From 9am - 7 pm on February 26, 2014, U.S. EPA will hold a public hearing on Proposed New Source Performance Standards for Residential Wood Heaters at the EPA New England Regional Office, 5 Post Office Square - Suite 100, Leighton Hall, Boston, MA.
In 2010, Philadelphia's Air Management Services passed a regulation requiring dry cleaners in the City that share a wall (co-located) with residential units or places where sensitive populations gather (e.g., day care facilities) to eliminate their use of the toxic solvents perchloroethylene (Perc) and n-Propyl-Bromide by December 31, 2013. The use of these chemicals creates a health risk for people who live or reside near dry cleaners.
Limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants have been positioned as the centerpieces of President Obama's plan to combat climate change in his second term. Last summer carbon dioxide concentrations reached an unprecedented 400 parts per million compared to 280 ppm in 1880. The evidence is clear. Since 1880 sea level has risen an average of 8 inches, global temperature has gone up 1.7 degress Fahrenheit, and precipitation has gone up 10%.
Once a month the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection hosts it's Citizen Advisory Council. In January the DEP was in attendance to explain their Climate Action Plan (attached) and Matt Walker, the Clean Air Council's Outreach Director was there to critique the lack of a greenhouse gas reduction goal and the state's reliance on shale gas as an environmentally-friendly fuel.
On January 25 the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published Penn State's plan to build two natural gas-fired boilers as well to convert two old coal boilers to natural gas. The following DEP official is currently accepting comments on this proposal.
Northcentral Region: Air Quality Program, 208 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701