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DOE Consulting with IAEA on Surplus Plutonium Disposal at Savannah River

In a Record of Decision published in March 2016, DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration announced that this amount of surplus plutonium at SRS would be "dispositioned" using the dilute and dispose approach.

California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Director Selected

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Dec. 6 appointed Lauren Zeise director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Brown also appointed Lars Seifert, 42, of Imperial, to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board.

EPA Moves to Ban Some Uses of Trichloroethylene

"For the first time in a generation, we are able to restrict chemicals already in commerce that pose risks to public health and the environment," said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Canadian Company Paying $225,000 Fine for Ozone-Depleting Products

Information uncovered by the Intelligence Division sparked an investigation of the import and sale by CRC Canada Co. of aerosol products containing a prohibited ozone-depleting substance: HCFC-225. Charges were brought under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act last February.

Chernobyl Reactor Shield's Move Completed

A ceremony in Chernobyl on Nov. 29 marked the successful conclusion of the sliding operation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced.

EPA Identifies First 10 Chemicals for Evaluation

When the list is published in the Federal Register, that will trigger a statutory deadline to complete risk evaluations for the chemicals within three years. The evaluation will determine whether the chemicals present an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment.

Cal/OSHA Cites Solar Panel Installer After Fall

The fall occurred on June 13 and "there was no evidence of fall protection at the site, despite the hazards presented by more than 140 skylights in the roof of the building, a rooftop access hatch, and the unguarded edges of the roof," according to the agency.

Microsoft Awarded Zero Waste Facility Certification

"Protecting the environment is something that Microsoft and our employees believe in strongly. We are grateful for this recognition by GBCI and look forward to building on our work to reduce waste at our Redmond headquarters," said Susan Wagner, senior director of Microsoft Real Estate & Facilities.



The Destructive Relationship Between Ocean Acidification and Coral Reefs

A new study conducted by scientists at the University of Miami shows how ocean acidification is accelerating the erosion of coral reefs.

2016 Baldrige Award Winners Announced

"This year's honorees are trailblazers in innovation, small business, health care, and sustainable textiles. Their visionary leadership is helping to power the economy and increase our ability to compete globally," Pritzker said. "The Commerce Department proudly supports these four outstanding organizations for their unwavering commitment to performance excellence and their dedication to always reaching higher."

Schneider Electric Named 2016 Clean Energy Company of the Year by NECEC

The award recognizes Schneider Electric for its leadership and contributions to the region's clean energy economy.

U.S. Green Building Council Names New President and CEO

Mahesh Ramanujam has become the new president and CEO of USGBC, as recently announced this week.

Recycling Program Helps Universities Turn Used Gloves into Durable Goods

RightCycle removes gloves, masks, garments, shoe covers, and other apparel accessories from the waste stream and turns them into plastic pellets that are then used to create eco-responsible consumer products and durable goods.

Grants Offered in Maine for Water Quality Improvements

The Department of Environmental Protection in Maine is offering grants to projects that will benefit water quality, improve wildlife habitats, and improves public safety as well as provisions for climate resiliency.

Regional Planners Take On Global Warming

With climate change, every sustainable aspect of development helps.

NYC Appoints New Sustainability Director

Mark Chambers, former director of sustainability and energy for the District of Columbia, will lead New York City's sustainability programs, including efforts to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2050 and achieve important air quality and renewable energy goals. He starts later this month.

FAA Grants to Help Airports Improve Air Quality

DOT has awarded $33.7 million to help airports reduce emissions and improve air quality and has proposed a new Los Angeles-Beijing flight for American Airlines.

Indiana Steel Mill Reuses a Half Million Gallons of Water

With GE Technology, an Indiana Steel Mill is reusing water and eliminating 2,050 tons of waste each year.

DARPA Sets Insect Allies Proposers Day

The program seeks to develop vector-mediated modification technologies for mature plants to rapidly counter environmental and biological threats to crops. Threats of interest may include pathogens, pests, drought, and salinity.

EPA Tentatively Backs Puget Sound NDZ Determination

The Washington State Department of Ecology petitioned for the designation to EPA Region 10, seeking a determination that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for those waters, and so the state may completely prohibit the discharge from all vessels of any sewage into the sound.

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