Three Years After Ill-Fated Switch, Flint Mayor Recommends Using Detroit Water

Read the full story from NPR. After three years of confusion and chaos, Flint, Mich., residents may go back to the water source they used before lead contamination showed up in their drinking water. In a press conference today, Mayor Karen Weaver recommended the city get its water from Detroit's system long-term. Flint was using …

Google Scholar and the Full-Word Wildcard

Read the full post from ResearchBuzz. I know a lot of folks avoid Twitter because it be kind of a mess / useless timesink / brain drain / dumpster fire. And sometimes it can. But it also can lead you to a lot of interesting people, like Spencer Greenhalgh.  Spencer is a PhD candidate at …

Data in the Time of Cholerics: Where to Find Preserved Federal Data

Read the full post at Inside Science Resources. During the recent change in federal government, researchers and librarians were concerned about loss of access to federal data, particularly in the area of environmental science where the new administration’s policies appeared to contradict scientific consensus. Early indications suggested that federal datasets and scientific information would be …

Comment Periods Extended for Two Proposed Rules: Trichloroethylene (TCE) in Vapor Degreasing and Methylene Chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in Paint and Coating Removal

The public comment periods for two proposed rules, one on trichloroethylene (TCE) in vapor degreasing and one on methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint and coating removal, will be extended in response to stakeholder requests for more time to comment on the proposals. Comments must be received through regulations.gov in dockets EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0387 or EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0231 on or before …

Nitrogen Pollution: An Emerging Focus of Campus Sustainability Efforts

Read the full story in the Huffington Post. Many colleges and universities are working to transition toward sustainability in their academic programs, operations and engagement with communities. A major emphasis of their efforts has been reducing the environmental harms associated with campus operations. Typical initiatives include reducing emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases; reducing consumption …

EPA is Seeking Feedback on Reducing Regulatory Burden

Received via e-mail. Please let them know what you think about rolling back environmental regulations. On February 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. The order establishes the policy of the United States to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people. Among other things, it …

Call for Nominations: Landmark Behavior Change Case Studies

Tools of Change is soliciting nominations for its 2017 Landmark behavior change case studies in two topic areas – (1) energy conservation and (2) sustainable transportation. If you know of anyone working on a particularly effective or innovative approach for changing energy or transportation behaviours, please consider nominating them – or yourself. All nominations must …