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Virginia 2013 Toxics Release Inventory Report

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityPlanningEmissions/SARATitleIII/SARA313ToxicsReleaseInventory/VA2013ToxicsReleaseInventoryReport.aspx

Full report with links to all 13 appendices with details on site releases.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

2013 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2013 Industry Reports

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/SARATitle3/2013_TRI_Report.pdf

Annual report on chemicals managed, transferred or released to land, air or water by Virginia businesses.  Releases to air increased by 12% compared to 2012, while releases to water decreased by 0.47%.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials: TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing,Science/Technology

http://www.epa.gov/oppt/nano/PrepublicationCopy_Nano_8%28a%29_NPRM_2015-03-23.pdf

Proposed rule relating to reporting and recordkeeping requirements for chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials.   Represents first use of Toxic Substances Control Act to gather information on nanoscale materials.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan: Conversion to Mass-Based Emission Targets

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43942.pdf

Discusses alternative ways that states could meet federal rules on limiting carbon-dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units by 2030.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

Categories: Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-06658.pdf

Text of final regulations, nearly 400 pages in length, relating to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration on public and Indian lands.  The rules are designed to protect community water supplies and require more public information about chemicals and methods used for extraction.  From the Interior Department

 

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Russia,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf

Reviews climate and political changes relating to the Arctic, the scramble among Arctic countries for mineral rights, and other potentially destabilizing issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Need and Options for Subnational Scale Land-Use and Land-Cover Scenarios for the United States

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.globalchange.gov/sites/globalchange/files/LULC-Scenarios-Workshop-Report_2015-01-22.pdf

Repot of a June 2014 workshop on potential changes in land use and land cover scenarios for the U.S. at a subnational scale and the needs, resources, and barriers for producing such scenarios.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

Executive Order: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/19/executive-order-planning-federal-sustainability-next-decade

Directive from President Obama that sets goals for the next decade of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by federal agencies by 40% and increasing the use of clean energy resources by 25%.  Also calls for cutting energy use in federal buildings, decreasing federal vehicle emissions, and reducing water use in federal buildings. From the White House

 

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