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Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

June-July 2014 Newsletter

A Plan for Clean Power

power plant

This month EPA proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. States, cities and businesses across the country are already taking action to address the risks of climate change, and EPA's proposal builds on those actions and is flexible - reflecting that different states have a different mix of sources and opportunities. The proposal will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment now and for future generations.

Administrator McCarthy Attends Solar Installation

Gina McCarthy with a GRID employee

Gina McCarthy met with GRID Alternatives officials and students from Los Angeles Trade Technical College’s Solar PV Technician certificate program during the installation of solar panels at a single-family home in Long Beach, Calif. GRID Alternatives is a non-profit honored by EPA, the White House and others for its innovative approach toward expanding solar energy adoption in the U.S.

Helping Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Honey bee

Pollinators contribute substantially to the U.S. economy and are vital to keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the U.S. Over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators.  President Obama has directed the federal government to create a strategy to address the problem, and EPA has already developed new Pollinator Risk Assessment Guidance.

Environmental Research to Improve Public Health

wood stove

EPA has awarded the University of California, Berkeley, a $1.5 million grant for work to assess the impact of pollution from household and village-scale stoves on air quality in developing countries. The project addresses the issue of pollution traveling between indoor and outdoor air and is crucial to fully understanding the health and climatic impacts of indoor cookstoves.

Protecting Children and Communities from Lead Poisoning

A Maui property-management company has been fined for failing to notify its tenants about the potential presence of lead-based paint at some of its properties. The company will also fund the testing of 350 children for lead exposure and provide blood lead analysis equipment to three community health clinics that serve low-income and homeless residents.

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