Regulatory Developments: New Approaches to EPA in Managing New Chemical Polymers

Read the full story in the National Law Journal. One of the consequences of the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is the need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and make determinations under Section 5(a)(3)(B) on premanufacture notification (PMN) chemicals submitted to EPA, and then to take required actions.  These requirements …

Cities Need State Help to Meet Paris Climate Goal

Read the full story in Stateline. Despite Trump’s decision to withdraw, U.S. cities could achieve about 36 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions reductions required to meet America’s share of the goal international leaders set in Paris two years ago, according to research from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a nonprofit network of major cities …

How an Eco-Friendly Rideshare Is Changing Life in a Tiny Rural Town

Read the full story in Governing. In March, Cantua Creek and nearby El Porvenir were named winners of the Just Transit Challenge, a contest hosted by the 11th Hour Project  that is meant “to bring equitable and climate-friendly transportation solutions to cities across America.” The tiny communities won enough money to purchase a seven-passenger Tesla van and …

Local foods: Food processing program, student farm allows campus to serve local and sustainably grown items

Read the full story from the University of Illinois. The tasty slices of pizza students will be eating this fall in University of Illinois dining halls will be as close to “locally grown” as most restaurants can get, with many of the ingredients grown right on campus. Not only do students get to enjoy these …

Dangers of firefighting foam discussed in 2001, document shows

Read the full story in the Bucks County Courier Times. On-going coverage by the paper is available here. More than a decade before drinking water supplies in Bucks and Montgomery counties were found to be contaminated by firefighting foams used at three military bases, the foam makers and the military were privately discussing and debating …

These game-changing solar panels are cheap and can be printed

Read the full story in Mashable. Despite places like Australia being bathed in sun, the cost of traditional silicon-based solar cells hasn't inspired people to buy, buy, buy. But what if you could make the technology cheaper and produce it at a higher scale? Some believe that printed solar is the way forward.