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EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is clamping down on power plant pollution in 27 states, including Arkansas, that contributes to unhealthy air downwind.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced on Thursday a plan to reduce smokestack pollution causing smog and soot in downwind states - where it combines with local air contaminants, making it impossible for those states to meet air quality standards on their own.

The rule differs from one proposed by the Obama administration in July.

Third ozone advisory issued for central Arkansas

Third ozone advisory issued for central Arkansas

What:
An Ozone Action Advisory has been declared for June 29, 2011.  The ozone forecast is orange, which means that outdoor activities may be unhealthy for sensitive groups.
 
When:
Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
 
Who:
Counties affected include: Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke and Saline. Active children and adults, as well as people with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exposure.
 
More:
Those most at risk to ozone exposure include – children, the elderly, and persons with breathing problems.  High ozone concentrations may reduce visibility, aggravate pre-existing respiratory illnesses and even cause symptoms in normally healthy persons who engage in strenuous physical activity outdoors. Symptoms of ozone exposure may include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, headaches, nausea and eye and throat irritation.

Arkansas free fishing weekend

Arkansas free fishing weekend

June 10-12 is the official "Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend" according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision Fishing Guidebook 2011.  Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed.  Several new changes have occured on fishing limits, so visit http://www.agfc.com/resources/GuidebookDocs/fish2011p07-11.pdf for more information on current regulations.  

Kids’ Fishing Day at the Commission’s five fish hatcheries is Saturday, June  11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Second ozone advisory issued for central Arkansas

Second ozone advisory issued for central Arkansas

What: An Ozone Action Advisory has been declared for tomorrow, June 4, 2011.  The ozone forecast is orange, which means that outdoor activities may be unhealthy for sensitive groups.
 
When: Saturday, June 4, 2011.
Please note that the current weather conditions favorable to the formation of ground level ozone will likely continue throughout the weekend.
 
Who: Counties affected include: Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke and Saline. Active children and adults, as well as people with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exposure.
 
Those most at risk to ozone exposure include – children, the elderly, and persons with breathing problems.

Go green, make green

Go green, make green

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - How do you market your green business without mowing down all your hard earned green? Join SBNCA for our monthly “lunch and learn” how to sustain your marketing effectiveness in this new (and green) marketplace.

Janie Pritchett-Clark is a 30-year veteran of the advertising industry. She is the publisher of the Arkansas greenZine, the only carbon neutral green magazine in the Natural state, which is going into its second year. She also publishes the Northwest Arkansas Business to Business (NwaB2B) guide focused on small business and entrepreneurs. Janie will share industry trends and tips on targeting green consumers, ideas for building a marketing foundation, and gaining awareness in your marketplace.

The workshop is Tuesday, April 12 from 12-1pm at the Arkansas Studies Institute (401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock).

Tour Arkansas with CALS traveling programs

Tour Arkansas with CALS traveling programs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Get ready to tour Arkansas with the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS).  April is Traveling Arkansas month at CALS, and the whole system is offering programs that highlight Arkansas's best qualities.

Program highlights include photos of Arkansas, places of interest throughout the state, state parks, or books that have been read while traveling in Arkansas.  Many programs are interactive, inviting patrons to bring photos, postcards, or brochures of favorite places or trips in Arkansas, or review books read while traveling Arkansas. 

A lesson in Arkansas history is offered at the Main Library campus in the very buildings that make up the Main Library, Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI), and Cox Creative Center.

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

UNDATED -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting grant applications for $100,000 in funding to support projects designed to educate and enable communities to understand and address local health and environmental issues.

These grants are available in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Eligible applicants from non-profit, faith-based and tribal organizations working in the community of the proposed project are encouraged to apply.

EPA Region 6 will award four grants of $25,000 to support projects that address a community's local environmental issues through collaborative partnerships.