EPA

Ruben de Rijcke

After one ozone alert day and exceedance in 2020, the Tulsa metro has turned in three of each so far this year, with more than two months left in the season.

On June 14, 15 and 17, monitoring stations picked up ozone readings above the Environmental Protection Agency standard of 0.071 parts per million, the highest being 0.087.

(Please note: This interview originally aired back in September.) It's scary, but by now it's also obvious -- our environment today contains thousands (literally, thousands) of toxic chemicals that it did NOT contain just a few decades ago. How are these chemicals affecting our health? And what can we do about this? Our guest on ST Medical Monday is the co-author of a new book called "Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World." Dr.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed updated rules to accelerate the replacement of lead pipes in city water systems, and City of Tulsa utility officials are wondering how they’ll comply if they’re adopted.

The EPA’s proposal would require a system inventory within three years of the rules being finalized. With current staffing, surveying Tulsa’s 160,000 connections is projected to take 41 years.

The rules are not clear on whether the inventory can be built on administrative records, which the city has been doing.

It's scary, but by now it's also obvious -- our environment today contains thousands (literally, thousands) of toxic chemicals that it did NOT contain just a few decades ago. How are these chemicals affecting our health? And what can we, as individuals, do about this? Our guest on ST Medical Monday is the co-author of a new book called "Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World." Dr. Aly Cohen is a board certified rheumatologist and integrative medicine specialist, as well as an environmental health expert based in Princeton, New Jersey.

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

Oklahoma officials hope to benefit from a new Environmental Protection Agency office tasked with coordinating mine cleanup west of the Mississippi River.

The EPA’s Denver-based Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains will encourage Good Samaritan cleanup projects and other remediation not done by the agency itself.

EPA Region Eight Administrator Greg Sopkin said abandoned mines present environmental hazards that need to be addressed.

Our guest on this edition of ST is a retired petroleum engineering executive and author, John Turley, who will deliver the free-to-the-public Norman M. Hulings, Jr., Memorial Lecture here on the TU campus tomorrow evening (Friday the 15th). Turley's lecture begins at 6pm in the Great Hall of the Allen Chapman Activity Center, which is at 440 S. Gary Avenue.

EPA Grant to Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Oklahoma

Oct 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a more than $242,000 grant to the Oklahoma Department of Labor to reduce asbestos exposure in schools and state buildings.

The $242,322 grant was announced Tuesday in a news release from EPA.

Asbestos is a fiber that was once widely used in buildings for insulation and fire resistance. The fiber can create a health risk if it's disturbed or deteriorate over time.



Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

New EPA Chief for Oklahoma Region

Sep 22, 2012
EPA

HOUSTON (AP) — A former top New Mexico environmental official has been appointed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region that includes some of the nation's biggest oil and gas-producing states.

Ron Curry will assume his post Monday. He succeeds Al Armendariz, who resigned in April after Republicans lambasted him for using the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies that violated environmental laws.