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States, Industry Ask Supreme Court to Block Clean Power Plan

In another attempt to block the Clean Power Plan, 29 states and state agencies are urging the US Supreme Court to stop the carbon emissions rule for power plants from taking effect. The have been joined by 16 trade associations including the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association … Read more »

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Clean Power Plan Becomes Law, 24 States Sue to Block Carbon Rule

The EPA published the Clean Power Plan in the federal register today, making existing power plants in the US legally responsible to limit carbon pollution for the first time. Under the new carbon law, existing coal-burning power plants must cut carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 … Read more »

Ion’s Carbon Capture Technology Captures 99% of CO2

Ion’s Carbon Capture Technology Captures 99% of CO2

Carbon capture technology company Ion Engineering says it has completed the first pilot scale testing of its proprietary solvent and process technology for the removal of carbon dioxide from large-point sources including natural gas and coal-fired power plants. Throughout testing, Ion captured more than 99 percent of the incoming CO2 … Read more »

Arrowhead Landfill Accepts Utilities’ Coal Ash

Green Group Holdings says its Arrowhead Landfill facility in Alabama is ready to accept coal combustion residuals (CCR) — coal ash — from utility companies looking to avoid civil litigation risks brought on by the new federal regulations. The EPA regulations on CCR establish disposal standards, monitoring obligations, and associated … Read more »

Roofing Manufacturer Diverts 94% of Waste from Landfill

GAF’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama facility is its second asphalt shingle plant in North America to achieve Waste Diversion from Landfill certification by GreenCircle Certified, the roofing manufacturer says. To achieve a waste diversion rate of 94 percent at its Tuscaloosa facility, GAF says it pioneered several initiatives to increase operational efficiency … Read more »

Water Use Hits Lowest Level Since Before 1970

Water Use Hits Lowest Level Since Before 1970

Water use across the US reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years, according to a US Geological Survey report that says about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire US during 2010. This represents a 13 percent reduction of water … Read more »

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DOE, Southern Company Pen New Carbon Capture Agreement

The US Department of Energy has signed a new five-year cooperative agreement with Southern Company to evaluate advanced carbon-capture and gasification technologies at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Wilsonville, Ala. The DOE launched the NCCC in 2009, tapping Southern Company to manage and operate the center. Under the … Read more »

BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill

BP Releases $627 Million Plan for Oil Spill Restoration

Toxic chemicals associated with the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be linked to continued problems growing oysters in Louisiana waters as well as the deaths of hundreds of bottlenosed dolphins and thousands of sea turtles and migratory waterfowl, according to an environmental assessment released Friday. The assessment also says … Read more »

Alabama

Alabama Businesses Tap Loans up to $4m for Energy Efficiency

Alabama businesses are saving $5.1 million in estimated annual energy costs because of a state financing program launched two years ago – the AlabamaSAVES loan program. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs created the AlabamaSAVES program to provide state businesses with low-cost loans for energy-efficiency upgrades. Loans of … Read more »

Alabama

Alabama State Agencies Cut Energy Costs by $3.9 Million in 2012

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the state has saved nearly $4 million by cutting energy costs at state government agencies. The savings reported for 2012 came following a December 2011 Executive Order issued by the governor, requiring state facilities to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent from 2005 levels – … Read more »