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EPA Honors 2014 Energy Star Partners of the Year

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 127 organizations for their commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Find the list of winners under various categories in the EPA news release here.

North American Waste-to-Energy Conference (NAWTEC) 2014

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The North American Waste-to-Energy Conference (NAWTEC) is recognized as the industry’s premier technical conference and trade show focusing on municipal waste-to-energy operational issues and policy, the latest in legislative updates that impact your company, as well as technology and research initiatives. The 2014 conference is to be held from May 7-9 at Hyatt Regency,  Reston, VA. Find full conference information here.

Rule Proposed to Clarify Protection Under the CWA for Streams and Wetlands

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The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a new federal rule that would clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. The proposed rule, subject to public comment, would make clear which “waters” will be covered by the Act’s pollution prevention and cleanup programs.
The proposal provides that under the CWA, most seasonal and rain-dependent streams are protected. In addition, wetlands near rivers and streams are protected under the act. Here is the link to the official press release from EPA.

MEGA Symposium, 2014

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The 2014 ‘MEGA Symposium’, which focuses on power plant pollutant control is to be held from Aug 19-22 in Baltimore, MD. Four key industry players – the U.S. Department of Energy, the Electric Power Research Institute, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Air & Waste Management Association will participate, among others. The focus will be on state-of-the-art methods for reducing SOx, NOx, CO2, particulate, mercury, and acid gases, and techniques to manage associated impacts on liquid effluents. To learn more, visit the webpage here.

US Gasoline Standards Revised- Allowable Sulfur Slashed by Two-thirds

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First from coal, and now gasoline- sulfur levels are all set to be curbed drastically. Until now, the sulfur content standards in American gasoline lagged far behind those used in the European Union, Japan and South Korea. A new rule will close that pollution gap by cutting American gasoline sulfur content by more than 60 percent, from 30 parts per million of sulfur down to 10 parts per million, starting in 2017. Read more here.