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EPA Releases 2012 Chemical Data

The EPA has released its 2012 Chemical Data Reporting information on more than 7,600 chemicals in commerce. The CDR database contains comprehensive use and exposure information on the most widely used chemicals in the United States. Companies are now required to provide information on chemicals used in children’s and other … Read more »

EPA Bans Reckitt Benckiser Rat Baits

Twelve D-Con brand mouse and rat poison products produced by Reckitt Benckiser are to be banned by the EPA, and two new products denied approval, because they fail to comply with current safety standards set by the agency. About 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to mouse and rat … Read more »

NREL Unveils ‘More Accurate’ Energy Project Emissions Calculator

NREL Unveils ‘More Accurate’ Energy Project Emissions Calculator

Cradle-to-grave greenhouse gas emissions from solar photovoltaics are about 5 percent of those from coal; wind and solar are about equal in emissions; and nuclear energy is on a par with renewable energy, according to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which claims to use a more … Read more »

Leakage Rates ‘Threaten Green Benefits of Natural Gas’

Leakage Rates ‘Threaten Green Benefits of Natural Gas’

Failure to reduce methane leaks has the potential to eliminate much, if not all, of the greenhouse gas advantage of natural gas over coal, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Methane is the main ingredient in natural gas and burns cleaner than other … Read more »

EPA Proposes Carbon Regulations for New Power Plants

The EPA has released its first proposed Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution from new power plants. Under the Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants, new fossil-fuel-fired power plants must emit no more than 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour. The proposed rule does not apply to existing … Read more »

Pollution Control Market to Top $9bn by 2017, Report Says

The global air pollution control equipment market should grow significantly once utility, oil and gas companies comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations such as the EPA’s Maximum Achievable Control Technology rules, according to research by business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Analysis of the Global Air Pollution Control Equipment in … Read more »

DuPont, 3M Meet EPA Perfluorinated Chemical Goals

Daikin, DuPont, 3M/Dyneon and Solvay Solexis have met the goals of an EPA-backed program aimed at reducing the emissions from, and use of, long-chain perfluorinated chemicals. The EPA’s voluntary 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program’s intermediate goal was for a 95 percent reduction in global emissions and product content by 2010. Launched … Read more »

Calgon Launches Products to Control Mercury Emissions

Calgon Carbon Corporation has launched an advanced line of its Fluepac products aimed at controlling mercury emissions in the coal-fired electric power generation market. The new line, which includes the Fluepac MC+ Ultra, Fluepac MC Maxx and Fluepac ST, can reduce carbon injection rates by 50 to 70 percent below … Read more »

Noesis Energy Reveals ‘Freemium’ Business Model

Noesis Energy is to start giving away its energy management software, then charging customers for additional services related to the products. The company is hoping this “freemium” model will develop a “community of suggestions” around the gratis software upon which it can base new chargeable services, Cnet reports. If it … Read more »

Austin, Texas, Joins US’s Top Ten Renewable Energy Buyers

The recent announcement by the City of Austin, Texas, that it is now powers all of its facilities using only renewable energyhas made the municipality one of the U.S.’s top ten green power purchasers, according to data from the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.Austin currently buys 406 million kwh of renewable … Read more »

Whole Foods, Albertsons win EPA GreenChill Awards

Grocery store chains Albertsons and Whole Foods have received awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their work to green up refrigeration in their stores. The agency is recognizing both supermarket chains under the GreenChill Partnership, that aims to reduce harmful refrigerant emissions, protect the ozone layer and combat … Read more »

EPA Launches Green Product Web Portal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a green products web portal that can help manufacturers find information on standards and criteria for designing greener products. On the new tool’s home page, which was launched to coincide with pollution prevention week (September 19-25, 2011), businesses can choose what category of … Read more »