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AWWA Releases Response to New Lead Reduction Act

After a shareholder meeting with the EPA, AWWA releases 10 suggestions on how to best implement a new lead reduction act.

Columbia River Barge Incident Nearing Its End

The Oct. 12 sentencing of Bret A. Simpson, who pleaded guilty to two criminal violations of the Clean Water Act, will close the books on the $22 million cleanup.

Airgas Introduces RFID Cylinder Gas Monitoring Technology

The company announced it Aug. 29, calling it the first visual identification system for managing cylinder gas expiration. It is primarily for EPA Protocol gas cylinders.

TCEQ Hosting Air Permitting Seminar, Workshop

The double-barrelled event in Austin, Texas, consists of a seminar on Sept. 10 and a workshop for oil & gas facilities' personnel on Sept. 11.

NOAA Funds Research on Social Media for Weather Warnings

The awards for four projects by the Office of Weather and Air Quality in the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research total about $879,000.

Illinois Governor Delivers Blow to Plastics Recycling Industry

Earlier this summer, the "Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Act," (SB 3442) a measure to promote the collection and recycling of plastic carryout bags and other types of plastic film, passed the Illinois House and Senate. Yesterday, Governor Pat Quinn vetoed this bill.

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Extent Ever Recorded

The blanket of sea ice floating on the Arctic Ocean melted to its lowest extent ever recorded since satellites began measuring it in 1979, according to the University of Colorado Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center.

How Ocean Currents Affect Global Climate Becoming Better Understood

Florida State University oceanographer Kevin Speer has a "new paradigm" for describing how the world's oceans circulate -- and with it he may help reshape science's understanding of the processes by which wind, water, sunlight and other factors interact and influence the planet's climate.



Cleaner Cars Credited for Better L.A. Air, but Pollution is Still the Worst in U.S.

According to a study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the levels of certain vehicle-related pollutants in Los Angeles have dropped by 98 percent since the 1960s.

Carbon Efficiency Failing to Fight Warming Study

A surge in carbon emissions from power demand in the developing world is overwhelming progress by nations including China and the United States in improving efficiency, new research shows.

U.S. Navy Settles Hazardous Waste Violations at Facility in Virginia Beach, Va.

The U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a $32,800 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations and underground storage tank (UST) regulations at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story facility in Virginia Beach, Va. , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

Robots to Rescue Coral Reefs

A team of 'coralbots', each individually working to simple rules, will piece together damaged bits of coral, allowing them to regrow.

EPA and Baltimore's CNX Marine Terminals Inc. Settle Water and Waste Violations

CNX Marine Terminals, Inc. has agreed to pay a $34,600 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws involving the discharge of pollutants in stormwater runoff, the operation and maintenance of underground storage tank systems and waste storage.

Spokane Concrete and Asphalt Manufacturer Fails to Disclose Use of Chemicals

CPM Development Corporation, a concrete and asphalt manufacturing facility, failed to report toxic chemical use at its Spokane, Washington facility under federal community right-to-know laws, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A Greener Way to Fertilize Nursery Crops

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist has found a "green" alternative to a type of fertilizer additive that is believed to contribute to the accumulation of heavy metals in waterways.

Half of the Particulate Pollution in North America Comes from Other Continents

Roughly half the aerosols that affect air quality and climate change in North America may be coming from other continents.

Boston Racetrack Fined $1.25 Million for Clean Water Act Violations

Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC will pay a civil penalty of $1.25 million to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) at its Suffolk Downs racetrack facility in Revere and East Boston, Mass., the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced.

Link Found Between Cold European Winters and Solar Activity

An international team of researchers show that unusually cold winters in Central Europe are related to low solar activity -- when sunspot numbers are minimal. The freezing of Germany's largest river, the Rhine, is the key.

Past Tropical Climate Change Linked to Ocean Circulation

A new record of past temperature change in the tropical Atlantic Ocean's subsurface provides clues as to why Earth's climate is so sensitive to ocean circulation patterns, according to climate scientists at Texas A&M University.

No-Till Could Help Maintain Crop Yields Despite Climate Change

Reducing tillage for some Central Great Plains crops could help conserve water and reduce losses caused by climate change, according to studies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).