Posts Tagged ‘ EPA ’

Connecticut Still Waiting for Action on Federal Clean Air Plans

Jul 11th, 2014 | By

Connecticut has to wait for more federal action on cross-border pollution, according to a top environmental official who visited Hartford. Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, is working on the agency’s “Clean Power Plan.” That’s a proposal to cut pollution from existing power plants. It’s long, at 645 pages, and adopts

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EPA bans sewage discharge from vessels all along Mass. coast

Jun 28th, 2014 | By

On Friday, Massachusetts officials announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency had approved extending the no-discharge zone to areas off all the state’s coast — the last of New England’s waters to come under the ban.

MDC’s Mike Jefferson receives EPA award

Jun 21st, 2014 | By

Mike Jefferson, MDC Diversity Manager at The Metropolitan District, was presented with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator’s Award for Outstanding State, Local or Tribal Office Performance Achievement. Jefferson was the sole recipient selected for this national honor.

Many question EPA’s Housatonic River cleanup plan

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

The impact on homeowners and effectiveness of the planned cleanup for the Housatonic River from southern Pittsfield into Connecticut highlighted the initial public discussion of the recently released federal proposal. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials Wednesday night outlined details of the preliminary Rest of River remediation to about 150 residents, environmentalists and local government officials

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Great Benefits From Deep Carbon Cuts by John D. Calandrelli

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

Power plants are responsible for much of this country’s air pollution that threatens our climate and the health of Connecticut residents. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the “Clean Power Plan” [June 3, Page 1, “EPA Seeks 30% Cut In Carbon Output”]. For more on this story, visit: Great Benefits From Deep Carbon Cuts

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The Supreme Court Has Been Clear – EPA Has Authority to Address Carbon Pollution from Power Plants

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

EPA has clear authority to address this harmful pollution, authority that is manifest in our nation’s clean air laws, that has been confirmed time and again by the United States Supreme Court, and that has been recognized even by those who continue to obstruct climate progress in the courts. And the agency has a responsibility to exercise that authority through science-based actions to address climate pollution in a way that protects public health and welfare.

EPA rules that water cooling options at plants are up to states

May 22nd, 2014 | By

The Environmental Protection Agency will leave it up to states to decide how nuclear power plants and other facilities that use large amounts of water for cooling should be required to minimize harm to fish and other aquatic creatures, avoiding a specific mandate for cooling towers that environmental groups have been pressing for. In response,

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Soot Pollution Limits Unanimously Upheld in Court, Continuing Clean Air Victory Streak

May 17th, 2014 | By

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) particulate matter (soot) pollution standard, ruling that EPA’s decision to strengthen the standard in 2012 was firmly grounded in science and the law.

EPA: Overall release of pollutants down in Connecticut in 2012

Feb 10th, 2014 | By

The federal Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent analysis of toxic chemical releases show that the amounts of pollutants released in Connecticut has decreased since 2011, the previous reporting year. The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) conducted by the EPA is a part of its effort to provide access to environmental information to the public. The report

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Join a Moms Clean Air Force for a virtual town hall Twitter event with Gina McCarthy at 2 p.m. Jan. 8

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

Join a Moms Clean Air Force for a virtual town hall Twitter event with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, Jan. 8. Start the new year with a discussion of clean air and the vital importance of EPA action to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. This year

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New EPA chief Gina McCarthy will take on sweeping climate agenda

Jul 18th, 2013 | By

The success or failure of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda now rests squarely on Gina McCarthy’s shoulders.

Vitter drops filibuster threat on EPA nominee Gina McCarthy

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

Sen. David Vitter (La.) said he had changed his position after “major progress” was made on five demands he and other committee Republicans made of the EPA.

Why Isn’t Smart-Growth Pioneer Gina McCarthy Running the EPA Yet?

Jun 15th, 2013 | By

It’s been six months since Lisa Jackson announced she was stepping down as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, but there’s still no replacement.

GOP lawmakers raise objections to former Massachusetts official nominated to lead the EPA

May 10th, 2013 | By

Republican senators staged a surprise boycott of a committee meeting and stalled the confirmation of President Obama’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a move that underscores how bitter battles over some Cabinet nominations have strained the president’s relationship with Congress. Gina McCarthy, a Massachusetts native who was a top environmental official under former

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Former CT DEP chief may take over at EPA

Feb 6th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s former top environmental official — Gina McCarthy — is reported to be leading the short list to take over the top slot at the Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy currently runs the air division there as the assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. For more on this story, visit: Former CT DEP

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What happens with dredge spoil in the Long Island Sound?

Jan 14th, 2013 | By

Don’t dump dredge spoil in eastern Long Island Sound. That was the message some speakers had for the federal Environmental Protection Agency at a hearing on finding potential sites to replace two existing dredge disposal sites in eastern Long Island Sound.

EPA Grant Funding Clean Diesel Engines For Cross Sound Ferry

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Connecticut Maritime Foundation a $800,000 grant to reduce diesel emissions from a New London ferry service. The grant will be used to purchase and install two new diesel marine engines in the Jessica W, a high-speed ferry operated by Cross Sound Ferry as the Block Island Express. For

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Officials announce $1.6M+ to Improve Health of Long Island Sound

Sep 25th, 2012 | By

35 grants totaling $1.6 million awarded to state and local government and community groups in New York and Connecticut under the Long Island Sound Futures Fund.

When leveraged by an additional $3 million contributed by the recipients themselves, a total of $4.6 million will support conservation projects in both states. The projects in both states will open up 50 river miles for fish passage, and restore 390 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this Long Island Sound watershed-size story.

Lawsuit Seeks Full Implementation of Modern Clean Air Act Standards for Lead

Sep 24th, 2012 | By

The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to fully implement new air-quality standards for lead, required under the Clean Air Act. The EPA revised 30-year-old air standards for lead in 2008, lowering allowable airborne lead levels by 90 percent to protect health and environmental quality.

EPA Video Project Asks Americans ‘Why Is Water Worth It?’

May 31st, 2012 | By

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. Everyone deserves clean water – it is vital for our health, communities, environment and economy. To help commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking people to send

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