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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 »

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45 years, according to a US Geological Survey report that says about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire US during 2010.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 »

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Blu. Launches First Gas Recapture System

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) provider Blu., in partnership with Intermountain Gas Company, has launched an innovative gas recapture system at the Blu. LNG fueling station in Nampa, Idaho — the first of its kind in the country. This system captures boil-off gas from the LNG storage tank and returns it … Read more »

Clif Bar Wastewater Work Receives Money

Twin Falls, Idaho will receive a $500,000 wastewater grant from the state to accommodate the 300,000-square-foot Clif Bar bakery to be built in the town, MagicValley.com reports. The state grant will expand the wastewater lift station that will serve the bakery and also cover an additional wet well, a service … Read more »

Albertsons to End Waste Disposal Case With $3.3M Payout

Albertsons supermarket chain has agreed to pay $3.3 million to settle allegations that its California stores illegally dumped hazardous waste, including batteries, pool chemicals and over-the-counter medication. Idaho-based Albertsons did not acknowledge any wrongdoing, but did agree to reform waste management practices at its 118 California stores. The settlement was … Read more »

Cool Planet, CSU Team Wins $10M Biofuel Grant

The US Department of Agriculture has awarded almost $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for biofuel. Other organizations involved with the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies project include … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC Fight, Ecotality Suit, Post Holdings

The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow to consider the nominations of Ronald Binz for commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Elizabeth Robinson for under-secretary of energy, and Michael Connor for deputy secretary of interior. Binz’s nomination looks contentious due to opposition from the coal industry, … Read more »

High-Mast LEDs Cast Plenty of Light on Highway

The goal of an Idaho highway lighting project was to light a new interstate interchange with LED fixtures and utilize high-mast poles to minimize the number of poles needed in the design. State officials were already familiar with the benefits of LED lighting, having used LEDs on previous interchange projects … Read more »