Category Archives: Environmental Management

2015 EPA Budget Proposal

In early March, the Obama Administration proposed the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015) budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The proposed budget of $7.89 billion is $309.9 million below the enacted level for the EPA in Fiscal Year 2014. … Continue reading

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Environmental Impacts of Hurricane Sandy

As the year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy passed, it is a good time to look at the long term environmental impacts of the storm as well as the actions taken by state agencies to deal with the aftermath.  An article … Continue reading

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Better, More Reliable Wind Turbines

The wind industry has been growing continuously and is an important part of fighting climate change by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.  Because wind is not constant, the main complaint from fossil fuel advocates is that coal, gas and … Continue reading

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2013 Proposal to Address Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a proposal to create separate standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.  The proposal is a continuation of one created in December of 2008 to add hazardous waste pharmaceuticals to the Universal Waste Program.  This … Continue reading

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EPA Funding for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Last Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will provide grants to both New York and New Jersey to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the storm that devastated the area on October 29, 2012. $340 million … Continue reading

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Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Wiki

Regulations concerning hazardous waste can often be cumbersome and difficult to understand.  These regulations were created under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and are governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Included in RCRA are regulations regarding pharmaceuticals.  … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes Cleaner Fuel and Emission Standards for Cars

On March 29, 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new proposed rule created to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks.  According to the EPA News Release, the proposed standards will “significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands … Continue reading

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Using Switchgrass to Heat Homes and Businesses

The Unites States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has released the results of a cost-benefit analysis for using switchgrass to heat homes and business in the northeast region of the U.S.  The life-cycle assessment compared the costs … Continue reading

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Obama Nominates New Head of the EPA

President Obama announced his pick to replace Lisa Jackson as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) chief on Monday.  His choice? Gina McCarthy, a Bostonite who currently serves as assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. McCarthy has … Continue reading

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Fee and Dividend Climate Bill

While it has a slim-to-none chance of passing through the current Senate or the House, new climate and energy legislation was revealed on February 14th by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif).  Called the Climate Protection Act of … Continue reading

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