‘Permanent pollutant’: Salt to melt ice on streets posing growing risk to Minnesota’s lakes

Read the full story at Inforum. Salt applied to streets and roads to melt snow and ice is becoming a growing environmental concern in some areas of the country, including Minnesota, where 50 lakes are listed as impaired because of their salt levels. Street and highway maintenance supervisors are aware of the problems that can …

First-class travel distinguishes Scott Pruitt’s EPA tenure

Read the full story in the Washington Post. As he enters his second year in charge of the EPA, Pruitt is distinguishing himself from his predecessors in ways that go beyond policy differences. His travel practices — which tend to be secretive, costly and frequent — are integral to how he approaches his role.

EPA Las Vegas office to end operations in September 2018, per email

Read the full story in the Nevada Independent. The Environmental Protection Agency told employees this week that it planned to close a Las Vegas lab at the end of September, two years before expected, according to an email sent to staff Tuesday. An agency lab director told employees that the EPA’s Office of Research and …

Bill McDonough: We are here to make goods, not ‘bads’

Read the full story in GreenBiz. In order to define a new vision of a regenerative economy, it's necessary to understand why the current model is unsustainable. Designer William McDonough, known as the "father of the circular economy" and co-creator of "Cradle to Cradle" design — which presents a vision for materials that benefit society with safe …