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Veolia Touts Recycling Success of Eiffel Tower Renovation

With the iconic Paris tower's first floor renovation completed, most of the coverage and commentary has focused on its new glass floor.

Taking Advantage of Verizon Wireless' E-Waste Program

All you need to do, as the owner, is appraise the device based on its condition, model, and manufacturer and then send it in to Verizon with a pre-paid envelope.

'More Effort' Needed to Meet Climate Change Target, UN Reports

The Global Diversity Outlook 4 report released Oct. 6 measures progress toward meeting 20 biodiversity goals that were agreed up in 2010, including reducing pressure on ecosystems vulnerable to climate change.

Rapid Climate Change Creates Need for Greenhouse Gas Standards Revisions

Because the climate is ever changing, the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has decided to revise its greenhouse gas standards to meet current and future market needs.

NIOSH to Study Exposures to Metals and Flame Retardants in E-scrap Recycling

The agency's Health Hazard Evaluation Program is seeking five facilities to participate. A team of industrial hygienists and medical officers will make site visits to assess workers' occupational exposures.

Brussels City Wastewater Treatment Plant Gets Upgrade

Brussels, Belgium, will install GE’s ZeeWeed 500D ultrafiltration membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology to treat one-third of the city's water with a new upgrade to its existing wastewater treatment plant. The plant serves over 400,000 Brussels residents.

Large Wind Project to Begin in Maine

Renewable energy company First Wind will begin a 148 MW wind project in Aroostook and Penobscot counties of Maine that will create construction jobs while boosting community revenues and provide significant tax revenues.

Shallow Groundwater Can be Contaminated by Wastewater

In a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, contaminants such as pharmaceuticals from treated wastewater can travel into and contaminate shallow groundwater once the waters have released to streams.



Biological Nutrient Removal System to Help Wastewater Plant Operations

The Hopewell Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Hopewell, Va. will be using a new system that combines a moving bed bioreactor with a dissolved air flotation systems to minimize the plant’s total nitrogen waste.

Mutual Housing Receives Funding for Green Renovation Project

U.S. Bank recently gave a $15,000 grant to the Sacramento nonprofit Mutual Housing California to begin planning the green renovation of one of communities.

Pennsylvania Awards Grants for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

As a way to help combat air pollution, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awards 33 incentive grants for alternative fuel vehicles. Additional grants have also been awarded for innovative alternative fuel projects.

New Mexico Reducing Air Pollutants

With a grant provided by the EPA, the New Mexico Department of Environmental Quality will be working to promote sustainability and pollution prevention on a state-wide basis.

BP Exploration & Production Found Grossly Negligent in Macondo Spill

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier issued his phase one findings of fact and conclusions of law Sept. 4 in the New Orleans multidistrict litigation.

Nearly $10 Billion Invested in Clean Water in 2013

A new report shows that governments and companies around the world invested $9.6 billion to help sustain clean water supplies.

Halliburton Settles Deepwater Horizon Claims

The settlement is approximately $1.1 billion, which includes legal fees and is subject to approval by a U.S. district judge in New Orleans.

Three States to Receive $99 Million for Sandy Recovery

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be providing $99 million in conservation funding to victims in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. The funds will be used on 671 acres of hurricane-damaged property, making them more storm and flood resistant.

Largest Dam Removal in History Already Restoring River’s Health

With only 35 feet left to remove of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River in Washington, the river is already showing great progress with fish and native plants returning to the area.

The Water Council Gains a New Investment Partner

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and The Water Council have entered into a partnership to bring together North America's investment community and water technology entrepreneurs to match capital with water innovation.

Kentucky High School Goes Green, Receives Award

George Rogers Clark High School in Lexington, Ky. received Center of Excellence sustainability award for its geothermal and chilled beam design.

NOAA Analysis Documents Coastal Wetlands and Forest Loss

The agency found that between 1996 and 2011, 64,975 square miles in coastal regions -- an area larger than the state of Wisconsin -- experienced changes in land cover.

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