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Lehigh County Community Found With Extremely High Radon Levels

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is urging residents in the Center Valley area of Lehigh County to have their homes tested for radon. This comes after recent tests by the department and a DEP-certified laboratory revealed that several homes in that area have record high levels.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can enter a home through cracks in the foundation or other openings. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Pennsylvania and causes about 20,000 lung-cancer deaths in the U.S....

11/21/2014 11:43:21am
EPA Names 2014 Green Power Leaders

The agency recognizes leading organizations, businesses in Calif., Colo., Mich., N.J., N.H., Okla., Ore., Pa., Tenn., Va., Wash., Wis.

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 19 Green Power Partners and four suppliers across the country—including the cities of Philadelphia and Las Vegas, Apple, Kohl’s, and Trek Bicycle Corporation-for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change.

“By using more than 7.6 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, these communities, businesses, and organizations are leading the way in cutting U.S....

11/19/2014 10:11:08am
Is There A Crazy Amount of BPA In Cash Register Receipts?

I saw this story recently from the Sierra Club regarding BPA in cash register receipts.  I couldn't believe what they found!  It's going to make me think twice about grabbing my receipts.  Read below to find out more:

Ever since early exposes showed the endocrine-system-disrupting effects of the industrial chemical BPA, manufacturers have discontinued its use in water bottles, baby bottle, and binkies. (That's why everyone drinks their water out of metal containers these days.) In estimating human exposure to the chemical these days, federal regulators assume that the main source of exposure to BPA is from food and beverage packaging....

11/18/2014 09:25:32am
What's Your Climate Personality?

Take a few minutes out of your day today and take the EPA's fun climate quiz!  You can share your results and find out what you can do to protect our planet.  You never know, you just might be a climate superstar!


11/18/2014 08:43:01am
EPA: Every American, Business and Community Can Play a Role in Increasing Rate of Recycling

In advance of America Recycles Day, on November 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls on communities, businesses, and individuals to leave the next generation a cleaner, safer and more stable world. The simple act of recycling reduces our country’s energy consumption, decreases our greenhouse gas emissions, and conserves our natural resources.  This year, on America Recycles Day, we celebrate all who do their part to build a more prosperous and sustainable future by raising the national recycling rate and instilling this responsibility in our youngest Americans....

11/14/2014 03:09:04pm
Reducing Food Waste and Saving Money at Thanksgiving

Before going to the supermarket to buy the turkey, assorted vegetables, fruit and cheese for Thanksgiving, many people will have to clear out refrigerator space to hold everything. That means throwing away a lot of uneaten food such as moldy tomatoes, withered lettuce, expired yogurt containers, and bowls of now unrecognizable leftovers.

This once good, nourishing food cost money to buy. And, by throwing it in the trash, that food waste will be sent to a landfill where it will rapidly decompose and generate methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change....

11/10/2014 04:42:35pm
United States Reaches Settlement with Hyundai and Kia in Historic Greenhouse Gas Enforcement Case

Hyundai and Kia to pay record $100 million penalty for selling vehicles that emit more greenhouse gases than automakers certified to EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced an historic settlement with the automakers Hyundai and Kia that will resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations based on their sale of close to 1.2 million vehicles that will emit approximately 4.75 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in excess of what the automakers certified to EPA....

11/03/2014 10:40:09am
Celebrate Polar Bear Week!

It’s early November. It’s cold. It’s snowy. And polar bears are waiting for the sea ice to form. It’s Polar Bear Week!polar bear

Polar Bear Week provides polar bear enthusiasts with seven full days of celebrating their favorite arctic animal. The event coincides with the fall polar bear migration to Churchill, Manitoba, where polar bears gather to wait for freeze-up on Hudson Bay so they can return to hunting seals. During Polar Bear Week, the focus is on how longer ice-free seasons are straining the limits of the bears’ fat reserves, threatening their survival.

10/31/2014 10:50:41am
Pennsylvania Sporting Groups Want Carbon Reduction for "Brookies"

A coalition of Pennsylvania outdoor businesses, outfitters, hunting and fishing groups, and outdoor-recreation advocates say the EPA is on track with its proposed Clean Power Plan.

The Tri-County Trout Club near Pittsburgh is one of the organizations that signed a letter in support of the federal agency's proposal to reduce carbon pollution nationwide.

Club president Steve Hegedus says his earliest memory involves fishing in a small stream for "brookies," or brook trout - a cold-water species that's already being impacted by habitat loss, as well as changes in snow and rain patterns....

10/28/2014 10:17:43am
Rate Your Food

If you want to make more informed decisions about the food you eat, you will definitely want to check out the Environmental Working Group's Rate Your Plate website & app.  It’s the most comprehensive food database available today and can help guide you to healthier, greener and cleaner food choices.

This easy-to-use online food database and mobile app has information on more than 80,000 foods and 5,000 ingredients from 1,500 brands.  EWG’s unique scoring system rates foods based on nutrition, food additives, contaminants and degree of processing....

10/28/2014 08:23:32am
‘Graaaains, Not Brains!’ The Cast and Crew of The Walking Dead are Going Meatless. Find Out Why!

Well, there’s nothing like having to eat fake guts and brains with full zombie gusto to make a person want to give up eating flesh!

Cast and crew members from the TV show The Walking Dead have become so grossed out by their jobs (specifically those yummy flesh-eating scenes) that they have turned vegetarian! The cast began its fifth season last week and are eating veg.

The Daily Star reported that “on-set meat dishes have been replaced by spinach and avocado salad with garlic mustard vinaigrette, mushroom risotto and black bean and cheese Mexican enchiladas.” A source told the publication that “around 80%” of the food served-up by Craft Services caterers at the five locations in Georgia where The Walking Dead is filmed is now meat-free.”

Norman Reedus, who plays wildman Daryl Dixon, told the Daily Star that “I’ve become a vegetarian and I’m kind of bummed about it.” Keep your chin up, Norman, we know you’ll come to love plant-based food, especially with your big heart that cares for animal welfare!...

10/21/2014 12:23:44pm
Pennsylvania Parents Want to Keep Fracking at a Distance

Three New Studies Draw Opposite Conclusions on Safety

As natural gas drilling pads, pipelines and compressor stations spring up around the state, groups of parents calling themselves Protect Our Children are hoping for at least a one-mile buffer between infrastructure and schools and playgrounds.

Penni Lechner, a mother in Summit Township, says her family has experienced a number of health problems since fracking arrived in the area, especially with nosebleeds, headaches and rashes. A well pad is located just 900 feet from the local school, and 500 feet from the playground....

10/21/2014 09:24:37am
Lead Poisoning Prevention Week - 2014

Oleadctober 19 - 25, 2014 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This year's National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future," focuses on the importance of the many ways parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects.

Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, yet lead exposure is estimated to account for 0.6% of the global burden of disease, with the highest burden in developing regions. Childhood lead exposure is estimated to contribute to about 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year....

10/17/2014 12:46:25pm
Radon Action Week October 20th - 26th

National Radon Action Week is an important time for homeowners to educate themselves on the dangers of radon. Radon is a problem that affects millions of homes across the country, it has been estimated that 1 out of 15 homes are affected in the United States. This is the time to get informed in order to stay safe and healthy inside your home.

National Radon Action Week is October 20th - 26th for 2014, occurring the 3rd week of October every year....

10/17/2014 09:46:32am
A Big Day for Anyone Who Drinks Water

The last time you drank a glass of water or took a shower, you probably didn't think about the Clean Water Act, which is why conservation groups are calling attention to the anniversary of the landmark federal clean water law ahead of a major meeting on water quality in Bethlehem next week.

Passed by Congress 42 years ago to mandate clean water protections, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed an updated version of the Act to strengthen the law and better clarify what it protects....

10/17/2014 09:32:53am
New car shopping?

If you're shopping for a new car, find and compare the fuel economy of new cars. The fuel economy estimates for 2015 are now online for over 900 new cars.  Visit http://fueleconomy.gov for all the info....

10/16/2014 08:18:29am
Putting a Price Tag on the Value of Clean Water In Pennsylvania

A new analysis of the potential financial benefits of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint finds a measurable return, with cleaner water adding about $6 billion a year in value to Pennsylvania's economy. Similarly, the analysis notes if Pennsylvania opts to skip making improvements to ensure cleaner water in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, it will end up bypassing that projected economic productivity.

Newly-released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the analysis includes a number of economic aspects, including more productive farming and fishing, improved recreational opportunities, and reduced flooding and water treatment costs....

10/07/2014 09:23:43am
Reading Labels: PA Lawmakers Learn More about GMO Foods

It's on the November ballot in Colorado and Oregon, and Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering it too - whether to label genetically-modified ingredients in food sold in the state. GMO labeling was the topic of an "informational meeting" of the House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs in Harrisburg yesterday.

The watchdog group Consumers Union is a national proponent of labeling, and just released a study estimating it would cost consumers about $2.30 per person, per year. That's a stark contrast to food industry-funded studies, which peg the cost at $100 to $200 a year per person....

10/07/2014 09:22:14am
DEP Announces Free Brownfields Redevelopment Seminar in Wilkes-Barre

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites municipal, township and borough leaders, county and city planners, redevelopment authorities, community leaders, and economic and industrial development agencies to a seminar, What All Local Governments Need to Know about Brownfields, on Thursday, Oct. 23 in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County

The seminar is offered free of charge and will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DEP Northeast Regional Office located at 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Lunch will be provided.

The half-day seminar will focus on how to breathe life into abandoned and vacant properties....

10/06/2014 04:41:36pm
Urban Farming Hits the Big Leagues

The air is starting to get crisp. The usual hallmarks of autumn are emerging for their moment in the waning sun. With the natural splendor of fall comes the athletic spectacle of playoff baseball. This year, the race for the World Series will magnify an innovation in how we think about "stadium food." With two recent world championships in the bank, the San Francisco Giants know about on-field leadership. That excellence has taken on a new form, not on the field but about as close as you can get....

10/06/2014 12:29:54pm