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'Father of green chemistry' Paul Anastas to head EPA research

New Haven, Conn. President Obama has nominated Paul Anastas, Yale's Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Research and Development. Anastas is currently director of the Cente...

Carnegie Mellon to receive $900,000 from EPA for brownfields research

Event: Carnegie Mellon University's Deborah A. Lange will receive a $900,000 check from Donald S. Welsh, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Region III which includes Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia for continued res...

NSF and EPA establish 2 centers for environmental implications of nanotechnology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have made awards to establish two Centers for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN). The centers, led by UCLA and Duke University, will study how nanomaterials interact with the environmen...

Duke to lead new NSF, EPA center to study the environmental implications of nanotechnology

DURHAM, NC--The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have awarded $14.4 million to create the Center for Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) to explore the potential ecological hazards of nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are as much as a ...

To your health: EPA announces safe drinking water research

Let's raise our water glasses and toast to America's health! Water is essential to life, and one of EPA's highest priorities is ensuring America has drinking water safe from pathogens and other waterborne contaminants. Today, EPA announced the award of $3.6 million in research grants to four unive...

Stronger EPA leadership needed to improve water quality in Mississippi River

WASHINGTON The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must take a more aggressive leadership role in implementing the Clean Water Act if water quality in the Mississippi River and the northern Gulf of Mexico is to improve, says a new report from the National Research Council. EPA has failed to use ...

CO2 emissions could violate EPA ocean-quality standards within decades

Stanford, CA. -- In a commentary in the September 25, 2007, issue of the Geophysical Research Letters (GRL), a large team of scientists state that human-induced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will alter ocean chemistry to the point where it will violate U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Quality...

UH team analyzes Hurricane Ike's effects on waterways, fish contamination

...th the Galveston Bay system started in the early '90s with funding from the epa Galveston Bay National Estuary Program," said Rifai, whose team helped writ...ai said, and it looks for pollutants in sediment, water and tissue. "The epa has asked the states to come up with water bodies that do not meet Clean Wa...

American Chemical Society's Weekly Presspac -- June 17, 2009

...ticide residues that might be found in U.S. homes. epa and HUD scientists plan to further investigate the... June 22, 2009 No more test tubes on four feet? epa moves toward animal-free toxicity tests Chemica...700 more added each year. Over the next ten years, epa plans to increasingly rely on so-called toxicity-b...

Improved method developed to test carcinogen risk

... in preliminary stages, studies seem to be showing that previous studies about aflatoxins, another common carcinogen, are reasonably accurate. "The epa levels of exposure for both the PAH compound and aflatoxins were determined using essentially the same methodology based on rodent studies," Bailey sa...

Omega-3 fatty acids appear to impact AMD progression

...upplements did not seem to interfere with the protective effects of DHA and epa against progression to advanced stages of AMD. Participants who consumed higher amounts of DHA and epa appeared to have lower risk of progression to both wet and dry forms of adv...

University of Houston diesel testing center teams with state transportation agency to cut emissions

...s' BlueMAX selective catalytic reduction system, which is classified by the epa as an emerging technology, on five TxDOT nonroad vehicles. They then will d...alysis on the BlueMAX's ability to reduce emissions, which will provide the epa with real-world performance data. "Houston is an ideal urban area to ob...

EPA's P3 award winners celebrate a green future

... (Washington, D.C. - April 21, 2009) epa has announced the university teams who won the annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition. The P3 award competition encourages college ...

Sea Grant awards $820,000 for research under EPA's Long Island Sound study

...research, outreach and education. The Long Island Sound Study, conducted under the EPA's National Estuary Program, is a cooperative effort between the epa and the states of Connecticut and New York to restore and protect the Sound and its ecosystems. ...

Iowa State researchers developing clean, renewable energy for ethanol industry

...properly burning gases containing ammonia could produce nitrogen oxide emissions. Such emissions aren't acceptable in most industrial facilities under epa regulations because they can contribute to smog and acid rain. Kong's goal is to develop a burner that will minimize the emission of such pollutant...

EPA to study Puerto Rico waters and marine habitat

...otecting their health is a priority for EPA," said epa Acting Regional Administrator George Pavlou. "The ...rtners in the region." Outside San Juan Harbor, epa scientists will use sonar scanning to establish pa...tates. At several locations around Puerto Rico, epa scientists, joined by researchers from the Univers...

Iowa student engineers develop hand-held water sanitizer for a thirsty world

...Just, faculty advisor to the UI College of Engineering chapter of the organization Engineers for a Sustainable World and AAAS presenter, said that the epa award represents an honor for the students and much more for citizens in developing countries. "We have some of the best students on the planet her...

Texas researchers provide emissions data for livestock industry

...ing ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions. The epa issued a final ruling on Dec. 18 that required the...ncy management entities. Until this ruling, the epa had not required agricultural operations to report...ity Right-to-Know Act of 1986. But with the new epa rule, it was determined the reporting was required...

U of T technique put to use to test clean up of contaminated groundwater

...ts that are not harmful to the environment," says U of T geochemist Barbara Sherwood Lollar, the scientist who initiated the concept and goals for the epa report and is one of its five international authors. The report outlines how this can be done using a novel technique called Compound Specific Isot...

42nd Mid-year Topical Meeting of the Health Physics Society

...ground detectors Real-time mapping of radiological data Mobile labs Identifying enriched uranium Federal Agency planning (Tuesday a.m. session) epa update of the protective action guides (PAGs) DHS/FEMA planning FDA protective action recommendations ...

International copper industry defines role in the fight against hospital infections

...king a lead role in this international effort through two main initiatives: epa registration of copper and copper alloys as antimicrobial and the initiation of clinical trials in three U.S. hospitals. The epa registration was granted based on independent laboratory tests demonstratin...

Timetable for Puget Sound restoration suffers setback

...hat these diffuse sources of toxics are more difficult to regulate, because they are not associated with a specific process or responsible party. The epa recognizes the need to develop new controls. However, population growth in coastal counties around the Puget Sound has nearly doubled in the last 50 ...

EPA and USDA should create new initiative to better monitor nutrients

...nitiative would represent an important step toward epa developing water-quality criteria and states setti...iver basin and into the northern Gulf of Mexico -- epa asked the Research Council for advice on how to in...se strategies. The committee recommended that epa and USDA create the NCII to implement a network of...

UI researchers help to improve carbon measurements in global climate studies

...istant professor of engineering at the University of California, Merced; Tianfeng Chai, former postdoctoral student at CGRER and currently at the U.S. epa Air Resources Lab, Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Marcelo Mena-Carrasco, former UI doctoral candidate and currently at the Department of Environmental ...

Pitt research finds that low concentrations of pesticides can become toxic mixture

... most of the pesticides, the concentration Relyea administered (2 to 16 parts per billion) was far below the human-lifetime-exposure levels set by the epa and also fell short of the maximum concentrations detected in natural bodies of water. But the research suggests that these low concentrationswhich ca...

Urea tanks on diesel trucks -- that's the law in the United States starting in 2010

..., and tooth-whitening products. Stringent New epa Exhaust Emission Rules Kedzie says that diesel-p...power hour90% less than current emissions. The new epa regulations will not apply to vehicles manufacture...ers, and other non-road vehicles must meet the new epa standards by 2015. The U.S. timetable for ships an...

EPA teams with National Geographic Society and World Resources Institute to map ecosystem services

...total costs and benefits of proposed land uses. epa will also team with the World Resources Institute ...n ecosystem services. As part of the partnership, epa scientists will share scientific tools to help bus...etter plan for a healthy, sustainable future." epa relies on quality science as the basis for sound p...

Wildfires cause ozone pollution to violate health standards, new study shows

...tion Agency (EPA) was 0.08 parts per million over an eight-hour period. The epa has since tightened the standard to 0.075 parts per million. Under the stri...s compared their modeling results with ozone measurements from a network of epa ground stations at various sites in California. This enabled them to determ...

Alternative to burning: environmentally sound disposal for wood chips

..., chipping and soil incorporation avoid burning controls recently imposed by many states and the Environmental Protection Agency. To adhere to current epa regulations, more producers are looking to chipping and incorporation of pruned wood as an alternative to burning. The practice has gained acceptance ...

Growing a garden of future environmental leaders

... And Matt Fripp is only one of 32 dynamic, creative students who received epa STAR fellowships to complete their masters or Ph.D. degrees and work on sol...f Research and Development. Since the fellowship program began in 1995, epa has awarded more than 2,200 fellowships to students in almost every state, ...

Commercial aquatic plants offer cost-effective method for treating wastewater

...actment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has enforced provisions of the Clean Water Act related to point-source pollution. In 1999, the epa began enforcing nonpoint source pollution controls, mandating that all states implement a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program for all watersheds a...

Entomological Society of America names 2008 award winners

...t courses, and has been awarded numerous awards and honors. David has received research and travel grants totaling in excess of $266,000, including an epa STAR Graduate Fellowship. David has helped organize and moderate a forest entomology symposium at the national ESA meeting every year since 2002. Davi...

Marine debris will likely worsen in the 21st century

...hould disseminate best management practices for how vessels can attain zero discharge, source reduction, and waste minimization, the committee urged. epa should also take the lead to work with academia, industry, and nongovernmental organizations to develop industry standards and guidelines for source r...

Nanotechnology: A brave new world requires bold new research approaches

... manner, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and epa awarded $38 million to establish two Centers for t...ironmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINs). epa contributed $5 million to the overall award, which...se of dramatic benefits for the environment," said epa Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "Working togethe...

MSU biofilms research helps set standards for everyday products

... measure how well antimicrobial products perform against biofilms. "The epa contract provides a solid basis of support," Goeres said. "That's why we ca...dence in the product's actual effectiveness, and so can the public." The epa contract will allow Goeres to hire two additional undergraduate students fo...

$2M grant awarded to University of Kentucky for research on nanoparticles and human health

...r ability to enter the brain. This is the largest epa Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant ever award...s well as the largest single grant ever awarded by epa STAR for nanotechnology research. "Nanotechnol...t, Jr., Deputy Regional Administrator (Acting) for epa Region 4 in Atlanta, Ga. "With nanomaterial use i...

Pesticide build-up could lead to poor honey bee health

...ees are not dying in their hives, but are not returning to their hives. James Frazier notes it is difficult to observe bees outside the hive. The U.S. epa only looks at acute exposure to individual pesticides, but chronic exposure may cause behavioral changes that are unmonitored. "We do not know that...

Using live fish, new tool a sentinel for environmental contamination

...o registered noticeable changes in the respiratory activity of fish embryos when the heavy metal cadmium was present at levels 60 times lower than the epa limit, she said. Throughout the study, contaminants did not destroy the eggs of laboratory-raised fathead minnows, a commonly studied fish species....

Eat oily fish at least once a week to protect your eyesight in old age

...rong inverse association between levels of DHA and epa and wet AMD. People in the top 25% of DHA and epa levels (300 mg per day and above) were 70% less li...tuna or mackerel, provides about 500 mg of DHA and epa per day". The research team is not, however, re...

Bacterial persistence in streams

...he presence of bacteria from fecal pollution continues to be a problem in both rural and urban streams in the United States. Since 1990, when the U.S. epa adopted the Coliform Rule, the presence of total coliform in water distribution systems has been closely monitored as an indicator of fecal pollution ...
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