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VP, GM of Louisiana Refinery Pleads Guilty to Clean Air Act Violations

Byron Hamilton, 66, vice president and general manager of Pelican Refining Company (PRC), pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of negligent endangerment under the Clean Air Act.

Fish, Lettuce and Food Waste Put New Spin on Aquaponics

A graduate student at the SUNY college of environmental science and forestry (ESF) is conducting an experiment in urban food production, using dried food waste to raise fish and using the fish waste to nourish an ever-growing crop of Boston Bibb lettuce.

BRAE Introduces Configurable Rainwater Harvesting Systems

BRAE, a Watts Water Technologies company, introduces configurable rainwater harvesting systems for commercial, institutional and residential applications that can reduce water consumption by up to 65 percent.

Report: Car Engine Improvements Should Spark Sufficient Emissions Reductions

Internal combustion engines are improving their ability to cut CO2 emissions at a lower cost than expected, and, as a result, carmakers should be able to meet 2020 emissions targets mainly through improvements to conventional technologies, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group.

DOE Completes Legacy Cleanup at New York, California Sites

Last month, the DoE completed the cleanup of Cold War legacy waste at the Nuclear Radiation Development LLC site near Grand Island, N.Y. and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.

Study: Recycled Rare Earth Elements Could Provide a Valuable Supplement to Geological Stocks

There is growing concern about the supply of rare Earth elemnts since only one country, China, is the major source.

In Midst of Severe Drought, Australians Ambivalent About Recycled Water

In response to a severe drought, the Australian government is pumping treated wastewater into the Gnangara Mound Aquifer. Some Australians, though, are not too thrilled about that.

Court Upholds Endangered Species Act Protection for Polar Bears

A federal judge upheld a May 2008 decision that polar bears throughout their range should be protected as a “threatened” species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.



Culture Influences People's Response to Climate Change

How people choose to consume resources and use contraception influences their responses to climate change, according to a team of psychologists.

Takeoffs and Landings Cause More Precipitation Near Airports

Researchers have found that areas near commercial airports sometimes experience a small but measurable increase in rain and snow when aircraft take off and land under certain atmospheric conditions.

Pew Calls for Obama Administration to Raise MPG Standards (with video)

The Pew Clean Energy Program launched a video this week to raise awareness of the benefits of increasing the fuel efficiency—or miles-per-gallon (MPG)—standards for cars and light trucks to as high as 60 MPG by 2025.

Aviation Fuels Can Now Include Bioderived Constituents

Renewable fuels can now be blended with conventional commercial and military jet (or gas turbine) fuel through requirements in the newly issued edition of Specifications for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons.

Cleanup Operations Expanding after Crude Oil Released into Yellowstone River

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company continues to expand its clean up operation following a release of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana.

NASA Plans Air Pollution Flight Over Maryland Today

The flight is part of a mission to enhance the capability of satellites to measure ground-level air quality from space.

Entergy Helps New York Avoid Nearly 35,000 Tons of Greenhouse Gases

Preventing 35,000 tons CO2 from reaching the atmosphere is equal to taking more than 6,000 vehicles off the road for a year.

Tips Tuesday: How to Save Money and Energy While Staying Cool this Summer

The average American home spends almost 20 percent of its utility bill on cooling. Increased energy production to run cooling systems raises your costs and contributes to pollution that adversely affects the quality of the air we breathe. We've got seven simple ways to help protect your wallet and the environment.

Researchers Found Plastic Waste in More Than 9 Percent of Fish's Stomachs (With Video)

The first scientific results from an ambitious voyage led by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego offer a stark view of human pollution and its infiltration of an area of the ocean that has been labeled as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

Developing Corn for Warmer Climate Is Focus of Research

The prospect of rising temperatures in Iowa and the Midwest is predicted to lead to a dramatic decline in corn yield. With a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Iowa State University researchers are looking to develop a corn variety that maintains the region’s high yields even as temperatures rise.

EPA Approves Two Insecticides for Control of Invasive Stink Bug

Under the exemption, producers of stone fruit (such as peaches, plums and cherries) and pome fruit (including apples and pears) are allowed to manage the brown marmorated stink bug with two applications of dinotefuran by ground equipment per season.

University of Texas Professor Hosts Presentation on Fracking Facts and Myths

A professor at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering said the risks incurred during hydraulic fracturing are low when compared to the risks of energy production from any other energy source and that some commonly believed notions about the gas extraction process are incorrect.

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