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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Perciasepe in Top EPA Spot, CARB Car Regs, Wind PTC

With EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson stepping down in early 2013, the White House said that Robert Perciasepe, the agency’s deputy administrator, will take the top job in an acting capacity if no nominee has been Senate-confirmed when she departs. Potential nominees, in addition to Perciasepe, include Gina McCarthy, who is … Read more »

Cintas Sustainability Report: Energy Use From Laundry Halved

Cintas Sustainability Report: Energy Use From Laundry Halved

Uniform manufacturer and business-to-business service provider Cintas has halved the amount of energy used in its laundry process, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. Innovations like heat-air reclamation helped the company with the reduction. Cintas laundry facilities now have heat re-claimers that capture about 95 percent of previously wasted … Read more »

Green Fleet Briefing: IBM’s B2B Marketplace, Ford Fusion Energi, Volt Dropped

IBM has launched B2B Marketplace, a project it hopes will allow energy providers, car manufacturers, and charging point owners to share and integrate services on one common IT platform. This will create a network of EV charging services that are compatible regionally in Europe, the company says. IBM wants electric … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Calif. Offsets, CDM Approval for Seeds, EPA SmartWay

SCS Global Services has earned accreditation from the California Air Resources Board to provide verification services for carbon offset projects under the state’s new cap-and-trade Program. SCS has already contracted to conduct several compliance-grade forest offset project verifications in 2013 and is now ready to commence the verification process on … Read more »

Clean Harbors Buys Safety-Kleen

Clean Harbors Buys Safety-Kleen

Clean Harbors Inc., a provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America, has acquired Safety-Kleen Inc., a provider of parts cleaning and environmental services and the largest re-refiner and recycler of used oil in North America. Clean Harbors purchased Safety-Kleen in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.25 … Read more »

Report Questions Styrene Carcinogen Designation

Studies in humans, and particularly workers with high exposure to styrene products, show that the material is not associated with a consistent increase in death from any type of cancer, contradicting official listings, according to an industry-sponsored analysis conducted by environmental and risk science consulting firm Gradient. The material was listed as … Read more »

Corporate Sustainability Plans ‘Almost Double Year-on-Year’

In 2012, 64 percent of US companies said they had a sustainability plan in place or were in the midst of drafting one, up from 38 percent in 2011, according to research by hygiene and paper company SCA. In SCA’s 2012 Tork Report, titled The Sustainability Gap, 31 percent of US firms … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Transocean $1.4bn Fine; Exxon Delay ‘Made Spill Worse’

Transocean Deepwater Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act and to pay a total of $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines and penalties, admitting its criminal conduct in relation to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Transocean has agreed to pay $400 million in criminal fines … Read more »

Covanta Sustainability Report: GHG Emisions Drop 33%

Covanta Sustainability Report: GHG Emisions Drop 33%

Energy-from-waste firm Covanta Energy’s total greenhouse gas emissions fell around 33 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. Year-on-year the company reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions from 11.8 million to 7.9 million tons of CO2 equivalent. All but 51,000 tons of those emissions were … Read more »

IDE to Design Largest US Desalination Plant

Israel-based IDE Technologies has signed a contract with Kiewit Shea Desalination to design and supply equipment for the largest seawater desalination plant in the US, located near the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad, California. The Carlsbad Project will begin construction in 2013 and produce up to 54 million gallons of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Budget, EPA Stormwater Regs, Chevron Fire

The Energy Department would see its budget cut by 8.2 percent if sequestration were allowed to take effect as part of the fiscal cliff deal. Democrats say they are working to protect funding for clean energy research and protect programs in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Republicans say many clean … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2/RIOS, CARB, Green Seal, Soil Carbon

 eRecyclingCorps, a provider of carrier-grade mobile device trade-in services, said that it has achieved Responsible Recycling (R2) and Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) certifications for its Irving, Texas, headquarters. R2/RIOS indicates that eRC is operating at the highest industry standards for quality refurbishment, consumer data protection, environmental responsibility and employee … Read more »