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Latino Organizations Call on Obama, EPA To Address Environmental Issues

This week, over 20 Latino leaders and organizations submitted a letter to the White House today asking President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency for strong standards to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Suiza Dairy to Pay Fines, Update Facilities after Repeatedly Violating Clean Air Act

Suiza Dairy has agreed to pay a penalty and make significant upgrades to settle Clean Air Act violations, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. continue reading »

US and Brazil Launch Platform for Urban Sustainability Investments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Brazilian Minister for the Environment Izabella Teixeira today announced a new online tool that highlights key links between policies, funding and on-the-ground projects that can help drive urban sustainability investment around the world. The benefits of sustainable urban infrastructure include healthier air and water, job creation and economic development. Jackson and Teixeira announced the web platform, which was developed under the US Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS), during the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. continue reading »

Top Ranking Latino in EPA Forced to Resign by Republicans for 2-Yr Old Comment

Thanks to Republicans in Congress, a top ranking Latino in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was forced to resign over comments he made two years ago. continue reading »

Pilsen Copper Plant to Reduce Harmful Emissions Says Attorney General Madigan

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a complaint against H. Kramer & Co. over dangerous levels of lead emissions from its copper smelter in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Today, Attorney General Madigan obtained an agreed preliminary injunction order against the company, requiring it to immediately reduce lead emissions from its plant. continue reading »

An Environmental Win for California Latino School Children

Today, the EPA entered in an agreement with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) to resolve a civil rights complaints filed on behalf of Latino school children in 1999. continue reading »

EPA Orders Puerto Rico’s Lead Smelting Facility to Reduce Air & Water Pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken legal action against the Battery Recycling Company, Inc. requiring the company to take multiple actions to reduce the pollution of air and water from lead at its Arecibo, Puerto Rico facility continue reading »

Landscaping Business Owners Facing Industry Crisis Amidst Proposed Policy Changes

Environmental and labor issues threaten future for the industry and its workers. The landscaping industry in the United States could soon be facing severe job losses due to pending labor and environmental policy changes that are being advanced by two separate government agencies in Washington D.C. continue reading »

California Latinos Allege “Environmental Racism” and File Suit Against EPA

Several Latino community advocacy organizations in California have joined forces to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for what they are labeling as ‘environmental racism’. These California Latinos, mainly living in low-income areas farming areas, think the EPA is poorly managing three state waste dumps which in turn has negatively affected their health. continue reading »

EPA to Chair North America Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The meeting with the Mexican and Canadian ministers of the environment, as well as representatives from across the three governments, focused on the goals of empowering communities to address environmental concerns, especially in states, tribes, and under-served communities, a priority of Administrator Jackson continue reading »

EPA Announces Fund to Clean Up Contaminated Sites-UNO Slated to Get Funds

Today in Lansing, Michigan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced more than $76 million in new investments across the country that will redevelop c continue reading »

Health Tip: Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

Bedbugs feed on human blood, leaving annoying itchy bites in their wake. They may hide in places such as in and around the bed, in crevices behind chair and couch cushions, and in the folds of curtains. continue reading »

EPA Releases U.S. - Mexico Border Environmental and Health Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mexico’s Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment just released the Border 2012 Accomplishment Report for 2010. continue reading »

66 Percent of U.S. Latinos Living in Poor Air Quality Areas Throughout the Country

Today the Center for American Progress released a new issue brief, “Why the EPA Is Important for Latino Families,” by Jorge Madrid and Valeri Vasquez. continue reading »

EPA Adds Two Puerto Rico Sites to List of Country’s Most Hazardous Waste Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added the Cabo Rojo Ground Water Contamination site in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, and the Hormigas Ground Water Plume site in Caguas to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. continue reading »