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US Coal Fleet Is Shrinking. What to do with Retired Coal-Fired Power Plants?

As coal-fired power plants retire in record numbers across the US, a brownfield redevelopment firm and Indiana state officials plant to turn one retired coal plant into a port.

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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 »

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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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GM Facility Saves 4M Gallons of Water Annually

General Motors’ Kokomo Operations — which is landfill-free and has achieved a water reduction of 4 million gallons annually — is now a member of the Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program. The voluntary organization honors companies for going above and beyond Indiana’s environmental regulations. GM Kokomo Operations makes electronic control modules … Read more »

Honeywell’s Low-Global-Warming Material Insulates Net-Zero Energy Home

Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent — an ultra low-global-warming-potential foam blowing agent — has been used to help insulate a net-zero energy home project at Purdue University, the company says. The blowing agent, which causes closed-cell spray foam insulation to expand and provides the majority of the foam’s insulating properties, … Read more »

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Combined-Cycle Plant to Slash Emissions 98%

A planned 650MW combined-cycle gas turbine power station in Indiana will reduce the rate of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions by more than 98 percent and water use by 97 percent. The CCGT project, which will begin construction in the third quarter of 2014, will replace a … Read more »

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Auto Manufacturers Aim to Produce Vehicles at Sustainable Facilities

Major automakers are improving their production factories, with waste reduction plans, solar power and energy use reduction plans in order to enhance the sustainability reputation of their electric vehicle production lines, Green Car Reports says. Among them, Honda is developing a test track facility will contain 70,000 solar panels, powering … Read more »

Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates’ wetland treatment system

Wastewater Project Saves City $26 Million

Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates’ wetland treatment saved Washington, Ind., $26 million and cut projected annual operating costs by $1.6 million, according to the American Council of Engineering Companies. Because of its “green design” and money-saving features, the engineering trade association has selected BLA’s wastewater treatment project for a 2013 Engineering … Read more »