Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
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.
- San Francisco Examiner: San Francisco’s Grease Recycling Program
- Fresno Bee: Bad Drinking Water 'Unacceptable,' EPA Chief Says
- Long Beach Press-Telegram: EPA Administrator Visits Port of Long Beach
- Meet Gina McCarthy
Acting on Climate Change
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.
- Reuters: EPA Hits the Road to Seek Input on Power Plant Rules
- Reducing Carbon Pollution from Power Plants
- President Obama’s Climate Action Plan
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.
- Las Vegas Sun: Jared Blumenfeld on Nevada’s Good Start on Zero Waste Goal
- Pacific Daily News: Guam’s Rate of Recycling Surpasses 28%
- Presidential Proclamation – America Recycles Day, 2013
- America Recycles Day
Managing Graffiti the "Green" Way
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.
- KTVU: New Methods for Removing Graffiti
- EPA Demonstrates Innovative Graffiti Removal Products in San Francisco
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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