EPA http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6615/more en Heather Von St. James: Why I Fight http://ehstoday.com/epa/heather-von-st-james-why-i-fight <div class="field-byline"> Heather Von St. James </div> <div class="field-deck"> Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma three months after her daughter was born and was given 15 months to live. She fought back and over the last 11 years, has dedicated her life to fighting for a ban on asbestos. This is her story, in her words. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>&ldquo;Was your dad a miner or did he work in construction of any kind?&rdquo;</p> <p>These are not the typical questions that you get from your doctor when you&rsquo;ve just been diagnosed with cancer. But I was being asked those questions for a reason. I was 36 years old and found out I had a <a href="https://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/" target="_blank">nefarious and rare cancer called mesothelioma</a>, the cancer almost always caused by asbestos exposure.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/epa/heather-von-st-james-why-i-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/epa/heather-von-st-james-why-i-fight#comments Safety Leadership EPA Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 23 May 2017 14:32:00 +0000 55181 at http://ehstoday.com <p>When Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma &ndash; a rare cancer most closely association with exposure to asbestos &ndash; her doctor asked her if her dad had been a miner or a construction worker. She was exposed to asbestos through the dust that permeated his clothing and his car. Her father died of cancer in February. Here he is with his granddaughter, Lilly, who was three-and-a-half months&#39; old when her mother was diagnosed.</p> Heather Von St. James Governors Urge President Trump to Stay in Paris Climate Agreement http://ehstoday.com/environment/governors-urge-president-trump-stay-paris-climate-agreement <div class="field-deck"> The governors of 12 states urge the president to keep America’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Following climate&nbsp;marches&nbsp;by hundreds of thousands of Americans over the weekend, 12&nbsp;U.S. governors are urging President Donald Trump to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and keep&nbsp;the United States&rsquo;&nbsp;commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions&nbsp;26-28 percent below&nbsp;2005 levels&nbsp;by 2025.</p> <p>The governors of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington signed onto the letter, which was sent to the White House on May 3.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/governors-urge-president-trump-stay-paris-climate-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/governors-urge-president-trump-stay-paris-climate-agreement#comments EPA Environment News Wed, 03 May 2017 17:39:00 +0000 54791 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Under the Paris Agreement, all the world&rsquo;s major economies are taking action on climate change for the first time, including China and India, which have put forward their own commitments to cut their carbon pollution domestically.</p> Thinkstock Oil Prices, Predictions And the Problem With Predictions: Progress in EHS http://ehstoday.com/osha/oil-prices-predictions-and-problem-predictions-progress-ehs <div class="field-byline"> Hannah Stewart </div> <div class="field-deck"> Capitalism dictates that supply is driven by demand and vice versa, meaning that the person who can predict what’s coming down the line has landed on an infinite gold mine. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A lot of time and money is spent on trying to predict the future. There are organizations built around it, millions of dollars spent on it and alas &ndash; as those in the UK and United States experienced first-hand in the political landscape of 2016 &ndash; they don&rsquo;t always get it right (if I&rsquo;m going there, I might as well say they got it downright wrong.)</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/oil-prices-predictions-and-problem-predictions-progress-ehs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/oil-prices-predictions-and-problem-predictions-progress-ehs#comments EPA Environment OSHA News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:13:00 +0000 54511 at http://ehstoday.com <p>How will fluctuations in the oil and gas industry around the world impact EHS?</p> A Modest Proposal to Save the Chemical Safety Board http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/modest-proposal-save-chemical-safety-board <div class="field-byline"> John Crosman </div> <div class="field-deck"> If the Chemical Safety Board is defunded, what does it mean for the industry as a whole and worker and facility safety? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Boom!</strong></p> <p>On April 17, 2013, the unthinkable happened in West, Texas, when a fertilizer storage facility containing 30 tons of fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate detonated, killing 15 people including a dozen emergency responders and damaging or destroying 150 surrounding homes and businesses.</p> <p>How could this have happened?</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/modest-proposal-save-chemical-safety-board" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/modest-proposal-save-chemical-safety-board#comments EPA Emergency Management OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:23:00 +0000 53871 at http://ehstoday.com <p>We now know thanks to the findings of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board &ndash; a federally funded independent agency tasked with investigating industrial chemical accidents that is threatened with defunding in the FY 2018 federal budget proposed by the Trump administration &ndash; that a confluence of errors and missteps led to the tragedy at the West Fertilizer Co. facility.</p> 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 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