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Plastic Bag Bans ‘Hurt the Environment,’ Study Says

Plastic bag bans don’t decrease costs for cities and hurt the environment, according to a study from the National Center for Policy Analysis. Do Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags Save Cities Money? says the bans force consumers to use paper bags and reusable bags, which use more energy, resources, produce … Read more »

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Rite Aid Dumps Hazardous Waste, Pays $12.3 Million

Rite Aid Corporation has been ordered by a San Jouquin County Superior Court judge to pay more than $12.3 million to settle a civil lawsuit that alleged 600 of its California stores improperly dumped hazardous waste in local landfills. District attorneys in San Joaquin, Los Angeles and Riverside counties filed a … Read more »

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Plastic Bag Reprocessing Plant Turns Waste into Useful Products

PlasRecycle has built the UK’s first facility for reprocessing post-consumer polythene bags and packaging films to produce a plastic granulate that can be used for making new bags. The Woolwich, South East London plant has the capacity to recycle 1 metric ton of plastic packaging and will save around 1.5 … Read more »

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Princeton Review Announces Green Honor Roll

Stanford University, Cornell University, Columbia University and the University of California, Los Angeles are among 22 colleges nationwide listed on Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Rating Honor Roll, which measures the environmentally friendliness of the schools. Princeton Review, known for its college test-prep and education services, tallied the scores for 832 … Read more »

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Environmental Executive Moves: Kennecott, US Navy, City of Los Angeles, Flare

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Kennecott Utah Copper: The mining, smelting and refining company’s parent company, Rio Tinto, says Kennecott president and CEO Kelly Sanders will step down Sept. 1 following an April landslide that damaged an ore pit west of Salt Lake … Read more »

Los Angeles Set to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles is set to ban plastic grocery bags, making it the largest US city to prohibit single-use plastic bags at supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores and retail chains that sell food such as Target and Walmart. The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 on Tuesday to adopt the ban, giving … Read more »

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Corn-Producing States Face High Water-Shortage Risk

Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego are among the cities most at risk for drought-induced water shortages, according to a report from the Columbia University Water Center, in conjunction with Veolia Water and Growing Blue, a collaboration of NGOs, water companies and industry groups. Joining the … Read more »

Vapur, Elkay Install Water-Bottle Refilling Stations on Campuses

Reusable water pouch maker Vapur and stainless steel sink company Elkay have partnered to install water-bottle refilling stations on campuses across the US. The companies say billions of bottles of water are consumed globally every year, and less than 20 percent are recycled. The Vapur Refill Stations encourage students and … Read more »

Zero-Emission Truck Corridor ‘Feasible by 2035’

Zero-emission trucks could enter demonstration mode in the next few years and eventually be part of a zero-emission corridor along a congested section of Interstate 710 leaving the Port of Los Angeles, according to a study by Calstart, an independent California-based organization working to commercialize clean transportation technology. Calstart’s Technologies, … Read more »

Clinton-Backed Efficiency Program Tackles 30m Sq Ft of Commercial Space

A Los Angeles program backed by the Clinton Climate Initiative is giving building owners financing and free energy assessments, in an effort to raise the efficiency of 20 to 30 million square feet of commercial space. The LA Commercial Building Performance Partnership aims not only to help commercial property owners … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: SEC Climate Disclosure, San Fran Gold, EPA Sued Over Smog

Wyoming senator John Barrasso on Wednesday reintroduced a bill to stop the Securities and Exchange Commission’s policy of requiring companies to reveal their climate change risks. The Hill article says the lawmaker would rather the agency focus on protecting investors and maintaining fair markets. The Bonneville Power Administration, which has … Read more »

California Board Approves Emissions Credits

Air quality officials on Friday adopted a plan to allow Los Angeles area industries to buy emissions credits. The South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted 10-1 to allow low-level polluters to sell their credits to companies seeking to expand their operations and emit more pollution, the Los Angeles … Read more »