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Paint Firms Pay $1.1bn, Clean Up Lead Toxins

A Santa Clara County judge has ordered paint manufacturers Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and ConAgra to put $1.1 billion into a state-held fund that will be used to clean up lead paint toxins in California cities and counties, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Ten cities and counties sued the paint … Read more »

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Dow, Cargill Win Green Chemistry Awards

Dow Chemical, Cargill and Life Technologies have won the 2013 President Green Chemistry Challenge award for developing chemicals safer for public health and the environment. The challenge awards are presented in five categories: academic, small business, greener synthetic pathways, greener reaction conditions and designing greener chemicals.  An independent panel of technical experts convened … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Sherwin-Williams, Duke Energy, Beijing Pollution

Sherwin-Williams has agreed to pay $1.35 million to reimburse the US for costs incurred to combat releases of hazardous substances at the Eagle Zinc Superfund Site in Montgomery County, Ill. In a consent decree filed with the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the US agreed not to sue … Read more »

GE, Starbucks Make ‘Most Ethical’ List; Patagonia, Best Buy Drop Off

Patagonia and Rabobank have fallen off the World’s Most Ethical Companies list after six straight years, while General Electric, Starbucks and American Express are among the 15 organizations to make the list for seven years running. First-time recipients Visa and Sherwin-Williams also made Ethisphere’s 2013 list, which includes 138 companies, … Read more »

USGBC, Kohler, KB Homes Urge GSA to Stick with LEED Rating System

The US Green Building Council, along with 1,200 businesses and organizations that include KB Home, Kohler, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Sherwin Williams and the cities of Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco, has sent a letter urging the General Services Administration to continue to use the LEED sustainable building rating system. The … Read more »