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A First Among States, California Plugs the 'Carbon Loophole'

11.30.17
Source: Governing, 11/30/17

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The new Buy Clean California Act is the world's first legislative effort to address supply chain carbon emissions.


Soon we won't be able to ship our recycling to China -- and that's a problem

11.27.17
Source: Mother Nature Network, 11/27/17

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In July, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection told the World Trade Organization that it would no longer accept imports of 24 common types of once-permitted solid waste due to contamination concerns. The ban extends to various recyclables including several plastics such as PET and PVC, certain textiles and mixed waste paper. Easier-to-recycle metals are not included in the new restrictions.


Meeting Materials Available for EPA's December 6th Public Meeting on New Chemicals

11.13.17
Source: U.S. EPA, 11/13/17

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EPA is making available the agenda and other meeting materials for its planned December 6, 2017 public meeting to discuss ongoing implementation activities in the New Chemicals Review Program of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The December 6th meeting is to update and engage with the public on the Agency's progress in implementing changes to the New Chemicals Review Program as a result of the 2016 amendments to TSCA, including discussion of EPA's New Chemicals Decision-Making Framework. EPA will describe its review process for new chemicals under the amended statute, and interested parties will have the opportunity to provide input on their experiences with the New Chemicals Review Program since the statute was amended and to ask questions. In addition, EPA will accept questions from the public in advance of the meeting, and will respond to these questions at the meeting as time allows.

To view the meeting materials, register to attend, submit questions, and learn more, visit the link below.


Michigan Pushes To Have Nation's Toughest Lead Water Rules

11.13.17
Source: NPR, 11/13/17

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After the Flint crisis, GOP Gov. Snyder wants to adopt stricter rules regarding lead in water. He's pushing state regulators to change the federal rule because Republican state lawmakers won't do it.


What LEED Did for Buildings, Sustainable SITES Will Do for Landscapes -- and Not a Moment Too Soon

10.11.17
Source: Retrofit, 7/17/17

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At the forefront of this movement toward "greening" our landscapes is the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), a program based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed, and maintained to avoid, mitigate, and even reverse the detrimental impacts of urbanization and development.


Creative Distillers Tackle Food Waste, Redefining 'Getting Trashed'

10.4.17
Source: NPR, 10/3/17

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Distillers like Misadventure Vodka and Ventura Spirits are getting creative when it comes to reducing food waste.


Industrial Companies, Municipalities 'De-risk' Existing Water Supplies w/Wastewater Reuse Plans

9.14.17
Source: Environmental Leader, 9/13/17

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Climate volatility has led to an increasing focus on resiliency and water supply risk, both for companies and municipalities, and that focus is driving investment in water reuse/reclaimed wastewater solutions. While much of the focus has centered on municipal utilities, industrial companies are also expanding their role in water reuse adoption to supplement their ongoing water needs, according to a new report from Bluefield Research.


Unprecedented levels of nitrogen could pose risks to Earth's environment

9.7.17
Source: Phys.org, 9/6/17

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Human production of fixed nitrogen, used mostly to fertilize crops, now accounts for about half of the total fixed nitrogen added to the Earth both on land and in the oceans, according to a new study by researchers at North Carolina State University and Duke University.


Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

9.7.17
Source: Phys.org, 8/31/17

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Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish common to the Great Lakes region, scientists say.


Many states have adopted policies to encourage energy efficiency

8.3.17
Source: Energy Information Administration, 8/3/17

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As of July 2017, thirty states and the District of Columbia have adopted energy efficiency policies--either mandated requirements, voluntary goals, or pilot programs--designed to lower the growth of electricity consumption by using electricity more efficiently. Seven of these states have either created new or updated existing energy efficiency standards within the past year.


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