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2014 Final Rule: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Text of the first federal regulation providing for the safe disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants.  The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures and prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Enforcement Annual Results for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology


Claims $163 million was collected in civil and criminal penalties from environmental law violations, and $9.7 billion was invested by companies in actions and equipment purchases to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014


Warns that the Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth.  Covers the air temperature, snow cover, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, the status of polar bears and more.  See also links for previous Arctic report cards.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Virginia Water Quality Assessment 305(b)/303(d) Integrated Report 2014

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

This report provides the results of Virginia’s water quality assessments during the time period January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2012  and satisfies state and federal water quality reporting requirements.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality


EPA Proposes Smog Standards to Safeguard Americans from Air Pollution

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations

Agency press release on proposed regulations to strengthen air quality standards to a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion to reduce the harmful effects of ground level ozone or smog.  Includes link to full proposal.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


USGS Repeat Photography Project Documents Retreating Glaciers in Glacier National Park

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources

Documents climate change effects via repeat photographs in Montana’s Glacier National Park since the establishment of the park in the early 20th Century.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Recent Trends and Factors

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Science/Technology

Discusses recent progress in reduction of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, what causes GHG emissions, and the challenge of estimating future emissions accurately.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2014

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Presents data on 30 key indicators of the environment including U.S. and global temperature/precipitation, ocean heat and acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and more. From the Environmental Protection Agency


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