Air Issues in Pilsen

Image result for air issues pilsen The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned about pollution in the Pilsen neighborhood area due to emission from by H Kramer & co. Their have been community concerns that the corporation has been violating the Clean Air Act and State Air pollution violations at firms brass smelting foundry in the Pilsen area.

To resolve this issue the EPA have required parametric monitoring to ensure that lead pollution control devices, pulse jet bag house filters, and High Efficiency Particulate Air  (HEPA) filters operate effectively. Ambient air monitors have been installed in the community although they are not required.

The use of parametric monitoring would be beneficial to communities in measuring the monthly ambient air quality in the community. This will help companies become mindful of the amount of emissions they put in the air, thus making them follow air quality regulations. This will also be beneficial to residents as they will know the air quality of the community they live in.

For future community issues the city government should first address the public through the media in letting the entire community know about the issues in their community. Next, the government should engage with that community about possible solutions to mitigate the problem. Lastly, they should resolve the issues in such away that doesn’t further harm the community or its surrounding environment.

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Unconventional Fossil Fuels

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The high volume hydraulic fracturing technique “fracking” has triggered health concerns and harsh environmental impacts. The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) made changes in the existing database of registered chemicals to help to improve the search of information on registered substances used for the purposes of fracking. Chemicals known to be used in fracking have into water supplies.

Chemicals used in fracking: Benzene, Lead, Mercury, and Uranium

Most chemicals used in fracking are not detectable by the human eye, and oftentimes can not be detected by smell or tastes.

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The commission wants to ensure that the risks of individual projects are controlled to have limited impacts on the environment in states that wish to exploit such resources. Member states are required to follow a set of minimum principles when applying their legislation to production using fracking.

The EU existing legislation covers issues such as: planning, underground risk assessments, well integrity, baseline reporting and operational monitoring, capture of methane emissions, and disclosure of chemicals used in each well. The commission has inserted review clause to assess the effectiveness of this approach. The network has collected information on unconventional oil and gas in the EU which will help technology emerge in order for well stimulation.

References:

http://www.clearwatersystems.com/chemicals-used-in-fracking-are-ending-up-in-your-drinking-water/

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/energy/unconventional_en.htm

Blog Assignment 3

Navy Pier Proposal Chicago, IL

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http://www.designboom.com/architecture/big-architects-aecom-chicago-navy-pier-proposal/

This proposal will bring the public closer to the water as they are allowed to walk down to the water level. Also there is a 500 foot “Water show” which will provide you with a great view of the lake. The 500 foot water show not only gives a great view, but also provides stadium seating with staggered steps.

Crystal Garden:

The Crystal Garden will bring sustainable food production as well as entertainment, and education of high quality food. The garden has an irrigation system that allows water to cylcle through to various forms of food grown in the garden. The food grown in the garden will be used in restaurants and the juice bar, so customers will know their food was locally grown.

Blog Post 1

Title: Pressure Trains

Timeline: 10 years

A train that uses compressed air as its source of power instead of fuel. Most modes of transportation such as cars, trains, and planes are responsible for most of the emissions polluting our air. A train contained in a tube of controlled air wouldn’t be restricted by friction and could approach speeds up to 600 mph. This would make transportation more efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly. The cost for a project like this would be 50-60 million per Km.