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Stymied by Water Footprint Assessment? New Guide Can Help

Stymied by Water Footprint Assessment? New Guide Can Help

A new handbook is available to help organizations understand how to undertake a water footprint assessment using ISO 14046. Water availability, both in terms of quantity and quality, is recognized as a key global issue by the United Nations. Businesses (both directly and indirectly through their supply chain), communities and … Read more »

Industry Association: Meadow Muffin Storage Systems Need No Stinkin’ Permits

Industry Association: Meadow Muffin Storage Systems Need No Stinkin’ Permits

If dairy farmers have their way, large animal feedlots in Wisconsin will no longer be required to get state approval for their methods of collecting and storing cow manure before they begin operations. The Wisconsin Dairy Business Association is suing to end a requirement that the design and construction of … Read more »

DuPont Continues to Settle Environmental Lawsuits, Adds Another $50M

DuPont Continues to Settle Environmental Lawsuits, Adds Another $50M

DuPont has agreed to pay more than $50 million to settle a lawsuit based on the release of mercury from a former Virginia facility. The lawsuit was filed by the federal government and the State of Virginia, and DuPont’s settlement comes in advance of the company’s $150 billion merger with Dow … Read more »

Report Points Finger at US Timber Distributors for Illegal Deforestation in PNG

Report Points Finger at US Timber Distributors for Illegal Deforestation in PNG

The global timber trade is driving deforestation in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and abuses are being seen in the supply chains of companies you might not expect, including Home Depot, according to a new report from Global Witness. Home Depot’s supplier, Home Legend, has halted sales of exotic wood flooring linked to often … Read more »

Gasoline-Powered Cars Eyed for Emissions Overages in CA

Gasoline-Powered Cars Eyed for Emissions Overages in CA

Businesses that operate gasoline-powered fleets in CA will want to keep an eye on a review being conducted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The environmental agency is looking at whether some gasoline-powered vehicles are emitting too much pollution. The California Air Resources Board is also pushing manufacturers to … Read more »

Walmart: Chemical Footprint Reporting Is Key to Creating Sustainable Stuff

Walmart: Chemical Footprint Reporting Is Key to Creating Sustainable Stuff

Companies are increasingly focusing on measuring and reporting their chemical footprint via several tactics including creating a management strategy and conducting a chemical inventory, according to a new report from the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP). Participating companies represent annual revenues totaling over $670 billion, across all sectors, sizes and locations, and … Read more »

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.

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 »

Free Site Allows Comparison of Corporate Environmental Financial Disclosures

Free Site Allows Comparison of Corporate Environmental Financial Disclosures

A free website has launched that allows investors and the general public to research corporate environmental financial disclosures. Evonet.com enables users to quickly access environmental and climate-related financial disclosures that are often buried deep within lengthy financial filings. “Investors are urgently seeking more transparency from corporations about their material risks and … 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 »