Tag: Environmental Protection Agency

Take Action: Earth Day and Volunteer Month: The perfect opportunity to help our planet

April 22 is Earth Day and since this month is also Volunteer Month, it is a perfect opportunity to highlight ways to help our planet. It’s a chance to think about how our actions impact our environment. Volunteering on Earth Day is a great thing to do — you can join efforts to plant trees or pick up trash in your community. Aside from volunteering for an organized event, there are actions you can take on a daily basis to do your part in protecting our planet. Check out the blog to learn more!

225 years of Service to Nation: Marine environmental protection

225 Years of Service to Nation

The U.S. Coast Guard has been the steward of the nation’s maritime environment since the 1820s. This mission dates back to 1822, when Congress tasked the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service with monitoring Federal forest preserves that provided specialized ship timber required for construction of U.S Navy warships.

A Superfund cleanup

yard clean up

More than 10 years ago, the Yard started the rigorous process of remediating the land and last month officially began the administrative process for removal of the Yard from the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List, also known as the Superfund Program, ensuring its acreage would be environmentally healthy and sound for future generations.

Battling lead contamination, one fish bone at a time

Petty Officer 3rd Class Blaine Nibley

Lead. Throughout America’s history, it’s been used in paint, batteries, gasoline and even water pipes. Today, lead contamination in one of the oldest Oakland, Calif., neighborhoods is being neutralized not by more chemicals or hauling away tons of dirt but by mixing ground fish bone into the soil.

Any time, any place, any hazard

Edward Primeau, an industrial hygienist at Atlantic Strike Team, uses a chemical analyzer to determine the identity of an unknown sample. The AST assisted the Environmental Protection Agency after responders found more than 500 drums, tanks, compressed gas cylinders and other miscellaneous containers strewn throughout an abandoned chemical production facility. U.S. Coast Guard photo by

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