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Friday, September 2, 2016
Carpet groups extend stewardship program
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE ) are extending the Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) Program that has been designed to assist sorters of post-consumer carpet divert material from landfills. After having supported the program in 2015 and 2016, the extension will provide funding through 2017. Source: Construction & Demolition Recycling, 8/30/16

EPA Bans Mercury Compounds Under Reformed Toxic Substances Control Act
The EPA is banning exports of five mercury compounds, effective Jan. 1, 2020, under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act. Source: Environmental Leader, 9/1/16

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Great Lakes offshore wind farm has funding, but faces hurdles before construction
Armed with a $40 million federal grant, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) plans to start building the first wind farm on the Great Lakes in the summer of 2018. But government officials, legal experts and opponents of the Lake Erie project say many hurdles remain before construction can begin. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 8/30/16

How Cities Are Tackling Their Enormous Food Waste Problem
From loosening restrictions on what "expired" means to dabbling with aquaponics and vertical farming, cities around the world are trying to contribute less to landfills with their wasted meals. Source: Fast Company, 8/30/16

Have biomaterials reached a tipping point?
Biomaterials have come a long way. With companies such as Walmart and Dupont already embracing them, the technology may be about to hit the mainstream. Source: GreenBiz, 8/31/16

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
In Flint's Aftermath, Water Will Run by New Rules
The water crisis in Michigan highlighted major problems with not just federal regulations but the way localities enforce them. That's all likely to change soon. Source: Governing, September 2016

Safer Choice Now in Spanish
Safer Choice in espanol helps spread awareness of safer cleaning and other products to the largest ethnic minority in the United States and to other Spanish-speaking countries. It is essential that all people, including Spanish-speaking communities, understand the importance of easily finding products with ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment. Source: U.S. EPA, 8/23/16

Monday, August 29, 2016
Rethink how chemical hazards are tested
John C. Warner and Jennifer K. Ludwig propose three approaches that would help inventors to produce safer chemicals and products. Source: Nature, 8/16/16

Mold Might Be The Future Of Recycling For Rechargeable Batteries
Tossing a worn-out smartphone battery in the trash also means chucking the ever-more-valuable materials inside-- namely, lithium and cobalt. As the world works to deal with this growing stream of e-waste, one team is evaluating the potential of a natural battery recycling method-- fungi, or more specifically, mold. Source: Forbes, 8/21/16

Forget Going for the Gold; We're Going for Green! How U.S. E.P.A. Programs Accelerate Innovation in the Chemical Enterprise
David Widawsky, Director of the Chemistry, Economics, and Sustainable Strategies Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)discusses regulation, innovation, the future of green chemistry, and much more. Source: American Chemical Society, 8/26/16

Friday, August 26, 2016
Here's what a global treaty on plastics should look like
Plastic pollution harms more than just the ocean, and it's time we did something about it. Source: GreenBiz, 8/26/16

Why Environmental Managers, Investors Love Circular Economy Technologies
Circular economy technologies and initiatives have seen growing interest from environmental managers and sustainability officers of late. A new report suggests these innovations, which reduce waste or convert waste to valuable new products, can also add investors to their list of fans. Source: Environmental Leader, 8/24/16

New method developed for producing some metals
The MIT researchers were trying to develop a new battery, but it didn't work out that way. Instead, thanks to an unexpected finding in their lab tests, what they discovered was a whole new way of producing the metal antimony -- and potentially a new way of smelting other metals, as well.

The discovery could lead to metal-production systems that are much less expensive and that virtually eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with most traditional metal smelting. Although antimony itself is not a widely used metal, the same principles may also be applied to producing much more abundant and economically important metals such as copper and nickel, the researchers say. Source: MIT, 8/24/16

EPA Establishes Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals and Seeks Experts to Serve
As directed by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the Agency is establishing the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC). The purpose of the SACC is to provide independent advice and expert consultation on the scientific and technical aspects of risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches. Members of the SACC will have expertise in scientific and technical fields relevant to chemical risk assessment and pollution prevention. Members will also have diverse background and experiences, including professional experiences in government, labor, public health, public interest, animal protection, industry, and other groups. EPA is seeking public comments and nominations. Source: U.S. EPA, 8/26/16

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