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EnviroBytes, a Summary of Issues and Events for the Week Ending July 30, 2010

EPA GRANT TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY IN THE PORT OF PITTSBURGH

On July 28, EPA presented a $1.15 million grant to the Port of Pittsburgh Commission to fund the repowering of four marine towing vessels with new, more efficient diesel engines and generators that will reduce air pollution and improve the air quality in and around the port.  The port of Pittsburgh will also benefit from $1.9 million for the project on behalf of the Commission and three participating companies.  The port is the second-largest inland port in the U.S.  For more information, go to http://www.epa.gov/otaq/marine.htm

COAL MINE PERMIT COMPLIES WITH EFFORT TO REDUCE COAL MINING'S IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

On July 28, Coal-Mac Inc. was issued a final permit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its Pine Creek No. 1 Surface Mine project in Logan County, W. Va. intended to protect the water quality of the Pine Creek watershed ecosystem, to protect public health, and to uphold Clean Water Act standards.  EPA will continue to review proposed surface coal mines and valley fill construction permits in Appalachia under newly-established criteria that will more significantly reduce the impact of coal mining and mountaintop removal mining on the environment. 

EPA GRANT TRAINS HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND 100 FAMILIES ABOUT ASTHMA CARE  

On July 29, Shawn M. Garvin, Regional Administrator of the EPA Mid-Atlantic Region awarded a $100,000 grant to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to train healthcare professionals and 100 families on the environmental management of asthma care. EPA is committed to educating Americans about asthma to improve the quality of life of asthma sufferers, to show how the indoor and outdoor environments affect asthma and to promote an awareness of asthma triggers.  For more information, go to http://www.epa.gov/reg3artd/asthma/asthma.htm

BRING AN END TO THE SUMMER DOLDRUMS WITH EPA'S HEALTHY WATERS BLOG

The blog Green Overhead shows how green roofs reduce storm water runoff.  Pick it up please — even if…!  uses an example of what happened in the Anacostia River watershed that caused it to be designated trash impaired.  Another blog Building Appreciation for the Environment with the Next Generation, highlights the role of posterity in protecting the health of the nation's streams and rivers.  EPA looks forward to your comments. Visit the Healthy Waters website at http://blog.epa.gov/healthywaters/

 


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