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States to Feds: Don’t Wreck States’ Chemical Rules with TSCA Reform

As the bill that will reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 moves closer to final passage, 12 state attorneys general are urging US lawmakers to protect states’ efforts to regulate toxic chemicals. Both the US Senate and House of Representatives passed bills last year that aim to overhaul … Read more »

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Membrane Bioreactor Increases Reuse Efficiency

Water Works Engineers (WWE) of California designed an upgrade to the Pukalani Wastewater Treatment Plant in Maui, Hawaii, which allows the plant to irrigate the Pukalani Country Club’s golf course while adhering to water reuse regulations, according to a case study on the Water & Wastes Digest website. The existing … Read more »

Monsanto, Dow, Others Raise Nearly $8M to Defeat GMO Ballot Initiative

Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences are among the seed companies that have raised about $8 million to defeat a Maui County voter initiative to temporarily ban GMO farming until the county conducts a public health and environmental study of its impact, as reported by the Honolulu Civil Beat. Campaign spending records … Read more »

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Hawaii Becomes Flash Point in GMO Controversy

Hawaii, the cornerstone of corn-growing operations by the world’s leading seed companies, has become a flash point in the debate over genetic engineering in agriculture. As companies have expanded their seed crop operations in Hawaii, opposition to genetically modified organisms has grown. It’s become a particularly touchy subject because so … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Electricity Act, GMO Suit, Pinelands Pipe Decision

The energy and power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a markup and vote today and tomorrow on HR 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act. The bill, which committee chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced on Thursday, would require that EPA carbon … Read more »

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GMO Decisions Hinge on Public Ire – Not Fact

Two stories today highlight how decision-making over GMOs hinges on widespread public outrage. The scientific consensus is often besides the point. General Mills has stopped using genetically modified ingredients to make original Cheerios, following a yearlong effort by the GMO Inside campaign, which rallied consumers to post more than 40,000 … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: AZ Solar Ruling, GMO Veto Override, China’s ‘Red Lines’

The Arizona Corporation Commission has agreed, 3-2, to preserve the state’s net metering system for distributed solar power but to levy a 70 cents per kW charge to help compensate utilities. That is between one-eight and one-tenth of the charge the utilities had sought. Regulators also told the utilities to … Read more »

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Covanta Turns Drugs into Clean Energy

Covanta Tulsa Renewable Energy has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of Arkansas and Texas to safely destroy more than 44,000 pounds of unwanted medications and turn them into clean energy. The collected drugs are combusted at high temperatures and converted into renewable energy at no charge to customers … 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 »

Walmart Expands Solar Installations in Hawaii

Walmart and SunEdison have completed new solar power installations at three Walmart stores in Kahului, Kailua-Kona and Kapolei, doubling the retailer’s number of stores in Hawaii powered by solar energy. During the first full year of production, the 311 kW solar power rooftop system on each store will produce more … Read more »