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June 4, 2013

Pump it Up: U.S. Increases Natural Gas Exports

Pump it Up: U.S. Increases Natural Gas Exports

  The United States will start exporting more of its energy bounty, which is making gas and oil companies very happy, American manufacturers skeptical, and the majority of environmentalists enraged.    Last month the United States Energy Department approved a second application to export natural gas from a facility ...

May 28, 2013

President Obama: “The Jersey Shore is Back in Business”

President Obama: “The Jersey Shore is Back in Business”

  Today, President Barack Obama took a trip to the Jersey Shore, where he visited with local business owners and families who are preparing for the 2013 beach season.  President Obama last visited this strip of coastline in November of last year to evaluate the damage and destruction leftover by Hurricane Sandy. However ...

May 28, 2013

Oklahoma Tornado Loss Estimate between $3 Billion to $5 Billion

Oklahoma Tornado Loss Estimate between $3 Billion to $5 Billion

  The string of brutal tornadoes that ripped through the center of the United States last week brought forth at least $3 billion in damage, according to estimates from a catastrophe risk modeler known as Eqecat.    The massive storms produced 79 tornadoes that touched down in 10 states over a three day timeframe ...

May 22, 2013

President Obama Responds to Devastating Tornados in Oklahoma

President Obama Responds to Devastating Tornados in Oklahoma

    At least 24 people, including nine schoolchildren, were killed when a massive tornado hit an area outside Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon.    At least seven of the children killed were students at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. Emergency respondents today continued to sift through ...

May 22, 2013

Environmental Protection Agency to Award $569 Million in Funding to Areas Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Environmental Protection Agency to Award $569 Million in Funding to Areas Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that will provide grants of $340 million to New York and $229 million to New Jersey for improvements to drinking water treatment facilities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. These funds will help storm-ravaged communities in both states as they continue ...

April 29, 2013

PETA Playing Hardball: Environmental Advocacy Group Purchases a Stake in SeaWorld

PETA Playing Hardball: Environmental Advocacy Group Purchases a Stake in SeaWorld

  PETA purchased stock in SeaWorld, which went public last week, to pressure the company into freeing what the environmental protection group deems as “enslaved” killer whales.    The message from PETA is simple: Free the killer whales. David Perle, a leader and spokesman for the People for Ethical ...

March 21, 2013

U.S. Carbon Emissions Fall to Nearly 20-Year Lows

U.S. Carbon Emissions Fall to Nearly 20-Year Lows

New figures show that, energy-saving technologies and a concerted effort in renewables have led to the overall reduction in climate pollution. This drops in climate pollution—even as the U.S. Congress fails to act on climate change in a broad spectrum—brings the United States more than halfway towards President Barack Obama ...

March 5, 2013

Grand Jury Indicts Driller for Dumping Fracking Waste

 Grand Jury Indicts Driller for Dumping Fracking Waste

The controversial hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” technique for natural gas drilling came under fire again last week as a driller from Poland, Ohio was indicted by a jury in Youngstown.  The driller, Benedict Lupo, was charged with violations of federal environmental laws that could result in a prison sentence ...

March 5, 2013

New Heads Nominated for EPA, Energy

 New Heads Nominated for EPA, Energy

President Obama nominated new heads for the EPA and the Department of Energy on Monday, triggering flurries of speculation about what the White House's energy and environmental policy will look like over the next four years. With Obama's second term beginning, new appointments have had to be made for a wide range of ...

February 28, 2013

Judge Halts Sales From Wind Turbine Company

 Judge Halts Sales From Wind Turbine Company

According to documents filed in Minnesota courts last week, a renewable energy company in Minnesota told farmers that wind turbines would pay for themselves in a few months or years through a combination of grants and energy credits.  However, farmers who purchased the systems at a minimum price of $119,000 quickly found out that their ...

February 25, 2013

Obama Administration Working to Predict Arctic Changes

 Obama Administration Working to Predict Arctic Changes

Climate changes in the Arctic have led to results that so far have been at times chaotic and unpredictable.  This February, the White House announced a five year research plan that will make it easier for scientists to understand the effects of global climate change on delicate Arctic ecosystems. The five year plan was developed ...

December 5, 2012

Conservation Groups File Suit Against Kill-at-Will Wolf Policy

Conservation Groups File Suit Against Kill-at-Will Wolf Policy

  On November 14, 2012, conservation groups filed a suit against the federal government for lifting protection of wolves in Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service originally handed responsibility of wolf management over to the state, even though the Kill-at-Will Wolf Policy is now allowed ...

December 5, 2012

56 Small Business Awarded Pollution-Prevention Grants in PA

56 Small Business Awarded Pollution-Prevention Grants in PA

  On November 8, 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $418,049 of grants to 56 small businesses throughout the state to help them become energy efficient or prevent pollution.  The grant program, called the Small Business Advantage Grant program, is funded under the Hazardous Sites Cleanup ...

December 5, 2012

17 States Guarantee Hunting and Fishing as Constitutional Right

17 States Guarantee Hunting and Fishing as Constitutional Right

  In November of 2012, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) reported that 17 states now guarantee its citizens the constitutional right of hunting and fishing.  Voters approved the right to fish and hunt in 16 of the 17 states.  Vermont was the first state to introduce language into its constitution ...

December 5, 2012

Significant Steps for Quanta Resources Superfund Site in NJ

Significant Steps for Quanta Resources Superfund Site in NJ

  On November 19, 2012, the Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a significant step for the cleanup of the Quanta Resources Superfund site located in Edgewater, New Jersey.  The EPA has reached an agreement with Honeywell International Inc and 23 other parties to start design work before ...

December 5, 2012

Settlement Requires the Restoration of Chickley River

Settlement Requires the Restoration of Chickley River

  On November 19, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) reached a settlement with the town of Hawley and the contractor E.T. & L. Corp. in Stow, Massachusetts.  The town and contractor were accused of removing boulders from the Chickley River, dumping the boulders on the riverbank, and ...

December 5, 2012

Route 66 State Park Safe for Works and Visitors

Route 66 State Park Safe for Works and Visitors

  On November 19, 2012, Region 7 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that soil sampling data on Route 66 State Park in Eureka, Missouri, proves the park is not hazardous to workers or the public.  The soil sampling tested for dioxin.  Starting in the 1980s, the federal government set a goal to reduce ...

December 5, 2012

Nutrient Standards Adopted for Major Estuaries in Florida

Nutrient Standards Adopted for Major Estuaries in Florida

  On November 13, 2012, the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission (ERC) approved new nutrient standards for the six major Panhandle estuaries.  The new standards now apply to 72 percent of all state estuaries, including 4,290 coastal miles.  The new standards apply to the following areas: Perdido Bay, Pensacola ...

December 5, 2012

New York Waters Adopt Mandatory Lobster V-Notch Rules

New York Waters Adopt Mandatory Lobster V-Notch Rules

  As of November 13, 2012, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) now requires lobster permit holders in Lobster Conservation Management Area (LMA) 4 to perform V-notching of legal, egg-bearing female lobsters.  Also, permit holders fishing in more than one LMA must abide by the strictest V-notch ...

December 5, 2012

ME and NH Residents Receive Green Communications Option

ME and NH Residents Receive Green Communications Option

  On November 16, 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) praised the collaborative efforts of FairPoint Communications Inc and Crius Energy LLC.  The two companies entered a marketing agreement to provide Maine and New Hampshire consumers with a green telecom option.  FairPoint Energy, LLC, the licensed name by FairPoint ...

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DE Industrial Productivity up 31%; Emissions Down 9%

DE Industrial Productivity up 31%; Emissions Down 9%

  According to Delaware’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), industrial facilities throughout the state have considerably fallen since 2010.

California Starts Historic Cap-and-Trade Program

California Starts Historic Cap-and-Trade Program

  On November 14, 2012, California became the first state to initiate a cap-and-trade program throughout the state’s entire economy.

Caught in the Act: WalMart Fined $110 Million for Flouting Environmental Laws

Caught in the Act: WalMart Fined $110 Million for Flouting Environmental Laws

  The world’s largest retailer has been fined for flouting the United States’ Clean Water Act; WalMart has been issued this fine by U.

Organic Dairy Farms Help Farmers and Local Economies

Organic Dairy Farms Help Farmers and Local Economies

  According to a recent study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), organic dairy farms provide more jobs and economic opportunity in rural communities than standard dairy farms.

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U.S. Carbon Emissions Fall to Nearly 20-Year Lows U.S. Carbon Emissions Fall to Nearly 20-Year Lows
New figures show that, energy-saving technologies and a concerted effort in renewables have led to the overall reduction in climate pollution.
ME and NH Residents Receive Green Communications Option ME and NH Residents Receive Green Communications Option
  On November 16, 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) praised the collaborative efforts of FairPoint Communications Inc and Crius Energy LLC.
U.S. Military Goes Green: Eco Projects Soar U.S. Military Goes Green: Eco Projects Soar
With a new emphasis on sustainable and renewable technological development, the 21st century military has been developing inventions that will help make the armed forces of the future have less of an impact on our planet.
Report: Climate Change and its Impact on Wildlife Report: Climate Change and its Impact on Wildlife
From moose in Minnesota to caribou in Alaska to birds in the Great Plains, new studies say that animals are struggling to adapt with new climate conditions caused by the burning of fossil fuels and the subsequent penetration of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
New International Standards for Tobacco Sales New International Standards for Tobacco Sales
  On November 12, 2012, the World Health Organization announced new measures to combat illegal trading of tobacco products throughout the world.
United States and Mexico Sign Historic CO River Delta Agreement United States and Mexico Sign Historic CO River Delta Agreement
  On November 20, 2012, United States and Mexican commissioners that control water crossing at the border signed an amendment to the 1944 treaty that controls water entering Mexico from the Colorado River.
WTO Rules against Successful Canadian Clean Energy Program WTO Rules against Successful Canadian Clean Energy Program
  On November 19, 2012, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against Ontario’s renewable energy incentives program, a program intended to lower carbon emissions and create more clean energy jobs.
DARN Properties in Milford Fined for Asbestos Violations DARN Properties in Milford Fined for Asbestos Violations
  On November 8, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) fined DARN Properties, LLC in Milford for violating state asbestos regulations.
17 States Guarantee Hunting and Fishing as Constitutional Right 17 States Guarantee Hunting and Fishing as Constitutional Right
  In November of 2012, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) reported that 17 states now guarantee its citizens the constitutional right of hunting and fishing.
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