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Republic Services Opens Landfill Ash Metal Recovery Facility

Recycling and waste management company Republic Services and environmental technology firm Lab USA have opened an ash metal recovery facility at a Washington landfill. The facility, at Roosevelt Regional Landfill, will recover metals found in ash previously lost through traditional methods of resource recovery. The facility will process new ash … Read more »

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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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Washington State Considers First Carbon Tax in US

Washington state is considering the first carbon tax in the US, which would require energy-intensive manufacturing operations — steel mills and food processers, natural gas power plants, refineries that use fossil fuels, and others — to pay $25 per metric ton of carbon emissions released. Proponents of the bill say … 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 »

New Recycling Center Keeps Scrap Carbon Fiber out of Landfills

A new recycling center that will help meet the demand for carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics has broken ground in Port Angeles, Washington. Port Angeles officials say the Composite Recycling Technology Center will initially focus on making products from uncured prepregs, Plastics News reports. Jennifer States, director of business development for the Port … Read more »

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Real-Life ‘Caddyshack’ Results in Major EHS Violations, Hazardous Chemical Fines

It’s a real-life “Caddyshack” scenario but without Bill Murray’s humor and with major environment, health and safety violations. A Yakima, Washington orchard with a gopher problem has been fined $105,000 for violating laws that require employers to provide respirators and train workers using a toxic pesticide, EHS Today reports. The … Read more »

Monsanto Hit With Another Lawsuit Alleging Environmental Pollution

Monsanto is facing another lawsuit alleging that it knowingly sold harmful chemicals that polluted the environment. The city of Spokane, Washington, is suing the agrochemical giant, the Spokesman-Review reports. The lawsuit doesn’t state a specific amount for monetary damages. It alleges that Monsanto is responsible for the high levels of … Read more »

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SolTerra Doubles LEED Platinum-Designed Apartments

SolTerra is doubling the number of multifamily LEED Platinum-designed apartments in the US Pacific Northwest. The green building design and build company begins construction this week for its newest mixed use apartment building, Atlas, in the city of Newcastle, Washington. Anticipated energy use will be 30 percent less than typical … 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 »

Washington Firms Fined for Multiple EHS Violations

Multiple environmental, health and safety violations at a worksite in Fife have resulted in Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) citations and fines for two Western Washington businesses: Smarttalent of Kirkland and Innovative Repairs of Fife. An investigation found that temporary workers were entering fuel tanks with no controls in … Read more »

Auto Industry Initiative to Reduce Toxic Runoff

The EPA, the automotive industry and states have signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5 percent by 2021 and 0.5 percent by 2025. This voluntary … 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 »