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Shell Ends Arctic Drilling Operations

Shell has abandoned its Arctic drilling operations, yesterday announcing it will cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future. The decision comes as the oil giant has been under increasing pressure from environmentalists and businesses to halt its drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean. After exploring the … Read more »

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EPA Can Enforce Clean Water Rule in States That Didn’t Sue, Judge Says

A judge’s ruling that blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect late last month only applies to the 13 states that sued to stop the rule — not nationwide. A federal judge in North Dakota clarified the injunction he issued at the request of North Dakota and 12 other … Read more »

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Judge Blocks Clean Water Rule

A federal judge in North Dakota blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect Friday in 13 states. The rule, authored by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers expands the reach of the Clean Water Act to protect US streams and wetlands from pollution. While the EPA says … Read more »

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Power Plant to Install GE Mobile Water Treatment During Planned Outage

General Electric will commission a reverse osmosis (RO) mobile water filtration system at the Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) coal-fired power plant in Healy, Alaska. The GE system will provide the plant with clean water during a planned outage to upgrade the plant’s water treatment system and environmental controls and … Read more »

Carbon Pollution Threatens Fishing Industry

Carbon Pollution Threatens Fishing Industry

Commercial fisheries in Alaska are increasingly threatened by ocean acidification, according to research led by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Alaskan fishing industry supports more than 100,000 jobs and generates more than $5 billion in annual revenue. Fishery-related tourism also brings in $300 million annually. The … Read more »

EPA Proposes Limited Pebble Mine Development

The EPA has proposed limiting development of the Pebble Mine project to protect the salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, in a move supported by commercial fishermen, investors and jewelers alike. The development of this gold, copper and molybdenum mine, which is backed by Northern Dynasty Minerals and the Pebble … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NO2 Standards, HCFCs, Product Efficiency

China will impose stricter standards on the cement, battery, leather and heavy metal industries, including a requirement to control at least 60 percent of nitrogen dioxide emissions, the country’s environment ministry said today. China is the world’s biggest producer and exporter of batteries, and produced 56 percent of global cement last year, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Drug Disposal, HFCs, Climate Hearing

The King County, Wash., board of health passed a law requiring that pharmaceutical companies pay for the disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medicines – only the second such municipal ordinance in the country. Alameda County, Calif., passed drug disposal regulations in July 2012, Waste & Recycling News reports. The USDA is considering … Read more »

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Walmart, Alaska Haggle Over Salmon Certifications

Walmart may drop about 40 Alaskan salmon processors that stopped pursuing the Marine Stewardship Council label – a threat that has stirred state officials to lobby the retailer. The processors of wild-caught salmon decided last year to drop the label because it was expensive and eroded their brand, Reuters reports. In … Read more »

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EPA Raid on Gold Mining Town Under Investigation

Small-scale miners in an remote Alaskan gold mining town were surprised by an environmental task force of federal regulators decked out in full body armor, who swarmed the area to check for clean water violations. The tactics of the federal regulators, who descended on Chicken, a town of 17 full-time … Read more »

US Creates 38,600 New Cleantech Jobs in Q2

US Creates 38,600 New Cleantech Jobs in Q2

Clean energy and transportation projects launched across the US in the second quarter of 2013 have led to the creation of 38,600 new jobs in the sector, says a report by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). The number of jobs is slightly more for Q2 of 2013 than it was for the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP Fine, Chevron Suit, Water Bill, School Asbestos

The European Union has agreed its first law to regulate safety in offshore oil and gas drilling in EU waters, to present for final endorsement from member states and the European Parliament. The legislation covers the criteria for awarding operating licenses and penalties for breaching safety standards. Companies will also … Read more »