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Some in Congress Urge Faster Phase-Out of Hydrofluorocarbons
A letter from U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, who chairs the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, and 15 colleagues asks EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to take action to accelerate the process.
White House CEQ Chair Announces Departure
Nancy Sutley is leaving in February 2014, the White House announced.
Vermont Law School, University of Vermont Announce Accelerated MBA Program
Students will be able to receive both the newly created Accelerated Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA at the School of Business Administration and a law or master's degree at VLS.
New Renewable Fuel Standards Proposed by EPA
Developed with input from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture, EPA’s new proposal seeks public input on annual volume requirements for renewable fuels in all motor vehicle gasoline and diesel produced or imported by the United States in 2014.
Renewable Energy Data Book Now Available
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a new renewable energy data book that assesses U.S. energy statistics for 2012, including renewable electricity, worldwide renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and data on specific technologies.
12 Offshore Operators Cited for Missing SEMS Deadline
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced that the companies either failed to submit initial audit plans by the Nov. 15 deadline or didn’t complete their audits by that date.
Water Protection and Reinvestment Trust Fund Act Introduced
Last week, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced the Water Protection and Reinvestment Trust Fund Act of 2013. It would provide a protected source of revenue to help states replace, repair, and rehabilitate critical wastewater treatment facilities.
Mercury Levels in Women of Childbearing Age Dropped by 34 Percent
A recent EPA report shows that blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age has decreased by 34 percent from a survey conducted in 1999-2000 to follow-up surveys conducted from 2001 to 2010. Additionally, the percentage of women of childbearing age with blood mercury levels above the level of concern decreased by 65 percent.
Study Reveals Low Rate of Frog Abnormalities on Wildlife Refuges
An unprecedented 10-year-study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows encouraging results for frogs and toads on national wildlife refuges.
EPA Releases Draft Procurement Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance
They are criteria for assessing private-sector standards and ecolabels, considering factors such as how standards are developed and managed, as well as their environmental effectiveness
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