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Plastics Makers, County Officials Team Up to Increase Plastic Film Recycling

A plastic film recycling campaign has plastic makers and retailers partnering with city and county officials in North Carolina to increase recycling rates. The American Chemistry Council’s Flexible Film Recycling Group joined Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and Charlotte city officials yesterday at a Harris Teeter store to kick off the … Read more »

Duke Energy Pumps $1.5M into EV Charging Stations

Duke Energy said it will provide $1 million to develop public electric vehicle charging stations in North Carolina and an additional $500,000 for the construction of electric bus charging stations. The company’s EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project is part of a settlement with the EPA and environmental groups over Duke’s … Read more »

Apple

Powering iPhones with iEnergy: Apple Enters the Energy Sector

Apple has formed a subsidiary, Apple Energy, to sell surplus solar power generated by its California and Nevada farms across the US and has also received approval to build a landfill-gas-to-energy plant in North Carolina.

e-waste

Minnesota Adopts E-Waste Bill, North Carolina Considers Repealing E-Recycling Program

Minnesota’s e-waste bill has been signed by the state’s governor, while a proposed bill in North Carolina would repeal that state’s electronic recycling program, Waste Dive reports. Minnesota’s new legislation removes some electronics, including laptops and tablets, from the “video display devices” category because of their higher resale and component … Read more »

coal power plant

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 »

Duke Energy

Duke Energy Settlement: Spend $4.4M on Environmental Projects, Cut Coal Emissions

Duke Energy will spend $4.4 million on environmental mitigation projects and pay a $975,000 civil penalty as part of a settlement reached with the EPA and US Department of Justice. The settlement, announced yesterday, resolves long-standing claims that Duke violated the federal Clean Air Act by unlawfully modifying 13 coal-fired … Read more »

Duke Energy

Duke Energy Begins Submitting Groundwater Assessment Reports

Duke Energy has begun submitting comprehensive groundwater assessments to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) for each of the 14 coal plants in the state. Duke Energy says it and NCDENR will use this science and engineering, along with other information, to determine how best to … Read more »

Statesville Superfund Site

Remediation Pilot Eliminates Nearly 100% of PCE at Superfund Site

A pilot test has successfully eliminated 96 percent to 100 percent of perchloroethene (PCE) at a Superfund site in North Carolina. AST Environmental, working with AECOM in Statesville, North Carolina completed an angle-injected BOS 100 pilot test at a former textiles facility where the toxic chemical was used in a … Read more »

free jam two-ram baler

Two-Ram Baler Improves Waste Firm’s Safety, Efficiency

Green Life Waste Solutions has improved efficiency and safety by installing a Gold Rush model free jam two-ram baler designed and made by Catawba Baler & Equipment (CB&E), Recycling Today reports. The Burlington, North Carolina-based waste management company had been running a single-ram baler at maximum capacity and workers had … Read more »

Duke to Close 12 Additional Coal Ash Basins

Duke Energy says it plans to close an additional 12 coal ash basins in North Carolina and reused the material in lined structural fills or permanently disposed it in lined landfills. The announcement brings to 24 the total number of Carolinas basins the company is prepared to close by removing … Read more »

Solutions-IES

Solutions-IES Completes First RCRA Risk-Based Remedial Action Project

Environmental and engineering company Solutions-IES, on behalf of a Fortune 500 international corporation with former manufacturing operations in central North Carolina, has successfully obtained a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Permit Termination Decision from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR). This decision is the first for … Read more »

Duke Energy

Duke Energy Fined $102M for Clean Water Act Crimes

Three subsidiaries of Duke Energy, the largest utility in the US, pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit … Read more »