Tuesday, January 28, 2014

At Long Last, EPA Reaches Milestone in Review of National Smog Standard

Here is an action that is long overdue:  At long last, the US EPA is about to show some progress in its much-delayed review of national air quality standards for smog—you remember, President Obama declared several years ago that EPA would complete action on this issue in 2013

The following notice on this is slated to appear in tomorrow’s Federal Register:

 This is far from final action, of course.  But it is a significant milestone.  EPA will be releasing new draft exposure, risk and policy assessments.  These are intended to reflect our increased knowledge of the dangers of ozone compared to what was known when the more recent Bush administration set a standard of 75 parts per billion in 2008.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Guest Posting: Get the Whole Family Involved in Living a Green Apartment Lifestyle

Ever wonder how to live "greener" in an apartment?  We received this interesting guest posting from Tracie Owens on that very topic:

We generate more than 250 million tons of solid waste each year, adding to landfills and wasting resources, according to the EPA. Solar cells and rainwater collection systems are trendy ways for families to live a greener lifestyle, but if you live in an apartment your options for home improvement are limited. If you want to teach your kids how to leave a smaller carbon footprint, leading by example is an excellent start. The following advice will help everyone treat the environment with a little more respect.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Guest Post: EPA Must Do More to Fix Health Menace Posed by Wood Heaters

Clean Air Watch recently hailed a proposal by the US EPA to move ahead with long-delayed plans to require lower-polluting residential wood heating devices. http://www.cleanairwatch.org/2014/01/clean-air-watch-hails-epa-proposal-to.html#more

Our comments weren't meant to condone past EPA inaction on this topic, merely to encourage the agency to get off the dime and deal with this problem going forward. 

But some people directly harmed by wood smoke want EPA to do more to deal with this health menace.  In the following guest commentary. Mr. Gary Mastroeni of Syracuse, N.Y., explains why.

I was dismayed to see your praise of the EPA’s long overdue effort to limit emissions from residential wood heaters.  You and your organization should be criticizing the EPA for dragging its feet for decades regarding this issue.  How many millions of defective wood burning devices have been sold over the past two decades?  Devices that will continue to emit high levels of toxic emissions for at least the next two decades.  How many millions of innocent Americans will develop lung cancer, or other lung diseases because they live next to one of these polluting devices that the EPA let manufacturers' unscrupulously market?

Friday, January 03, 2014

Clean Air Watch Hails EPA Proposal to Reduce Dangerous Pollution from Residential Wood Burning

Clean Air Watch hailed today's announcement by the U.S. EPA that, at long last, it is moving forward with a proposal to reduce dangerous emissions from residential wood heating devices such as outdoor wood boilers.

This is a very important step towards protecting public health, particularly in areas where residential wood burning is widespread.  Smoke gets in your eyes, as the old song goes.  But wood smoke also gets in your lungs, where it can cause real damage.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Guest Posting: Attack E-waste by Going Green with 'BYOD'

We are starting off the New Year with this interesting guest post by Rudy Tran about an emerging trend in Canada aimed at reducing waste from electronic devices:

Electronic waste is discarded by the tons each year in the form of outdated computers, monitors, hard copy devices, keyboards, mice, televisions and mobile devices. Individual devices such as mobile phones that qualify as e-waste when discarded are counted in the millions. E-waste is trashed in landfills or incinerators or sometimes recycled. The government has taken initiative to reduce e-waste. Ninety-six percent of federal departments have developed a plan for e-waste disposal with the Guideline for the Environmentally Sound Disposal of Electronic and Electrical Equipment, according to Environment Canada. The benefits of recycling e-waste include saving electricity and recovering precious metals such as gold and copper. What can your business do to make a difference?