Air pollution, invasive species threaten Great Smoky Mountains
April 29, 2009 09:59 AM - Nanci Bompey, Citizens-Times.com

Air pollution and invasive species are threatening the environment of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Park crews spends whole days cutting down shrubs along with combating dozens of other nonnative species. The park also had some of the highest levels of air pollution in the country when it started its monitoring program in the 1980s.

Landfill cover soil methane oxidation underestimated
April 28, 2009 10:50 AM - American Society of Agronomy

A literature review reveals that landfill cover soils oxidize more methane than guidelines suggest

EPA to Review Three New Source Review Rules
April 28, 2009 10:46 AM - Environmental Protection Agency

EPA notified petitioners of its intent to reconsider portions of three rules under its New Source Review (NSR) permitting program.

China Falls Short on Olympic Cleanup
April 28, 2009 10:26 AM - Jackie Grom, ScienceNOW

When most people think about the Olympic Games, they envision blazing torches, gold medals, and triumphant athletes. But a handful of scientists saw the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find out what happens when a major industrial city suddenly cuts back on air pollution. The

EPA To Withdraw Permit for New Mexico Coal-fired Power Plant
April 28, 2009 10:04 AM - Center for Biological Diversity

In the face of appeals by the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups, the EPA today asked its Environmental Appeals Board to voluntarily reject its issuance of a permit approving the Desert Rock coal-fired power plant in northwest New Mexico.

Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. and Senior Managers Sentenced for Environmental, Worker Safety Crimes After Longest Trial in Environmental Crimes History
April 28, 2009 06:40 AM - ENN

The US Environmental Protection Agency won convictions against the Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. of Phillipsburg, N.J in federal court for violations of environmental and health and worker safety laws. A large fine was assessed against the company, and The judge ordered the company to serve 48 months “monitored” probation, requiring it to submit biannual reports to the court. The sentencing of the company followed sentencing of four former Atlantic States managers to federal prison terms ranging from six months for former finishing department manager Craig Davidson to 70 months for former plant manager John Prisque. Also sentenced were former Atlantic States maintenance superintendent Jeffrey Maury (30 months), and former human resources manager Scott Faubert (41 months).

Sea Shells Used to Clean Up Heavy Metals
April 27, 2009 10:25 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

On the banks of the Saigon River in Vietnam, researchers have just completed tests on a new way to combat water pollution that could save millions of lives in coastal cities throughout the developing world.

'Major Emitters' Meet To Tackle Climate Change
April 27, 2009 09:54 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

Sixteen nations are responsible for 80 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Now those nations, dubbed the "major emitters," are sending representatives to a conference beginning Monday in Washington, D.C., to see if they can work together to slow the pace of climate change.

Without Superfund Tax, Stimulus Aids Cleanups
April 27, 2009 09:36 AM - John M. Broder, New York Times

The Superfund program has been chronically underfinanced since a tax that supported it expired in 1995. Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the E.P.A., said the use of stimulus money would accelerate progress at 50 Superfund sites in 28 states, including eight abandoned industrial sites in New Jersey and two on Long Island.

Compromise climate bill possible
April 26, 2009 07:26 AM - Tom LoBianco, The Washington Times

Moderate House Democrats circulated a watered-down version of a sweeping climate-change-prevention bill Friday as lawmakers moved closer to a compromise on a proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee went "back to the future," turning to Democratic and Republican leaders of the '90s, former Vice President Al Gore and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to debate the merits of energy measures that will likely dominate the next century.

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