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EPA Finalizes New Rules on Oil, Gas Pollutants

New Rules on Oil and GasThe Environmental Protection Agency issued new regulations for oil and gas pollutants as part of the Obama administration’s campaign against methane pollution.

From an above ground storage tank to a transmission line, the new rules will cover a wide range of resources and equipment used in the oil and gas industry. EPA’s nonbinding environmental policies also intend to guide states that are yet to comply with federal ozone requirements.

These rules will help them to achieve a reduced amount of ozone-causing volatile organic compounds, which originate from oil and gas sites, according to HeartlandTankServices.com. The federal environment agency expects the new guidelines to strip 200,000 tons of methane pollution from the environment.

Greenhouse Initiative

The White House’s drive to reduce methane emissions comes as it has been found to be a more lethal greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, with 25 times more global warming potential than the latter. The new policies will be implemented in 28 states nationwide that have exceeded their federal ozone limits, along with 11 Northeastern states.

However, several states have challenged the rules in a U.S. Court of Appeals. The complaint stemmed from a clear definition of the “adjacent” clause in the new rules. The clause serves as a guiding factor in what constitutes the scope of an oil and gas operation stationary source.

It still remains unclear whether the EPA’s definition of the term “adjacent” aligns with the Court of Appeals’ own description.

Critics’ Take

The oil and gas industry did not seem too pleased with the idea of EPA finalizing such rules without gathering more pollution-related data from producers. Howard Feldman, American Petroleum Institute senior director of regulatory and scientific affairs, said a lack of relevant data could elicit unattainable emission-reduction targets.

It will also hurt the economy, thereby creating a negative domino effect to jobs and consumers, according to Feldman. EPA released the new rules on Oct. 20.

November 21, 2016 at 1:02 pmBrain Serve

Organic and Natural Termite Control Treatments: Is It Right for You?

Pest ControlThrough the years, the termite control niche has continued to develop and evolve. Pest control and prevention techniques and products have undergone continuous refinements and improvements over time. A lot of time, effort and resources have been poured into research on the behavior and biology of termites.

Thus, it comes as no surprise that entomologists, termite control product manufacturers, and termite pest control experts have come up with more effective and targeted methods to eliminate and control termites. The best part is, the newly developed techniques and products are all organic and green.

Green Termite Control Method Types

There are many organic or natural termite control methods and products available today. These include biological methods that introduce nematodes (or microscopic worms) and/or termite-eating ants. Other non-toxic termite control techniques include extreme cold, heat treatment, as well as electronic methods. Green materials that are made from botanical ingredients are also used as baits and termiticides.

Uniqueness of Termites

Termites have a unique and unpredictable behavior; thus, they are likely to pose many challenges and cause damage when being treated. Treatment is, therefore, best left in the hands of professionals.

The extent of termite infestation can sometimes be difficult to determine as they usually hide in cracks in your foundation and in walls. Different kinds of termites need different products and methods to control. Each product usually requires a specific application technique that, in turn, requires a specialized tool.

There are various termite control options available. The right method to use depends on several factors such as the extent of termite infestation, your home’s construction, and the specific termite species that has invaded your home. The termite pest control expert you hire will recommend the appropriate termite control and prevention plan based on the unique conditions of your home, as well as your preferred products. Expect the pest control experts to explain the advantages and disadvantages that come with each treatment method and product.

November 7, 2016 at 7:26 pmStudy Section

A Dangerous Drug: Antibiotics Are Being Used on Animal Feed

Animal FeedThe use of antibiotics has become a widespread practice because the drug can speed up growth and prevent disease among animals. In the U.S. alone, poultry and livestock consume about 80% of all antibiotics sold. However, using antibiotics in animal feed is preventing the treatment of life-threatening infections in children.

Despite the rise of the industrial animal production system, public-health officials have cautioned livestock producers from using the drug in their supply chains. Takanini Feeds encourages companies to use fresh and nutritious feeds to avoid any possible hazards on animal and consumer health.

Why Use Antibiotics?

Since the introduction of the first antibiotic penicillin 50 years ago, farmers have been using antibiotics to feed their livestock and to speed up efficiency and weight gain. Antibiotics also treat clinically sick animals and prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

The Development of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotics do not have the power to eradicate every kind of animal bacteria, however. In fact, overuse of antibiotics could cause resistant types of bacteria to flourish when weaker types of bacteria die. Human can then contract these superbugs through improperly cooked meat, direct contact with animals and contaminated food crops. A study in Pediatrics reports that antibiotic-resistant infections affect more than two million people each year, leading to a total of 23,000 deaths.

Steps to Antibiotic Regulation

The Center of Veterinary Medicine claims that food industries should be selective when resorting to antibiotics for their needs because they also used to treat human disease. The drug may no longer work if the bacteria they target become resistant to the drugs’ effects as well. Long-term solutions include changing the process of animal production and implementing better, drug-free hygiene.

The use of antibiotics has helped farmers ensure that production runs smoothly and livestock are kept free from disease. However, industry players should agree on a multifaceted approach to strike a balance between food production and human and animal health.

October 21, 2016 at 9:01 amHead of Health