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Summer 2013 Newsletter

Our New Administrator, Gina McCarthy

In July 2013, Gina McCarthy became the Administrator of EPA. Prior to her appointment as Administrator, she served as the Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.  During her career, which spans over 30 years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment.

State of the Environment Photo Project

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The San Francisco Public Library is now presenting EPA’s historic “Documerica Returns” photo exhibit at the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery. The exhibit will be on view until October 1, 2013. In the 1970s, Documerica collected more than 15,000 images, documenting environmental and human conditions when EPA was starting its mission. Forty years later, Documerica continues with the State of the Environment project, which will accept photo submissions through the end of 2013.

A Greener Defense

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Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld recently spoke with environmental leaders in the military about alternative energy, environmental management, and working with tribes to achieve infrastructure goals. Listen to the conversations with Maureen Sullivan, Director of Environmental Management at the Department of Defense, and Tom Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy at the Department of the Navy.

Protecting Waterways in Arizona

As a result of EPA’s national initiative to enforce the requirements of stormwater discharge permits, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has agreed to speed up its efforts to prevent stormwater runoff from highways and freeways from polluting lakes, rivers, and other waterways.

Food Processor Fined for Toxic Leaks

An Ontario, Calif., food processing plant operator failed to immediately notify authorities after its equipment leaked anhydrous ammonia, a poisonous gas.

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