Tag Archives: Emissions

Always-On Devices are Wasting Billions in Electricity

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 … 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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EPA Proposes Updates to Ozone Standards

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 … 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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New PA Flexible Packaging Requirements

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) … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes to Update Emissions Standards for Refineries

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal earlier this month to update toxic air pollution standards for petroleum refineries.  The purpose is to protect neighborhoods located near these refineries from dangerous air pollutants. “This proposal will help us accomplish … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Upholds EPA Interstate Air Pollution Regulation

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-2 ruling last week that upheld how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates interstate air pollution.  The ruling was on the case of the EPA vs. Homer City Generation, L.P., No. 12-1182.  This case … Continue reading

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IPCC Releases Second Installment of Climate Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second installment of the fifth climate report in late March.  The first installment was released in September of 2013 with the next installment planned for April, 2014.  The IPCC is “the … Continue reading

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EPA to Review Emission Factors at Refineries and Chemical Plants

A lawsuit was brought against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by Air Alliance Houston, Community In-Power and Development Association (CIDA), Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS) – represented by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP).  The lawsuit … Continue reading

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