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BLM Rule Aims to Streamline Renewable Energy Development. The Wind Industry Says It Won’t Work.

A rule intended to streamline renewable energy development on federal lands was finalized by the Bureau of Land Management last week. Both the wind and solar industries have raised concerns.

China’s Research Into Thorium Will Have Implications for Nuclear Energy In the United States

China’s Research Into Thorium Will Have Implications for Nuclear Energy In the United States

Nuclear energy may have hit a rough patch here in the United States but at least overseas and especially in Asia, it is revving up and preparing to go faster than ever before. What’s less known, however, is just what type of nuclear reactors for which China has plans: molten salt reactors that run on thorium.

White House to Federal Agencies: Consider Climate Change Impacts of Your Actions

Federal agencies must disclose how their actions will impact climate change, according to White House guidance issued today. The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) final guidance updates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their actions prior to making … Read more »

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Airplane Emissions Rules Ready for Takeoff

US climate rules targeting airplane emissions will hurt the nation’s airline industry as well as companies like Boeing and General Electric that make planes and their parts, the industry’s trade group says.

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E-Waste Export Bill Introduced in Congress

A bill that would limit e-waste exports has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. HR 5579, the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA), would stop the flow of e-waste to China and other counties and encourage responsible electronics recycling, according to the bill’s authors Rep. Gene Green … Read more »

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EPA Outlines Plan to Implement New Chemical Safety Rules

President Obama last week signed into law an overhaul to the Toxic Substances Control Act, requiring new testing and regulation of thousands of chemicals used in everything from cleaning products to paint thinners and clothing. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act includes: Mandatory requirement for … Read more »

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Trader Joe’s to Pay $2 Million to Reduce Coolant Leaks, Curb GHG Emissions

Grocery store chain Trader Joe’s has agreed to spend $2 million to reduce coolant leaks from refrigerators at 453 of its stores to settle federal claims that it violated the Clean Air Act. The company will also pay a $500,000 civil penalty under the proposed settlement with the US Department … Read more »

The Recycling Partnership

What Is the State of Curbside Recycling?

The EPA has teamed up with the nonprofit The Recycling Partnership to look at trends and gaps in curbside recycling in the US. To this end, the The Recycling Partnership, whose members include P&G and Waste Management among other companies, will analyze 400 curbside programs. It will catalog information on … Read more »

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House Passes Chemical Safety Law Reform

The US House of Representatives today approved new chemical safety rules that will overhaul the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It passed 403 to 12. The Senate is expected to approved the bill this week. President Barack Obama has said he will sign the chemical safety bill — called … Read more »

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BioHiTech Food Waste Digester Cuts Hard Rock Café’s Food Waste Disposal Costs 56%

The Hard Rock Café in London cut its food waste disposal costs by 56 percent and reduced carbon emissions by 9.7 metric tons since installing BioHiTech’s commercial food waste disposal system.

EPA’s 2017 Biofuels Proposal Draws Ire from Big Oil, Big Ag, Biofuels Industry

EPA’s 2017 Biofuels Proposal Draws Ire from Big Oil, Big Ag, Biofuels Industry

The EPA’s 2017 proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements, announced yesterday, would require refineries to blend 18.8 billion gallons of biofuels into the nation’s gasoline supply next year.