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EPA Awards $495,000 to Reduce Diesel Emissions from Marine Engines in Massachusetts (11/13/2014)
BOSTON -- EPA has awarded $495,000 to fund two marine repower projects in the state of Massachusetts. CLF Ventures, Inc. has received $300,000 to repower the tugboat Navigator, and the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) has been awarded $195,000 to repower two commercial lobster boats. The grants were awarded after a national competition for clean diesel projects, made possible by the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution. The fine particles in diesel exhaust pose serious health risks, including aggravated asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Children are especially vulnerable to these effects. The Northeast has some of the highest asthma rates in the nation, including a childhood asthma rate above 10 percent in all six New England states. The two projects awarded fall within areas of Suffolk and Bristol Counties in Mass., both identified by the EPA as having high levels of emissions from diesel engines.
 
EPA Calls for Nominations for 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (11/13/2014)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its call for nominations for the 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product that helps protect public health and the environment. "The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge is an opportunity for EPA to recognize green solutions and help solve critical environmental problems," said Jim Jones, EPA's Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "Green chemistry is about designing products and processes that reduce energy, chemicals and water waste while cutting manufacturing costs, and sparking investments. Ultimately, these chemicals and products are safer for people's health and the environment. This year, EPA is excited to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the awards."
 
EPA Proposes to Remove 72 Chemicals from Approved Pesticide Inert Ingredient List (11/03/2014)
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public comment on a proposal to remove 72 chemicals from its list of substances approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products. "We are taking action to ensure that these ingredients are not added to any pesticide products unless they have been fully vetted by EPA," said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "This is the first major step in our strategy to reduce risks from pesticides containing potentially hazardous inert ingredients."
 

 

 

 

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