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January 16, 2015 0

EPA Proposes to Allow Biomass Energy as GHG Control

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On November 19, EPA released a policy memo that allows states to rely on energy generated from “waste-derived and certain forest-derived industrial byproduct feedstocks” as tools for compliance with EPA’s proposed existing source performance standards (ESPS) for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The memo announced that EPA will propose a rule exempting waste and “sustainably derived” […]

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January 12, 2015 0

SGR Client Emory University Constructs Sustainable Water Reclamation Facility

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Construction is underway for a unique Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) at Emory University.  The facility, housed in a greenhouse structure near Emory’s baseball fields, utilizes a unique biological treatment method involving a series of interconnected, sequentially operated, cascading reactors. Water is circulated through both aerobic and anaerobic chambers in which suspended plant roots serve as […]

December 18, 2014 0

New York Bans Fracking

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the State of New York will ban fracking within its boundaries.  Oil and gas operators desiring to access the portion of the Marcellus Shale play that underlies New York are likely to oppose and legally challenge the ban.  For more coverage on the State’s actions, click HERE. Contact Steve O’Day for more […]

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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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