EPA Updates Rule for Pathogens in Drinking Water, Sets Limit for E. Coli
Monday, 24 December 2012 07:27

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the rule for pathogens in drinking water, including setting a limit for the bacteria E. coli to better protect public health.

The Revised Total Coliform Rule ensures that all of the approximately 155,000 public water systems in the United States, which provide drinking water to more than 310 million people, take steps to prevent exposure to pathogens like E. coli. Pathogens like E. coli can cause a variety of illnesses with symptoms such as acute abdominal discomfort or, in more extreme cases, kidney failure or hepatitis.

EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study
Friday, 21 December 2012 12:47

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today provided an update on its ongoing national study currently underway to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Results of the study, which Congress requested EPA to complete, are expected to be released in a draft for public and peer review in 2014. The update provided today outlines work currently underway, including the status of research projects that will inform the final study. It is important to note that while this progress report outlines the framework for the final study, it does not draw conclusions about the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, which will be made in the final study.

Waste Reduction During Holidays Saves Environment
Thursday, 13 December 2012 14:07
By Jon K. Brent

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– The holidays are upon us and so is holiday waste. The week after Christmas, we'll see streets decked with garbage bins spilling over with holiday waste -- plus the occasional plumber's truck in front of the home where the sink disposal couldn't handle all the food discards. Save landfills with these recycling pointers.

EPA Suggests Burning Smarter this Winter
Monday, 17 December 2012 06:40

EPA's Burn Wise Program Offers Helpful Hints to Keep Warm and Reduce Air Pollution

(PHILADELPHIA --- December 13, 2012) --

Are you burning wood in a wood stove or fireplace this winter? If so, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages you to burn a more efficient and cleaner fire. Wood smoke is made up of a mixture of gases and fine particle pollution that isn't healthy to breathe indoors or out - especially for children, older adults and those with heart and lung disease, and asthma.

Reducing smoke from your chimney can be easy. Burning dry firewood in a properly installed and operated EPA-certified wood stove should produce little smoke.

EPA Recommends New Recreational Water Quality Criteria to Better Protect Public Health
Monday, 03 December 2012 11:08

WASHINGTON --Pursuant to an order from a U.S. District Court and as required by the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recommended new recreational water quality criteria for states that will help protect peoples' health during visits to beaches and waters year round. The science-based criteria provide information to help states improve public health protection by addressing a broader range of illness symptoms, better accounting for pollution after heavy rainfall, providing more protective recommendations for coastal waters, encouraging early alerts to beachgoers and promoting rapid water testing. The criteria released today do not impose any new requirements; instead, they are a tool that states can choose to use in setting their own standards.

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