Environment http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6601/more en The Federal Budget: What It Could Mean for Occupational Safety, Health and the Environment http://ehstoday.com/training/federal-budget-what-it-could-mean-occupational-safety-health-and-environment <div class="field-deck"> While the initial proposed budget is never the final budget, President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget has many in environment, health and safety worried. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calls &ldquo;FY 2018 America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again&rdquo; &ndash; President Donald Trump&rsquo;s first budget &ndash; &ldquo;fairly compassionate.&rdquo; But with a number of federal programs aimed at the elderly, children, workers and the environment facing deep cuts or complete elimination, environment, health and safety (EHS) professionals and others are concerned, particularly when combined with several Executive Orders signed since Trump took office.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/federal-budget-what-it-could-mean-occupational-safety-health-and-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/federal-budget-what-it-could-mean-occupational-safety-health-and-environment#comments EPA Environment OSHA Health Safety Training Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:41:00 +0000 53571 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Will Cities Take Lead Role on Climate Change? http://ehstoday.com/environment/will-cities-take-lead-role-climate-change <div class="field-deck"> The National League of Cities vows to “preserve environmental goals that have directly improved the health, safety and welfare” of residents and communities. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As the representatives of the National League of Cities (NLC) prepared to meet in Washington for their annual Congressional City Conference, NLC President Matt Zone, a city council member from Cleveland, Ohio, sent a letter to President Donald Trump affirming the group&#39;s dedication to environmental goals that protect their communities.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/will-cities-take-lead-role-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/will-cities-take-lead-role-climate-change#comments EPA Environment Health News Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:10:00 +0000 53481 at http://ehstoday.com <p>National League of Cities President Matt Zone (left) sent a letter to President Donald Trump affirming the group&#39;s dedication to environmental goals that protect their communities.</p> National League of Cities EPA: A Change in the Climate http://ehstoday.com/blog/epa-change-climate <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/uploads/2017/03/snowman.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 182px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />The climate has changed at EPA, and it&rsquo;s decidedly more chilly than it has been in the past. And that&rsquo;s true of most federal agencies.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m a journalist. My self-given title is editor-in-chief of the EHS Today brand. My company refers to me as a &ldquo;content director.&rdquo; But what I am, deep in my heart, is a journalist.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/epa-change-climate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/epa-change-climate#comments EPA Environment EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:09:00 +0000 53451 at http://ehstoday.com The Cost of Pollution: 1.7 Million Children Dead Each Year http://ehstoday.com/environment/cost-pollution-17-million-children-dead-each-year <div class="field-deck"> New Reports from the World Health Organization claims that one in every four deaths of children under age five are related to polluted environments. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Every year, environmental risks &ndash; such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, secondhand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation and inadequate hygiene &ndash; take the lives of 1.7 million children under age 5, say two new reports from the World Health Organization (WHO).</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/cost-pollution-17-million-children-dead-each-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/cost-pollution-17-million-children-dead-each-year#comments Environment Health News Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:23:00 +0000 53241 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Burmese children live in squalor in small huts without proper sanitation in the slum area of Hlaing Thaya Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). The Burmese government spends only 0.3 percent of its gross domestic product on health, the lowest amount worldwide.</p> Paula Bronstein/Staff/Getty Images Emails from EPA’s Pruitt Reveal Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry http://ehstoday.com/environment/emails-epa-s-pruitt-reveal-close-ties-fossil-fuel-industry <div class="field-deck"> Recently released emails reveal that as the Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt and his staff members held strategy sessions with energy company officials to combat EPA regulations and encouraged those officials to help draft letters to the federal government. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In response to a judge&rsquo;s order, the Oklahoma Attorney General&rsquo;s Office on Feb. 21 released 7,564 pages of emails, many of which reveal the close relationship EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had with a number of energy companies and lobbyists for the industry when he was attorney general.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/emails-epa-s-pruitt-reveal-close-ties-fossil-fuel-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/emails-epa-s-pruitt-reveal-close-ties-fossil-fuel-industry#comments EPA Environment News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:31:00 +0000 53061 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: From Chief Opponent to Agency Chief http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-administrator-scott-pruitt-chief-opponent-agency-chief <div class="field-deck"> Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been tasked to lead the agency he sued 13 times. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Feb. 17, Scott Pruitt was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He subsequently resigned his position as attorney general of Oklahoma.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-administrator-scott-pruitt-chief-opponent-agency-chief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-administrator-scott-pruitt-chief-opponent-agency-chief#comments EPA Environment Health News Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:02:00 +0000 53021 at http://ehstoday.com <p>EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addressing EPA employees on Feb. 21.</p> Getty Images No Thrills on Blueberry Hill: Maine Blueberry Processor Takes Steps to Protect Public From Chemical Exposure http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/no-thrills-blueberry-hill-maine-blueberry-processor-takes-steps-protect-public-ch <div class="field-deck"> As part of an EPA settlement, the owner of a blueberry processing facility in Hancock, Maine has come into compliance with federal requirements designed to protect the public and first responders from exposure to hazardous chemicals. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hancock Foods operates a blueberry processing plant and cold storage warehouse in Hancock, Maine, where it uses anhydrous ammonia in its refrigeration systems. In March 1999, the facility first submitted a risk management plan (RMP), which is required for all facilities using certain amounts of extremely hazardous substances, including anhydrous ammonia, in order to help local fire, police and emergency response personnel prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/no-thrills-blueberry-hill-maine-blueberry-processor-takes-steps-protect-public-ch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/no-thrills-blueberry-hill-maine-blueberry-processor-takes-steps-protect-public-ch#comments EPA Environment Industrial Hygiene News Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:26:00 +0000 52661 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Environmental Justice for Residents in Michigan, New Mexico and North Carolina http://ehstoday.com/environment/environmental-justice-residents-michigan-new-mexico-and-north-carolina <div class="field-deck"> The EPA Civil Rights Office takes steps to enforce civil rights laws protecting vulnerable members of communities from environmental racism. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In decisions that indicate the fox is guarding the hen house in some cases, EPA&rsquo;s External Civil Rights Compliance Office has determined that state environmental agencies in Michigan, New Mexico and North Carolina failed to adequately protect the civil rights&nbsp;of residents by taking or allowing actions that had a disparate impact on the basis of race, color or national origin.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/environmental-justice-residents-michigan-new-mexico-and-north-carolina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/environmental-justice-residents-michigan-new-mexico-and-north-carolina#comments EPA Environment News Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:23:00 +0000 52511 at http://ehstoday.com Getty Images EPA: Air Emissions of Toxic Chemicals from Industrial Facilities Down More Than Half Since 2005 http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-air-emissions-toxic-chemicals-industrial-facilities-down-more-half-2005 <div class="field-deck"> The annual Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis of toxic chemical releases from 22,000 U.S. facilities shows that emissions of toxic chemicals into the air continue to decline. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA released its annual <a href="http://www.epa.gov/trinationalanalysis" target="_blank">Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis</a>, which offers some good news about air quality in the United States. According to the TRI National Analysis, releases of toxic chemicals into the air fell 56 percent from 2005 to 2015 at industrial facilities submitting data to the TRI program, and it showed an 8 percent decrease from 2014 to 2015.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-air-emissions-toxic-chemicals-industrial-facilities-down-more-half-2005" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-air-emissions-toxic-chemicals-industrial-facilities-down-more-half-2005#comments EPA Environment Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:29:00 +0000 52481 at http://ehstoday.com Will The Trump Administration's Regulatory Reform Agenda Include Rollback of EHS Regulations? http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/uploads/2017/01/trumppressconference.gif" style="width: 595px; height: 360px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)" />Welcome to part 2 of my 3-part blog series, which discusses how the Trump administration might impact environmental, health and safety regulation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations#comments EPA Environment OSHA EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:02:00 +0000 52391 at http://ehstoday.com <p>President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump&#39;s first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)</p>