Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice

Thank you for all the great ideas

After December 31, 2013, EPA is no longer maintaining the technology this discussion forum uses. We really appreciate the energy and creativity this format allowed. We’re looking at how we can continue to share the ideas you've contributed. We continue to explore ways to expand the conversation and listen to your ideas to help protect human health and the environment.

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Protecting America’s Waters

Multi-Jurisdictional Agency Support for Public Participation

Federal lands in county jurisdictions are not accountable for stormwater pollution prevention of state water bodies. Local jurisdictions (counties and cities) under regulation by regional state agencies -- with no authority to address federal land contributions to receiving water body impairments -- place the burden of correcting impaired conditions on local land owners in proximity to the water body, through public ...more »

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Cleaning Up Our Communities

Match RSVP In-Kind Hours with Public Works Projects

Create a "time bank" of donated Retired Senior Volunteer Program hours so that local public works departments can help neighborhood outdoor cleanup projects (road safety signage, dumpsters, removal of collected litter - tires from the shoreline, deserted appliances) to encourage neighbors, friends, and families to keep creeks and watersheds healthy.

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PLEASE DONT USE CHLORINE BLEACH WOODEN FENCE/ROOF ?

Small business and individual homeowners nationwide. Are using harmful chemicals to improve the appearing of rotton wood fence panals And wood shake rooftops. Exposure to wildlife children and neighbors. Is at risk of chlorine inhalation. Shuld this be a violation. Of public. Safety . And raise. Awareness. To deem it illegal There are evan people. Who do this for a profit and try to hide to secret by using. Clorox ...more »

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Improving Air Quality

Put pm range on new maps of wood smoke problem areas

The Am Lung says EPA is going to publish a map of wood smoke pollution problem areas. Good. Put put a range on the total pm estimated so gov will know the pm likely. It is not NAAQS but tells where threats are believed to be occurring and threats to life and health have to be stopped and investigated per essential services policy of the DHHS. Then burning by stoves can be prohibited in problem areas. Pellet stoves will ...more »

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Cleaning Up Our Communities

Boats out of Date or service!

This is coming from 2 Michigan towns Ludington, Manistee. It is time to clean up these to places as Ludington has iron floating in the harbor that should go to the scrap yard. The Badger is the only coal burning ferry still in operation, its owners have refused to switch it over to a non-poluting power plant dumping tons of coal ash into Lake Michigan. Enough is enough, employees know the end of the Badger is near ...more »

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Improving Air Quality

Ozone non-attainment

The EPA seems reluctant to assess compliance with ozone standards in Metropolitan Statistical Areas on an annual basis. I live in an area that has exceeded the ozone standard for 4 years and yet we are officially still in attainment. The EPA should review ozone attainment annually to protect citizens from unhealthy air.

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Improving Air Quality

RMRR guidelines

How does a manufacturing compliance officer decide if they need to follow New Source Review (NSR) or New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) regulations if they have repaired or replaced a "facility" that resulted in an increase in emissions as defined by EPA? This is important since the requirements for NSR and NSPS are not the same. For example, a NSR review is required if the capital costs of the work exceeds 20% ...more »

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Taking Action on Climate Change

Let's talk about E-wastes

I have become interested with the issues regarding e-wastes, but I really do not have that much information about the subject. For this reason it would be nice of you people if we could use this space to share our ideas about e-wastes in general, such as our opinions on how it is handled, how it affects the areas we live in, or even some solutions and proposals that we might think of to provise solutions to this problem. ...more »

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Protecting America’s Waters

stop fertalizing your lawn ,you are killing us

I am blessed to live next to the last living estuaries in the united states, the wonderful, magical Indian River Lagoon, It's so sad to see the product of human vanity for their lawns near such a drastically important role in the life cycle, of all life. Without this estuary would deem catastrophe on the future of marine life, and eventually our own,.I believe it should be against the law to fertilize near such a fragile ...more »

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A Review of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson discusses the unimaginable divinity of nature’s innate ability to foster processes that aid each other in providing nourishment for every creature. He uses the example of plants, whose seeds are sowed by the wind, watered by the rain that was drawn from the ocean by the sun, and which feed humans and grazers, alike. In our own empirical endeavors, we have also found that, without any human input, nature create ...more »

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A Review of The Land Ethic by Aldo Leopold

A Sand County Almanac: The Land Ethic Aldo Leopold begins his last chapter by presenting a harsh tale of Odysseus, a Greek hero who returned home from his journey and, with no hesitation or remorse, hanged many of his slaves for rumors of their disobedience when he was away. In modern times, this act of punishment would seem cruel and lacking of any moral justice whatsoever, but Leopold stresses that in ancients’ ...more »

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Everyday Green Tips

Buffalo Wild Wings lack of recycling

It was brought to my attention that BWW uses all paper products for plates. I was talking to a former server that worked briefly for the company and she explained that due to lack of space they don't have a dish room. I was appalled and immediately thought of all the needless waste going into our landfills.I don't know how to go about investigating the validity of this claim and if it's true what could be done to change ...more »

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Talk about our population!!

All our environmental efforts mean nothing unless we start talking about the one issue that so many refuse to face. Stream our film for free through the end of May and see what it is that can help alleviate the stresses rapid population growth has had on our earth and it's ecosystems.

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Protecting America’s Waters

Recycling of Fracturing and Production Water

We hear and read a lot about stopping fracturing of oil and gas wells and the how they contaminate water, while this is true thewat6er can be recycled and reused in drilling and fracturing activities, our company has developed a process that removes contaminates to include salt bring the water to below required EPA rquired standards. Its injection well that are the real issue, this is were contaminated water is sent down ...more »

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Be inspired to make a difference

"The Pledge (An Earth Anthem) music video by the award-winning Earthman Lanny Smith and the Planet Earth Project features both the Miami Children's Choir and the Nashville Children's Choir, and is signed by for the hard of hearing by children. This will inspire everyone.

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Assuring the Safety of Chemicals

Air quality related to car emissions.

Ask that local police check for valid emission test receipts from drivers they stop, and from drivers whose vehicles are visibly emitting noxious and profuse smoke. This includes school buses which I see many driving down highways and streets with noxious, blue smoke escaping from their tailpipes. I know that Illinois will not allow drivers to renew their state vehicle tags without an emissions pass (every two years), ...more »

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