Tag: EPA

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the US federal government, which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. EPA was proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation on December 2, 1970, after Nixon signed an executive order. The order establishing EPA was ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate. The agency is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the President and approved by Congress. The current administrator is Gina McCarthy. EPA is not a Cabinet department, but the administrator is normally given cabinet rank.

Literally Went Up in Flames

Literally Went Up in Flames

There’s a headline from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper in Northern California that reads, “U.S. EPA to oversee toxics cleanup after fires in Sonoma and Napa counties.” It’s a very stoic, informational headline. And before I outline what is about to take place, it might be a good idea

College Stormwater Programs

College Stormwater Programs

Not too long ago, there were only two colleges in the United States where one could learn about stormwater management, notes Brant Keller, public works director for Griffin, GA.

John Deere Adds SmartGrade™ Capabilities to the 650K Crawler Dozer

John Deere Adds SmartGrade™ Capabilities to the 650K Crawler Dozer

MOLINE, Ill. (Oct. 12, 2017) — John Deere SmartGrade™ is now available on the 650K crawler dozer, joining the 700K, 750K, and 850K models equipped with the technology. The integrated Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System improves job site accuracy and work quality—delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable external masts

Converting Biogas into CNG for Alternative Vehicle Fuels

Converting Biogas into CNG for Alternative Vehicle Fuels

New technology is being developed in response to a growing interest in lower-cost vehicle fuel alternatives. One example is the patent-pending BioCNG biogas conditioning system invented by Cornerstone, which economically converts methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste materials—or “biogas”—into a renewable natural gas (RNG) suitable for use in

Porous Pavers: Improving Water Quality

Porous Pavers: Improving Water Quality

Permeable pavement is taking center stage now as erosion control and stormwater green infrastructure projects aim to reduce runoff and improve water quality.

Stopping Nonpoint-Source Pollution
In Columbia, MO, the Public Works Department received a Clean Water Act 319 grant for stormwater improvements to reduce nonpoint-source pollution into the creeks and streams.

New Strategies for Noise Mitigation

New Strategies for Noise Mitigation

More stringent emission requirements, coupled with greater energy requirements at large facilities, where owners and operators seek more power density, have become a driving factor in current sound attenuation designs.

Fugitive Dust Control and Road Stabilization

Fugitive Dust Control and Road Stabilization

Whether fugitive dust comes from mining activities, country roads, open land, or elsewhere, federal governments in North America and in other countries around the world have been tightening their dust control regulations.

More Dust, or More Drinking Water?

More Dust, or More Drinking Water?

The area around Salt Lake City, UT, is one of the fastest-growing places in the country. It currently has about two million people—almost two-thirds of the state’s population—and that number is expected to double in the next 30 years. It’s also running short of water. The state has a possible

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