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Chilled Water Optimization, LED Upgrades Save Big at Big Pharma

Chilled Water Optimization, LED Upgrades Save Big at Big Pharma

By Tom Pagliuco, Executive Director, Global Energy Engineering, Allergan There are currently two types of projects that typically have attractive economics for pharmaceutical facilities and we have been focusing our attention on: LED lighting upgrades and chilled water optimization projects. Lighting is a low risk, easy to implement energy savings … Read more »

Federal Court Tosses Obama-Era Ruling on Hydrofluorocarbons Used in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Federal Court Tosses Obama-Era Ruling on Hydrofluorocarbons Used in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

A federal court handed climate change advocates a narrow loss on Tuesday when it tossed an Obama-era ruling to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration and air conditioning.

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 »

How Much Motor City Water Does Coke Use, and What Does It Cost ‘Em?

How Much Motor City Water Does Coke Use, and What Does It Cost ‘Em?

The Coca-Cola bottling plant in Detroit returned 48% of the water it purchased back to the city as wastewater in 2016, according to a spokesperson, while PepsiCo said it returned 60% of the water it purchased as wastewater. Coke and Pepsi purchased a total of 113 million gallons of water 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.

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 »