NOAA Climate Change Report is Proven Accurate

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Back in June of 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a study that updated the global temperature record and increased the estimated rate of global warming over the past 15 years. This study was met with controversy, specifically from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Smith has a history …

Health Systems Come Together at the Conference on Climate Change

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Health system representatives from 16 countries have come together at the United Nation’s Conference on Climate Change in Paris this week to announce a number of commitments and actions to reduce carbon emissions in the healthcare industry. More than 50 health systems, representing over 8,200 hospitals, have come to the conference to join the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge. The …

Proposed Updates to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates the existing Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). The goal of the updates is to reduce summertime emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from powerplants that contribute to downwind ozone issues in other states. As part of the Clean Air Act, states are required to develop state implementation plans (SIPs) that address interstate …

EPA Strengthens Ozone Standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone earlier this month. The ozone standard was updated from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. Ozone is created when nitrogen oxides react with volatile organic compounds in the air. The EPA states that the strengthened standards will “reduce Americans’ exposure to ozone, …

Always-On Devices are Wasting Billions in Electricity

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Environmental Protection magazine has reported that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report this month that found approximately $19 billion of electricity is used every year in the U.S. by devices and equipment when consumers are not actively using them. That amount of electricity is equal to the output of 50 power plants and costs each U.S. household …

New Study Shows Better Air Quality Helps Lungs Grow

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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 pollution levels have been on a downward trend over the past several decades due to the implementation of air quality …

EPA Proposes Updates to Ozone Standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to strengthen ground-level ozone, or smog, standards.  The EPA proposed a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) while also taking comments on a level as low as 60 ppb. The last update to these standards was completed in 2008, setting the current standard to 75 ppb. In order to set …

Air Quality and Fracking

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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 sites, and found that it contained elevated levels of toxic air pollutants that are linked to health problems. In this …

EPA Releases Second Urban Air Toxics Report

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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 to Congress, was released on August 21, 2014 and details the progress the EPA has made with urban air toxics. …

New PA Flexible Packaging Requirements

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has adopted new requirements for owners and operators of affected printing presses.  The requirements will be adopted as part of 25 PA Code Sections 129.67a and 129.67b, which limit volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from inks, coatings, fountain solutions, adhesives, and cleaning solutions used or applied with flexible packaging printing presses, offset lithographic …