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NOAA Developing New Weather Forecasting Model

The agency has selected a new dynamic core, which is the "engine" of a numerical weather prediction model. It will be used as a basis for all U.S. weather forecasts.

Cemex Agrees to Clean Air Act Settlement

"This settlement requires Cemex to use state-of-the-art technology to reduce harmful air pollution, improving public health in vulnerable communities across the South and Southeast," said Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles of EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Czech Hazardous Waste Shipment Winds Up in Court

The European Commission has referred the Czech Republic to the Court of Justice of the European Union because it failed to take back 20,000 tonnes of hazardous waste that was shipped to Katowice, Poland, by a Czech operator in late 2010 and early 2011.

The Road to Toxic Chemical Reform

While these changes won't transform consumer goods overnight, this new law harnesses the power of transparency, expanding information about chemicals and generating more incentives for companies to invest in safer chemicals when designing products.

EPA Takes Aim at Commercial Aviation's Emissions

EPA expects the International Civil Aviation Organization will adopt its environmental committee's agreement on international aircraft CO2 standards in March 2017. EPA anticipates moving forward on standards that would be at least as stringent as ICAO's standards.

Federal Highway Administration Invites States to Designate 'Zero-Emission' and 'Alternative Fuel' Corridors

The initiative will help drivers find alternative fuels and contribute to smart city development.

Canada Cancels Some Uses of Boric Acid Pesticides

There are a total of 110 pesticide products registered for use in Canada containing boric acid, and 25 of those will have their registrations cancelled while the remaining 85 will have to meet new labeling requirements within the next two years.

Navy, Hawaiian Electric Agree to Build Solar Farm

In exchange for the land needed for the project, the base will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical infrastructure upgrades to Navy-owned facilities. Energy generated by the solar facility will feed into the island's electric grid and serve all customers on Oahu, including those on the base.

Corrosive groundwater, if untreated, can dissolve lead and other metals from pipes and plumbing fixtures.

USGS Warns Untreated Groundwater in 25 States Potentially Corrosive

The states with the largest percentage of wells with potentially corrosive groundwater are located primarily in the Northeast, the Southeast, and the Northwest.

THC Found in Colorado Town's Water Supply

THC was found in the water supply in the town of Hugo.

Earth Day Texas Unveils the First Ever ‘Earth Day Texas Expeditions’

The world’s largest annual public green exhibition is launching a year-round event series to help the adventurous discover natural hidden gems around North Texas.

Enbridge Agrees to Pay Civil Penalties Over Pipeline Spills

The company's consent decree with EPA and DOJ includes civil penalties under the Clean Water Act of $61 million relating to the Line 6B release and $1 million related to the Line 6A release, both payable within 30 days of the effective date of the decree.

Sewage Spill Closes Beaches in California

The spill volume was initially reported at 108,000 gallons by the department, but the Los Angeles Times reported it had increased to more than 1.5 million gallons as of July 19.

U.S. Vehicles' Fuel Economy Progress on Track, EPA and DOT Announce

The National Program was developed jointly by the EPA and DOT, in coordination with CARB. It applies to passenger cars and light-duty trucks through model year 2025 and requires manufacturers to improve average fuel efficiency and reduce average greenhouse gas emissions over time.

"No matter who owns the company, the energy vision for Hawaii remains very clear – 100 percent renewable energy with a transformation to a customer-centered utility focusing on smart meters, smart grid, distributed local solutions, and as much consumer choice as possible," said Gov. David Ige.

Hawaii PUC Denies NextEra's Bid to Buy Hawaiian Electric Industries

Gov. David Ige said the 2-0 ruling "gives us a chance to reset and refocus on our goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2045."

BP Tallies Total Deepwater Horizon Costs: $61.6 Billion

"Over the past few months, we've made significant progress resolving outstanding Deepwater Horizon claims and today we can estimate all the material liabilities remaining from the incident. Importantly, we have a clear plan for managing these costs and it provides our investors with certainty going forward," said Brian Gilvary, BP's chief financial officer.

Tacoma started by cleaning the waterways, polluted from decades of industry. New strategies, new technologies, such as "fingerprinting" of pollutants in the water, and new processes were developed, in partnership between UW Tacoma and the city. (Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County photo)

Recycling the Past to Build the Future

Tacoma searched for years to find an identity. While the search continued, the city found out who it was not by tearing down what it used to be, but by restoring, reclaiming, and reutilizing what was there already. The result is a city becoming a leader at cleaning and reusing.

Terracon Foundation Awards $105,500 in Grants

The foundation was established as the community investment arm of Terracon with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of company employees and their communities. To date, the foundation has distributed more than $1.3 million in grants.

The tires must be off wheel rims, and only car and light truck tires size 16 inches or smaller will be accepted. Haulers and businesses aren

WVDEP Collecting Old Tires This Month

At each of five remaining collections this month, residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county where the collection is occurring. The tires must be off wheel rims, and only car and light truck tires size 16 inches or smaller will be accepted. Haulers and businesses aren't allowed to participate.

Microsubs are "underwater watchdogs" that can provide early warnings of any potential problem with oil companies

BP Touts Microsubs' Potential

BP is working with manufacturer Planet Ocean, the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at the UK's National Oceanography Centre, and the Scottish Association of Marine Science to optimize the microsub technology before starting the first trial in the North Sea in December.

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