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November 2013 Newsletter

US EPA in the Pacific Southwest

Administrator Gina McCarthy Tours California

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spent several busy days in California in late November. She visited San Francisco's Greasecycle program, which converts used cooking oil to biodiesel, and met with farmers and ranchers in the San Joaquin Valley. She also went to Los Angeles to see EPA-funded projects at the Port of Long Beach and the restoration work being done on the LA River.

Acting on Climate Change

power plant stack

As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, EPA held public listening sessions in San Francisco and cities around the nation to solicit input from the public and stakeholders, as EPA develops Clean Air Act guidelines to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants.

America Recycles

Nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste. Households create ordinary garbage while industrial and manufacturing processes create solid and hazardous waste. Recycling is a critical tool for reducing waste, and this month we celebrated and encouraged recycling around the nation. In the Pacific Southwest, Guam and Nevada have recently made great progress in increasing recycling.

Managing Graffiti the "Green" Way

Removing graffiti from a park bench

Graffiti is a significant problem for many cities and graffiti management is often extremely costly.  Traditional graffiti removers and graffiti-resistant paints contain toxic solvents. EPA and local partners have been developing, testing, and demonstrating safer low-VOC, low-toxicity graffiti removers, graffiti-resistant paints, and removal methods.

The Clean Air Act at Work in the San Joaquin Valley

A national breakfast cereal company failed to install air pollution controls at its production facility in Modesto, Calif.  The company was required to purchase equipment necessary to reduce air emissions and will also pay a penalty of $635,000. 

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