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Power Plant Companies Fined $8.5M for Emissions Violations, False Reporting

A power plant owner and its management company in Massachusetts have agreed to pay $8.5 million and plead guilty to tampering with emissions equipment and submitting false information to environmental and energy regulators. US attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey announced the settlement Wednesday, following a … Read more »

ExxonMobil

States Investigate Exxon, Launch Corporate Climate Fraud Crackdown

Massachusetts will investigate whether ExxonMobil lied to the public and investors about climate change risks to its business, joining New York and California in investigating the oil giant. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the probe yesterday, at a press conference with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, former vice … Read more »

Pharmaceutical drugs

Massachusetts Mandates First Statewide Drug Take-Back Program

Pharmaceutical manufacturers in Massachusetts will be required to finance and manage safe disposal of unwanted medications under a drug abuse prevention bill signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker. The bill, H.4056, An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention, makes Massachusetts the first state in the US … Read more »

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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 »

Remediation Begins at Blackburn and Union Privileges Superfund Site

Work to excavate and remove contaminated soil at the Blackburn and Union Privileges Superfund Site in Walpole, Massachusetts has begun. Over the next two months, workers will excavate contaminated soil and replace it with clean fill. As the soil gets excavated, it will be loaded onto trucks and transported off-site … Read more »

Evoqua to Double Water Treatment Manufacturing Capacity

Evoqua Water Technologies plans to double its capacity to manufacture water treatment products and has broken ground on a new production facility in Tewksbury, Massachusetts to replace its existing manufacturing in nearby Lowell. The company’s R&D center in Lowell will be expanded into the vacated manufacturing space to accelerate commercialization … Read more »

Top 10 LEED States Ranked

Top 10 LEED States Ranked

Illinois for the second year in a row has the most LEED-certified green buildings per capita — 174 representing 3.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident — according to the US Green Building Council’s annual Top 10 States for LEED list. Colorado, Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts round out the … Read more »

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Hotel Cuts Nat Gas Use 98% with Low-Water Laundry System

A Massachusetts hotel has earned a $9,369 incentive from National Grid as part of a program to promote various energy-saving cleaning technologies after installing Xeros’ ultra-low water laundry system. The Choice Hotel property is the first hotel to receive this cleaning technology incentive from National Grid after installing the Xeros … Read more »

Waste-to-Energy Could Supply 12% of US Electricity

Waste-to-Energy Could Supply 12% of US Electricity

If all of the municipal solid waste (MSW) that is currently put into landfills each year in the US were diverted to waste-to-energy (WTE) power plants, it could generate enough electricity to supply 12 percent of the US total, according to a study conducted by the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) … Read more »

Himark BioGas

Himark BioGas to Build 3 Food-Waste-to-Energy Plants

Himark BioGas has signed an agreement with NEO Energy for the design, construction, and start-up of three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer plants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The AD plants will recycle food waste to produce organic-based fertilizer and renewable electricity. AD plants designed on Himark BioGas’ patented … Read more »

Clean Tech Leaders Announced

Clean Tech Leaders Announced

California leads the nation in clean tech for the fifth consecutive year, with Massachusetts and Oregon repeating their no. 2 and no. 3 rankings from last year, according to the 2014 US Clean Tech Leadership Index, published today. Clean Edge, a clean-tech research firm, publishes the annual index, which tracks … Read more »

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Mandate Recycling, Composting, Report Says

Businesses in Boulder should be required to recycle — and food-related businesses to compost — to help the city meet its zero-waste goals, according to a report. The Daily Camera says a report from Kessler Consulting and LBA Associates also advises the city to require all homeowners to subscribe to … Read more »