican LLC … Continue reading

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Combustible Dust Safety in the Recycling Industry – Part 2

Dominick DalSanto is a guest contributor to the EES blog.  Dominick is an environmental technologies expert for www.baghouse.com and has authored numerous articles, whitepapers, and blogs on dust collection systems for industrial sources.  This is Part 2 of his series on combustible … Continue reading

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