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      Q: What would have happened without the Clean Air Act?

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      Today, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In her testimony the Administrator highlighted the agency’s ongoing efforts to develop sensible standards that update the Clean Air Act, while ensuring that the landmark law continues to provide Americans the protections from dangerous pollution that they...
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      EPA Finally Acts on Rocket Fuel in Drinking Water

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      In a decision that reverses the inaction of the George W. Bush administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a decision to move forward with the development of a regulation for perchlorate to protect Americans from any potential health impacts. Perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and man-made chemical....
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      BP Products Agrees to Pay Largest Single-Facility Clean Air Act Penalty

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      The practices of BP continue to catch up with them, in some measure, with the announcement today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department that BP Products North America Inc. has agreed to pay a $15 million penalty to resolve federal Clean Air Act violations...
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      EPA Challenges Colleges to Recycle at Football Games

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      As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2010 Game Day Challenge, colleges across the country will compete to see who can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most waste. Registration for the competition is now open and the winning colleges will be announced in November. Any college or university...
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      EPA Moves to Terminate All Uses of Controversial Insecticide

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      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to end all uses of the insecticide endosulfan in the United States. Endosulfan, which is used on vegetables, fruits, and cotton, can pose unacceptable neurological and reproductive risks to farmworkers and wildlife and can persist in the environment. While this change...
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      Omega-3 May Help Diabetic Kidney Damage

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      According to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care,omega-3 fats may reduce kidney damage in type-1 diabetics. The study found that kidney function was improved for type-1 diabetics with the highest average intake of omega-3 fatty acids, compared with folks with lower intake. The study used data from 1,436...
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      EPA Increases Transparency on Chemical Risk Information

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      Action part of continued comprehensive reform of toxic substance laws As part of a commitment to strengthen and reform chemical management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a new policy to increase the public’s access to information on chemicals. Starting today, EPA has announced its intention to reject...
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      EPA Proposes Stronger Smog Standards

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      Proposed standards will protect the health of all Americans, especially children The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has  proposed the strictest smog standards to date. The new standards are based upon scientific recommendations during the administration of President George W. Bush. However, President Bush intervened to set more lax standards after...
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      New Limits on Pesticide Uses Will Protect Salmon

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      EPA has announced plans to place additional limitations on the use of three organophosphate pesticides — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — to protect endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Anticipated changes to product labels include the addition of pesticide buffer zones; application limitations based...
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      July 4th Don’t Fry Day

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      To remind Americans to practice sun-safe behaviors on Memorial Day weekend and the rest of summer, EPA’s SunWise Program and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day.” Skin cancer is largely preventable; however, new cases of melanoma, the most...
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      EPA Lays Out Plan to Increase Renewable fuels

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      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing its strategy for increasing the supply of renewable fuels, poised to reach 36 billion gallons by 2022, as mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. “As we work towards energy independence, using more homegrown biofuels reduces our vulnerability to oil...
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      EPA Finds Greenhouse Gases Pose Threat to Public Health, Welfare

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      The finding has important political implications for the management of air polution. After a thorough scientific review ordered in 2007 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed finding Friday that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare. Based upon...
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      Fish the Canary in the Water

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      Research from the EPA continues to find pharmaceuticals in fish. In particular, fish near waste water treatment plants in urban areas were found contaminated with small amounts of drugs. Several types of dfrugs were found in the fish. For the study, researchers collected fish from rivers that receive treated sewage...
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      EPA Gives $197 Million in Stimulus for Petroleum Storage Tank Clean Up

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      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...
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      EPA Finally Strengthens Lead Air Pollution Standards

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      Lead pollution is especially dangerous for children. In another example of what is considered “safe” levels of exposure to toxic chemicals can change dramatically, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dramatically strengthened the nation’s air quality standards for lead, especially for children. The new standards tighten the allowable lead level 10...
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      EPA Bans Toxic Pesticide Carbofuran Residue on Food

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      In a long over due, and surprise move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that residue of the toxic pesticide carbofuran on domestic or imported food will no longer be allowed. The EPA made the short announcement on July 24.  The announcement release said in part, “Due to considerable risks...
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