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EPA Awards Kentucky-based Conference of Radiation Control Directors Grant to Reduce Indoor Pollutant Exposure and Protect Public Health

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Conference of Radiation Control Directors in Frankfort, Kentucky funding to protect public health by reducing exposure to indoor pollutants, such as radon, and environmental asthma triggers commonly found in homes, schools, offices and other large buildings. The organization is one of eight from throughout the United States to receive up to $200,000 of the $4.5 million in funds that are being made available. Awards were obtained through a competitive grant process. These EPA-funded projects will ensure Americans, especially in low-income, minority and tribal communities, are able to reduce their exposure to indoor pollutants and safeguard their families’ health.

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Big Ass Fans Exposes Failings of Reversing Ceiling Fans in Winter

Big Ass Fans WinterLaboratory testing from Big Ass Fans®, reviewed by researchers from top universities, has debunked the long-held belief that reversing ceiling fans in the winter recirculates heat without creating drafts.

Engineers with Big Ass Fans conducted testing that determined traditional ceiling fans, operating in reverse, caused drafts in nearly half of the room. By contrast, running Big Ass Fans’ Haiku® ceiling fan in a forward direction limited drafts to less than 1 percent of the room and used 93 percent less energy than a traditional five-bladed ceiling fan.

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EPA Awards Northern Kentucky University with a Grant to Help Design Sustainable Technologies

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Northern Kentucky University with the People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) award for the 2014-2015 school year. Nationally the grants were awarded to 42 teams of college and university students. The teams will design innovative solutions to sustainable challenges in the developed and developing world.

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EPA Reaches Clean Water Act Settlement with Two Coal Companies to improve Water Quality in Eastern Kentucky

Two coal companies in Eastern Kentucky have agreed to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) according to settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Appolo Fuels, Inc. (Appolo), a coal company based in Middlesboro, Kentucky will pay a total civil penalty of $135,000 for filling in streams, a violation of Section 404 of the CWA.  Coal Operators 1, LLC, Coal Essence Preparation Plant (formerly known as the Viking Preparation Plant), in Pikeville, Kentucky will pay a total civil penalty of $110,000 for violations of Section 402 of the CWA.

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