EPA awards Vermont more than $263,000 to improve air quality

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $263,581 to the State of Vermont to improve air quality. Funding was provided to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to support air monitoring to measure the particulate matter in the air by collecting high quality data to demonstrate that the area is within the federal air quality standards for particulate matter, also known as PM 2.5.“Elevated levels of fine particulate matter in the air can pose health concerns for the people of Vermont,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn. “In partnership with the state, these funds are used for monitoring across the state, which helps us find out if we are meeting standards and what we can do to help us all breathe more easily.”Vermont does not currently exceed EPA’s health based standard, but sometimes measures elevated concentrations, particularly in valley locations in the winter.“Vermont is well known for its clean air, healthy environment and natural resources that are enjoyed by many residents and visitors. One of the ways we can protect and enhance this environment is through scientific monitoring to ensure we have the data necessary to inform our actions. We’re grateful for this federal funding that assists our efforts to monitor air conditions to ensure that Vermonters and our visitors enjoy excellent air quality at work and at play,” said Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Emily Boedecker.Meeting the health based standard nation-wide would prevent at least 15,000 premature deaths; 75,000 cases of chronic bronchitis; 10,000 hospital admissions for respiratory and cardiovascular disease; hundreds of thousands of occurrences of aggravated asthma; and 3.1 million days when people miss work because they are suffering from symptoms related to particle pollution exposure each year.EPA’s most recent air trends report highlights that, between 1970 and 2017, the combined emissions of six key pollutants dropped by 73 percent, while the U.S. economy grew more than three times. A closer look at more recent progress shows that between 1990 and 2017, average concentrations of harmful air pollutants decreased significantly across our nation:•           Sulfur dioxide (1-hour) ↓ 88 percent•           Lead (3-month average) ↓ 80 percent•           Carbon monoxide (8-hour) ↓ 77 percent•           Nitrogen dioxide (annual) ↓ 56 percent•           Fine Particulate Matter (24-hour) ↓ 40 percent•           Coarse Particulate Matter (24-hour) ↓ 34 percent and•           Ground-level ozone (8-hour) ↓ 22 percentEPA continues to work with states, local governments, tribes, and citizens – to further improve air quality across the country for all Americans.More information:EPA’s Air Trends report includes interactive graphics that enable citizens, policymakers, and stakeholders to view and download detailed information by pollutant, geographic location, and year. Explore the report and download graphics and data at: https://gispub.epa.gov/air/trendsreport/2018/(link is external)Learn more about fine particle air pollution: https://www.epa.gov/pm-pollution/particulate-matter-pm-basics(link is external)Source: BOSTON – The US Environmental Protection Agency 8.16.2018last_img read more

Blues announce signing of left-back Luis

first_imgSee also:Costa had a poor World Cup but is ideal for Mourinho’s Chelsea Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Chelsea have finalised the signing of Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid.The 28-year-old has moved to Stamford Bridge for an undisclosed fee – reported to be in the region of £16m – and has signed a three-year contract.He becomes the second player to join the Blues from Atletico this summer, with striker Diego Costa having also swapped La Liga for the Premier League.AdChoices广告Luis, seemingly a direct replacement for Ashley Cole, who recently signed for Roma, has won four caps for Brazil but was not included in their World Cup squad.last_img

Draisaitl’s 3-point game lifts Oilers past Predators 4-2

first_img LIVE TV COMMENT Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US First Published: 15th January, 2020 12:31 IST WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 15th January, 2020 12:31 IST Draisaitl’s 3-point Game Lifts Oilers Past Predators 4-2 Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Tuesday night. Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Tuesday night.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Josh Archibald also scored, and Connor McDavid picked up three assists for the Oilers, who are 5-1-1 in their last seven.Filip Forsberg and Colin Blackwell scored for Nashville, which had its two-game willing streak halted.Nugent-Hopkins opened scoring for Edmonton nine minutes into the first period when he sent a wrist shot up high past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne off a face-off win. It was Nugent-Hopkins’s 13th goal of the season and his sixth in seven games.The Predators responded two minutes later on a beautiful goal by Forsberg, who came from behind the net and lifted the puck up, lacrosse style, and banked it in off Oilers starter Mike Smith for his 16th of the season.Nashville took the lead with four minutes left in the opening period when they caught the Oilers on a bad line change. That allowed Nick Bonino to make a nice feed to Blackwell, who notched his second career NHL goal.Edmonton pulled even with 18 seconds left in the first on the power play, as Draisaitl chipped in a rebound.The Oilers surged back midway through the second period as McDavid fed it across to Archibald, who lifted it over a sprawling Rinne.Draisaitl’s goal into an empty net put the game away in the final minute. The backhander was his 27th goal of the season.NOTES: It was the first of three meetings between the teams, who will play again on Feb. 8 at Rogers Place in Edmonton before the season series concludes in Nashville on March 2. … The Predators have had nothing but success against the Oilers in recent years, coming into the game with a 14-1 record against Edmonton since Oct. 29, 2014. In that time, Rinne had won 12 consecutive starts. … With Zack Kassian serving the first of a two-game suspension for an altercation with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, Archibald moved up to Edmonton’s top line with McDavid.UP NEXTPredators: Host Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.Oilers: Host Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Written Bylast_img read more

PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss clash with Barça on Tuesday

first_img Upd. at 18:10 Meanwhile, Brazilian defender and one-time Barça target Thiago Silva will also miss the game — that could mean David Luiz and Marquinhos line up as Blanc’s two central defenders. The Swedish striker, keen to play in the match, had been trying to rush himself back to fitness, but his heel problem has not healed in time. CEST 29/09/2014 It had been touch and go as to whether Ibrahimovic would make the game against his former side, however his presence in Laurent Blanc’s side had not been completely discared. Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is another absentee for the French champions. Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that they will be without Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Tuesday night’s Champions League game in Paris against Barcelona. However, it has now.  Ibrahimovic, now 32, spent one season plying his trade at Camp Nou when Pep Guardiola was in charge. Sport ENlast_img read more

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli stops training session because of drone camera

first_img Sampaoli is strong on security and there are police guarding the complex around the clock. Nearby residents are also reported to need special passes to access their own homes. The 55-year-old Argentine and his squad are getting ready for the Copa America at the Monasario Celeste in Rancagua. During training on Thursday he saw the drone and stopped the session. It turned out to be a camera from a local television station. Sport EN Chilean coach Jorge Sampaoli suspended a training session because of a flying drone camera.center_img According to the Copa America’s official website, he also then asked for security staff to send nearby journalists away, and the continued the session when both they and the drone were gone. 29/05/2015 Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CETlast_img read more