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December 15, 2014 0

SGR Client Emory University Wins National Recognition

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SGR is proud to be associated with one of the leading universities in the country in sustainability, Emory University, which recently was awarded a STARS Gold rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  See below. Emory University Earns a STARS Gold Rating by Kelly O’Day Weisinger, Sustainability Programs Coordinator, […]

December 8, 2014 0

House Extends Tax Credits for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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Last Friday, December 5, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5771, the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014”, which includes extension of several tax credits and other tax benefits utilized in renewable energy projects and for energy efficiency.  Included in the extension are:  Production tax credit for energy produced from wind, closed-loop and open-loop […]

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November 24, 2014 0

Lifting of CSAPR Stay Could Reinstate Cap and Trade Air Pollution Rule

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The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay of EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) on October 23, following the April 29 Supreme Court ruling affirming portions of the rule.  The stay was lifted even though the D.C. Circuit is still considering challenges to CSAPR that were not addressed in its prior ruling, or […]

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November 13, 2014 0

EPA Guidance on Vapor Intrusion is One Step Away From Publication

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On September 25, EPA sent two draft guidance documents on vapor intrusion to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  OMB review is the last step before publication of the guidance.  One guidance generally addresses vapor intrusion issues for all compounds, and the other focuses on petroleum hydrocarbons released from underground storage tanks (USTs).  The […]

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November 7, 2014 0

EPA Plans to Increase Chemicals to be Monitored in CWA Permits

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In response to a report of its Inspector General (IG), EPA has announced plans to require wastewater treatment plants to monitor additional chemical pollutants, and notify regulators when limits are exceeded.  Issued September 29, the final IG report, entitled “More Action is Needed to Protect Water Resources From Unmonitored Hazardous Chemicals”, identified a gap in […]

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November 3, 2014 0

EPA’s Proposed Carbon Dioxide Rule is Flexible but Complex

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In June, the EPA proposed a rule designed to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.  The rule provides flexibility to states as to how to achieve the reduction goals; however, some states who will be charged with administering the program have expressed concern over the proposed rules’ frontloading of carbon emission reductions and […]

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October 24, 2014 0

EPA No Longer Recognizes 2005 Standard for All Appropriate Inquiries

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The Environmental Protection Agency has updated its requirements for environmental assessments at brownfields and other sites.  In a final rule published on October 6, 2014, the EPA removed reference to the 2005 ASTM International industry standard (E1527-05) from the “all appropriate inquiries standard” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”).  Starting on […]

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October 20, 2014 0

Our Client, Cox Enterprises, Releases the First National Survey to Examine Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities for SMBs

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A majority of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) want better sustainability programs but are hindered by costs and a perception that investments in these initiatives don’t matter to customers, according to a sustainability survey released today by Cox Enterprises. The Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey is the first nationwide survey to examine sustainability opportunities and challenges for […]

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October 13, 2014 0

FEDERAL APPELLATE COURT DECISION IN GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION CASE

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On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which is the appellate court for federal district courts in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, issued a decision in the case of Joseph Adinolfe et al. v. United Technologies Corporation, a toxic tort case in which hundreds of property owners in a residential […]

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October 6, 2014 0

Regional Grid Operators Consider a Price on Carbon

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Regulations proposed by EPA under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act for the control of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing sources would require States to meet assigned GHG reduction targets by deadlines set forth in the proposed regulations.  States can either submit individual plans for meeting those reductions, or participate in regional plans.  […]

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