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California regulators are voting on solar mandates for new buildings.

Published: August 11, 2021

The state’s Energy Commission is considering a requirement for commercial and high-rise multifamily projects to have solar power and battery storage. Read More. 

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PESTICIDES: Roundup chemical found in beer, wine — study

The weedkiller glyphosate is common in low levels in beer and wine, a consumer group said after testing a handful of the beverages. Read More

February 26, 2019

PUBLIC HEALTH: EPA stalls review of ‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical — emails

Last July, career EPA officials were set to unveil their plan to complete a long-awaited health review of the toxic metal hexavalent chromium, but more than half a year later, the plan is still under wraps — the latest delay for the human health assessment of the anti-corrosion chemical made infamous by the 2000 film […]

February 23, 2019

INTERIOR: Zinke’s ‘energy guy’ set to become second in command at BLM

The Bureau of Land Management has chosen a career official who was a favorite of former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to serve as BLM’s second-in-command overseeing the daily operations of the federal government’s largest landowner. Read More

February 23, 2019

How urban agriculture could improve food security in U.S. cities

Cuba offers interesting lessons for how to develop urban agriculture, including government-allocated land and agroecological methods that deliver high yields and diverse crops in small spaces. Read More

February 22, 2019

Solving the plastic pollution crisis requires focus on another ‘R’ — responsibility

Companies must tackle the problem by reducing and reusing first, rather than skipping straight to recycling as the best solution. Read More

February 21, 2019

WASTE: Compostable ‘bioplastics’ become a trash trend

Looking for an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastics — especially single-use items like bags, straws and picnic tableware — many supermarkets and vendors are offering an array of compostable alternatives made from plant fibers or starches. Read More

February 20, 2019

EPA: Agency hits N.C. chemical maker for lack of notification

A chemical maker’s North Carolina plant may have broken federal law by failing to notify EPA before it started manufacturing and repurposing new industrial compounds, the agency said last week. Read More

February 18, 2019

EPA: Leadership hindered chemical-testing program — draft report

EPA leadership has stalled research at the agency’s program for toxic chemical risk assessments, according to a draft report from the government’s watchdog agency. Read More

February 15, 2019

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