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Milk Co-Op Uses Low-Energy Wastewater Treatment

Arla Foods, a milk cooperative in Vimmerby, Sweden, has installed a Grundfos low-energy system for processing its wastewater, allowing it to expand while keeping its sustainability targets, according to The Guardian. More than 13,500 farmers in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK own the cooperative, which … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FTC Order, Food Chemicals, German Renewables Cap

The Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order settling charges that N.E.W. Plastics Corp. misled consumers and distributors about the recycled content, post-consumer recycled content, and recyclability of its products. The order relates to claims about N.E.W.’s Evolve and Trimax plastic lumber products, and requires the company to tell its … Read more »

EPA, Army Corps Rule Seeks to Clarify Clean Water Act

EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule that they say would clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands. The rule would extend protections to wetlands and intermittent streams that flow seasonally or only after a rainfall. Determining CWA protection … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Electricity Act, GMO Suit, Pinelands Pipe Decision

The energy and power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a markup and vote today and tomorrow on HR 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act. The bill, which committee chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced on Thursday, would require that EPA carbon … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Gas Tank Standards, Train Rules, Chevron Fines

The EPA issued updates on Monday to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks. The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first. Storage tanks emitting 6 or more tons of VOCs a year must reduce emissions by 95 percent, with deadlines of April … Read more »

Farmers Weigh Floating Islands As Pollution Solution

Farm groups worried about stricter federal regulations are considering using floating islands built from recycled bottles and seeded with native plants to combat pollution in the Mississippi River. Floating islands could mimic the role wetlands once played and process the nutrients from crop fertilizer before they reach the river, reported … Read more »