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January 23, 2013
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  Regulatory Update 
  • EPA: Air-based toxic chemicals decline, but not overall releases
    Measured toxic air releases were down 8% in 2011 from the year before, but overall releases and transfers of toxic chemicals increased by 8%, led by a 19% increase in land releases, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. "Since 1998, we have recorded a steady decline in the amount of [Toxics Release Inventory] chemicals released into the air and, since 2009 alone, we have seen more than a 100 million pound decrease in TRI air pollutants entering our communities," EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/18) , HealthDay News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA's ozone rule could resurface in 2013
    Expect the Environmental Protection Agency to take action on an ozone rule under the Clean Air Act during 2013, according to an expert from the Vermont Law School. Legal or congressional action remains a possibility. "EPA is kind of in a precarious situation. It's in the unenviable position of always getting sued," said Christopher Ahlers. Environmental Protection (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Analysis: Biofuel industry could turn waste into profit
    As the prices of traditional feedstocks continue to rise, more biofuel developers are looking into the potential of municipal solid waste, according to a white paper from Renewable Waste Intelligence. Building advanced biofuel plants in proximity to waste processing facilities could bring down feedstock costs, the paper stated. DomesticFuel.com (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Dow Chemical makes headway in waste management
    Dow Chemical is making improvements in waste management and disposal, as it reduced its releases by millions of pounds in 2011, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis Overview. The company is reporting waste management at 49 sites, and it dropped from second to third in EPA's list of largest releases for 2011. Dow's chemical-waste management program, called Waste Reduction Always Pays, has lessened the company's waste output by nearly 30% since 2007, a Dow spokesman said. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainability 
  • Dow Chemical urges addition of "recover" to life-cycle mentality
    The packaging industry should expand its "reduce, reuse, recycle" philosophy to include "recover" as a way of reflecting comprehensive efforts for post-consumer materials, according to Dow Chemical. "The key is understanding how energy recovery works as a system because mechanical recycling and energy recovery can work together. We have the potential to recycle and recovery energy from a large amount of material," said Jeff Wooster, the company's global sustainability leader for plastics. PlasticsToday.com (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Focus 
  • Networking for the shy
    Tips for overcoming your shyness to network include having a friend or colleague tag along to an event, using social networking to make initial contact and asking questions of new acquaintances, this blogger writes. TheGrindstone.com/Come Recommended (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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