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EPA is now allowing asbestos back into manufacturi...

Fast Company recently reported on the potential comeback of one of the most infamous building materials of recent memory. Asbestos is now legally allowed back into U.S. manufacturing under a serious of loopholes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As Fast Company reported, on June 1, the EPA authorized a “SNUR” (Significant New Use Rule) that allowed the distribution of products containing asbestos on a...

EPA Exodus: Nearly 1,600 Workers Have Left Since T...

Since President Donald Trump took office, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has seen an exodus of nearly 1,600 former federal employees, including some who say they “did not want to any longer be any part of this administration’s nonsense” and believed they “could do better work” elsewhere, according to a new report from the Washington Post. “I felt it was time to leave given...

Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Re...

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere. Methane, which is among the most powerful greenhouse gases, routinely leaks from oil and gas wells, and energy companies have long said that the rules requiring them to test for emissions...

Trump to Roll Back Obama-Era Methane Rules

The Trump administration is planning to roll back Obama-era rules on methane emissions from oil and gas production, the New York Times reported Monday. Documents reviewed by the Times show that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning as early as this week to significantly relax two-year-old regulations on how often drillers must monitor and repair methane leaks, and let producers in states with lax methane...

Advocates: Trump’s coal-friendly power plan will h...

Citing the administration’s own analysis, environmental advocates say the Clean Power Plan replacement will ‘make things worse.’ Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks and higher electric bills under the Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan, say environmental groups. Those conclusions come from the Environmental Protection Agency’s own analysis of the proposal, they add. And while...

Dire Climate Change Warnings Cut From Trump Power-...

Warnings about potentially severe consequences of climate change were deleted from a Trump administration plan to weaken curbs on power plant emissions during a White House review. Drafts had devoted more than 500 words to highlighting the impacts — more heat waves, intense hurricanes, heavy rainfalls, floods and water pollution — as part of the proposal to replace Obama-era restrictions on greenhouse gas...

In Ohio, solar co-ops unite neighbors to help with...

Solar United Neighbors has helped more than 200 Ohio homeowners collectively install 1.4 megawatts of solar capacity. A network of local solar power cooperatives is helping Ohio residents overcome obstacles to installing solar panels on their homes. Since January 2016, Solar United Neighbors of Ohio has formed 14 co-ops that have helped more than 200 homeowners collectively install 1.4 megawatts of solar PV capacity. The...

Researchers warn a common air pollutant is a drive...

Low air quality, even at pollution levels well below current Environmental Protection Agency thresholds, is associated with increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers Kelly C. Bishop, Nicolai V. Kuminoff and Jonathan D. Ketcham of Arizona State University cross-referenced more than a decade of...

Research Breakthrough Reduces Cost Of Solar Cell P...

Joshua Pearce is a professor of material sciences and electrical engineering at Michigan Technical University. While on sabbatical at Aalto University in Finland recently, he became involved in passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) research being conducted by Chiara Modanese, Hannu Laine, Toni Pasanen, and Hele Savin. Silicon for photovoltaic cells comes in two grades. Pure silicon has the highest conversion rate of sunlight...

New Trump Adviser Called Climate Science a ‘...

President Donald Trump has added yet another climate skeptic to his team. Princeton physicist William Happer confirmed to E&E News by email that he had begun to work Tuesday as the senior director for emerging technologies at the National Security Council (NSC). Happer is famously skeptical of the scientific consensus that human burning of fossil fuels is causing rapid climate change, CNN reported. He has called climate...

New Study Links Fracking To Unsustainable Water Us...

Everybody is talking about a new report that credits the US oil and gas fracking boom with a 770% increase in water consumption over the past few years. The sharp increase is certainly eye-catching but it’s not exactly a surprise. The force of the water-energy nexus is strong within the fossil fuel industry, especially when the idea is to force massive volumes of water into underground rock formations. So, what’s really the...

How a nuclear stalemate left radioactive waste str...

When I got to the San Onofre State Beach about 60 miles north of San Diego, the red sun of fire season was sandwiched on the horizon between a layer of fog and the sea. Surfers floated in a line off the shore. It looked like any other California beach — except for the row of signs that warned “Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Area,” and the twin reactor domes rising above the bluffs. I was there to see the San Onofre Nuclear...

How a Family Surrounded by Shale Gas Plants Took A...

Allen Young and his family are surrounded. They can see three sizable natural gas plants–operated by Dominion and Energy Transfer Partners–without taking a step off their property. Over the past three years, these facilities have taken over the boomerang-shaped ridge less than a half-mile from the Young’s home in Powhatan Point, Ohio. Soon after the compressor stations went into operation, Allen, his wife and two...

The Forecast for Jobs in Appalachian Ohio Looks Su...

Along the Ohio River east of Cincinnati lies The Point, a huge industrial park with room for new tenants. Hundreds of acres with access to the river and the railroad sit ready for development. And while the space would be appropriate for any number of businesses, the residents of Lawrence County have something particular in mind: a solar manufacturing hub to support what would be the biggest solar farm in this corner of the...

Opinion: The Next Financial Crisis Lurks Undergrou...

Fueled by debt and years of easy credit, America’s energy boom is on shaky footing. About 20 years ago, an entrepreneur named George Mitchell proved that it was possible to get lots of oil and gas out of parts of the earth long thought to be sucked dry, by injecting liquid at high pressure into a horizontal well below the surface. About 10 years ago, fracking — the common term for this process — began in earnest. In that...

Warm Waters Under Arctic Ice a ‘Ticking Time...

Scientists warn that a warm layer of salty ocean water accumulating 50 meters beneath the Arctic‘s Canadian Basin could potentially melt the region’s sea-ice pack for much of the year if it reaches the surface. The findings were published Thursday in the journal Science Advances by researchers from Yale University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. This “archived” heat is currently trapped...

Personal view: Icy feelings about offshore wind pr...

Yiddish writer Leo Rosten once defined chutzpah as “that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.” It is clear to me that the opponents to the proposed Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie are intent on redefining this phrase. This vital, six-turbine project — which would be the first built in fresh water in...

Ohio ranks 2nd for new distributed wind power

Ohio may not be a state that comes to mind in a discussion of wind power, but a new government report shows its growing reputation. The state had the second-highest new distributed wind power capacity in the United States with 6.3 megawatts in 2017, according to a report this week from by the U.S. Department of Energy. Distributed wind energy systems can be any size turbine and are typically installed on residential,...

Air Pollution Shortens Human Life by One Year, on ...

In a summer marked by air quality alerts as wildfires rage in the western U.S., a study has been published finding that air pollution lowers the average lifespan by one year worldwide. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters Aug. 22, was the first to assess the impact of particulate matter pollution smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) on human life expectancy on a per country basis, ScienceNews...

Kroger to end bagging groceries in plastic within ...

CINCINNATI — The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags, as more Americans say they’re uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. Kroger Co. started its pitch to end plastic Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores by some point next year. The company intends to be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores...