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NTSB Cites Limited Visibility, Lack of Communication in Ship Channel Collision

The collision of a 623-foot long bulk carrier with a 600-foot tanker caused about 88,200 gallons of methyl tert-butyl ether to spill into the Houston Ship Channel on March 9, 2015.

Mutual Housing California and the City of Woodland Win Green Leadership Award for Mutual Housing at Spring Lake

A financial contributor to the development, Woodland was chosen out of nearly 500 cities and 58 counties in the state. Mutual Housing at Spring Lake received the award because it was the first multi-family, rental-housing development in the nation to receive Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home certification.

Marathon Petroleum Agrees to Install Flare Gas Controls at Five Refineries

The settlement filed June 9 in a Detroit federal court amends a 2012 consent decree involving Marathon's flares. When the changes are fully implemented, emissions of VOCs, sulfur dioxides, and nitrogen oxides will be reduced by approximately 1,037 tons per year, according to EPA and the Justice Department.

Environmental Crime Report Shows Damage Far Worse Than Estimated

"The rise of environmental crime across the world is deeply troubling. The vast sums of money generated from these despicable crimes are fueling insecurity and keeping highly sophisticated international criminal gangs in business," UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said. "It is essential the world acts now to combat this growing menace before it is too late."

U.S. Team Wins IFAT 2016 Operations Challenge

The challenge was modeled after WEF's Operations Challenge skills competition, which is held each year at WEFTEC, and the participating teams were judged on core competencies of wastewater operations.

Renewable Energy Jobs Continue to Rise

Renewable energy employs 8.1 million people worldwide says a new IRENA report.

USDA Awards $4.5 Million in Rural Community Development Grants and Accepting Applications for New Projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding more than $4 million in grants to 23 organizations to support rural economic development projects. Secretary Vilsack also announced that USDA is seeking applications for the next round of program funding.

New Report Links Nitrate in Drinking Water to Birth Defects

Tractor spraying soybean crops field at spring season, often using herbicides, which may leech through the soil into water sources below and possibly end up in human or animal drinking water.



ECHA Publishes Annex III Inventory

The inventory helps REACH registrants that manufacture or import between 1 to 10 tonnes per year in deciding whether they may be able to register their substance with limited information. The database contains 64,899 unique substances/entries.

Applications Open for Companies Seeking to Win $4 Million Zayed Future Energy Prize

Prestigious global award recognizes companies, non-profits, and schools contributing to clean energy and sustainability.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NRC Considering Friends of the Earth's Petition About Diablo Canyon

FOE filed it Aug. 26, 2014, stating its concerns about the Diablo Canyon Power Plant's operational safety and its ability to safely shut down in the event of a nearby earthquake.

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