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Public-Private Partnership Upgrades City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, Provides Recycled Water for Fracking

Public-Private Partnership Upgrades City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, Provides Recycled Water for Fracking

A public-private partnership between the city of Midland, Texas and Pioneer Natural Resources will upgrade the city’s infrastructure, save millions of gallons of freshwater and provide the oil and gas company a supply of reclaimed water for its fracking wells.

Texas May Now Be Better Known for its Big Wind and Solar

Texas May Now Be Better Known for its Big Wind and Solar

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT for short, says that natural gas will comprise about half of the electric generation in the state — as it will in many states across the country — but that solar will make up 17 percent of the capacity mix by 2030, or between 14,000 and 17,000 megawatts.

Toyota new HQ

Toyota’s New HQ Targets LEED Platinum, Houses 7.7MW Solar System

When Toyota moves into its new $1 billion North American headquarters next year, the automaker will shrink its carbon footprint thanks to a 7.7-megawatt solar array. Upon completion, Toyota’s Plano solar photovoltaic system will provide a quarter of the power needed for the new campus and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,122 metric tons.

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Deadly Fertilizer Plant Blast Was Criminal. What Does This Mean for Chemical EHS Rules?

A fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that killed 15 people in 2013 was a criminal act, according to authorities. How will this finding affect the EPA’s Risk Management Program and other chemical safety and management rules that resulted from the deadly blast?

Dow wastewater reuse

Dow’s Wastewater Recycling Partnership Closes the Resources Loop

Water, says Dow’s Niels Groot, “sits at the intersection of necessity and scarcity. Since we do not have a replacement for water, we’ve got to focus on the scarcity side of the picture.” In an effort to reduce freshwater use at its largest chemical facility, Dow partnered with Evides Water … Read more »

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‘First-of-Kind’ Plant Converts Desalination Wastewater into Freshwater

A commercial water plant located next to a desalination plant in Texas will convert wastewater from the desalination process into fresh drinking water, extracting contaminants and transforming them into reusable mineral products, and boosting El Paso’s drinking water supply. This wastewater project is the result of a partnership between global … Read more »

coal power plant

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 »

STW Resources

Processed Water for Industrial Uses Gets Green Light

Water management and oilfield services provider STW Resources has received approval to move forward with a water treatment project that will supply water for industrial uses in dry Texas counties. The company, which provides pipeline services, water reclamation and processing management services including water desalination, received approval from the Middle … Read more »

wastewater treatment

‘Toilet-to-Tap’ Wastewater Recycling Takes Off as Water Supplies Shrink

Recycled wastewater has been used for decades to irrigate crops, golf courses and landscapes. Now, with water scarcity affecting growing areas globally, more communities are looking to turn treated sewage into potable water — and this creates a huge opportunity for companies including Dow Chemical that provide toilet-to-tap technology. “Communities … 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 »

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How Dow Protects Its Business Assets Using Nature

Dow Chemical and The Nature Conservancy have released a new study focusing on how nature can help protect business assets from natural disasters. Based on research completed as part of the ongoing Dow-TNC collaboration, the study demonstrates that asset protection strategies can include green infrastructure — such as marshes, mangroves, … Read more »

Austin recycling

Wanted: Recycling, Reuse Tenants for New [re]Manufacturing Hub

The city of Austin, Texas is accepting letters of interest from potential recycling and reuse industry tenants interested in locating at Austin’s [re]Manufacturing Hub. Located on redeveloped land owned by Austin Resource Recovery, this new industrial park aims to become a home for the local circular economy that will attract, … Read more »