NAEM’s 2014 EHS Management Forum begins October 22nd in Austin, Texas. Can’t make it to the Forum? You can still register for NAEM’s Forum Keynote Webcasts. Find registration details here.
EPA Honors 2014 Energy Star Partners of the Year
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.
Rule Proposed to Clarify Protection Under the CWA for Streams and Wetlands
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.
US Gasoline Standards Revised- Allowable Sulfur Slashed by Two-thirds
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.
As a part of its climate action plan, Massachusetts introduces new food recycling mandate. Colleges, high schools, hospitals, restaurants and other businesses producing more than 1 ton of food waste each week will now, by law, have to recycle their food waste. Read more here.