EPA http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6615/more en 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> Fiat Chrysler Accused of Clean Air Act Violations 
by EPA http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa <div class="field-deck"> With a sense of déjà vu, EPA announces FCA allegedly installed and failed to disclose software that increases air pollution from vehicles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Jan. 12 issued a notice of violation to <a href="https://www.epa.gov/fca" target="_blank">Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act</a> for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa#comments EPA Environment News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:21:00 +0000 52291 at http://ehstoday.com <p>As part of the certification process, automakers are required to disclose and explain any software, known as auxiliary emission control devices, that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution.</p> Thinkstock The New Appointees: What Donald Trump’s Choices for his Cabinet Say to Me http://ehstoday.com/blog/new-appointees-what-donald-trump-s-choices-his-cabinet-say-me <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" height="376" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2016/10/25/Scott_Pruitt_EPA.gif" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" title="Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower on Dec. 7, 2016 in New York City to meet with President-elect Donald Trump.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/new-appointees-what-donald-trump-s-choices-his-cabinet-say-me" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/new-appointees-what-donald-trump-s-choices-his-cabinet-say-me#comments EPA OSHA OSHA Enforcement EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:08:00 +0000 51921 at http://ehstoday.com The First 10: The Chemicals EPA Will Review Under New TSCA Legislation http://ehstoday.com/epa/first-10-chemicals-epa-will-review-under-new-tsca-legislation <div class="field-deck"> Asbestos and carbon tetrachloride are two of the first 10 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation as part of the reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Nov. 29 announced the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform.</p> <p>&ldquo;Under the new law, we now have the power to require safety reviews of all chemicals in the marketplace.&rdquo; said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the of Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. &ldquo;We can ensure the public that we will deliver on the promise to better protect public health and the environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first 10 chemicals to be evaluated are:&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/epa/first-10-chemicals-epa-will-review-under-new-tsca-legislation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/epa/first-10-chemicals-epa-will-review-under-new-tsca-legislation#comments EPA Environment Safety News Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:32:00 +0000 51491 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Feds, State of New Mexico Announce $143 Million Price Tag for Mine Cleanup http://ehstoday.com/epa/feds-state-new-mexico-announce-143-million-price-tag-mine-cleanup <div class="field-deck"> The settlement is the “product of excellent cooperation” between the state and federal governments and Chevron Mining Inc. to continue vital cleanup work at the Chevron Questa Mine Site. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Department of Justice (DOJ), EPA and the state of New Mexico have reached a settlement with Chevron Mining Inc. (CMI) requiring $143 million in cleanup work at the Chevron Questa Mine Superfund site near Questa, N.M. &nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/epa/feds-state-new-mexico-announce-143-million-price-tag-mine-cleanup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/epa/feds-state-new-mexico-announce-143-million-price-tag-mine-cleanup#comments EPA Environment News Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:10:00 +0000 49761 at http://ehstoday.com <p>The Department of Justice, EPA and the state of New Mexico have reached a settlement with Chevron Mining Inc. requiring $143 million in cleanup work at the Chevron <span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Questa">Questa</span> Mine Superfund site near <span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Questa">Questa</span>, N.M. It is the largest settlement of its kind for cleanup work in EPA Region 6.</p> EPA Harley-Davidson to Stop Sales of Super Tuners that Increased Air Pollution http://ehstoday.com/epa/harley-davidson-stop-sales-super-tuners-increased-air-pollution <div class="field-deck"> Harley-Davidson has agreed to buy back unused super tuners and to stop selling super tuners that caused its motorcycles to emit higher amounts of air pollutants than allowed by EPA. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While it&rsquo;s not at the level of Volkswagengate emissions tampering, <a href="https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/harley-davidson-clean-air-act-settlement" target="_blank">EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement this month with Harley-Davidson Inc.</a>, Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Co. Inc., and Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Operations Inc.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/epa/harley-davidson-stop-sales-super-tuners-increased-air-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/epa/harley-davidson-stop-sales-super-tuners-increased-air-pollution#comments EPA Environment News Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:10:00 +0000 49691 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Approximately 100,000 motorcycle enthusiasts attended Harley Davidson&#39;s 110th anniversary celebration on Aug. 29, 2013 in Milwaukee. The company reached a multi-million dollar settlement with EPA regarding super tuners that allow its motorcycles to emit higher levels of air pollutants than allowed by the Clean Air Act.</p> Scott Olson/Getty Images President Obama Signs Bipartisan Bill to Reform the Toxic Substances Control Act http://ehstoday.com/epa/president-obama-signs-bipartisan-bill-reform-toxic-substances-control-act <div class="field-deck"> On June 22, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 2576, the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” which modernizes the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In the the first major update to an environmental statute in 20 years, &nbsp;President Barack Obama on June 22 signed into law H.R. 2576 &ndash; the &ldquo;Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act&rdquo; &ndash; which modernizes the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).</p> <p>TSCA was first passed in 1976 to help keep dangerous chemicals off the market and avoid making consumers and employees sick. It particularly focused on chemicals that were known to cause serious health impacts, such as cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/epa/president-obama-signs-bipartisan-bill-reform-toxic-substances-control-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/epa/president-obama-signs-bipartisan-bill-reform-toxic-substances-control-act#comments GHS EPA Environment News Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:29:00 +0000 48511 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock