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More than 100,000 gallons of oil spilled from Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Pipeline Company Indicted in 2015 California Spill

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. reported the indictment included a total of 46 counts, 10 of which relate to the release of crude oil or reporting of the spill and 36 of which relate to wildlife that died because of it.

Many people are looking for ways to improve the efficiency and appeal of their homes and businesses. Window film can be the perfect long-term and cost-effective solution for improvement. (International Window Film Association photo)

Green Building: Why Waste a Window?

Window film reduces energy consumption by reducing solar heat gain. It can reduce the homeowner's carbon footprint. And it can allow you to enjoy natural light without the negative impact of UV exposure.

DFW International Airport Wins Greenhouse Gas Management Award

The airport management indicated it plans to achieve additional reduction goals by increasing renewable energy and alternative fuel use; by integrating best available energy-efficient technology; and by expanding partnerships with airlines, regulatory agencies, academia, nongovernmental organizations, business associations, and other stakeholders.

BSEE Reports 2,100-Barrel Spill in Gulf of Mexico

The operator, Shell Offshore Inc., reported the oil sheen was observed in the area of its Glider Field. It was about 97 miles south of Port Fourchon, La.

Anguil Aqua Systems, LLC provides turnkey water treatment systems and support for industrial facilities and remediation applications. (Anguil Aqua Systems, LLC photo)

Anguil Environmental Launches Water Treatment Division

Anguil Aqua Systems, LLC provides turnkey water treatment systems and, working with its parent company, can supply integrated air and water treatment solutions.

Building managers are encouraged to select what are called "high-performance" mats. (Crown Matting Technologies photo)

Mats and Sustainability: The Connection Is Closer Than You May Think

If entry mats help keep hard-surface floors and carpets cleaner, longer, then it can be assumed that not only are fewer cleaning solutions needed, but there is also less need for heavier cleaning equipment such as floor machines and carpet extractors.

Oregon Agencies Seeking Hexavalent Chromium Source in Portland

The Department of Environmental Quality said its investigators continue to seek the source of the heavy metal selenium that has been, on average, elevated in southeast Portland's air since March 1.

California Governor Mandates Long-Term Water Conservation

His executive order establishes longer-term water conservation measures, including permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities, and bans on wasteful practices such as hosing off sidewalks, driveways, and other hardscapes.

General Motors is turning its employees

GM Turns Recycled Water Bottles Into Engine Insulation

"Recycling is good, but viewing waste as a valuable resource that can be plugged into your operations or products is even better," said John Bradburn, GM's global manager of waste reduction. "It's about rethinking the process and finding more sustainable ways to manufacture products and contribute to our communities."

New Jersey Receives $70 Million for Water Infrastructure Projects

The EPA has provided $70,413,000 to the State of New Jersey for improvements to be made to water projects for public health and the environment.

Lake Maracaibo

NASA Crowns Earth's New Lightning Capital

Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela experiences more lightning than any other location on Earth, with an average rate of about 233 flashes per square kilometer per year.

Through Fannie Mae, green financing allows borrowers to fund smart, energy-efficient improvements or reward investments for refinance, acquisition, or supplemental financing. These programs are the first of their kind available to not only affordable, but also market-rate multifamily properties.

Better Financing Options Make Green Multifamily Development Affordable

Through Fannie Mae, green financing allows borrowers to fund smart, energy-efficient improvements or reward investments for refinance, acquisition, or supplemental financing. These programs are the first of their kind available to not only affordable, but also market-rate multifamily properties.

Germany to Face EU Court for Water Pollution and Nitrates

The European Commission is taking Germany to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to take stronger measures to combat water pollution caused by nitrates. Nitrates are essential for plants to grow and they are widely used as fertilizers.

Australian Water Treatment Plant Named Industrial Water Project of the Year

Water treatment plant at QGC’s coal seam gas extraction site receives honor at global water awards. The northern water treatment plant, built by GE and Laing O’rourke, treats 100,000 cubic meters of water per day.

This photo shows some of the first waste being disposed at the WCS Federal Waste Disposal Facility in Andrews, Texas. It opened in June 2013 for disposal of Class A, B and C Low-level Waste and Mixed Low-level Waste, with a licensed capacity of up to 26 million cubic feet. (WCS photo)

Texas Firm Bids for Spent Nuclear Fuel Repository

Waste Control Specialists LLC announced April 28 it has filed an application with the NRC to build and manage a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility.

Flint Michigan Files Negligence Claim Against EPA

Flint, Michigan Files Negligence Claim Against EPA

The city of Flint, Michigan, with a population of nearly 100,000, has filed a claim against the EPA, stating that the agency is responsible for the city's lead-contaminated water. Flint residents, 513 of whom made the claim, are demanding $220 million from the EPA.

LED technology allows UV water treatment to be used in applications previously unavailable to conventional mercury lamps. (AquiSense Technologies photo)

How LEDs Will Change Water Purification

LEDs have been a defining factor in many technological innovations, and water treatment is no exception. Although mercury lamp accidents are rare when lamps are installed correctly, the benefits of UV-C LEDs have begun to outweigh the need to stay with the status quo.

NRC, Army Corps Find Environmental Impacts Don't Prevent Licensing Bell Bend Reactor

Talen Energy submitted the application on Oct. 10, 2008, seeking permission to construct and operate a U.S. EPR reactor -- a third-generation pressurized water reactor -- at the site. AREVA Inc., the designer of the U.S. EPR, requested that the NRC staff suspend its safety review of the U.S. EPR design certification application in February 2015, and as a result, the U.S. EPR design certification review and Bell Bend safety review are on hold until further notice.

greenwashed?

A CEO's Seven Personal Inputs for Making an Environmentally Sustainable Business

Employees need a leader who integrates sustainable solutions into the company's mindset, focus, and strategy and every-day culture with consistent, coherent actions. Staff members want to work for a leader with a personal commitment to making the company eco-friendly.

Paris Agreement Signed at UN Headquarters

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the participation by so many countries, including the United States, leaves "no doubt" that the international community is determined to take climate action.

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