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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Purchases Technology to Remove PFAS from Water

Environment + Energy Leader

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has purchased new technology to remove and destroy bulk concentrations of PFAS from contaminated water in the environment.

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The Truck Industry’s Decades-long War on Stronger Pollution Controls

Union of Concerned Scientists

Transportation air pollution air quality California corporate accountability diesel disinformation playbook electric trucks heavy-duty trucks NOx PM2.5 The EPA is under extreme pressure from industry to propose an absurdly ineffective standard for trucks.

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How One Chemical Maker is Reducing Its Environmental Footprint

Environment + Energy Leader

The Maroon Group, now part of Barentz, completed several sustainability programs — everything from recycling to energy efficiency to pollution prevention.

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Pollution Control as Climate Policy

Legal Planet

Revising the standards will also help address air pollution. Changing the standards will require states to tighten their controls on all these sources, making it more expensive to burn fossil fuels. The post Pollution Control as Climate Policy appeared first on Legal Planet.

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National Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program – Basic Training

Environmental News Bits

The Section 319 program is an essential source of support for state, territorial and tribal efforts to control NPS pollution, the prevailing cause of… Read more → Online training State government WaterThis training module, developed by U.S. EPA, is designed to provide a high-level overview of the Clean Water Act Section (CWA) 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) program for State and Territory NPS Programs.

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Help Wanted: Armstrong Conservation District Erosion & Sediment Pollution Control Technician

PA Environment Daily

The Armstrong County Conservation District is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Technician. The person in this position will have an array of technical duties related to administration of the Chapter 102-Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control program.

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EPA Imposes $2.5 Million Penalty On PA Company For Selling Auto Parts That Avoid Vehicle Pollution Controls

PA Environment Daily

million penalty for allegedly selling aftermarket devices that were designed to defeat the emissions control systems on cars and trucks. The company’s actions allegedly violated the Clean Air Act’s prohibition on the sale of so-called “defeat devices,” which are designed to “bypass, defeat or render inoperative” a motor vehicle engine’s air pollution control equipment or systems. Today’s vehicles emit far less pollution than vehicles of the past.

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Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control hosts Program Advisory Group Meeting

Vorys Law

On January 20, 2021, the Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) hosted a “Program Advisory Group” (PAG) meeting via Microsoft Teams to inform interested stakeholders of recent and upcoming DAPC activities. During the PAG meeting, Ohio EPA noted that, in the past, the agency has primarily relied on the minimum control measures required under the federal Clean Air Act to meet the NAAQS.

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California Air Resources Board Announces Rulemaking Regarding Small Off-Road Engine Regulations

E2 Law Blog

California carbon emissions Compliance Environmental Featured GT Alert Legislation Policy Pollution State & Local air pollution Emissions environmental policy GT Insight pollution controlOn Oct. 9, 2021, California Gov.

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Will the Supreme Court Gut the Clean Water Act?

Legal Planet

This makes no sense: the Clean Water Act’s goal is to prevent pollution, not barriers to navigation. Pollution & Health U.S. USEPA Section 404 Supreme Court water pollution water pollution control wetland loss wetlands WOTUS

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Covanta Fairfax Completes Installation of Technology to Reduce Low NOx Emissions

Environment + Energy Leader

Covanta, a provider of environmental solutions for businesses and communities, announced that the Covanta Fairfax Waste-to-Energy facility recently completed planned enhancements to its state-of-the-art pollution control technology aimed at further reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

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Minnesota Shows Progress Towards Climate Targets Despite Rise in Methane Emissions

Environment + Energy Leader

A new report released by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) shows that the state is moving toward its climate targets, although agriculture remains a large contributor of greenhouse gas emissions.

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MPCA brings cutting-edge technology to Minnesota to remove PFAS from water

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced the purchase of new, state-of-the art technology to remove and destroy bulk concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from contaminated water in the environment.

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DOJ Gets Off Its Moral High Horse: Ameren Missouri Will Close Early

Law and Environment

Ameren Missouri submitted to the Court a proposal to shut Rush Island early rather than install expensive pollution control equipment. .

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Illinois EPA files administrative rules to create statewide groundwater quality standards for PFAS chemicals

Environmental News Bits

Code) Part 620 to the Illinois Pollution Control Board (Board). Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director John J. Kim announced the Agency has submitted amendments to 35 Illinois Administrative Code (Ill. Admin. The proposed amendments update toxicity data for various chemicals, update exposure factors, and introduce groundwater quality standards for five Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances… Read more → Illinois PFAS Regulation Water

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EPA launches civil rights inquiry into Louisiana agencies

Environmental News Bits

The agency’s External Civil Rights Compliance Office will investigate both the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s handling of its air pollution control program and whether the Louisiana … Continue reading EPA launches civil rights inquiry into Louisiana agencies. Read the full story from E&E News. EPA will probe alleged racial discrimination by two Louisiana agencies in a predominantly Black area, a senior official confirmed this week.

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"Environmental law" - a response to Farber

Environment, Law, and History

He also goes on to state that "The 1960s were also Congress’s first forays into issues like air and water pollution, wilderness protection, and the endangered species. Wolfe, Los Angeles County Air Pollution Control District vehicle, Burbank, 1947-1950?

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The US Clean Water Act at 50

Environment, Law, and History

Highlights include "a stimulating conversation between two water quality experts who were instrumental in drafting the Clean Water Act in 1972 and California’s landmark Porter-Cologne Act, the state’s comprehensive water pollution control statute that both predated and influenced the CWA."

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Boston Promulgates BERDO “Phase I” Regulations: Emissions Standards For Buildings Are Coming Soon

Law and Environment

The Boston Air Pollution Control Commission has formally adopted its “Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance Phase 1 Regulations.” The Phase 1 regulations are really all about the “disclosure” side of BERDO.

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DOJ Doesn’t Know How to Declare Victory

Law and Environment

According to Inside EPA (subscription required), the Department of Justice (and the Sierra Club) have opposed Ameren’s Missouri’s motion to allow it to close its Rush Island generating facility early, rather than install otherwise required pollution control equipment.

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U.C. Davis Law School to Host “Clean Water Act at 50” Conference

Legal Planet

has made over the past half-century in abating water pollution; focus on some of the law’s most contentious, current features; and predict how the Act will likely–and should–evolve in the decades to come.

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Federal Clean Water Act

Legal Planet

The political movement culminating in the passage of the Clean Water Act was triggered by several environmental disasters in the late 1960’s that shocked Americans and motivated them to take action to clean up the nation’s heavily-polluted waterways. (credit: Amazon).

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More on the Clean Water Act at 50

Environment, Law, and History

An excerpt: The CWA as enacted a half-century ago was enormously ambitious and, with the benefit of hindsight, quite naive: in the law’s legislative findings, Congress declared that “it is the national goal that the discharge of pollutants into the navigable waters be eliminated by 1985.”

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RECLAIMING POLLUTED WATER: CAPACITIVE DESALINATION

Cleannovate

Among the pollutants of concern, metals and dissolved industrial chemicals are significant. Though several treatment strategies have been used before, efficiency of pollutant removal still has a long way to go. But among the prevailing pollution control strategies desalination holds the key in not only reclaiming polluted water but also in recovering important dissolved substances in water. Desalination involves the removal of dissolved pollutants from water.

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BERDO Implementation Picks Up Speed — Better Get Ready

Law and Environment

The Air Pollution Control Commission will later hold a “formal” public comment period at a time TBD. On Monday, Boston released a draft of the first phase of regulations intended to implement the amended BERDO ordinance signed by then-Mayor Janey in October. .

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Boston Regulates Building GHG Emissions: The Next Few Years Will Be Very Interesting

Law and Environment

The Air Pollution Control Commission has authority to suspend some or all of the requirements of BERDO 2.0 Last week, the Boston City Council approved amendments to the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance.

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Road Salt, A Stealthy Pollutant, Is Damaging Michigan Waters

Circle of Blue

This is the first story in a series of reports from the Great Lakes News Collaborative that will investigate contemporary water pollution challenges in the Great Lakes region. Developing those pollution diets takes years. Broad-based is the classic definition of non-point pollution.

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FRESH, October 4, 2022: Carbon Dioxide Storage and Transport Emerges as Political Flashpoint

Circle of Blue

Wisconsin ’s environment agency once again begins drafting rules to limit PFAS pollution. . As septic pollution roils Higgins Lake, Michigan lawmakers consider reform — Bridge Michigan. Wisconsin faces difficulty enforcing pollution control from small farms.

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New Associate Editor: Zhiyong “Jason” Ren

Water Research & Technology

His group analyzes reaction mechanisms and develops novel environmental processes, with the goal of expanding environmental engineering from pollution control to sustainable development of resource recovery systems.

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Pittsburgh To Host National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference Aug. 22-25

PA Environment Daily

The 2022 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference , sponsored by EPA in conjunction with the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies will be held in Pittsburgh August 22-25.

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Cities & the Inflation Reduction Act

Law Columbia

Several provisions – a few of which are directly available to local governments – can additionally help address local air pollution and other inequitable impacts to vulnerable communities. billion for grants to implement GHG pollution reductions. By Amy Turner.

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(Mis)Estimating Regulatory Costs

Legal Planet

Second, the agency needs information about the costs of facility-by-facility changes, such as shifts in how often facilities are used, their fuel consumption, and how pollution controls were actually operated.

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EPA Proposes Rejection of San Joaquin Valley Air District PM2.5 SIP Submittal

Legal Planet

pollution. discussing the ways in which local air districts can take action to end harmful air pollution from building appliances. In California, CARB and the state’s 35 local air districts share authority to adopt and enforce control strategies to achieve these standards.

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The Inflation Reduction Act: Investments in Environmental Justice

Law and Environment

million to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality to support the collection and tracking of data relating to disparate impacts of environmental pollution and climate burdens.

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Reflections on a Century of “Regulatory Takings” Law

Legal Planet

Land use regulation, pollution control laws, regulatory programs to protect wildlife (including endangered species), rent control laws, and the administration of state water rights systems have all been challenged on regulatory takings grounds. Credit: ABA for Law Students.

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The Stream, July 28, 2021: Argentina Declares ‘Water Emergency’ On Parana River

Circle of Blue

The Hindustan Times reports that the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board identified six major drains as the main sources of the pollution. YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN. Argentina declares a state of emergency for the Parana River as it reaches historic lows.

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Desperate Tampering Industry Trying to Pass RPM Act to Continue Polluting

Union of Concerned Scientists

Since then, neither EPA nor SEMA (the Specialty Equipment Manufacturing Association) has let up their respective efforts to curb or increase pollution.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis: FAQs

Legal Planet

For instance, EPA has required pollution controls that dramatically slash emissions of carbon monoxide from vehicles. We may know that air pollution helps cause deaths from respiratory conditions, but it’s more difficult to estimate the number.

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A Design Flaw in the Clean Air Act

Legal Planet

First, the Act tells EPA to issue national air quality standards for major air pollutants and requires states (or as a back-up, the Feds) to create plans to meet those standards by certain deadlines. If it weren’t for the new source standards, it would add 2% to the state’s pollution.

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In a first for climate nuisance claims, a Hawai‘i State Court allowed Honolulu to proceed with its case against fossil fuel companies

Law Columbia

The Second Circuit framed New York City’s claims as targeting “lawful commercial activity” in a way that would compel development of pollution control measures, thereby regulating cross-border emissions. By Korey Silverman-Roati. Background. Starting in 2017, cities, counties, and states across the United States have filed claims (see here and here ) in state courts against fossil fuel companies seeking redress for the climate harms their products have caused.

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Pittsburgh's Group Against Smog & Pollution Hosts Dec. 14 Webinar: Making The Connection - What The Donora Smog Disaster Can Teach Us 74 Years Later

PA Environment Daily

The Pittsburgh-based Group Against Smog and Pollution will host a December 14 webinar on Making the Connection - What the Donora Smog Disaster Can Teach Use 74 Years Later starting at 6:30 p.m.

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By Leaving RGGI, Virginia Disappoints Businesses and Becomes More Vulnerable to the Climate Crisis

3BL Media

This money has been used to expand energy efficiency offerings to low-income households and protect coastal Virginia from flooding—all while helping the entire East Coast reduce power plant pollution.”. KEYWORDS: Youngkin, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, pollution, CERES.

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Catch 22 at the Supreme Court

Legal Planet

Massachusetts made plain that emissions of carbon dioxide qualify as air pollution subject to regulation under the Act. caus[e], or contribut[e] significantly to, air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.” §7411(b)(1)(A).