WI Judge: DNR can sample for ‘forever chemicals’ but can’t take action against polluters until standards are passed

Read the full story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

A Jefferson County judge has ruled the Department of Natural Resources can test wastewater for “forever chemicals” but can’t bring legal action against those causing the pollution until the Legislature establishes water quality standards for the compounds.

EPA moves to reject industry request to change assessment of risks posed by ethylene oxide

Read the full story at The Hill.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday proposed rejecting an industry request to change the findings it uses on the risks posed by a chemical the agency considers to be cancer-causing. 

In a new proposal, the agency said that it wants to stick by its 2016 findings on the dangers of inhaling ethylene oxide, which underpin 2020 regulations on the substance.

In doing so, it is snubbing requests from industry to instead use an assessment from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which found the substance to be significantly less dangerous than the EPA did. 

Webinar: Reducing Wastewater Nutrient Impacts & Costs: Solutions Through Collaboration & Upstream Source Reduction

February 15, 2022, 1-2 pm CST
Register here.

Join MnTAP for a webinar showcasing the work of Minnesota businesses and wastewater operators, who play an integral part in minimizing pollution discharged to our local bodies of water.

Nutrients such as Nitrogen and Phosphorous can have negative effects on our water resources, but there is not one, simple solution to prevent or remove these nutrients. Both the businesses that feed wastewater facilities and the facilities themselves have a role to play in preventing the negative effects of these nutrients.

During this webinar, speakers will:

  • Showcase nutrient management challenges faced by both wastewater plant & pond operators, as well as businesses that discharge to them
  • Highlight successes that have resulted from source reduction of nutrient loading
  • Discuss the value in working collaboratively on minimizing nutrient loading

Webinar: How Black inventors are paving the way in modern science for a sustainable future

February 9, 2022 6-7 pm CST
Register here.

Moderator: Joyce Ward, USPTO

Panelists: Rene Dennison, Maricopa Institute of Technology/ Tanaga Boozer, USDA/ Dr. T. Greg Tucker, Science, Technology & Intellectual Property, LLC

Through support from the Lemelson Foundation, Beyond Benign has teamed up with the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and Society for Science for Pathways to Sustainable Invention Speaker Series to elevate the stories of inventors (including student inventors) from diverse backgrounds, so all youth can be inspired and engaged to invent for a sustainable future.

Access the recording of pasts webinars on the Pathways to Sustainable Invention YouTube channel

Corporations are consolidating water and land rights in the West

Read the full story at Governing.

With farms, ranches and rural communities facing unprecedented threats, a worrying trend leads to a critical question: Who owns the water?

‘The positive environmental impacts are huge’: Researchers compare chicken egg white to precision fermentation alternative

Read the full story at Food Navigator USA.

Researchers have compared the environmental sustainability credentials of chicken egg white protein powder to an alternative produced using the fungus Trichoderma reesei and precision fermentation techniques. The results are in.

Smaller cities, poorer regions could be infrastructure losers

Read the full story in Governing.

Over a third of the new money for transit and other infrastructure needs will be awarded in the form of competitive grants. That means cities with the capacity to draft eye-catching proposals will get the most attention.

Poisoned: A Tampa Bay Times investigation

This three-part investigative series looks at the environmental impact of a lead smelter in Tampa and how it affected the health of workers and the surrounding community.

The road to double-anonymous peer review

Read the full story at Science Editor.

For this CSE Peer Review Week Webinar, moderator Jennifer Regala launched the discussion on double-anonymous (often referred to as double-blind) peer review (DAPR) by explaining that the genesis for this CSE webinar topic stemmed from a good-natured debate with a colleague over the ease with which a publication can implement a DAPR process. Participants Christine Beaty, Christina Nelson, and Anna Jester outlined both the motivation behind the implementation of DAPR and the necessary changes to the mechanics of the peer-review process that must be considered by those editorial staff and editors who are weighing the factors in their own possible shift to DAPR for their journal(s). 

Building the future of sustainability in the food supply chain

Read the full story at Food Engineering.

How suppliers are adopting food technology to nurture sustainability credentials and the ways enterprise software is supporting.