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Radioactive Leaks: Confirmation, Effects & Untested Solutions

TEPCO admits Fukushima leaking contaminated water into the Pacific while scientists anticipate radioactive particles to reach US shores in three to five years.

San Jose Road Project Earns Greenroads Bronze Rating

It is the first in California to achieve Greenroads certification, the Greenroads Foundation announced.

NREL Transforming Agricultural Waste into Biofuel

The NREL is partnering up with Ecopetrol, an oil company in Colombia, to use residue from palm oil and sugar cane harvesting to make fuel ethanol for blending with gasoline.

DC Transit Agency Orders Low-Emission Buses

Metro, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, recently awarded a contract for as many as 654 new buses to NABI, LLC, which will build them in Anniston, Ala.

Plant Disease and Fungi Experts to Present Research Findings at Meeting

Plant pathologists and mycologists from around the world will gather in Austin, Texas, August 10–14, 2013, for the joint meeting of The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and The Mycological Society of America (MSA).

NOAA Assistant Secretary for Conservation Appointed

Dr. Mark Schaefer's responsibilities including overseeing fisheries management and preserving coastal resources.

EPA Sets Meeting on Eighteen Mile Creek Superfund Cleanup Plan

The Aug. 13 meeting will take place in Lockport, N.Y.

NYC Moves Ahead with Seaport City Planning

A levee protecting 1.5 miles of Lower Manhattan from the kind of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is central to the plan.

WEF Announces 2013 Award Winners

The winners will be honored during WEFTEC® 2013, the organization's 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference taking place Oct. 5-9 in Chicago.

Clean Energy Summit Set for Aug. 13

Several current and former federal officials are participating in the Las Vegas event, which is hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and several Nevada organizations.

CenterPoint Energy uses its EMS to prepare air emissions inventory reports for the eight states where its facilities are located.

CenterPoint Energy Wins IHS SPECTRUM Excellence Award

An enterprise-level Environmental Management System significantly enhanced its ability to maintain compliance with government regulations, as well as voluntary sustainability reporting initiatives.

Groundwater Remedy Gets International Recognition

The global engineering community has recognized Rogers & Callcott, an environmental engineering firm, for an innovative achievement in site remediation technology based on the successful completion of a groundwater contamination cleanup field pilot test.

National Weather Service Using Upgraded Supercomputers

Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, NWS director, calls the more than doubled computing capacity "a game-changer for the entire public and private weather industry."

Adapting to Climate Change through Local and Regional Approaches

Adapting to Climate Change Through Local and Regional Approaches

Coastal communities need to know just how vulnerable they are to sea level rise. Once they understand the risks, they are in a better position to develop strategic solutions. Battelle, for example, has conducted such assessments on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense to determine regional vulnerabilities in areas where the U.S. Navy has a strong presence.

Cleaning Up Coal Plants in Texas

In a draft EPA ruling, coal-fired power plants in Texas would be required to use specific methods that could help the plants significantly reduce toxic water pollution.

Well's Gas Flow Has Stopped: BSEE

All 44 workers were safely evacuated from Well A-3 after they lost control of it Tuesday morning, and it began leaking natural gas. The gas ignited at 10:50 p.m.

Gulf Gas Well Ignited Tuesday Evening, BSEE Confirms

All 44 workers were safely evacuated from Well A-3 after they lost control of it Tuesday morning, and it began leaking natural gas. The gas ignited at 10:50 p.m.

Native American Drinking Water Plant Honored with Water Project of the Year Award

The Ak-Chin Indian community in Arizona has been recognized by the AZ Water Association and received the 2013 Water Project of the Year Award for its water treatment plant that uses GE’s ZeeWeed technology.

Jet Fuel Made from Invasive Tree Species

Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service in multiple locations across the country are participating in the Accelerated Renewable Jet Fuel project to find new ways to create jet fuel from certain invasive trees such as juniper and pine trees.

U.S. Senate Confirms McCarthy as EPA Administrator

The 59-40 vote confirmed her as the newest chief of the powerful agency.

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