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  • EPA launches blog on acid rain

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a month-long online discussion to expand the conversation on acid rain. Acid rain is a serious environmental problem that affects large parts of the United States and is particularly damaging to lakes, streams, and forests and the plants and animals that live in these ecosystems. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), the pollutants ...

  • Acid rain and smog disappearing, says environment ministry

    This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Air Quality Agreement between Canada and the United States, considered one of the most successful international accords designed to reduce emissions that cause acid rain and smog.  "When Canada and the United States signed the Air Quality Agreement in 1991, transboundary movement of air pollution from industrial activities on both sides of the ...


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  • U.S. Imposes Highest Acid Rain Fine Ever

    (Washington, D.C. – Sept. 20, 2007)  In a landmark settlement filed today, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, a coal-fired electric utility, has agreed to pay an $11.4 million penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act’s acid rain program, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. As part of today’s settlement, the U.S. is seeking ...

  • Coastal Waters Most Sensitive to Acid Rain

    FALMOUTH, Massachusetts, September 11, 2007 (ENS) - The release of sulfur and nitrogen into the atmosphere by power plants and agriculture plays a small role in making the ocean more acidic on a global scale, but the impact is amplified in shallow coastal waters, finds new research by atmospheric and marine chemists. Ocean 'acidification' occurs when chemical compounds such as ...

  • EPA delivers 15 years of acid rain reductions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report that shows 15 years of successful results from its nationwide effort to address acid rain. Since its inception in 1995 as part of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, EPA’s Acid Rain Program has earned widespread acclaim due to dramatic sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) emission reductions that are saving ...

  • Acid Rain Emissions Are Down, Monitoring Still Needed

    For the first time, emissions of a key component of acid rain and smog from power plants fell below 10 million tons in a year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports. In 2006, annual sulfur dioxide, SO2, emissions from acid rain program electric power generation sources fell sharply. Sources emitted 9.4 million tons of SO2 last year, below the emission cap of 9.5 million tons. ...

  • EPA announces results of 17th annual acid rain auction

    EPA has posted the results of its annual acid rain auction, held on March 24. The annual auction gives power plants, brokers, and private citizens the opportunity to buy and sell sulfur dioxide (SO2) allowances as part of EPA’s successful cap and trade program to reduce emissions contributing to acid rain. The 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) amendments established this program to cap national SO2 ...

  • U.S. Imposes Highest Acid Rain Fine in Its History

    LEXINGTON, Kentucky, September 20, 2007 (ENS) - The East Kentucky Power Cooperative, a coal-fired electric utility, today agreed to pay an $11.4 million penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act's acid rain program, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced. As part of today's settlement, the U.S. is seeking court-approval for the ...

  • Acid Rain Forming Emissions Fall Sharply, EPA Reports

    For the first time ever, sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from the power sector fell below 10 million tons as reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Acid Rain Program and Related Programs 2006 Progress Report. 2006 marks the 12th year of what is widely hailed as one of the most successful environmental programs in U.S. history.   In 2006, annual SO2 emissions from acid ...

  • Hydrochloric Acid Leaks From Metal Plating Plant

    MELVINDALE, Michigan, October 17, 2007 (ENS) - A 500 gallon hydrochloric acid leak occurred Tuesday morning at Reilly Plating Co. in Melvindale. The company's 100,000 square foot facility is about 10 miles southwest of downtown Detroit. Due to rain in the area, the hydrochloric acid and water mix created a small acid cloud at 8 am local time. Local responders ordered the ...

  • Acid Maker Must Spend $50 Million to Cut Air Pollution

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - Sulfuric acid manufacturer Rhodia Inc. will pay a $2 million penalty and spend $50 million on air pollution controls at eight production plants in four states, to resolve allegations that the company violated the federal Clean Air Act. The pollution controls are expected to reduce harmful emissions from company production plants in Texas, Louisiana, ...

  • Acid tagging can be deadly for both graffiti artists and emergency workers

    Chemists at the National Chemical Emergency Centre, the UK’s national response unit for chemical emergencies, have carried out further investigations into the side effects of compounds, such as Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) commonly used in acid tagging – the latest trend in graffiti – with some extremely concerning conclusions. Not only can the lethal chemical cause serious harm, ...

  • Acid Manufacturer Will Spend $50 Million to Reduce Air Pollution

    (Washington, D.C.) Acid manufacturer Rhodia Inc. will pay a $2 million penalty and spend approximately $50 million on air pollution controls at eight production plants in four states across the country, to resolve allegations that the company violated the Clean Air Act. The pollution controls are expected to reduce harmful emissions from its production plants in Texas, Louisiana, California and ...

  • Complying with emissions regulations: calculating the acid plume from ships’ desulphurisation equipment

    Marine diesel contains sulphur compounds, which generate sulphur oxide (SOx) pollution and acid rain. Ships can use mitigating technologies to reduce their SOx emissions, but these can also have a negative environmental impact. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced stringent legislation to control these, aspects of which are incorporated into EU policy. This study examined the ...

  • Sulfuric acid manufacturer agrees to spend US$30m to resolve clean air violations

    Mosaic Fertilizer will spend approximately $30 million on air pollution controls that are expected to eliminate harmful emissions from sulfuric acid production plants in Uncle Sam, La., and Mulberry, Fla., the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.  The company will also pay a civil penalty of $2.4 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations. Under a ...

  • North America’s largest acid manufacturer and its subsidiaries agree to slash emissions and reduce air pollution

    LSB Industries Inc. (LSB), the largest merchant manufacturer of concentrated nitric acid in North America, and four of its subsidiaries have agreed to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by meeting emission limits that are among the lowest for the industry in the nation at plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department ...

  • New interactive tools show continuing SO2 reductions at coal-fired power plants

    New interactive tracking tools are now available on EPA’s Web site to help the public follow nation-wide changes in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants. Using interactive charts and Google Earth satellite maps, the public can now observe recent changes in SO2 emissions and other indicators at individual coal-fired power plants in the Acid Rain Program. The Acid Rain ...

  • TVA to pay $450,000 civil penalty for clean air act violations at the widows creek fossil plant in stevenson, Ala.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a consent agreement and final order with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) that resolves EPA's allegations that TVA has violated the Clean Air Act at the Widows Creek Power Plant in Stevenson, Ala. TVA has fully cooperated with EPA throughout the enforcement proceedings and has agreed to pay a $450,000 civil penalty to resolve the ...

  • Power plants continue to decrease SO2 emissions under EPA cap and trade program

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that power plants across the country decreased emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), a precursor to acid rain, to 7.6 million tons in 2008. Emissions from sources in the Acid Rain Program fell by 52 percent compared with 1990 levels and are already below the statutory annual emission cap of 8.95 million tons set for compliance in ...

  • Dupont and Lucite international agree to pay $2m for clean air violations

    DuPont and Lucite International Inc. have agreed to pay a $2 million civil penalty to settle Clean Air Act violations at a sulfuric acid plant in Belle, W. Va., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Justice Department, and the state of West Virginia announced today.    The sulfuric acid plant is located on a 100-acre chemical manufacturing complex along the Kanawha ...

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