Environmental Protection


Yeast Strain Could Help Fast-Track Biofuel Production

A USDA scientist has developed yeast that makes ethanol from two different kinds of sugars without oxygen.

Bill Offers Tax Credit for Buying Idling Reduction Units

Earl Blumenauer's bill should ease the pain truckers feel when idling by providing a 50 percent tax credit or up to $3,000 for buying auxiliary power units that costs up to $8,500.

Hearing Dates Set for NO2 Air Quality Standards

EPA will hold public hearings in Arlington, Va., and Los Angeles on Aug. 3 and 6, respectively, to get feedback on proposed revisions to the nitrogen dioxide standard.

Santa Clara Valley Scores with 5 Shovel-ready Projects

Five projects will receive $44.1 million in stimulus funds.

University of Chicago to Research Food Allergy Triggers

EPA is interested in improving methods of assess whether pesticides are triggering food allergies.

Industry Groups File Suit over N.Y. E-recycling Law

CEA and ITI claim door-to-door e-waste collection is "costly, burdensome, and environmentally harmful."

NAPCOR Says PLA Cannot be Recycled with PET

A polyethylene terephthalate trade organization is concerned that recycling both plastics together will affect quality and costs.

Barnstable Signs on with United Water for 5 Years

United Water will operate, manage and maintain the water system of Hyannis, Mass., after signing a five-year contract.

Bluewater Bio Pilots HYBACS Technology in Spain

The Hybrid Bacillus Activated Sludge technology removes nitrogen, phosphorus and organic matter from wastewater streams.

NRDC Reports Beach Closing Days Down Slightly in 2008

Dry conditions and decreased funding for water monitoring blamed for decrease in closing and advisory days.

WERF Seeks Research Proposals to Compare FIB Methods

The Water Environment Research Foundation will provide up to $300,000 for a research effort to understand molecular and cultural-based methods fecal indicator bacteria in inland recreational waters.

Stahlbush Island Farms Launches Biogas Plant

Oregon family farm produces electricity from fruits and vegetable byproduct.

Oklahoma to Study Eastern Redcedar Encroachment

Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will receive $226,890 in national grant funding for research into eastern redcedar encroachment and the water cycle in the tallgrass prairie, two key elements of ecosystem health for Oklahoma.

Top 20 Organizations Make, Use 736 M kWh of Green Power

EPA Administrator Jackson says these leaders are setting the standard for the future.

Sukut Breaks Ground on a Southern California Reservoir

Mass excavator Sukut Construction began work in June on building an emergency water reservoir in South Orange County, Calif.

SKM Joins World Water Monitoring Day Program Team

Sinclar Knight Merz is a global consulting group interested in "walking the talk" for water quality monitoring.

Agency Reconsiders Airborne Lead Monitoring Rules

The current standard requires monitoring in areas where lead emissions reach at least 1 ton in the air each year.

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