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  • TVA to Retire Two Coal-Fired Power Plants

    TVA's board of directors on Feb. 14 approved the retirement of Paradise Unit 3 in Drakesboro, Ky., and the Bull Run facility in Clinton, Tenn., older coal generating units that TVA describes as "not designed to efficiently respond to today's continually fluctuating power needs of customers."

  • Climate Scientists Awarded 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

    Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, and Warren M. Washington, Ph.D., distinguished scholar at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, are the 2019 Laureates.

  • New CalEPA Secretary Appointed

    Jared Blumenfeld, 49, of San Francisco, has been appointed secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

  • Pennsylvania Agency Urges Residents to Test for Radon

    EPA has set 4 picocuries of radon per liter (pCi/L) of air as an Action Level. For anyone who has a higher radon level than this, EPA, DEP, and the U.S. surgeon general recommend having a radon mitigation system professionally installed to lower it by venting radon to the outside.

  • TCEQ Extends Deadline to Apply for New Technology Implementation Grants

    As much as $3.6 million in grants is available for projects that reduce air pollutants from facilities and other stationary sources in Texas. Eligible individuals or businesses must own and operate—or intend to build, own, and operate—stationary sources in Texas.

  • Ohio EPA Hosting Public Meeting on Modifications to Cracker Plant's Discharge Permit

    The proposed PTTGCA petrochemical complex would be located on the west bank of the Ohio River in Belmont County.

  • Warning Signs in New 3D Printing Findings

    "Following our series of studies – the most extensive to date on 3D printer emissions – we are recommending additional investments in scientific research and product advancement to minimize emissions and increased user awareness so safety measures can be taken," said Marilyn Black, vice president and senior technical adviser at UL.

  • California Agency Recommends New Restrictions on Use of Chlorpyrifos

    The new measures will provide increased protections from potential exposure to the pesticide while DPR completes a formal regulatory process to list chlorpyrifos as a toxic air contaminant and develops permanent restrictions on its use.

  • Aurora Flight Sciences Announces Solar-Powered Autonomous Aircraft

    Named Odysseus, it is described by the Boeing-owned company as "a groundbreaking persistence aircraft inspired by the need for climate and atmospheric research."

  • NYDEC Overseeing Shutdown of Tonawanda Coke Operations

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is overseeing the safe shutdown of operations at the facility. The coke battery consists of 60 ovens, of which 30 remained in operation at the time of shutdown; on Oct. 15 the last of the remaining 30 ovens were fully emptied, marking the end of coke production at the facility.

  • Tackling Air Pollution with Electron Paramagnetic Resonance

    Building an understanding of EPFRs’ nature and role in human health for policy makers is also important, to create new standards for air pollution.

  • California Agencies Testify Against Administration's SAFE Vehicles Rule

    "There is nothing safe about this proposal. It turns its back on decades of progress in cleaning up cars and trucks, ignores available and cost-effective clean vehicle technology, wastes gasoline, and pumps more climate-changing gases into the atmosphere," said Mary D. Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board.

  • New Executive Director Appointed for PA Citizens Advisory Council

    "Keith has provided outstanding legal counseling to DEP for the past four years," said Patrick McDonnell, Pennsylvania DEP secretary. "His broad experience within DEP and his extensive knowledge of environmental law will serve the council very well as they explore big-picture issue areas affecting the commonwealth."

  • SoCal Gas Announces $119.5 Million Gas Leak Settlement

    The parties had submitted a tentative consent decree to the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Aug. 8 to settle the litigation over the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak. At least 109,000 metric tons of methane emissions were released during the leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, according to CARB.

  • Ammonia Emissions Rising, UK Environment Agency Reports

    "Urgent action is needed if we are going to tackle the hidden blight of ammonia emissions. These emissions are having a detrimental impact on the environment, precious habitats, and wildlife. As custodians of the land, farmers must take the lead by changing their land management practices," said Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the agency.


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