Pollution

Endangered Species Act Cannot be Used in Global Warming Response
May 9, 2009 08:00 AM - ANDREW C. REVKIN, The New York Times

The Obama administration said Friday that it would retain a wildlife rule issued in the last days of the Bush administration that says the government cannot invoke the Endangered Species Act to restrict emissions of greenhouse gases threatening the polar bear and its habitat.

Licensed Site Remediation Professional program in NJ
May 8, 2009 04:00 PM - Editor, ENN

Governor Jon S. Corzine today signed legislation to reform the clean-up of contaminated sites. Licensed professionals will take over many of the more time-consuming functions that have bogged down the DEP, helping to expedite the review and approval process for contaminated sites across the state. The Licensed Site Remediation Professional will investigate sites to assess potential contamination, develop and oversee remediation approaches, and determine when a remediation is complete. They will make this determination through the issuance of a “response action outcome” (RAO) upon completion of the remediation activities. RAOs, except in cases where no contamination is detected, must be submitted to NJDEP and maybe audited

China Increases Investment On Energy Conservation And Environmental Protection

According to a representative from China's National Development and Reform Commission, China has arranged CNY23 billion for energy conservation, emission control, and environmental protection since the fourth quarter of last year, which accounts for about 10% of the total investment.

US EPA Budget Proposal Issued Today
May 7, 2009 05:00 PM - Editor, ENN

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson released EPA’s fiscal year 2010 budget blueprint, which takes significant strides to ensure that our air, land, and water are safe and clean. Expanding on the investments of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this $10.5 billion budget is designed so EPA can develop programs that are good for the environment, and also aid in the economic recovery.

Nanoscale water treatment needs innovative engineering
May 7, 2009 10:36 AM - Ashok Raichur, SciDevNet

The fast-evolving world of nanotechnology captivates researchers in fields ranging from health and nutrition to agriculture and environment. In particular, many developing countries are investigating how nanotechnology might improve access to clean water. But making the leap to commercial applications is complicated and is still a distant goal for most developing countries. Just producing nanomaterials in quantities large enough for industrial applications is challenging and can be expensive.

Ecuador Eliminating Fossil Fuel Use in the Galapagos
May 7, 2009 09:52 AM - , Triple Pundit

The Ecuadoran government is looking to a range of alternative energy resources to make sure the Galapagos Islands remain one of the richest and best known ecosystems in the world.

EPA/DOE/Agriculture Discuss Energy Independence and Renewable Fuels Plan
May 5, 2009 04:13 PM - Editor, ENN

The US EPA, Departments of Agriculture and Energy held a conference call today to field questions on the Obama Administration plans to stimulate biofuels research and commercialization. The approach includes a rulemaking on the Renewable Fuel Standard. "As we work towards energy independence, using more homegrown biofuels reduces our vulnerability to oil price spikes that everyone feels at the pump," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "Energy independence also puts billions of dollars back into our economy, creates green jobs, and protects the planet from climate change in the bargain."

Supreme Court lets Shell off the hook in pollution cleanup
May 5, 2009 10:47 AM - Michael Doyle, Clatchy Newspapers

California will pay more and companies pay less to clean up a polluted San Joaquin Valley site under a closely watched Supreme Court decision Monday.

Farm Air Quality Talks Get Underway Amidst New Pollution Findings
May 5, 2009 09:52 AM - GreenBiz

The EPA next week will convene an Agricultural Air Quality Task Force this week in the town that, according to a new study by the American Lung Association, is among the 10 most-polluted cities in the nation.

Proposed Federal Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act
May 3, 2009 06:46 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

A Central New York congressman, seeing an opportunity that may never come again, has introduced a bill requiring the most drastic cuts in U.S. history to the pollution responsible for acid rain. Rep. John McHugh said he wants to tie his "Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act" into a landmark energy and climate change bill that Congress will begin considering this week, with the goal of a vote by June.

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