Hazardous Chemicals

Hazardous and toxic chemicals have been featured in news reports lately. In one case, a veteran chemistry teacher experienced an explosion during a demonstration in the laboratory. Another case, which was the result of a prank, sent several students to the hospital from exposure to an unknown chemical.

EPA Proposes Smog Standards to Safeguard Americans from Air Pollution

WASHINGTON-- Based on extensive recent scientific evidence about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone, or smog, EPA is proposing to strengthen air quality standards to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) to better protect Americans’ health and the environment, while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to review the standards every five years by following a set of open, transparent steps and considering the advice of a panel of independent experts. EPA last updated these standards in 2008, setting them at 75 ppb.

USEPA steps up enforcement efforts to cut ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas refrigerant emissions nationwide

(Washington, DC - September 3, 2014) - Costco Wholesale Corporation, the nation’s second largest retailer, has agreed to cut its emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas chemicals from refrigeration equipment at more than half of its stores nationwide. See full article

EPA sets Strategic Plan for 2014-2018

The Strategic Plan charts the course for advancing EPA's priorities and mission to protect human health and the environment.


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UNH One of Seven New England Colleges and Universities Honored for Food Waste Recycling Efforts

Seven College and Universities were recently honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Awards.

EPA Analysis Shows Decrease in 2011 Toxic Chemical Releases in New Hampshire

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2011. In New Hampshire, the overall releases of pollutants to the environment have decreased since the previous reporting year (2010).

Read the full report here.

2 UNH Juniors Receive EPA Fellowships to Study Algae-produced Biodiesel

Two University of New Hampshire juniors researching how algae could produce fuel have received fellowships of nearly $50,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s
National Center for Environmental Research (NCER). Gina Chaput of Merrimack, NH and Brian McConnell of Peabody, MA, are among just 40 recipients nationwide of the Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowships.  Ihab Farag, professor of chemical engineering at UNH, mentors both students in their research on biodiesel.  Chaput, also is working with Estelle Hrabak,

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