Day: April 12, 2018

Webinar: Mission Attainment: Incorporating Pollution Reductions from Energy Efficiency in State Implementation Plans

Fri, Apr 20, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
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Energy efficiency is a valuable resource that achieves low-cost, multipollutant reductions in states across the country. However, while state air regulators can rely on energy efficiency to meet specific pollutant reductions required under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), many states are missing out on this opportunity.

On Thursday, April 19, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will release a new report, Mission Attainment: Incorporating Pollution Reductions from Energy Efficiency in State Implementation Plans. The report uses a publicly available screening model to identify where energy efficiency can deliver the greatest pollution reductions to help states to comply with federal air quality regulations.

The webinar will feature an overview of the analysis and report findings, a discussion of the tools available to states for incorporating energy efficiency in SIPs, and additional areas beyond NAAQS where energy efficiency can help states to meet air quality goals.

  • Speakers will include:
    Cassandra Kubes, lead author of Mission Attainment, and Senior Research Analyst, Health and Environment, ACEEE
  • Robyn DeYoung, Environmental Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Nancy Seidman, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger: Why Scott Pruitt May Be Here To Stay

Read the full story from NPR.

Any thought that Pruitt might resign voluntarily has faded. Some of his Republican colleagues, such as Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, have introduced the word “nitpicking” into their description of his travails.

So for the moment it appears Pruitt is not on his way out. And if what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, then Pruitt may still be on his way up.

A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among Farmers

Read the full story from NPR.

In American farm country, a grass-roots movement is spreading, a movement to keep more roots in the soil. (Not just grass roots, of course; roots of all kinds.) Its goal: Promoting healthy soil that’s full of life.

Extracting Metals from E-Waste Costs 13 Times Less Than Mining Ore

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Recovering gold, copper, and other metals from electronic waste isn’t just sustainable, it’s actually 13 times cheaper than extracting metals from mines, researchers report in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Apple voices support for Clean Power Plan ahead of pending repeal

Read the full story at Engadget.

In October, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he would sign a proposed rule that would withdraw the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The environmental regulations have had a contentious history since initially being proposed in 2014 and now they face the strongest threat to their implementation yet. In October, Pruitt said during a speech, “Here’s the president’s message: The war on coal is over.” As is typical with these sorts of proposed rule changes, the plan to repeal the CPP was subject to public comment, deadlines for which have been extended multiple times. Now, ahead of the April 26th deadline, Apple has filed its comment, opposing the repeal of the CPP.

Nations seeking clean solutions

Read the full story in ReNews.

Global renewable generation capacity rose by 167GW and reached 2179GW worldwide in 2017, according to new data.

The figures represent a yearly growth of around 8.3%, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).

North Carolina cracks down on Chemours’s fluoroether air pollution

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

To protect drinking water, North Carolina officials are taking a step that could shut down Chemours’s fluoroether and fluoropolymer manufacturing plant outside Fayetteville.

Pac-12 Announces Zero Waste Competition Winners

Read the full story at Waste360.

The competition challenges Pac-12 universities to divert waste from landfill at a selected football and men’s basketball game.

Drug waste clogs rivers around the world, scientists say

Read the full story in The Guardian.

River systems around the world are coursing with over-the-counter and prescription drugs waste which harms the environment, researchers have found.

If trends persist, the amount of pharmaceutical effluence leaching into waterways could increase by two-thirds before 2050, scientists told the European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna on Tuesday.

DOE Seeks Feedback on the Use of Challenges and Prize Competitions to Address Critical Water Issues

The Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking feedback on key barriers that may prevent long-term access to low-cost water supplies that could be best addressed through challenges and prize competitions. Challenges and prize competitions rely on competitive structures to drive innovation among a broad set of participants and usually offer financial and/or other rewards to winners and finalists. This Request for Information (RFI) was first released in conjunction with a roundtable discussion led by Energy Secretary Rick Perry on the use of federal prizes and challenges to drive innovation, particularly when it comes to critical water issues. DOE may use the information provided through this RFI to develop challenges and prize competitions to address these key water issues.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on May 14, 2018.

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