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Climate Pact Signed by 12 International States, Provinces

Twelve international states and provinces yesterday signed a first-of-its-kind climate agreement to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius. The dozen-state agreement, called the Under 2 MOU, provides a template for the world’s nations to follow as work continues toward an international agreement to reduce … Read more »

Eaton

Eaton Facility Cuts Waste, GHGs with Zero Waste-to-Landfill Program

Power management company Eaton’s Mississauga Distribution Centre facility in Ontario, Canada has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill by nearly eliminating all wastes sent to landfills through recycling, re-use, new work processes and other means. Eaton is encouraging its sites to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill as part of its waste management program and also as a … Read more »

North America’s Largest Biomass-Fueled Power Plant Opens

North America’s largest 100 percent biomass-fueled power plant has opened in Ontario, Canada. Atikokan Generating Station, which employs 70 full-time workers, burned its last coal two years ago on Sept. 11, 2012. Conversion of the station began in mid-2012 and included construction of two silos and boiler modifications to accommodate the biomass. A … Read more »

K-Cup Recycling

OfficeMax Grand & Toy, TerraCycle Launch K-Cup Recycling Program

OfficeMax Grand & Toy, an affiliate of global office products provider Office Depot, and TerraCycle Canada today announced the launch of the nation’s first K-Cup Packs retailer recycling pilot program. K-Cup Packs, the single-serve coffee pods manufactured by Keurig, have become one of OfficeMax Grand & Toy’s most popular coffee products … Read more »

Canada Ontario

Ontario Behind Schedule – but Coal Closures Still Impress

Ontario’s near-elimination of coal-fired power plants is an unprecedented achievement in North America – though not one before its time. Former premier Dalton McGuinty promised in his 2003 electoral campaign that the province would shut all coal-fired plants by 2007, the Toronto Star has reported. That promise keeps getting pushed … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Ontario Ditches Coal, Wind Farm Guilty in Bird Deaths

Ontario’s last coal-burning power plant is due to close in the next year, and premier Kathleen Wynne plans this week to introduce a bill, the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, to ban coal in the province entirely. Wynne hosted Al Gore at a public event to celebrate the ahead-of-schedule closure of … Read more »

Waste Tire Recycling Facility Moves Forward

Environmental Waste International (EWS) says it has completed a continuous four-day (100-hour) run of its TR-900 waste tire recycling facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This doubles the previous record announced in June. The company says this four-day run is a milestone toward continuous 24/7 operation of its waste tire … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: West Fertilizer Explosion, TX Agency Appeals its Own Win

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $118,300 in penalties for Adair Grain, the operator of West Fertilizer Co., whose West, Texas fertilizer plant exploded in April, killing 15 people and injuring more than 160. OSHA cited Adair for 24 safety violations including unsafe handling and storage of chemicals. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: XP Sues DOE, Coal-Free Ontario, TX-NM Water Fight

Electric car start-up XP Vehicles and its sister company Limnia sued the Energy Department saying the agency awarded money to politically favored firms and shunned other firms. The companies also say they have evidence suggesting that the DOE improperly shared its patented technology with competing companies that won federal funding, … Read more »

Solar Briefing: L’Oreal, Carmanah, San Diego, Cogenra and Defense Dept.

L’Oreal USA’s North Little Rock, Ark., manufacturing facility’s solar array installation is fully operational. The 13 kW solar array will provide 18,000 kWh of electricity annually, enough to power all of the plant’s outdoor lighting requirements. Carmanah Technologies Corporation has designed, supplied and installed a nominal 250 kW solar rooftop … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Vehicle Disposal, E-Waste Strategy, Utility Calculating EPA Costs

The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association is calling for an industry-led environmental management system for recycling and disposing of old vehicles, the Record said. According to the group, more than half a million vehicles in the province are decommissioned but most are not managed to any environmental standard. City Utilities of … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: SEC Climate Disclosure, San Fran Gold, EPA Sued Over Smog

Wyoming senator John Barrasso on Wednesday reintroduced a bill to stop the Securities and Exchange Commission’s policy of requiring companies to reveal their climate change risks. The Hill article says the lawmaker would rather the agency focus on protecting investors and maintaining fair markets. The Bonneville Power Administration, which has … Read more »