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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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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 »

Ameren Missouri to Reduce CO2 Emissions 30 Percent Below 2005 Levels

Ameren Missouri has filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission its 20-year plan that includes major expansions of solar and wind power and will reduce CO2 emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2035, the utility says. Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, would add nearly 500 MW of … Read more »

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Tyson Foods Toxic Chemical Release Could Cost It $500M

Tyson Foods, currently under investigation by the EPA over the release of toxic chemicals at a plant in Monett, Mo., could lose around $500 million in government contracts if found guilty, The City Wire reports. The company, which says it’s cooperating with the EPA in its investigation, sent Aliment tainted … Read more »

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$11M in Brownfields Cleanup Funds Awarded

Manufacturing redevelopment and urban agriculture are among the projects that will receive supplemental EPA funding — the agency has made available $11 million — to help clean up contaminated brownfields properties. The funds have been awarded to 31 grantees already working to clean up and redevelop brownfields. The agency expects … Read more »

Cisco, Kansas City Partner on Smart City Projects

Cisco and Kansas City, Mo., have partnered on several smart city projects to improve the downtown area’s connectivity and efficiency using Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities program and the Internet of Everything. Smart cities integrate technology into a strategic approach to sustainability. Kansas city says these pilot projects, called Connected and Innovative … Read more »

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Asian Carp Eggs Found in Upper Mississippi River, USGS Says

US Geological Survey scientists collected samples of Asian carp eggs, including embryos ready to hatch from the Upper Mississippi River, 250 river miles upstream from previously known reproductive areas. The discovery means Asian carp, which is an invasive species, spawned much farther north in the Mississippi than previously recorded, said Leon … Read more »

EPA Rules Force Lead Smelter Closure

Lead producer Doe Run is closing its lead smelting plant in Herculaneum, Mo. — the last primary lead smelter in the US — because of EPA regulations, Pollution Engineering reports. Primary smelters produce lead from mined resources; secondary lead smelters recycle lead from other sources. There are sill several secondary … 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 »