Most owners and managers of apartments and rental houses will continue to ignore lead-based paint until inspections are mandatory. EPA's Renovation Repair and Painting (RRP) regulation puts good contractors between the rock of charging far more and the hard place of losing business to numerous competitors who are ignoring lead, while putting nor responsibilty when it belongs, on the owner. It is time to require that ...more »
In the Bakken Oil Fields, Oil companies are setting the stage by using nature to clean nature instead of using synthetic chemicals to clean up an organic matter (oil). When we look to nature for solutions to things that happen when we interrupt nature, we find the best case scenarios. The oil companies in the Bakken Oil fields should be commended for using innovative and sustainable means such as biotic soil amendments ...more »
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Should there be a device developed to stop diesel fuel spills at the pump for semi tractor trailers at the fuel stops
Currently, we ask private property owners to preserve resources that the public values. The public must compensate the property owner based on the value of the resource. This can be done with density bonuses, transferable development rights and/or tax breaks. The current system encourages impacts to resources to preserve property value. The public will have to accept higher densities on good developable property in ...more »
Tobacco smoke is a known known danger. It is proven to be carcinogenic, and directly leads to numerous diseases. If it were a new industrial chemical that a corporation accidentally exposed millions of people to (think asbestos), we would not hesitate to ban it. However, if a person lights a cigarette next to you on the street, a restaurant patio, or near your open home windows, there are no repercussions to the smoker, ...more »
A lot of what I'm reading is about cleaning up the mess that we have made. I think a better idea, especially in my home state of PA is to stop pollution before it happens. I'm talking about drilling for gas. We are creating a problem that we will not be able to fix and I don't understand why the EPA is not shutting these operations down. There is certainly enough evidence to say STOP until we know the best way to ...more »
Monsanto and its GMO program is BAD for all of us and needs to be STOPPED NOW!
I propose that the government tax businesses who profit from the sale of non-recyclable (or high-cost recyclable) products (even those that are categorized as non-toxic). Companies who sell products that are impossible to repair (or costlier to repair than to replace; e.g. most printers) and thus end up being disposed of by the consumer should also be taxed. I believe the EU imposes such taxes; I don't know about the ...more »
When ordering take out ask for foil or cardboard alternatives to styrofoam for your order or BYO; explain that you are trying to reduce garbage and recycle foil and compost or recycle cardboard/paper when done.
The Department of the Navy, has violated the 1974, 1986 and 1996 safe drinking water act, from 1957 - 1987 in regards to the Camp Lejeune contaminated drinking water. The Department of the Navy, has also violated the TSCA, from 1957 - 2001. The Department of the Navy, has violated the 1972 clean water act in 2001 aboard Camp Lejeune at lot 203. No written or any other form of citations has been issued to the Department ...more »
I work in the Office of Web Communications at EPA on social media. We've been on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr for a while and we just recently joined Foursquare. We're using Foursquare to post tips about the environment at locations in the United States and around the world. Please check out our page: http://foursquare.com/epagov Where would you like us to leave tips? What type of information would you find ...more »
Carbon particulates up to three microns can be removed from flue gases. The process is to pass the polluted air through a duct where a solvent is sprayed across the flowing gas to lower than the saturation temperature at the pressure of the flue gas. Water can be used for most pollutans. Reactive fluids may be used to spray insoluble gases to precipitate the pollutants in the air. The suspended pollutants are dissoved ...more »
I work for The Green Project in New Orleans and we receive around 100 one gallon plastic paint cans a week. Because they are contaminated with latex paint, is is nearly impossible to find a plant that will take the cans. If anyone knows any place that would be able and willing to take these cans or if anyone has any environmentally, cheap and efficient ways to clean the buckets, please let me know! You can also reach ...more »
Right now - most trashcan sized liners and leaf bags are black. They should be white so they reflect the sun's heat back off the planet. I'm thinking of hundreds of thousands of these bags at the dumpsites - all black and all absorbing heat into the earth because black absorbs more heat. If they were all white, they would contribute a little to the reduction of global warming.
I want to bring back the Woodsy the Owl campaign I remember from when I was a child to help educate today's youth about littering. Remember the jingle? "In the city or in the woods, help keep America looking good!-hoot hoot!" I really think it would get a great response.
Most energy efficiency programs are only available to home owners. And land lords that pass on heating bills to renters have no incentive to winterize homes, add double pained windows, install smart heating systems and other improvements that would save energy, CO2 and money. Renters need energy efficiency programs now!
The top two polluters on this planet receive some of the largest tax breaks on this planet. It's time to stop enabling polluters. If the EPA really wants to clean up the planet, they will start with the worst offenders.
Governments have yet to require the oil industry to insure that oil extraction from under the sea floor isn't potentially increasing the rate in which thermal energy is being transferred from the hotter planet surface, into the colder ocean waters. If this is happening, humanity my never live long enough to see the recovery of the planetary ice. Even if we greatly reduced the CO2 levels. Lab experiments suggest that this ...more »
I'm an educator and I wonder why we can't change our school buses to be hybrid or more energy efficient in some way!
This may be an unpopular concept but we do need to start discussing it. The root cause of all our environmental problems is that we have just about exceeded the carrying capacity of the earth for human population. Reducing the human population on earth will reduce the demand on natural resources such as fossil fuels and potable water; will reduce contamination of air, water and land; and will reduce waste production. ...more »
Idle start/stop systems shut a car down when it is idling. Since idling causes unnecessary emissions, why not do more than encourage drivers not to idle?
Some cars already have this technology, such as Toyota Prius and Mini Cooper. And some car manufacturers are already planning on using this for all their cars in the future, such as Mazda and Ford. We should require it of all new cars.
The only gas cans I can find at the hardware store are those that reduce the amount of gas vapor that is released. I hate them. I believe they cause MORE pollution than the old style. Everytime I fill my lawn mower I end up spilling gas on the driveway, the lawn mower and on me. These types of gas cans might pass some EPA test in the laboratory but in real life they fail miserable. Make no mistake. I by and large ...more »
I'm a high school student and not sure how to get this idea implemented. I'd like to start a contest in DFW to see which county can reduce their ozone readings for a 90-day period starting in July. The county with the greatest percentage drop in readings (compared to a 3-year average for each county) would win. They would be "The Biggest Ozone Loser." If citizens would just try to help one day a week, we could make a ...more »