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Mayors Select Schenectady and Veolia for Public-Private Partnerships Award

The city and the company, operating under a long-term contract, have developed a successful biosolids program and made significant wastewater treatment plant improvements.

$2M Available for Environmental Community Grants

Assistance is available for community-based parnterships to develop local environmental priorities; the deadline for application is March 22.

EPA Disapproves Part of Vt.'s 2002 Water Quality Plan

EPA has disapproved Vermont’s 2002 water quality plan that set phosphorus targets for discharges into Lake Champlain.

LSU Professor Evaluates Photocatalytic Pavements

Pureti was applied to asphalt and concrete paving near the LSU campus; Professor Hassan is monitoring air quality and groundwater runoff from the site.

More than 24 million Americans have asthma.

NRDC: Lawmakers' Actions against Clean Air Will Put Children at Risk

The Natural Resources Defense Council and Health Care Without Harm say that efforts to block EPA's carbon dioxide pollution actions will result in adverse health consequences.

Pine tree study results may have application for air quality models

Pine Tree Study May Help Make Air Quality Models Closer to Reality

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Alla Zelenyuk said the results could have profound implications for policy governing particulate matter.

Solar PV May be Viable with Lower Production Costs

“As PV technology improvements reduce cost faster than conventional technologies reduce cost, the world is likely to soon see an environment where PV subsidies are no longer necessary,” said report author Anthony Pavone.

CarSharing Industry Forms Association to Drive Best Practices

Founding members are signatories to the Carsharing Industry Code of Ethics and Standards of Practices, which articulates the purpose, definition, and goals of carsharing.



Virgin Islands' Refinery to Install $700M Worth of Pollution Controls

Hovensa LLC also will pay more than $5.3 million to settle Clean Air Act violations; EPA estimates smog and asthma-causing emissions will be reduced by 8,500 tons per year.

Ocean Energy Bureau Slates EIS Meetings for Oil & Gas Leasing

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement is developing a programmatic environmental impact statement for the Outer Continental Shelf and is seeking public comment.

EPA Awards $25M to Support HEI Research on Air Quality

The Health Effects Institute will develops tools to examine the combined effects of air pollution exposures on public health and the relationship between air quality and climate change.

Florida panther

Biological Diversity, PAN Sue EPA to Protect Species from Pesticides

The Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network claim that the agency has failed to properly protect more than 200 endangered and threatened species from harmful pesticides.

EDF, Ernst & Young to Pilot Green Ops for Private Equity

The program will assess environmental opportunities across participating private equity firms' portfolios and suggest strategies to capture value.

American Water to Sell Arizona and New Mexico Services to EPCOR

EPCOR will reportedly purchase these water and wastewater services for an estimated $470 million.

Eger to Lead Water Environment Federation

The former Kentucky utility director started Jan. 24 as WEF’s new executive director.

AWWA, WEF Come Closer Together to Holistically Address Water

As a first step, the organizations will combine forces at the April Water Matters! Fly In.

ASTM Sponsors Workshop on E60 Standards for Cement and Concrete

ASTM's sustainability committee has adopted standards that may impact cement and concrete-based building materials.

Texas State Government Skips EPA GHG Permit Hearing, But Environmentalists Don't

Testimony at a Jan. 14 public hearing in Dallas on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s dispute with Texas over greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting was almost unanimously positive, in stark contrast with the combative stance the state has taken. No representatives from the state attended the meeting.

Alaska Coal Mine Agrees to Fine for Discharges into Local Waterways

Usibelli Coal Mine Inc., owner of an open-pit coal mine near Healy in Alaska’s central interior, has signed a consent agreement and final order that resolves water permit violations and numerous unpermitted discharges.

Water Technology Innovation Cluster to Start with Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana

Small business meets water protection in an effort to connect all the players who will promote economic growth and technological innovation.

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