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Formosa Plastics Faces $57M Lawsuit for Leaking Plastic Pellets into Bays

Formosa Plastics Faces $57M Lawsuit for Leaking Plastic Pellets into Bays

Formosa Plastics is the third plastics manufacturer in the last month to make the news for illegally discharging plastic pellets into surrounding waterways and faces a massive lawsuit. RioGrande Legal Aid claims Formosa has violated the federal Clean Water Act continuously for over 548 days.

Brewery Blows off City Water, Dodges 300% Utility Increase

Brewery Blows off City Water, Dodges 300% Utility Increase

Breweries, known for using large amounts of water that is eventually discharged into a city’s water treatment plant, face the potential for steep increases in sewer rates as craft- and microbrew breweries put increasing pressure on a municipalities water infrastructure. But at least one brewery is solving the problem on its own by building an on-site … Read more »

Sonoco’s Smart Approach Shrinks Water, Energy Use: Here’s How

Sonoco’s Smart Approach Shrinks Water, Energy Use: Here’s How

Global packaging manufacturer Sonoco reduced total water usage by nearly 5% in 2016 and recovered the equivalent (by weight) of 57% of the product that Sonoco places into the marketplace through recycling, according to the company’s 2016-2017 corporate responsibility report. The company says it also reduced total energy use by … Read more »

Apple’s Forests Now Sustainable Enough to Cover the Paper Used in All Packaging

Apple’s Forests Now Sustainable Enough to Cover the Paper Used in All Packaging

(Pictured: Apple Park in Cupertino, CA*) Apple says that 320,000 acres of working forest in China have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and that the company is now protecting and creating enough sustainable working forest to cover the paper use in its packaging for all products. Apple’s forestry … Read more »

C&I End-Users Gain a Competitive Advantage w/Decentralized Water Treatment, Says Frost & Sullivan

C&I End-Users Gain a Competitive Advantage w/Decentralized Water Treatment, Says Frost & Sullivan

Industrial and commercial end-users could see a strong competitive advantage if they choose new, innovative and decentralized solutions for water and wastewater treatment, according to a new study from Frost & Sullivan. Water scarcity, severe water stress, and stringent regulations to control pollution in water bodies are supporting the growth of … Read more »

Fishy Compliance Practices Lead to Hefty Fine for Seafood Plant

Fishy Compliance Practices Lead to Hefty Fine for Seafood Plant

The Norton Sound Seafood Products Co. may have gained an economic advantage over its competitors in recent years by not abiding by EPA regulations. The company was discovered to have not met the EPA’s reporting or record-keeping requirements; it also failed to adequately monitor grinders, its waste-conveyance system, and the shore … Read more »

Philadelphia Eagles to Manage Large Spikes in Food Waste Volume with Waste Digesters

Philadelphia Eagles to Manage Large Spikes in Food Waste Volume with Waste Digesters

The Philadelphia Eagles will soon have a new way to dispose of food waste with the installation of a food waste digester and data analytics platform at the team’s Lincoln Financial Field. The team installed a waste digester at its practice facility in September, 2016, and since then it has … Read more »

Water Reduction & Energy Efforts Achieve $72,000 Savings at Meat Processing Plant

Water Reduction & Energy Efforts Achieve $72,000 Savings at Meat Processing Plant

Italian meat processor and producer Inalca SpA’s projects to reduce water and energy use at its plant in Rieti, Italy, resulted in annual savings of 3.7 million gallons of water and more than $72,000. The facility’s heating plant, which consists of three boilers fueled by methane gas, generates the steam … Read more »

California Scrap Metal Recycler Fined for Hazardous Waste

California Scrap Metal Recycler Fined for Hazardous Waste

SA Recycling LLC, a metal recycler and processor based in Orange, California, recently paid $255,000 in fines for hazardous waste, the Business Journal reported. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) previously conducted an inspection and found that soil, dirt, dust, and debris at one of the recycler’s sites … Read more »

Industry Gets Reprieve on ‘Burdensome’ RMP Amendment

Industry Gets Reprieve on ‘Burdensome’ RMP Amendment

Chemical facilities and other industries were given a reprieve last month on complying with the amendment to the Obama-era federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements requiring additional public notice, reporting, accident prevention and emergency response planning obligations for facilities that use or store certain high-risk substances. The 20-month extension means … Read more »

Leaders Unveil Their Secrets: Business Case for Environmental Stewardship

Leaders Unveil Their Secrets: Business Case for Environmental Stewardship

Editor’s note: As sustainable business operations go from “nice to have” to “must have,” companies seem to be more willing to talk about the business side of sustainability. How are their investments in environmental management paying off? At our Environmental Leader 2017 Conference earlier this summer, one of the major take-aways … Read more »