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Registration is open for NAEM’s 2015 EHS and Sustainability Software Conference, which will take place February 24th through 25th in Tampa, Florida.  Find details and registration information here.

A&WMA’s 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held June 22nd to 25th in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Each year, A&WMA recognizes outstanding students with scholarships and awards presented at the conference.  Find eligibility information and application deadlines at ACE2015.AWMA.org.

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.

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.

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.