Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel | Milwaukee, Wis. |
July 23, 2012
A draft state wastewater discharge permit for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is the first in the U.S. to add this regulatory wrinkle: requiring rooftop plantings and installation of other "green infrastructure" - not sewer pipes or storage tunnels - to collect and absorb storm water.
Most states aren’t doing enough to ensure the water safety and health of communities near gas wells where hydraulic fracking takes place, according to a new report by a Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy group.
Traffickers are seeking to use the southwest-most stretches of the massive Eagle Ford shale formation, which stretches from Mexico all the way to East Texas, to their advantage by trying to corrupt truck drivers, contractors and gate personnel.
Gov. Sean Parnell sent a letter to acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, requesting a disaster declaration in the wake of particularly dismal 2011 and 2012 Chinook salmon runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers.
Source: AP/San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco |
July 13, 2012
City officials are considering an ordinance that would require owners of new and renovated buildings with water fountains to install special bottle-filling taps, hoping to encourage people to use containers instead of plastic water bottles.
More than 130 communities across the United States have declared themselves “nuclear-free” in the last 30 years, most enacting measures rich in symbolism but low on clout that result in little more than a sign at the outskirts of town announcing that nuclear weapons are not welcome.
Pittsburgh announced its Urban Forest Master Plan last week. The plan details an 20 percent increase in tree population over 20 years, an amount which will eventually yield over $1 million in savings per year.
Blistering heat blanketed much of the eastern United States for the third straight day on Sunday, after violent storms killed at least 17 people and knocked out power to more than 3 million customers. Utility crews are working around the clock but the outages could last for days.
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