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January 16, 2013
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News for Environmental Engineers, Scientists, and Other Professionals

  Regulatory Update 
  • The challenges facing the next EPA administrator
    The successor to Lisa Jackson at the Environmental Protection Agency will be challenged by legal disputes and a shrinking budget, according to this analysis. On air regulations, the "temptation to regulate will be tempered by the economic realities," predicts Scott Segal, director at the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council. (free content) (1/3)
  • N.Y. fracking may rest on environmental review due Feb. 13
    The decision on hydraulic fracturing regulations in New York could rely heavily on the release of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, due Feb. 13. The SGEIS will detail the reasons for the state Department of Environmental Conservation's decision on fracking. Despite increased pressure on the issue, Gov. Andrew Cuomo refrained from addressing the issue during his recent State of the State speech, mentioning only the following day that the state is still "doing a review of fracking on the merits." Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.) (1/14) , The Washington Times (1/14)
  • Other News
  • Europe lags behind America in carbon-cutting
    Europe sees itself as more environmentally responsible than the U.S., but its carbon reductions are lagging behind American reductions, according to a series of recent announcements. That's partly because of recent political decisions relating to power plants, says Julio Friedmann, head of carbon management at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. "Europe is shutting down nuclear plants, building coal plants, and not keenly pursuing [carbon capture and storage]. So the question is, is it serious about cutting emissions?" he says. Nature (1/8)
  • Report looks at sustainability progress, challenges
    A sustainability report from hygiene and paper company SCA finds that last year 64% of U.S. companies either had a sustainability plan or were creating one. But it notes companies have already taken care of the preliminary steps and will now need to move on to tougher sustainability challenges such as reducing food waste. Environmental Leader (1/4)
  • Other News
  Career Focus 
  • 7 questions to help you define your work balance
    What are the parts of your work life you won't compromise on? To find out, ask yourself what tasks, activities and other characteristics of your work and co-workers you want to protect or maintain, Mike Figliuolo writes. "Once you have the answers to these questions, you can begin to better define your boundaries at work, which should improve your job satisfaction and therefore improve your morale and performance," he writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/14)
If you can't write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don't have a clear idea."
--David Belasco,
American theatrical producer, director and playwright

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