Category: Jonathan Levy

EPA declines to adjust sulfur dioxide regulations in St. Charles, Franklin counties

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jonathan Levy, School of Public Health The Environment Protection Agency on Friday said it didn’t have enough information to determine that Franklin and St. Charles counties exceed federal sulfur dioxide limits, a move that spares the coal-fired Labadie Energy Center from installing costly emission controls… Expert quote: “For coal plants, it is […]

Startup makes water safety testing cheaper

Boston Globe (subscription required) Jonathan Levy, School of Public Health The revelation last year that unsafe drinking water in Flint, Mich., had exposed thousands of children to the dangerous heavy metal lead prompted a national outcry… Expert quote: “Broadly, I don’t think [the Clean Water Co.’s] findings are inconsistent with what one would expect.” View […]

Weight Gain, Heart Disease, Back Pain: Longer Car Commutes May Harm Your Health

WBUR “CommonHealth” Jonathan Levy, School of Public Health Four years ago, Barbara Huntress-Rather got a great job, as director of quality improvement for a health care company that serves fragile seniors. Just one problem: She lived in Lawrence, and the new job was in Lynn… Expert quote: “You potentially have a triple whammy, where you’re […]

EarthJustice helps defend the Clean Power Plan

Earth Justice Jonathan Levy, School of Public Health A coalition of environmental groups, public health groups and other supporters of federal climate policies today urged a federal appeals court to reject industry suits to immediately block implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which sets first-ever limits on carbon pollution from U.S. power […]

90% of US Homes Are Under Insulated, Study Says

Green Building Elements Jonathan Levy, School of Public Health Based on new research, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) estimates that roughly 90 percent of existing US single family homes are under insulated, wasting energy and money, and decreasing comfort for homeowners… Expert quote: “If all U.S. homes were fitted with insulation based on […]

Study Finds Significant Health Benefits When Air Pollution is Reduced

Boston Magazine “Hub Health Blog” Jonathan Levy, School of Public Health Discussions about cutting carbon emissions often focus on environmental and climate change benefits. But a new study from researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), Harvard, and Syracuse University found that certain models for reducing carbon pollution from power plants could […]