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“Found Object” Sculptures Add to Nonprofit’s Environmental Vision

Because of Woodland’s emphasis on the environment, former mayor Tom Stallard led the drive for the award that was given on the city’s climate action plan—increasing the tree canopy and supporting zero-net energy homes such as Mutual Housing at Spring Lake.

DOE Wants Comments on Possible Changes to Uranium Transfers

The U.S. Department of Energy is asking for comments and information by April 10 about a possible change in its transfers of uranium for cleanup services at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio.

USGBC Releases 2016 Sustainability Report

Record-breaking waste diversion rate of 90 percent and first year water restoration initiatives among highlights

Pilot Project in Californa to Use Recycled Rainwater for Wine Production

The initiative seeks to help create a more sustainable wine industry.

Pennsylvania DEP Hails New App for Inspections

The app allows DEP staffers to conduct electronic inspections of all surface activities at oil and gas sites, including erosion and sedimentation, waterways encroachment, waste management, and spill cleanup.

New USGS Maps Show Human-Induced Earthquakes

The total number of Americans at high risk from both natural and human-induced earthquakes this year is about 4 million.

Canada Investing $40 Million on Shielding Infrastructure Against Extreme Weather Events

The country's National Research Council and Infrastructure Canada are conducting research and also upgrading codes, specifications, guidelines, and assessment tools.

Fixes to Seattle Treatment Plant May Cost $25 Million

King County's West Point Treatment Plant was flooded and had two pumps knocked out on Feb. 9.



Medgate Acquires Software Provider regAction

The company said the deal accelerates its environmental market expansion and roadmap for next-generation EHS solutions.

Texas CEQ Accepting Applications for Rebate Grants Program

The rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to provide an incentive to upgrade or replace older, on-road, heavy-duty diesel vehicles and non-road equipment with cleaner vehicles and equipment.

Mutual Housing California Finishes Green Renovation in Sacramento Development

Sacramento-based nonprofit Mutual Housing California recently completed an $8.6 million green renovation of one of their affordable housing developments.

Johnson Controls Buys 5 Percent Stake in Battery Recycling Company

"Our partnership with Johnson Controls is a tremendous step forward and is an opportunity for us to work with the global leader in automotive battery manufacturing and responsible recycling," said Dr. Stephen Clarke, chairman and CEO of Aqua Metals. "We will build on this exciting relationship in order to enable clean and efficient battery recycling around the world."

Canada Convicted 31 of Illegal Fishing in 2016's Fourth Quarter in Newfoundland, Labrador

The convictions followed investigations by Fisheries and Oceans Canada fishery officers. More than $23,000 in fines were issued in connection with the cases.

Solar Power Used for Freshwater Production

Solar plants, such as one in the Mojave Desert, are becoming more popular for use in water desalination.

Congress Uses Congressional Review Act Against Streams Rule

The U.S. Senate voted 54-45 on Feb. 2 to kill it via the Congressional Review Act, a measure dating to 1996 that allows Congress to vote to eliminate a recently enacted federal regulation. In this case, the rule requires coal companies to clean up waste from mountaintop removal mining and prevent it from going into local waterways.

NRC Proposes Lower Fees for FY2017

The proposed rule reduces annual fees by 7.3 percent from last year for operating reactors, by 16.1 percent for most fuel cycle facilities, and by 1.5 percent for spent fuel storage and decommissioning reactor licensees.

President Signs Order to Reduce Federal Regulations

The order will require agencies to control the costs of all new rules within their budget and will be prohibited from imposing any new cost in finalizing or repealing a rule for the remainder of 2017 unless the cost is offset by the repeal of two existing regulations.

Canadian Fund Aids 16 Projects in Quebec

"Thanks to the federal-provincial agreement for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, 12 municipalities in the Mauricie region will be able to complete important projects to meet their needs related to drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure," said Julie Boulet, minister of Tourism and minister responsible for the Mauricie region.

New Water Source Opens in San Antonio

San Antonio introduces a new, drought-resistant drinking water source to their city.

EPA Halts Grant Programs, Tells Employees to Remain Silent

Sources within the agency say it has been instructed to freeze all grants.

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