Environmental Protection


Paris Accord, Disaster Risk Agreement Among UN Leader's 2015 Highlights

The Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction was agreed on in March and points the way toward resilience.

City Declares State of Emergency Over Lead Levels in Drinking Water

On Oct. 16, 2015, the city switched back to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department as its source of water, but lead levels "remain well above the federal action level of 15 parts per billion in many homes," according to the city's announcement.

EPA Moves to Protect Big Bend National Park and Other Wild Areas from Air Pollution

The EPA recently finalized a plan to address serious air pollution that is dramatically reducing visibility at the Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks in Texas and the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

New Orleans Gets More Money for Katrina Damage

The settlement consists of $1.2 billion in previously unobligated recovery funds. The city of New Orleans, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness worked with FEMA to develop a final estimate of eligible costs for repairs.

Ten Killed in San Bernardino Were Environmental Health Specialists

They were all members of SEIU Local 721. Some of its members also were wounded in the gunfire.

Mutual Housing California Begins Multi-Million Dollar Green Renovation

A Sacramento property recently started a $7.3 million green renovation provided by Mutual HoA Sacramento property recently started a $7.3 million green renovation provided by Mutual Housing California.using California.

Fox Metro Water Reclamation District Prepares to Meet Revised Illinois EPA Guidelines

A new plant, located just south of the current location, will help to further improve the wastewater treatment facility.

Clean Water Act Charges Filed Against Houston Energy Company

Energy Resource Technology GOM, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Houston-based Talos Energy LLC, has been charged with two felony counts of violating the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and two felony counts of violating the Clean Water Act related to its offshore oil production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Shell Oil Products Fined for Anacortes Refinery Release

L&I assessed one willful violation and the maximum $70,000 fine for knowingly and intentionally not following safe work practices for the control of hazards when shutting down the flare, as well as a serious violation and $7,000 fine for giving workers the incorrect procedure for shutting down the flare.

Pollution Prevention Grant Aids NYC Restaurants

"This project will help restaurant owners reduce food waste and reduce the use of pesticides and chemicals, while also conserving energy and water. By taking steps to eliminate waste at the source, New York City restaurants can become models for sustainable practices," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck.

ArcticNet Scientific Director Wins 2015 Northern Science Award

Dr. Louis Fortier, scientific director of ArcticNet, was awarded the 2015 Northern Science Award on Nov. 18, Polar Knowledge Canada announced.

Waterway Restoration Project Targets Salt Water Intrusion, Storm Surge

America's WETLAND Foundation brings private funding to shoreline stabilization.

Ruckelshaus, EPA's First Administrator, Tapped for Medal of Freedom

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy noted that William D. Ruckelshaus is the architect of many key EPA programs: banning DDT; setting the first air quality standards to protect public health under the Clean Air Act; establishing standards for cleaner cars and lead-free gasoline; and later launching the Superfund program and setting the agency on a course to address the challenge of acid rain.

French Joins WEF as Stormwater Programs Director

"WEF is very fortunate to find someone of Chris's caliber to continue growing our stormwater programs and help establish the WEF Stormwater Institute as a leading facilitator of knowledge exchange and innovation in this increasingly important part of the water sector," said WEF Executive Director Eileen O'Neill.

Washington State Files Violation Notice Against VW

"Volkswagen broke the trust of consumers and exposed people to harmful pollution," said Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon. "Their actions violated our state's laws, and we're taking action."

INTERPOL Meeting Highlights Environmental Crimes

Experts participating in the Security and Environmental Crime conference issued a 15-point call for action to raise awareness and encourage greater involvement by the global community.

Canon USA Plants 50,000 Trees in Natural Disaster Sites

Through the Arbor Day Foundation Partnership, Canon U.S.A. has achieved their environmental sustainability initiative goal by contributing 50,000 to natural disaster sites in 2015.

President Obama Rejects TransCanada's Keystone Project

He said the proposed pipeline "would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy" and that "shipping dirtier crude oil into our country would not increase America's energy security."

New Research May Make Desalination More Efficient and Affordable

A research team at MIT may have found a solution to making desalination a much more affordable and efficient process by using new filters make from graphene.

GE Power & Water and Alstom Power Combine to Form GE’s Largest Digital Industrial Business, GE Power

By combining the strongest attributes of GE’s power generation technologies, services and expertise with Alstom Power’s technology and geography, the global utility sector will benefit from a world-class supplier of total power plant and life cycle solutions that can support equipment from multiple suppliers.

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