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Barack Obama pledges greenhouse gas emissions cuts
The Obama administration formally pledged March 31 that the U.S. will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 28 percent over the next decade — the opening salvo in an eight-month sprint toward reaching an international climate change deal. The five-page submission to the United Nations repeats a pledge that President Barack Obama first unveiled four months ago in Beijing and relies on the EPA regulations that have been a centerpiece of his second-term climate agenda.
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Reversing course, EPA tightens its RCRA hazardous waste recycling rules
A long-term project by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reform, reduce and relax the regulatory obstacles to the reclamation and recovery of valuable byproducts generated by industrial operations appears to have come to an end. In January 2015, EPA promulgated a final rule that again revised the agency's regulatory definition of "solid waste," which is the linchpin of EPA's authority under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to regulate the management of hazardous waste.
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Republican, Democratic lawmakers voice concerns about new drilling rules
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Republicans say the new regulations will delay new drilling projects and take marginal lands out of production. Democratic lawmakers say the regulations are so mild that they won't change current operating standards.
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Jim Powell resigns, Stephanie Glyptis named Executive Director
After almost three years as our Executive Director, Jim Powell tendered his resignation for personal reasons, effective March 27. His strong performance as our Executive Director is greatly appreciated and we look forward to Jim's continued contributions to the organization as we transition to the new Executive Director and beyond.

We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Glyptis, previously the Deputy Executive Director of A&WMA, has agreed to assume the Executive Director position on a full time basis effective March 28. Ms. Glyptis has been an employee of the organization for over 15 years and has held numerous leadership roles both within the Association and with external organizations prior to joining A&WMA. Her knowledge of the organization, relationships with members and external partners, and exceptional qualifications are key reasons for her selection. We look forward to a long and prosperous future under her leadership.

Please join us in thanking Jim for his service and welcoming Stephanie as the leader of our Headquarters operations.


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Michael Miller, Past President
Brad Waldron, President Elect

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Supreme Court's conservative justices question cost of EPA emissions rule
Los Angeles Times
The Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply questioned the high cost of a new Obama administration environmental regulation, raising the prospect they may block the strict emissions standards for coal-fired power plants. At issue is a rule, decades in the making, which would forbid these generating units from releasing mercury, arsenic and dozens of other hazardous pollutants into the air.
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EU nations reach deal to start carbon-market reserve in 2021
European Union member states agreed on a compromise to seek the start of automatic supply cuts in the world's biggest carbon market in 2021, giving up plans to push for an accelerated introduction of the fix. The deal allowed EU governments to begin on March 30 negotiations with the European Parliament about the final version of the draft law on a market stability reserve, said Latvia, the holder of the bloc's rotating presidency.
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Canada pushes ahead with Keystone XL alternatives
Climate Central
A decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built in the U.S. could come at any time, but there are myriad other projects on the table designed to do exactly what Keystone XL was designed to do: transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries.
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China increases use of UAVs to detect air polluters
Unmanned aerial vehicles may be a solution to China's long-time problem in fighting air pollution by businesses stealthily discharging illegal emissions. Recently, law enforcement officials from the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection carried out a special air pollution inspection in North China, across Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei province and surrounding areas, using UAVs to inspect key areas, busting six enterprises that violated pollution control guidelines.
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Mexico unveils plan to cap greenhouse gas emissions by 2026
The Guardian
Mexico said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan to the United Nations ahead of a climate summit in Paris in December. Mexico's foreign and environment ministries presented the national climate submission in Mexico City, unveiling a strategy to begin reducing emissions by 2026, leading to a 22 percent reduction in greenhouse gases below business-as-usual levels by 2030.
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    New fracking rules draw industry lawsuit, Congressional ire (Houston Chronicle)
San Francisco Bay Area air quality regulator to refineries: Refine more crude (San Francisco Bay View)
EPA rule on power plant emissions faces formidable hurdle in Supreme Court (Los Angeles Times)
Report: EPA carbon regulations won't impact reliability (Energy Manager Today)
GOP bill delays climate rule, gives states veto (The Hill)

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Standards released for 20 percent biodiesel heating oil
Domestic Fuel
New standards have been released for up to 20 percent blends of biodiesel in heating oil. The National Biodiesel Board says ASTM International, an organization which sets industry consensus standards for fuels, released new performance specifications for blends of 6-to-20 percent biodiesel, a blend known as Bioheat fuel, with traditional heating oil. The existing No. 1 and No. 2 grades in ASTM D396 already cover 5 percent biodiesel or less.
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China plans to build huge space solar power station
The Economic Times
China plans to build a huge solar power station 36,000 kilometers above the ground in an attempt to battle smog, cut greenhouse gases and solve energy crisis, much on the lines of an idea first floated in 1941 by fiction writer Isaac Asimov, state media reported. If realized, it will surpass the scale of the Apollo project and the International Space Station, and be the largest-ever space project.
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April 1 2015 A&WMA Alamo Chapter Environmental Conference Register Online
April 14 GRI G4: Sustainability Reporting for Environmental Professionals Register Online
April 17-19 Leadership Training Academy Pittsburgh
April 29-May 1 North American Waste-To-Energy Conference Register Online
April 30 Lake Michigan States Section Annual Waste Conference Register Online
May 12-14 ENV•VISION: Environmental Vision — An International Electricity Sector Conference Conference Info
May 14 1st Annual A&WMA/EPA Colloquium — Waste Information Exchange Washington, DC
June 22-25 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition Conference Info
Aug. 19-21 A&WMA Southern Section 2015 Annual Meeting Callaway Gardens, Georgia
Sept. 9-10 Addressing Climate Change: Emerging Policies, Strategies, and Technological Solutions Oak Brook, IL
Sept. 22-23 Oil & Gas Environmental Conference New Orleans
Oct. 20-22 International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors Houston
Dec. 1-2 40th Annual A&WMA/EPA Information Exchange Research Triangle Park, NC


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