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Archive for October, 2009
  • U.S. EPA Releases Air Monitoring Data for Chicago School

    Posted by on October 30, 2009
    U.S. EPA Region 5 recently released the first set of air monitoring data for St. Josaphat School, which is a Catholic elementary school located at 2245 N. Southport in Chicago. The data was gathered as part of the Schools Air Toxics Monitoring Initiative that is designed to show whether long-term exposure to toxic chemicals in the outdoor air poses health concerns for children and staff at 63 s...
  • Deal Exempts Steamships on Great Lakes From Air Pollution Requirements

    Posted by on October 29, 2009
    According to this story from the Associated Press, a deal struck in Congress will "effectively exempt 13 ships that haul iron ore, coal and other freight on the Great Lakes from a proposed federal rule meant to reduce air pollution." The rule was designed "to reduce emissions of airborne contaminants blamed for smog, acid rain, respiratory ailments and possibly cancer. Large ships are leadi...
  • U.S. EPA’s New Risk Analysis for Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Rule

    Posted by on October 28, 2009
    Yesterday, U.S. EPA published in the Federal Register a Notice of Data Availability inviting comments on a revised risk analysis for proposed revisions to regulations governing solvent-contaminated wipes. A wide variety of industries use wipes (including rags, shop towels, disposable wipes and paper towels) for cleaning and degreasing.  Those wipes are handled in various ways.  For exampl...
  • US EPA Proposes Rule Limiting Reach of Greenhouse Gas Regulations

    Posted by on October 27, 2009
    Today, U.S. EPA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (the "Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule") that addresses which companies will be affected by the regulation of greenhouse gases in the near future. In March 2010, U.S. EPA expects to finalize and promulgate its light-duty motor vehicle rule, which will control greenhouse gas emi...
  • “Green” Gas Station in Deerfield

    Posted by on October 25, 2009
    Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported on a "green" gas station.  According to the article, the station earned green certifications from the Green Business League and the village of Deerfield. The station features energy-saving motion sensors on the light switches and tap faucets, as well as a 52-gallon barrel near the gas pumps to collect rainwater runoff from the overhead canopy.  It also...
  • International Day of Climate Action

    Posted by on October 24, 2009
    Today is the International Day of Climate Action.  Environmental groups from around the globe are organizing events to gain support for an international climate change treaty.  Their goal is to bring down the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million.  This is what some scientists are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere...
  • “Healthy” House in Long Grove

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    There has been a lot of talk in the news about "green" construction.  But most of the discussions deal with commercial buildings. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reported on a house that was built by Dior Builders according to the Health House Builder Program sponsored by the American Lung Association.  A "healthy" home has the following components: foundation waterproofing and mo...

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