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March 2, 2015 0

Federal Court: Manure From Dairy is Solid Waste Regulated by RCRA

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In a first-time ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington ruled in January that manure from a dairy is solid waste regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and that excessive spreading of manure on agricultural fields, and leachate from storage lagoons, present an imminent and substantial endangerment that […]

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February 26, 2015 0

The Challenges of Green Labeling

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Why manufacturers need to tread a fine line when communicating the environmentally friendly attributes of their products to consumers. By: Phillip E. Hoover Today, more than ever, is a great time to be a “green” manufacturer. As the effects of climate change become more evident and a more frequently discussed topic in the media, consumers […]

February 23, 2015 0

Sixth Circuit Upholds Permit Shield Defense Under CWA General Permits

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A Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel has ruled for the first time that the Clean Water Act’s (CWA) permit shield defense protects a permittee covered under a General Permit from a citizen suit alleging discharges of toxins not specifically authorized by the permit.  The 2-1 ruling issued January 27 in Sierra Club v. ICG […]

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February 16, 2015 0

New Draft Guidance Proposed by CEQ Encourages Climate Change Evaluation in Environmental Impact Statements

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The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on December 19 proposed updated guidance for assessing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  CEQ has responsibility for providing guidance to federal agencies on compliance with NEPA’s environmental assessment requirements. The new proposed guidance updates CEQ’s 2010 draft […]

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February 9, 2015 0

Proposed Solar Financing Legislation Tees Georgia Solar Industry Up for Major Expansion

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Representative Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek) introduced HB 57, the Solar Power Free Market Financing Act of 2015, in Georgia’s General Assembly on Thursday, January 15.  The bill, which SGR’s Steve O’Day worked closely with Rep. Dudgeon and others in developing language for the bill and in negotiating an agreement among the solar industry and Georgia’s […]

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February 3, 2015 0

Ban on Disposal of Electronic Equipment in New York Took Effect January 1

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Under a law enacted in 2010, a complete ban on the disposal of electronics went into effect statewide in New York on January 1. The ban applies to almost all electronics—TVs, computers, video game consoles, smart phones, tablets, etc.—but does not include appliances, light bulbs or batteries. Waste haulers are prohibited from picking up trash […]

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January 30, 2015 0

Federal Government Auctions Largest Area Ever for Offshore Wind Development

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The Federal government was scheduled to auction 742,000 acres (over 1,160 square miles) of ocean south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts on January 29 for offshore wind development.  It is the largest area ever auctioned for U.S. offshore wind development.  There is yet to be an operational offshore wind turbine in the U.S.  Across the Atlantic, […]

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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