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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

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

October 2012 Newsletter

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Protecting Children's Health

Protecting children's health is a high priority for EPA. Children are more affected by pollution than adults because they are smaller, their organ systems are still developing and their learning behaviors can expose them to environmental threats. Dr. Jeanne Conry, a practicing obstetrician, was recently recognized by EPA for her work in making reproductive environmental health a key new emphasis for the obstetrics community.

$6.5 Million to Help Restore San Francisco Bay

flock of birdsEPA grants to state and local agencies and non-profit organizations range from $75,000 to $1.5 million and will support 10 projects that prevent pollution, restore streams and tidal marshes, and manage floodwaters in an environmentally sound manner.

Honoring a Sustainable Agriculture Leader

Dixon Farm, Environmental Award Winners

Dixon Ridge Farms of Winters, Calif., pioneered a whole-systems approach to sustainable farming. The farm's biogas-powered generator is fueled by walnut shells, reducing the need for propane and electricity from outside sources. The farm has 3,500 square feet of photovoltaic solar panels, with a planned 100,000 square-foot expansion. The farm's use of renewable energy, water conservation and reduced packaging make it a model for sustainable agriculture.

Supporting Clean Diesel in Nevada

bus emitting smoke

EPA's Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program is providing a grant to the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection. The DERA program helps owners and operators replace and retrofit older diesel engines which emit high levels of pollution.

Protecting Children and Communities
from Lead Acid Emissions

U.S. Battery, of Corona, Calif., failed to comply with federal emissions monitoring and reporting requirements, including those for performance testing of its lead emission control devices. In addition to paying a penalty, the company will install secondary high efficiency air filters to capture additional lead particles.

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