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California Releases Proposed Green Chemistry Regulation

On September 14, 2010, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) released the Green Chemistry Proposed Regulation for Safer Consumer Products, also known at the “Green Chemistry” regulations. DTSC’s adoption of the regu… Read More

EPA Publishes Case Study of Solar Farm Located on Sacramento, CA Superfund Site

The Aerojet General Corp. Superfund site (“Site”), located in Sacramento County, is 5,900 acres and located roughly ½ mile from the American River. Aerojet acquired the property in 1953 to develop, manufacture, and test liquid and solid propella… Read More

DTSC Releases Draft “Green Chemistry” Regulations on June 23, 2010

On June 23, 2010, DTSC released its anxiously anticipated draft regulations implementing AB 1879, the 2008 Green Chemistry Initiative law intended to “accelerate the quest for safer products.” California Health & Safety Code section 25252 (AB… Read More

Bill Providing Incentives for Renewable Energy Development on Contaminated Sites Advances in Senate

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg has introduced legislation, called the Cleanfields Act of 2010, to provide incentives for the private sector to develop clean energy projects on contaminated sites. In addition, Sen. Lautenberg introduced the Cleanfields I… Read More

FERC and California Agree To Coordinate Ocean Energy Permit Processes

On May 18, 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and California signed an agreement to work together on applications for ocean energy projects off California’s coast. The Federal Power Act authorizes FERC to license non-federal, ocean ener… Read More

California’s State Water Board Issues New Coastal Power Plant Cooling Water Policy

On May 4, 2010, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Board”) approved the Water Quality Control Policy (“Policy”) to implement a provision of the federal Clean Water Act aimed at coastal and estuarine power plants’ cooling water intake… Read More

Wind-Powered Remediation at the Massachusetts Military Reservation on Cape Cod, MA

In their Clean-Up Information website, the EPA reported that a wind turbine has recently begun operating at the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) on Cape Cod, MA, and will produce 25-30% of the energy used by the remediation treatment. The Air… Read More

Proposed Federal Legislation Seeks To Protect Wildlife Corridors

New federal legislation aimed at protecting the country’s wildlife corridors was introduced last week by U.S. Representatives Rush Hold (NJ-12) and Jared Polis (CO-2). Wildlife corridors, expanses of land in which animals can freely move about and… Read More

Bill Seeks To Promote Landowner Role In Endangered Species Recovery

Under new legislation introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, recovery efforts for threatened and endangered species would benefit from voluntary contributions from landowners. Crapo, the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subc… Read More

EPA Proposes Adding 16 Chemicals to Toxics Release Inventory List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plan to add 16 chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list of reportable chemicals. Established as part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), TRI is a… Read More
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