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Portland Harbor

Companies will Pay $746 Million to Clean Up Superfund Site

The EPA will ask more than 150 companies and other groups to foot the $746 million bill to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The proposed plan to remove 65 contaminants along the 10-mile stretch of Oregon’s Willamette River will take 30 years, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. The agency … 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 »

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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 »

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 »

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Sewer Water Beer On Tap in Oregon?

A plan to allow a wastewater treatment operator in Oregon to give its recycled sewer water to a group of home brewers who will then turn it into beer was approved by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission earlier this week. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Clean Water Services, a utility … Read more »

GMO Ban Passes in Maui, Labeling Requirement Fails in Colorado, Oregon

Voters across the US were of two minds about GMOs Tuesday, as a ban on GMOs passed in Maui, while voters in Colorado and Oregon voted against initiatives to label products containing GMOs, according to media reports. Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences were among the companies actively opposing the GMO ban in … Read more »

Quebec, California Look to Expand Carbon Market

In an effort to expand the carbon market they established last year, leaders in Quebec and California are actively looking to recruit other parts of Canada and the US to join, according to Bloomberg. Quebec is discussing a regional market with the governors of New England states and leaders in … Read more »

Exporting US Coal to Asia Could Cut Emissions

Exporting US coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning it domestically, according to a Duke University-led study. The superior energy efficiency of South Korea’s newer coal-fired power plants would offset the large amount of emissions produced … Read more »

Polk County Sheriff car

Sheriff’s Office Switches to Propane Autogas, Reduces Emissions

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon has saved $25,000 in fuel costs plus $8,000 in federal tax credits, and eliminated 67,400 pounds of greenhouse gases, 18 months after converting its gasoline patrol vehicles to propane autogas. In March 2013, the department converted 10 patrol vehicles to propane autogas and … Read more »

LUV Seat

Southwest Airlines Launches Upcycling Project

Southwest Airlines has launched an upcycling initiative to transform 43 acres of used leather seat coverings into new products. The LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose sustainability program will also benefit communities by providing employment, skills training and donated products, the airline says. Southwest developed the recycling initiative following its Evolve program, … 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 »

Franz bakery

Bakery Achieves Landfill-Free Status

A Washington state bakery has achieved zero-waste status by recycling, reusing and repurposing all of its waste. Franz Bakery, a 108-year-old family-owned company, eliminated waste at its Spokane bakery through a recycling program that encompasses all aspects of its operations, including product and packaging waste, scrap metals, used equipment lubricant … Read more »