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Month: February 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Awards Funding to Replace and Upgrade School Buses in New York

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 office is awarding a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program grant totaling $246,006 to the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) to curb harmful pollution from school buses on Long Island.

 

“This grant program is a perfect example of how EPA’s grants incentivize public and private entities alike to invest in innovative technology that not only produces environmental benefits but also boosts business,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “As we strengthen our partnerships, EPA will continue to work toward reducing harmful air pollutants and improving air quality in New York’s Nassau and Suffolk Counties.”

 

  • The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) will receive $246,006 to replace diesel school buses with all-electric buses and retrofit additional diesel school buses with anti-idling technology in New York’s Nassau and Suffolk Counties. This investment will reduce about 11 tons of nitrogen oxides and about two tons of fine particles.

 

“The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the EPA in reducing diesel emissions,” said Executive Director Tiffany Boykin. “Through the NSTA, members have access to important programs like DERA offered through the EPA which provide such a great opportunity for school bus contractors to do their part to reduce emissions. The NSTA is honored to support and congratulate member The Trans Group, LLC on receiving this important award.”

 

The replacement and retrofit of diesel trucks will reduce harmful diesel emissions, providing important public health and air quality benefits. Exposure to diesel exhaust can lead to serious health conditions like asthma and respiratory illnesses and can worsen existing heart and lung disease, especially in children and the elderly.

 

For more information about EPA’s National Clean Diesel campaign and DERA program, visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel.

Follow EPA Region 2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/eparegion2 and visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eparegion2.

Should Personal Cell Phone Numbers Be Listed in Public White Pages Directories?

 

NEW YORK, NY – Back in the day, your standard-edition print White Pages directory included pretty much any and every landline-based phone number of every person around, unless they specifically went out of their way to acquire an unlisted number. That’s just the way things were, and cracking open the White Pages was quite simply the only way to find people at the time.

 

Fast-forward to today, and the print White Page directory has become something of a relic with the passage of time and the advance of technology. With the advent of cell phones, people have relied less and less on landline telephones in their residences and more and more on mobile devices…to the point that some homes don’t use landline phones at all, anymore. In fact, approximately 51 percent of American homes are currently “wireless only,” with older demographics more likely to still use a landline phone.

 

But the main difference is that cell phone numbers are not typically made available to the public, and this fact exists for a number of different reasons, the main one being that most cell phone carriers allow their customers a set number of minutes a month (depending on the plan they use), and charge them overage fees for every minute they go over after they’re used up; having cell number publicly available would likely lead to a vast number of calls from telemarketers and other unwanted intrusions, which would eat up those precious minutes quickly. However, in recent years, most carriers have been switching to standard calling plans with unlimited minutes for many of their customers, rendering this issue moot for the most part.

 

However, there remains another factor that currently keeps most cell numbers private- it’s what their owners want, quite frankly. However, it’s very easy for a private cell phone number to be made public; chances are, yours already is, unfortunately. Given the use of the internet by most people, be it social media, online applications, web-based retailers, or countless other sources, you’re typically putting your contact information out there each and every day, and as they used to say, “loose lips sink ships.” That is, eventually your contact information will get out there, and there’s not much you can do about it, short of going completely “off the grid” and eschewing digital interactions altogether, which in this day and age is easier said than done.

 

The fact that the public is clearly and decisively shifting away from landline phone use in favor of cell phones is causing an issue in terms of the White Pages– while landline phone numbers are included in directories by default, the same obviously does not hold true for wireless numbers. So, as the number of landline-based options shrinks, so does the ability for people to get in touch with one another if they need to unless they have been personally bequeathed their cell number. Sometimes this is a good thing, but in the event of an emergency or other urgent occurrence, the lack of a publicly-accessible phone number can cause problems. In addition, some local municipalities have alert systems in place that can text vital information to residents in case of a disaster; this leaves those with private numbers out of the loop when they may desperately need to be in it.

 

Therefore, in light of now-commonplace unlimited phone plans and the fact that many so-called “private” cell phone numbers are bleeding out into the public anyway, an argument could easily be made in favor of the establishment of an official, public cell phone White Pages that would be officially monitored with oversight to ensure that abuse will be kept at a bare minimum. After all, by 2020 it is anticipated that over two billion people worldwide will be using cell phones to communicate, so it might be worth thinking about creating a way to catalog and arrange all of that data into an accessible form, but only if it’s done in a responsible way to safeguard contact information.

 

Of course, not everyone will want their cell numbers public, and that’s very understandable; such a database should be an opt-in affair only. But for those who are willing, there are currently many legitimate ones available where users can manually enter their contact information, making it searchable by those who may need to get in touch with them, especially in regards to something of great importance. And, of course, there are safeguards in place to make sure that information is not misused…at least, not any more than it already is through years of online shopping and social media use.

Report Says Over 80 Percent of Smartphone-Savvy Shoppers Do Last-Second Yellow Page Research Before Buying Retail

 

NEW YORK, NY – It’s become a commonplace ritual whenever you head to any sort of retail establishment; before plunking down the dough on an expensive big-screen television set or a pricey winter coat, you’ll notice shoppers putting on the breaks while they perform a now-standard ritual- whipping out their smartphones for a quick, last-second yellow pages lookup of any competitor selling the same item at a potentially lower price.

 

In this day and age where people are pinching every penny in order to get by, it only makes sense to assure yourself that you’re getting the best possible deal for your money; in fact, according to reports, over 82 percent of shoppers will turn to the yellow pages on their smartphones in order to do product research at the last possible moment before committing to a purchase, often when they’re already standing in the check-out line. They could be comparing prices among competing brands or retailers, checking reviews, or any number of other activities, and it’s happening more and more these days due to the ubiquity of internet-enabled cell phone technology.

 

Smartphone use as it pertains to shopping is getting to the point that, according to one study, consumers are more likely to consult with their phone than actually bothering to talk to a flesh-and-blood sales associate at any given store prior to making a purchase. In a recent survey, 58 percent of shoppers said that their smartphones are most commonly used in stores to look up reviews and product information on a potential item that they are interested in buying, followed by 54 percent of shoppers who said that they used their mobile devices to check and compare prices before committing to a sale.

 

In addition, it’s also been found that at least 40 percent of shoppers will conduct yellow page searches in order to locate and download coupons before making a purchase, so if a retailer is interested in increasing foot traffic to their stores, enticing the public with not only a mobile-friendly website design, but some digital discounts as well, is a sure way to do so.

 

The evolution of shopping in this manner comes as no surprise, as smartphone searches related to shopping jumped approximately 120 percent last year, and have only continued to increase as times goes by. Clearly, phones are playing a bigger and bigger role in not only driving shoppers to retail, but also helping them to decide what to buy once they get there. In fact, research finds that 50 percent of shoppers that conduct a local yellow page search on their phone will visit a store within 24 hours or less, and about 20 percent of those searches will result in a purchase.

 

How many time have you looked up a business on the yellow pages, however, and found frustration when you realized that you had no way of knowing if the item you were looking for on their website was actually in-stock at a location near you? A helpful feature that retailers have begun to implement in an effort to drive traffic to brick-and-mortar stores – as opposed to losing sales to online-only sales – is the ability to track and display an up-to-date online inventory list, and retailers that invest in this feature have seen a whopping 122 percent bump in store visits from consumers who initially visited their websites looking for a certain item, saw that it was in-stock locally, and decided to pick it up. Clearly, if it comes down to ordering online and waiting several days for delivery – and often paying a hefty shipping fee as well – or simply driving down to a local store and buying it the same day, shoppers are opting for the latter out of both savings and convenience.

 

As you can see, the ability to access the internet and conduct valuable research via the yellow pages on any purchase that a consumer may be contemplating in-store has truly changed the way retail is handled in a variety of ways. Many stores are now pouring money into enabling a greater synergy between their websites and their physical locations in an effort to drive more shoppers to their stores and increase their profits, including creating downloadable smartphone apps that allow customers to scan bar-codes, check prices, and even pay for their purchases when it comes time to check out. Indeed, technology has changed the shopping experience for good, and it will be interesting to see how it continues to evolve as time goes by.

EPA Expands Scope of Hudson River Cleanup Analysis; State Sediment Samples, Advances Work in Floodplain

NEW YORK – Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will evaluate, in close coordination with the State of New York, approximately 1,800 sediment samples taken in 2017 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) from the Upper Hudson River. EPA also will continue efforts to complete the study of the Upper Hudson River and conduct supplemental studies of the Lower Hudson River.

 

“While EPA, its partners, and the public continue to give serious attention to post-dredging recovery of the Upper Hudson, it’s imperative that we also expand the scope of the Agency’s efforts to ensure the Hudson River is fully remediated,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez.

 

On January 11, 2018, EPA Regional Administrator Lopez reached out to NYSDEC Commissioner Basil Seggos asking for the final data from NYSDEC’s sampling effort and offering federal resources to help analyze that data, which NYSDEC has now provided to EPA. The EPA has begun its analysis, will have its scientists closely analyze data from NYSDEC’s 2017 sediment samples, and expects to collaborate with the state in order to make joint findings and conclusions about the data.

 

EPA is also advancing a study of the floodplain in the Upper Hudson River where work on the floodplain first began in October, 2014 when General Electric (GE) agreed to conduct a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (comprehensive study) of PCB contamination. Under this agreement, this study is investigating the PCB contamination in the 43-mile stretch of the Hudson River floodplain from Hudson Falls to Troy, New York. This study includes an evaluation of human and ecological risks, as well as potential long-term clean up solutions.

 

To date, this study has collected approximately 8,000 soil samples on more than 500 properties in the floodplain. Soil and stone covers have also been installed prevent exposure to PCBs and/or installed warning signs on several properties. These measures are temporary, pending completion of the comprehensive study and the selection of a final cleanup plan for the floodplain. EPA will decide on the final cleanup plan with input from the public.

 

In addition to these efforts, EPA Region 2 is positioning itself to further engage in assessing the Lower Hudson River stretching from Albany to New York City. The initial assessment –  from the 1990’s – indicated that PCBs from the GE plant sites had migrated downstream and into the Lower Hudson River. Since then, EPA and NYSDEC have continued collection and evaluation of water and fish data throughout the Lower Hudson River. These data are shared between the agencies and evaluated collaboratively. Given that fish recoveries in a portion of the Lower Hudson River may be slower than expected, EPA will begin conducting supplemental studies to include collection of additional sediment samples and other information necessary to better understand PCB contamination in the Lower Hudson River (including additional sources of PCBs).

 

With respect to work that has already been performed, EPA Region 2 is reviewing input from NYSDEC, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior, and New York State Attorney General’s office regarding the certification of completion of the remedial action, which includes dredging and habitat reconstruction, under the 2006 Consent Decree with GE.

 

Under the direction of Administrator Scott Pruitt, EPA has reemphasized the importance of the Superfund program as central to the Agency’s mission. The Agency will continue to aggressively pursue Hudson remediation efforts in coordination with its Region 2 office, while engaging with partners and stakeholders.

 

For more information about the EPA’s work on the Hudson River, visit www.epa.gov/hudson.

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