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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.

EPA Chief: Methane Emissions ‘Substantially Higher Than We Thought’

EPA Chief: Methane Emissions ‘Substantially Higher Than We Thought’

Energy markets may now be awash in natural gas but the fuel has, well, fueled an economic boom in the United States. Not only has it changed the way electricity is generated but it has also given the manufacturing sector here a critical edge. Anything standing in its way? Excessive … Read more »

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Recycling Company Fined For Mishandling Waste Chemicals

Integrated Plastics Solutions, a plastics recycling company in El Dorado, Kansas, has been ordered to pay $97,612 in restitution and a $10,000 fine for mishandling waste chemicals after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful storage of a hazardous waste, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of … Read more »

Businesses, Farms Face Losses Following Mine Spill

Businesses in the Durango and Silverton, Colorado, areas that rely on the Animas River to drive their operations are closed and will remain that way until at least Aug. 17 as a result of the Aug. 5 Gold King Mine spill. Aug. 17 is the earliest date the EPA said … Read more »

EPA Spills 3M Gallons of Wastewater into Animas River

More than 3 million gallons of mustard-colored wastewater has poured into the Animas River in San Juan County, Colorado, since Aug. 5 as the result of the Gold King Mine spill caused by the EPA. A team from the EPA was investigating contamination at the abandoned mine when loose material that … Read more »

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The Bright Side of Recycling Lamps

High intensity discharge lamps, neon/argon lamps, and fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps all contain small amounts of mercury, which the EPA classifies as a universal hazardous waste. Although the EPA’s Universal Waste Rule (UWR) requires the handler of mercury-containing equipment to dispose of it in a way that prevents the … Read more »

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Lowes to Phase Out Neonic Pesticides

Lowe’s announced in its 2014 Social Responsibility Report that it is phasing out the sale of products that contain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides within 48 months as suitable alternatives become commercially available. Some studies have indicated that neonics are damaging the health of honeybees and other pollinators.  According to a study … Read more »

$2.7M Helps Small Businesses Bring Green Technology to Marketplace

The EPA announced nine awards totaling $2.7 million that will help small businesses in eight states bring innovative green technologies to the marketplace. The following companies received 2014 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II funding: HJ Science & Technology in Berkeley, California, designed and built a field-deployable, portable instrument capable … Read more »