States address degreasing solvent detected in indoor air | UK carbon emissions decrease to 1890s levels | Former Camp Lejeune troops exposed to tainted water can apply for benefits
March 22, 2017
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States address degreasing solvent detected in indoor air
States differ in their approaches to unsafe levels of the degreasing solvent trichloroethylene, or TCE, that are emerging from groundwater and into indoor air through vapor intrusion. Dangerous levels of the chemical -- which tends to appear at dry cleaners, gas stations and industrial sites -- has prompted evacuations of some sites in Michigan.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (3/9) 
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UK carbon emissions decrease to 1890s levels
Carbon emissions in the UK are down to 420 million tons annually, or about what the country emitted more than 120 years ago, according to a report from Carbon Brief. A 52% decrease in coal consumption during 2016 fueled an overall decline in carbon emissions of 5.8% for the year.
Carbon Brief (U.K.) (3/6),  TreeHugger (3/7) 
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Former Camp Lejeune troops exposed to tainted water can apply for benefits
A new federal rule allows former Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune troops exposed to contaminated water there to apply for veterans disability benefits. As many as 900,000 veterans may be affected by the rule, which could cost more than $2 billion over five years.
Military Times (tiered subscription model) (3/14) 
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Laws and Regulations
Calif. seeks input on extended producer responsibility
California legislators are seeking public feedback on a proposal requiring producers to be responsible for recyclable packaging as part of its extended producer responsibility. The state Department of Resources Recovery and Recycling is developing a policy model regarding extended producer responsibility, bans on recyclable materials in landfills and requirements for recycled content.
Resource Recycling (3/14) 
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Producers: Revising biofuel standards would hinder advanced fuels
Development of cellulosic and other advanced fuels would suffer if the existing renewable fuel standard does not remain in place after a legislative overhaul, producers say.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (3/13) 
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Green Construction
Houston named top city for solar potential
Houston named top city for solar potential
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Satellite images from Google's Project Sunroof revealed that Houston has the most solar energy potential of any US city. According to the project data, Houston could produce up to 18,940 gigawatt-hours worth of energy from solar rooftop panels.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Houston (3/14) 
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