A&WMA Newswire
Feb. 4, 2015

Obama's budget includes $4 billion to cut carbon emissions faster
Environmental Leader
President Barack Obama has sent a $4 trillion budget to Congress that includes a $4 billion fund to support states' efforts to "go above and beyond their carbon pollution reduction goals." The EPA would administer the proposed Clean Power State Incentive Fund. The president’s 2016 budget also proposes other funding to reduce the impacts of climate change, including $239 million to the EPA for efforts to cut carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases through standards, guidelines and voluntary programs.More

Save the date: 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition — Raleigh, North Carolina
Join the Air & Waste Management Association for our 108th Annual Conference & Exhibition on June 22-25, at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This "must-attend" conference will feature a technical program boasting over 400 speakers, 70 technical and student posters, more than 100 exhibitors displaying the latest products and services, social tours and networking events, and professional development courses taught by leading instructors.

Join us and be a part of a global conversation that will drive environmental progress.More

Coal power companies consider reductions in CO2 emissions
The Bismarck Tribune
With looming regulations limiting the amount of carbon dioxide they can emit, coal power companies are considering ways to meet the new caps. Attendees at the recent annual Energy Generation Conference were given recommendations on possible changes they could make at their coal-fired power plants to increase efficiency, as recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.More

Food and drink industry carbon emissions reduction goal achieved 5 years early
The Grocer
Food and drink companies have hit a target for cutting their carbon emissions by 35 percent five years early, it was recently announced. The Food and Drink Federation revealed that the reduction, against a 1990 baseline, has seen emissions fall by 664,000 tones of CO2.More

EPA: California's toxic releases post 50 percent gain
Los Angeles Times
The amount of toxic chemicals released in California jumped 50 percent in 2013 over the year before because of a surge in disposal by the state's largest polluter, a hazardous-waste landfill in Kern County, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Clean Harbors Inc.'s Buttonwillow landfill reported disposing of more than 11 million pounds of copper and related compounds in 2013, a more than sixfold increase over the previous year.More

MEP: Slightly better air quality in major cities in 2014
Global Times
The average air quality in 74 major Chinese cities improved slightly in 2014, but only eight reached the national standard of annual average pollution density, with another eight in North China's Beijing-Hebei-Tianjin region on the 10 most polluted list, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) announced. Beijing, which is often besieged by smog, was not on the most polluted list.More

EPA says Minnesota businesses best at reducing pollutants
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
A new Environmental Protection Agency report says Minnesota businesses are the best in the United States at reducing or eliminating some dangerous pollutants. According to the report, Minnesota businesses implemented measures that resulted in a reduction of nearly 1 million pounds in the quantity of toxic pollutants generated in 2012 and 2013.More

New report urges Western governments to reconsider reliance on biofuels
The New York Times
Western governments have made a wrong turn in energy policy by supporting the large-scale conversion of plants into fuel and should reconsider that strategy, according to a new report from a prominent environmental think tank. Turning plant matter into liquid fuel or electricity is so inefficient that the approach is unlikely ever to supply a substantial fraction of global energy demand, the report found. More

Fracking in the UK could be hit with new regulations
Energy Voice
Almost all the areas being made available for fracking in England will be hit by new regulations restricting the controversial process, analysis suggests. Greenpeace renewed its call for a ban on fracking, as it said 97 percent of the areas made available for new onshore oil and gas licences would be at least partially affected by the new conditions.More

Pipeline not state-inspected before 3 million-gallon saltwater leak
The Associated Press via ABC News
A pipeline that ruptured recently in North Dakota and spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn't inspected by the state before being installed, according to state regulators. Alison Ritter, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which oversees the state's oil and gas industry, said that it's common for officials not to inspect such small gathering pipelines before they become operational.More

Emerging economies capitalizing on renewable energy
The past decade has witnessed significant developments in policies for renewable energy, which are driving its growth globally. In fact, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan forecasts the global installed capacity of renewable energy to more than double from 1,566 gigawatts (GW) in 2012 to 3,203 GW in 2025.More