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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.
 
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 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."
 
EPA Seeks Feedback from the Public on Proposed Label Options for Safer Products (09/08/2014)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is redesigning its Design for the Environment Safer Product Label to better convey to consumers that products bearing the label meet the program's rigorous standard to be safer for people and the environment. "We want consumers to be able to easily find safer products that work well," said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "The agency wants to hear from the American people on which designs will help people identify household cleaning and other products that are safer for families and the environment."
 
More than twice as much mercury in environment as thought (09/04/2014)
The most comprehensive estimate of mercury released into the environment is putting a new spotlight on the potent neurotoxin. By accounting for mercury in consumer products, such as thermostats, and released by industrial processes, the calculations more than double previous tallies of the amount of mercury that has entered the environment since 1850. The analysis also reveals a previously unknown spike in mercury emissions during the 1970s. The finding doesn't indicate a greater risk to human health; scientists already know how much mercury most people are exposed to. But it does show how tighter regulations over the past 4 decades have lowered the total amount of mercury emitted to the global environment--even as some industries in the developing world continue to expand.
 

 

 

 

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