ProPublica: The Most Detailed Map of Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution in the U.S.

ProPublica: The Most Detailed Map of Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution in the U.S.. “It’s not a secret that industrial facilities emit hazardous air pollution. A new ProPublica analysis shows for the first time just how much toxic air pollution they emit — and how much the chemicals they unleash could be elevating cancer risk in their communities. ProPublica’s analysis of five years of modeled EPA data identified more than 1,000 toxic hot spots across the country and found that an estimated 250,000 people living in them may be exposed to levels of excess cancer risk that the EPA deems unacceptable.”

Revealed: more than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Revealed: more than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals. “The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified more than 120,000 locations around the US where people may be exposed to a class of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ associated with various cancers and other health problems that is a frightening tally four times larger than previously reported, according to data obtained by the Guardian.”

Louisiana Department of Environment Quality: EPA and LDEQ Announce Story Map Resource

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality: EPA and LDEQ Announce Story Map Resource. (This link is to a PDF file.) “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) released a new, interactive resource about the federal and state response to Hurricane Ida. This tool, called a story map, integrates maps, photos, data, and explanations to help inform the public about response activities and environmental impacts to Louisiana communities following the hurricane.”

University of Central Florida: Mitsubishi Power and UCF Develop NOx Tracking Tool

University of Central Florida: Mitsubishi Power and UCF Develop NOx Tracking Tool. “Mitsubishi Power Americas and the University of Central Florida have formed an industry-education partnership to establish a reliable and accessible source of information that tracks nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions as the U.S. power generation industry undergoes an energy transformation to decarbonize. The online Power Generation NOx Tracker uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency database as analyzed by UCF’s Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER) to show trends over time.”

Washington Post: Biden administration revives EPA Web page on climate change deleted by Trump

Washington Post: Biden administration revives EPA Web page on climate change deleted by Trump. “The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday relaunched a webpage dedicated to climate change that had gone dark under President Donald Trump, who frequently dismissed the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet. The restoration of the climate website comes four years after the Trump administration took down much of the EPA’s digital presence that explained global warming and why it is worth fighting.”

Stanford: Algorithmic approaches for assessing pollution reduction policies can reveal shifts in environmental protection of minority communities, according to Stanford researchers

Stanford: Algorithmic approaches for assessing pollution reduction policies can reveal shifts in environmental protection of minority communities, according to Stanford researchers. “Applying machine learning to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiative reveals how key design elements determine what communities bear the burden of pollution. The approach could help ensure fairness and accountability in machine learning used by government regulators.”

The Verge: How Scientists Scrambled To Stop Donald Trump’s EPA From Wiping Out Climate Data

The Verge: How Scientists Scrambled To Stop Donald Trump’s EPA From Wiping Out Climate Data. “After hearing the news that then President-elect Donald Trump had appointed a notorious climate change denier to lead the Environmental Protection Agency transition team in 2016, Nicholas Shapiro, an environmental anthropologist, penned an urgent email to a dozen or so fellow scientists. He was worried that the EPA was about to be torn apart from the inside under Trump’s leadership. Others on the email thread were concerned that vital environmental data would be taken down from federal websites and destroyed….So Shapiro took a cue from his sister, an organizer for the Women’s March, and tried to bring researchers together to mount an offensive.”

EPA: EPA Celebrates Superfund – 40 Years of Cleaning Up and Transforming Communities Across the Country

EPA: EPA Celebrates Superfund – 40 Years of Cleaning Up and Transforming Communities Across the Country. “In honor of the 40th anniversary milestone, EPA invites the public to travel back to the 1970s with photos and videos showing the nation’s awakening to the public health crisis caused by land contamination — the precursor to the Superfund program’s creation… Beginning with the discovery that homes were built upon an industrial dump site at Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York, the nation turned its attention to the need to better manage hazardous waste, which led to the creation of the Superfund program.”

COVID-19 pandemic: Database of EPA-approved disinfectants now exceeds 500 listings (Family Safety & Health)

Family Safety & Health: COVID-19 pandemic: Database of EPA-approved disinfectants now exceeds 500 listings. “The Environmental Protection Agency has again updated its list of registered disinfectants that can help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 – extending the total number of disinfectant products on the agency’s sortable, searchable database to more than 500.”