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Thursday, July 16, 2015

9 Awesome Eco-friendly Bedroom Cleaning Tips

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9 Awesome Eco-friendly bedroom cleaning tips


9 Awesome Eco-friendly bedroom cleaning tips  [Infographic] by the team at Wimdu

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Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Infographic: Are You Benefitting From Solar Energy?

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The Value of Solar Energy


Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Modifications to Settlement with Alabama Power Company Will Reduce Harmful Air Pollution

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EPA NEWSBRIEF:                


WASHINGTON -- EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice today lodged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama a proposed modification of a prior 2006 consent decree with Alabama Power Company that will secure further reductions of harmful air pollutants, primarily sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), from three of the company’s coal-fired power plants in Alabama. The proposed modifications, if entered by the court, will resolve the remaining claims in a long-running case that alleged violations of the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program.

The pollution reductions will be achieved through operation of state-of-the-art pollution control devices, the conversion of four units from the use of coal to natural gas, and the retirement of three other units.  Among other requirements, the company must meet specified emission rates. Alabama Power will also pay a $100,000 penalty and will spend at least $1.5 million on providing electrical charging infrastructure for electric airport service vehicles and passenger cars. This settlement is part of EPA’s national enforcement initiative to control harmful emissions from large sources of pollution, which includes coal-fired power plants, under the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration requirements.

“This action secures reductions of harmful air pollution at Alabama Power Company’s coal-fired power plants across the state,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “This is important progress toward our commitment to cut emissions from the largest sources, and means cleaner air and improved public health for communities across Alabama.”

For more information about EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance:
http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-enforcement-and-compliance-assurance-oeca

Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tell Your Alabama Legislature To Find New Revenue To Protect Clean Water!

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Clean water protection in Alabama is severely at risk. After years of "kicking the can down the road," the budget situation in Alabama is in dire straits. An “austerity budget” that was created to show how bad things in Alabama would get if the Legislature could not find new revenue to fund the state government is now moving forward as a very real possibility. If passed, this budget would gut many of the agencies and programs that we rely on to protect Alabama’s natural environment and our public health and safety. 

 Under these cuts: 

  • Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) would get $0 from the General Fund and would actually have to send the state $9.5 Million from the water permit program. 
  • ADEM will no longer be able to conduct fish testing to determine if the fish are safe to eat. 
  • ADEM will not be able to conduct inspections and take enforcement action against polluters.
  • ADEM will likely lose its authority to issue discharge permits. 
  • Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will be forced to close up to 15 of Alabama’s State Parks and let go hundreds of workers across the state. 
The Black Warrior River ©Elena White
Alabama is one of the most biologically diverse states in the United States, and for certain animals and plants, in the world. According to the Encylopedia of Alabama, the state not only "supports 77,000 miles of rivers and streams, but also harbors 64 types of terrestrial ecosystems, including 25 forests and woodlands, 11 wetlands, and 7 glades and prairies."

Clean water and public lands should not be victims of "political brinksmanship."  
Please contact your State Legislators and tell them that it is time to act in the citizens of Alabama's interests and find new revenue, and reject the “Austerity Budget.” 

You can find you legislators’ information here: http://capwiz.com/state-al/home/ 

For more information or to report back on a conversation with a legislator please contact Mitch Reid at mreid@alabamarivers.org or visit www.alabamarivers.org

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Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ahhhhchooo! Spring is Here: 10 Ways to Deal

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Spring has sprung! You're excited about the longer days, warmer weather, and finally being able to wear shorts again!  However, for allergy sufferers, it's not such a happy time of year. An estimated 54% of the American population has a reaction to at least one allergen (a substance, often a protein, that causes an allergy, such as pollen or dust). 

Although indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, pet dander and mildew can be problematic year-round, pollen is probably the major contributor to spring (outdoor) allergies.  Tree and grass pollens can start causing problems as early as late February and last through the beginning of summer.  While many seasonal allergy cases are considered to be fairly mild and mainly a big nuisance, some cases are severe with symptoms that can mimic the flu and persist for months.  Untreated symptoms can often lead to secondary infections of the sinuses, ears, throat, nose and lungs, because the fluid that builds up in reaction to the allergy provides a breeding ground for bacteria.  Seasonal allergies can also trigger asthma attacks due to the accumulation of pollen and fluid, which irritates the lungs.

Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to minimize your exposure to allergens and make spring a little more enjoyable.