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Business Groups Warn California’s Climate Law Will Increase Costs

California manufacturers, truckers, other businesses say the state’s new climate change law may price them out of operation.

PG&E Supports California GHG Reduction Goal

California Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday announced an executive order establishing the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target in North America — a goal to reduce emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. PG&E said it applauds the new goal and says it is attainable “with the right structures.” The … Read more »

WaterSignal Helps Commercial Properties Cut Water Use 14%

WaterSignal Helps Commercial Properties Cut Water Use 14%

On the heels of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s statewide water restriction policy and goal to reduce consumption by 25 percent, WaterSignal is expanding its service to California to assist those properties included in the mandate — commercial properties, universities and others — to reduce their water consumption by 14 percent. … Read more »

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Nestlé’s Water Bottling Operations in Hot Water

Activists are petitioning the California Water Resources Control Board to shut down Nestlé’s water bottling operations in the state. More than 135,000 people have signed a petition, created by the California-based Courage Campaign, which comes as Gov. Jerry Brown this week issued the first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions with California … Read more »

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California Drought Could Be Liquid Gold for Water Saving, Recycling Technologies

As California moves forward with its first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions, industry is taking a leading role in advocating for conservation. Of course, it’s not purely altruistic. The ongoing California drought and new water regulations will undoubtedly boost sales of water saving technologies like those provided by Xylem, which earlier … Read more »

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Voters to Decide California Plastic Bag Ban’s Fate

A ballot measure to repeal California’s plastic bag ban has qualified for the ballot. This also means the law — that bans plastic retail bags and allows grocers to charge and keep 10 cents for each recycled paper, reusable plastic or compostable bags provided to their customers — is suspended until … Read more »

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Plastic Bag Ban On Hold

Plastic bag manufacturers and other opponents of California’s single-use plastic bag ban have submitted what they say are enough signatures for a referendum on the ban, essentially putting the law on hold. In October 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the statewide law — the first in the US — that institutes … Read more »

Coca-Cola, NRG eVgo Partner to Cut Emissions

The Coca-Cola Company has partnered with NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, to assist in the effort to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025, an initiative championed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Coca-Cola will provide electric vehicle charging at seven of its facilities across California, and … Read more »

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Manufacturers Begin Process to Overturn California’s Plastic Bag Ban

Plastic bag manufacturers can now begin collecting signatures for a vote to overturn California’s ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, the Associated Press reports. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the statewide law — the first in the US — that institutes a plastic bag ban beginning in 2015 for … Read more »

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Calif. Approves Plastic Bag Ban

A bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California now heads to the governor’s desk, following the passage of the bill in both houses of the state legislature. The California senate voted to approve the ban, Senate Bill 270, by a 22-15 vote on Friday. The bill, once signed into law … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Standards, Duke Energy Order, Alpha Fine, Efficiency Bill

The EPA has extended the public comment period on its carbon standards for new power plants, and on the February 26, 2014, notice of data availability soliciting comment on Energy Act provisions, by 60 days to May 9. Judge Paul Ridgeway of Wake County Superior Court in North Carolina ordered Duke … Read more »

Drought Increases Contamination Risk

California’s drought has put 10 communities at risk of running out of drinking water in 60 days, and worsened numerous other health and safety problems, public health officials said. Reuters reports communities where residents rely on wells are at particular risk, as contaminants in the groundwater become more concentrated with … Read more »