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EPA Releases Polluters Report

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009


Thursday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made available the most recent reporting on the amount of toxic chemicals released into the U.S. environment. According to the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), the latest data, from the calendar year 2007, show an overall decrease of five percent in releases since 2006. Releases to air decreased seven percent and releases to water decreased five percent.

The report shows increases in the releases of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals like lead, dioxin, mercury and PCBs. Overall PBTs releases increased one percent. The increases were primarily due to a handful of facilities, and most of the releases reported were not to the air or water. (more…)

Uncle Sam Wants Your Green Ideas !

Friday, February 6th, 2009

The White House announcement of a new Middle Class Task Force, run by Vice President Joe Biden, shows that even with the main focus on healing our ailing economy, the campaign promises of a greener economy remain a focus of the new administration.

“The task force’s first focus will be green jobs as a pathway to a strong middle class,” according to a White House Statement released with the task force materials. “Green jobs are jobs that provide products and services which use renewable energy resources, reduce pollution, conserve energy and natural resources and reconstitute waste.”

“At a time when good jobs at good wages are harder and harder to come by, it is critical we find new and innovate ways to create more such jobs. Building a new power grid, manufacturing solar panels, weatherizing homes and office buildings, and renovating schools are just a few examples of ways to create new good quality jobs – green jobs – and strengthen the foundation of this country at the same time. (more…)

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