More on what we can do to support monarch butterflies: Here's an article that has another one embedded in it that lists which milkweed species are native to each state:
How to Help Stop Industrial Agriculture from Killing the Monarch Butterfly--Biologists believe the monarch will become endangered unless we start planting milkweed. Fast:
Algae Bloom leads to water crisis in Toledo, OH: http://www.weather.com/news/toledo-ohio-lake-erie-water-supply-20140803
Latest Audit of the Port of Gulfport now Available: http://shipmspa.com/commission-staff/annual-audit/#sthash.TH96FooS.Jo6zN...
New Ashtracker Website Launched by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP): The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) recently launched the new Ashtracker website www . ashtracker . org. The database contains 39,080 groundwater quality readings at 1,010 monitoring wells near 30 ash waste sites in 16 states from Florida to North Dakota. The 30 sites are a subset of the hundreds of coal ash disposal areas across the country. EIP will be progressively adding new disposal areas over the coming months. Of the currently listed groundwater monitoring wells, 828 (82 percent) have exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency safe drinking water thresholds for one or more pollutants in the last four years.
EIP hopes that Ashtracker will help community groups, reporters, and policy makers analyze whether local coal plants are contaminating their underground water supplies, and whether the proposed EPA regulations are adequate. The groundwater samples near ash dumps in the Ashtracker database were collected by power companies and reported to state environmental agencies. The Environmental Integrity Project then collected this information from the state agencies by submitting requests under state “right to know” laws.
About 80 percent of the water quality violations listed in the Ashtracker database are for the most common contaminants: boron (which can cause low birth weight and reproductive disorders), arsenic (a carcinogen), cobalt (which has been linked to health effects on the heart, blood, and thyroid gland), and sulfate (which can cause diarrhea, a major health concern for infants).
EPA Seeking Nominations for Members to serve on Clean Air Act Advisory Committee
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation is seeking nominations for a diverse group of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC), a federal advisory committee to the EPA. The CAAAC was established in 1990 to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on policy and technical issues associated with implementing the Clean Air Act. These issues include the development, implementation and enforcement of the regulatory, voluntary, and market-based programs required by the Act. The programs falling under purview of the committee include criteria air pollutants, emissions from vehicles and fuels, air toxics, greenhouse gas emissions, air permitting, and other Clean Air Act authorities.
The CAAAC has approximately 40 members representing industry, utilities, trade associations, environmental and public interest groups, and educational institutions. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two-year terms. More information about the CAAAC can be found at http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac.
EPA is seeking nominations from academia, industry, non-governmental/ environmental organizations, state and local government agencies, tribal governments, unions, trade associations, utilities, and lawyers/consultants. It would be helpful if nominees have a strong background in air quality issues. If you know of individuals who would be interested in serving on the committee and would in your view be good candidates, we encourage you either to nominate them or to let them know about the opportunity so they can express interest directly.
The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2014 and should be sent to Jenny Craig, Designated Federal Officer for the CAAAC, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (202) 564-1674.