Posts tagged "EPA"

April 16 news: Drowning deaths declining, EPA and mercury limits, casual marijuana use

Check out the latest in public health news for Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
EPA rule to limit carbon pollution from new power plants opens for comment

EPA rule to limit carbon pollution from new power plants opens for comment

A new standard to protect public health from carbon pollution and the impacts of climate change is now open for public comment.

House subcommittee proposes deep cuts to EPA in budget bill

The U.S. House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee’s budget bill released Tuesday calls for $2.8 billion in cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for fiscal year 2014 —a 34 percent decrease in funding over the prior year.

Senate confirms McCarthy to lead EPA, Perez as new Labor secretary

Following an uphill battle in Congress, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy as the 13th administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday in a 59-40 vote.
President Obama calls for action on climate change

President Obama calls for action on climate change

Citing a moral imperative to create a healthier planet with a stable environment for future generations, President Barack Obama laid out his vision for reducing climate change before environment and health advocates at Georgetown University on Tuesday.
APHA announces ad in support of EPA nominee

APHA announces ad in support of EPA nominee

A new ad from APHA touts the public health credentials and decades-long record fighting for clean air and kids' health of EPA nominee Gina McCarthy.
EPA proposes to reduce toxic pollutants discharged into waterways

EPA proposes to reduce toxic pollutants discharged into waterways

New limits proposed Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would reduce the amount of dangerous pollutants released from power plants into our nation’s waterways.
Senate hearing begins today for EPA nominee

Senate hearing begins today for EPA nominee

Former local health official Gina McCarthy faces tough questions from senators today before taking the next step in her long career in public service: administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Obama nominates McCarthy to direct EPA

Obama nominates McCarthy to direct EPA

On Monday, President Barack Obama nominated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officer Gina McCarthy to be the agency’s next administrator, filling a vacancy left by the December resignation of former head Lisa Jackson.

EPA’s Jackson steps down

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced in a statement today that she is leaving the agency after President Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, ending her four-year tenure.

EPA strengthens clean air standard for soot

In a move widely applauded by the public health community, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new rule today to strengthen clean air protections against fine particulate matter, or soot.

Stronger soot protections await White House approval

The public may gain stronger protections from small particles of soot that can lodge deep in the lungs and pose serious health threats if new standards sent to the White House Tuesday are approved by President Barack Obama.