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State Policies Effective In Reducing CO2 (09/25/2014)
Different strategies used by states to reduce power plant emissions -- such as emission caps and encouraging renewable energy -- are both effective, according to a study by the University of Colorado. The findings are particularly relevant since the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan depends on individual states effectively cutting their power plants' carbon dioxide emissions. The plan will require states to cut CO2 emissions from power plants by 30 percent from their 2005 levels by 2030
EPA Proposes Standards to Reduce Mercury Discharges from Dental Offices (09/25/2014)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed standards under the Clean Water Act to help cut discharges of dental amalgam to the environment. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury and other metals that dentists use to fill cavities. Mercury is discharged when dentists remove old fillings or remove excess amalgam when placing a new filling. Studies show about half the mercury that enters Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) comes from dental offices. Mercury from amalgam can then make its way into the environment in a number of ways, including through discharge to water bodies. Contact with some microorganisms can help create methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in fish, shellfish and fish-eating animals. Fish and shellfish are the main sources of human exposure to methylmercury.
EPA Announces Grant Opportunities to Reduce Diesel Emissions at Ports (09/22/2014)
WASHINGTON - Today, EPA announced the availability of up to $5 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports located in areas of poor air quality. "Communities surrounding ports often face serious air quality and other environmental challenges, " said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. "By working with fleet owners to replace or update older equipment with cleaner technologies, we can find collaborative solutions that foster both economic growth and improve public health."
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