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States Investigate Exxon, Launch Corporate Climate Fraud Crackdown

Massachusetts will investigate whether ExxonMobil lied to the public and investors about climate change risks to its business, joining New York and California in investigating the oil giant. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the probe yesterday, at a press conference with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, former vice … Read more »

Honda’s New Paint Line Reduces Water, Cuts CO2 Emissions 18%

Honda’s New Paint Line Reduces Water, Cuts CO2 Emissions 18%

Honda has announced new initiatives as part of its “Green Path” approach to reducing the total life-cycle environmental impact of its products and operations in North America, including a $210 million investment in a new, more environmentally responsible auto-body painting facility at its Marysville, Ohio auto plant. The Marysville facility … Read more »

First Statewide Mattress Recycling Program Launches

Connecticut has launched the country’s first statewide mattress recycling program. The program — which has become a model for other states — requires retailers to collect a small fee from consumers and use it for mattress recycling efforts. In other recycling legislation news, Upstream a US-based environmental organization, has released … Read more »

Recycling Program Diverts 240,000 Gallons of Paint

The PaintCare Program in Connecticut has collected more than 240,000 gallons of leftover paint for recycling in its first year. The program, launched in July 2013, is managed by the nonprofit PaintCare and was required by a state law and supported by the paint industry. It aims to make it … Read more »

Waste-to-Energy Could Supply 12% of US Electricity

Waste-to-Energy Could Supply 12% of US Electricity

If all of the municipal solid waste (MSW) that is currently put into landfills each year in the US were diverted to waste-to-energy (WTE) power plants, it could generate enough electricity to supply 12 percent of the US total, according to a study conducted by the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) … Read more »

Connecticut Prepares to Launch Battery EPR Bill

Connecticut is planning to introduce the nation’s first consensus-based extended producer responsibility bill for both rechargeable and single-use batteries during its 2015 legislative session. Released June 11 at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s national battery stewardship dialogue meeting, the model bill was drafted by a group of … Read more »

States Pledge 3.3M Zero Emission Vehicles by 2025

Eight US states located on the East and West Coasts have released a plan to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025. The Multi-State ZEV Action Plan, in which the states pledge to develop infrastructure, coordinated policies, codes and standards, is the first promised milestone … Read more »


Unilever Fine Used to Fund Water Quality Projects

About $500,000 of the $4.5 million in fines Unilever agreed to pay for the illegal discharge of industrial waste from its now-closed factory in Clinton, Connecticut will be used to fund water quality or ecosystem restoration in the lower Hammonasset River watershed. Another $500,000 will be used to build a … Read more »


Unilever Violates Clean Water Act, Pays $1 Million

Unilever has plead guilty to two counts of violating the US Clean Water Act and will pay a $1 million fine under an agreement reached with the EPA and the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut (USAO). The agreement stems from a Dec. 5, 2008 incident at Unilever’s … Read more »


Mississippi ‘Most Improved’ State in Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states – including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia – taking major steps that moved them up the ranks. In the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for … Read more »

Covanta Energy and Turning Earth

Covanta Energy, Turning Earth Provide Organics Recycling to Businesses

Covanta Energy and Turning Earth have partnered to provide organics recycling to Connecticut businesses and municipalities. Under the 10-year agreement, Turning Earth will build, own and operate an integrated organics recycling facility in central Connecticut to which Covanta will divert organic waste for reuse in partnership with municipalities and commercial … Read more »

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