Jackson: EPA Seeks Clarity in Rules, May Regulate Animal Waste
April 13, 2009 06:02 AM - Water & Wastewater News
Lisa Jackson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, asserted at a forum for the PBS Frontline documentary Poisoned Waters that new legislation is needed to strengthen EPA's authority to control pollution and protect local rivers, streams, and wetlands. Jackson, speaking at the National Press Club, said that court decisions had left "murkiness" about EPA's authority to enforce some mandates of the Clean Water Act. She said EPA would seek new legislation to "clarify" its authority to take action on smaller waterways.
Obama's energy czar visits Oakland program
April 12, 2009 11:09 AM - Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune
President Barack Obama's energy and climate-change czar seemed to like what she saw at a green-jobs training program Friday in West Oakland. "It is so impressive what you all are doing," Carol Browner said while visiting the Cypress Mandela Training Center on Poplar Street, noting this was her first solo field trip in her capacity as head of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change"
Climate change 'own goal': Laws to combat acid rain are DRIVING Arctic warming, claims Nasa
April 12, 2009 11:00 AM - Cher Thornhill, Daily Mail
It is widely recognised that humans are their own worst enemies when it comes to global warming. But the latest research from Nasa suggests laws created to preserve the environment are causing much of the damage. Legislation to improve air quality and cut acid rain has accounted for a shocking half of Arctic warming over the past three decades, the space agency reports.
Obama climate adviser open to geo-engineering to tackle global warming
April 10, 2009 09:00 AM - Alok Jha, green technology correspondent, guardian.co.uk
The global warming situation has become so dire that Barack Obama's chief scientific adviser has raised with the president the possibility of massive-scale technological fixes to alter the climate known as 'geo-engineering'. John Holdren, who is a member of the president's cabinet, said today the drastic measures should not be "off the table" in discussions on how best to tackle climate change. While his office insisted that he was not proposing a dramatic switch in policy, Holdren said geo-engineering could not be ruled out.
Reduce your nitrogen footprint
April 9, 2009 01:27 PM - Maureen Mackey, Examiner
Our carbon footprint is not the only impression we leave on the environment. It's time we reckoned with what a nitrogen footprint is, and especially about the role excess nitrogen plays in global warming and damage to marine ecosystems.
EPA Awards $197 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Clean Up Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Leaks, Creating Jobs, Protecting Land and Water
April 9, 2009 09:59 AM - Environmental Protection Agency
In an effort to protect people where they live, work, and play, EPA announced the distribution of $197 million appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks. EPA estimates that these funds will create or retain significant numbers of jobs and contribute to at least 1,600 cleanups around the country.
Sports Arenas Go Green
April 9, 2009 07:32 AM - Environmental Leader
Office and government buildings aren’t the only structures going green; two sports arenas — the Philips Arena and the American Airlines Arena — have met the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
EPA Is Reconsidering Dry Cleaners' Use of Cancer-Causing Chemical
April 8, 2009 05:11 PM - Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post
The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering whether to compel dry cleaners to phase out a cancer-causing chemical used in tens of thousands of operations nationwide, according to court documents filed late last week.
EPA Adds Nine Hazardous Waste Sites to Superfund’s National Priorities List
April 8, 2009 04:46 PM - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding nine new hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Also, EPA is proposing to add 13 other sites to the list. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.
Traffic pollution can harm babies in the womb, claim researchers
April 8, 2009 01:11 PM - Telegraph.co.uk
Researchers believe restricted fetal growth may be linked to traffic pollution or living close to a major road