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Trump Administration claims U.S. air is cleaner than ever

By |2018-12-04T05:00:42+00:00December 4th, 2018|Categories: Air, Enviromental, Public Health|

According to the Trump Administration, the air and water in the United States is "right now at a record clean." The 2017 energy-related emissions fell 0.9 percent... compared with a year earlier, and were 14 percent below 2005 levels." State and federal regulations and an increased use of natural gas (which emits less carbon dioxide [...]

National Climate Assessment predicts dire conditions for Texas

By |2018-11-27T02:36:42+00:00November 27th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Public Health, Texas|

The 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment was released Friday, November 23, 2018. According to the research and analysis, "Texas will face increasingly dire consequences if action isn't taken to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions." As part of the Southern Great Plains, Texas may face an increase of 3.6-5.1 degrees F average temperatures by the [...]

Toxic herbicide found in Texas drinking water

By |2018-11-29T04:55:07+00:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Public Health, TCEQ, Texas, Water|

In Texas, about 500 water utilities have tested positive for a weed killer with known negative health effects. Atrazine, an herbicide, is used to fend off weeds especially in warmer seasons, when it's easier for weeds to grow. The environmental working group (EWG) from EPA that reported these findings discovered, however, that these water utilities [...]

Smithfield Farms pledges to cover manure lagoons

By |2018-10-31T01:58:38+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Health & Safety, Public Health, Wastewater|

Smithfield Farms is the world's biggest pork producer. In the United States alone, the company has control of over 1,000 farms, with its headquarters in North Carolina. The recent flooding, rain, and winds of Hurricane Florence revived the conversation around safe disposal of pig manure due to the dire environmental and human health costs that [...]

EPA enforces lead paint laws

By |2018-10-29T19:34:19+00:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Lead, Public Health|

EPA's enforcement alert for lead paint laws protects human health and business In October 2018, EPA released an enforcement alert from the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The enforcement alert for lead paint laws intends to "protect human health, ensure renovators comply with requirements, and promote level playing field." The Renovation, Repair, and Painting [...]

Meat processing plants violate pollution permits

By |2018-11-02T23:19:39+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Health & Safety, Pollution, Public Health, Texas, Wastewater|

Almost half of evaluated meat processors in violation of pollution standards The nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) recently examined EPA records for ninety eight large meat processing plants. EIP found that almost three-quarters of the plants were in violation of their permit limits for nitrogen, fecal bacteria, or other pollutants at least once. EIP had [...]

Texas faces public health risks from dirty air

By |2018-10-23T06:46:30+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Air, Enviromental, Industrial, Oil and Gas, Pollution, Public Health, Texas|

A report by the Environment Texas Research & Policy Center showed that "over 23 million people who make up the 20 main metropolitan and micropolitan urban areas in Texas" were exposed to at least five days of bad air quality in 2016. This degraded air quality increases the risk of adverse health effects for those [...]

Pig waste lagoons pose contamination threat

By |2018-10-09T22:47:42+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Pollution, Public Health, Water|

The record rains of Hurricane Florence have posed multiple environmental and human health issues. As of September 19, 2018, at least 77 pig waste "lagoons" in North Carolina have flooded into the surrounding area or are at imminent risk of doing so. In these large-scale pig farms, pig waste falls through slatted floors into a [...]

Hurricane Florence threatens to flood waste pools

By |2018-10-09T22:27:06+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Pollution, Public Health, Water|

Pig farmers just inland of the North Carolina coast were rushing to drain cesspools before Hurricane Florence hit in order to accommodate the expected rain. In pig farming, open air “lagoons” are a common way to handle animal waste. The lagoons themselves are usually not problematic in terms of pollution. With the threat of immense [...]

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