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Water Supply May Be in Danger for Colorado Agribusiness as Population Booms

Water Supply May Be in Danger for Colorado Agribusiness as Population Booms

With Colorado’s population expected to grow from about 5.5 million now to as many as 10 million by 2050, water concerns are increasing in the semi-arid state. More than 85% of water used in Colorado is by agriculture, the state’s second-highest economic driver, but the statewide water plan released in 2015 … Read more »

coal power plant

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 »

coal power plant

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 »

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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 »

braid of the Snake River

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 »

Altogether Recycling

Alpine Waste & Recycling Completes $5M Upgrade, Doubles Recycling Capacity

In response to market demand, the Denver area’s biggest privately held waste management company has more than doubled its ability to process single-stream recycled materials. Alpine Waste & Recycling says this makes it the highest-capacity recycling processor in a contiguous 10-state region. Alpine Waste & Recycling’s $5 million investment at … Read more »

Verizon e-waste recycling

Verizon Diverts 2 Million Pounds of E-Waste, Sets New Goal

Verizon today achieved its goal to collect 2 million pound of electronic waste, reaching its 2010 target eight months early. The company also set a new goal: to collect another 2 million pounds of e-waste by 2020. Verizon met its earlier five-year e-waste goal during today’s e-waste recycling rally in … Read more »

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Method Tested to Inspect Methane Emissions

A new mobile methane emissions inspection method called OTM 33A, developed by the EPA, was used to inspect oil and gas well pads during a study conducted by the agency in Texas, Colorado and Wyoming from 2010-2013, according to a report published in Environmental Science & Technology. The results indicate … Read more »

Top 10 LEED States Ranked

Top 10 LEED States Ranked

Illinois for the second year in a row has the most LEED-certified green buildings per capita — 174 representing 3.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident — according to the US Green Building Council’s annual Top 10 States for LEED list. Colorado, Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts round out the … Read more »

Cargill to Develop Beef Sustainability Assessment

Cargill Cattle Feeders, the cattle supply arm of the company’s US beef business, has entered into an agreement with Wichita-based consultancy Kennedy and Coe to create a verified beef supply chain sustainability assessment program for Cargill feed yards. Based on the successful development of benchmarking and measurement criteria, this type … 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 »