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

By |2019-05-20T21:02:24+06:00December 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 |2019-05-20T21:26:59+06:00November 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 [...]

Toxic herbicide found in Texas drinking water

By |2019-05-20T21:34:19+06:00November 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 |2019-05-20T21:37:58+06:00October 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+06:00October 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 [...]