Environmental Protection – G Net http://gnet.org/ Thu, 06 Oct 2022 19:49:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-150x150.png Environmental Protection – G Net http://gnet.org/ 32 32 American Water Wins U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2022 WaterSense® Award of Excellence https://gnet.org/american-water-wins-u-s-environmental-protection-agencys-2022-watersense-award-of-excellence/ Thu, 06 Oct 2022 19:30:00 +0000 https://gnet.org/american-water-wins-u-s-environmental-protection-agencys-2022-watersense-award-of-excellence/ CAMDEN, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE). “American Water is honored to receive the 2022 WaterSense® Award of Excellence from the US EPA,” said Cheryl Norton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of American Water. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with WaterSense and providing ongoing thought leadership, education and promotion of water efficiency to our customers.” […]]]>

CAMDEN, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE).

“American Water is honored to receive the 2022 WaterSense® Award of Excellence from the US EPA,” said Cheryl Norton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of American Water. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with WaterSense and providing ongoing thought leadership, education and promotion of water efficiency to our customers.”

WaterSense is a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the US EPA and both a label for water-efficient products, as well as a resource to help consumers save water. Each year, the EPA recognizes WaterSense award winners who contribute to the success of the program by improving the market for water-efficient products, practices, and services.

Together with our affiliates, American Water has been recognized for:

  • Promote WaterSense labeled products through conservation education programs across our national footprint.

  • Creating a downloadable Water Leak Detector Kit – a helpful guide to locating indoor and outdoor water leaks.

  • California American Water has hosted webinars and workshops on the benefits of smart irrigation controllers, how to program a controller, smart landscaping design, and drought-tolerant gardening.

  • Illinois American Water featured a water learning center on its website to educate residents about finding and fixing leaks and other types of water conservation.

  • New Jersey American Water has partnered with the Alliance for Water Efficiency to conduct research on the use of smart irrigation controllers to save water for peak demand management, and released a study in the AWWA Journal, which continues to inform several other utility outdoor water efficiency programs.

American Water was honored as the 2022 WaterSense® Excellence in Education and Outreach Award winner during a ceremony earlier today at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About US Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is America’s largest and most geographically diverse water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and similar drinking water and sanitation services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help them get on with their lives. For more information, visit amwater.com and diversityataw.com. Follow American Water on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

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Industrial lubricants markets in the United States, 2021-2022 and https://gnet.org/industrial-lubricants-markets-in-the-united-states-2021-2022-and/ Mon, 03 Oct 2022 10:23:41 +0000 https://gnet.org/industrial-lubricants-markets-in-the-united-states-2021-2022-and/ Dublin, Oct. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The report “US Industrial Lubricants Market – Industry Outlook and Forecast 2022-2027” has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer. The market is expected to reach a value of $14.12 billion in 2027, from $11.75 billion, with a CAGR of 3.1% The US industrial lubricants market is evolving to […]]]>

Dublin, Oct. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The report “US Industrial Lubricants Market – Industry Outlook and Forecast 2022-2027” has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

The market is expected to reach a value of $14.12 billion in 2027, from $11.75 billion, with a CAGR of 3.1%

The US industrial lubricants market is evolving to meet changing customer needs and preferences. Industrial lubricants have been used to prevent corrosion, reduce friction and provide cooling effects to the equipment.

However, with advances in technology, the U.S. lubricants market now offers widespread benefits, such as reduced oil change interval, increased machine equipment life, low carbon emissions and reduced equipment maintenance costs. The industry has undergone significant changes due to recent developments, changing customer needs and preferences.

Due to growing environmental concerns and stringent government regulations, the demand for bio-based lubricants made from bio-based oils is increasing, contributing to the growth of the US industrial lubricants market. American industrial lubricants are manufactured to protect machinery and equipment against wear, reduce downtime, extend service intervals and reduce maintenance costs.

Furthermore, the South region is expected to continue to dominate the industrial lubricants market owing to the high penetration of manufacturing units such as manufacturing, construction, chemical, and oil & gas.

TRENDS AND KEY DRIVERS

Growth in the renewable energy sector

The United States is working quickly to transform electricity generation. Due to environmental and climate change, it is imperative to switch from carbon-based petroleum derivatives to cleaner alternative energy sources. With the increasing effects of greenhouse gases and growing awareness of net zero emissions and the risk of climate change, the renewable energy sector is experiencing significant growth.

Industrial lubricants are used in almost all renewable energies, such as wind, hydroelectric and solar power plants. The use of lubricants dramatically increases efficiency and results in low power loss, less downtime and reduced maintenance, which results in increased productivity and longer life. Hence, it is heavily used in renewable energy power plants, which further contributes to the growth of the US industrial lubricants market.

Increased use of high performance lubricants

These high performance lubricants include added additives such as extreme pressure additive, friction modifier, pour point depressants, emulsifiers and tackifiers, among others. They work best in high and low operating temperatures, in dust, humidity, or in exceptional environmental conditions.

High performance lubricants maintain the maintenance cycle of machinery and equipment, reducing manufacturing costs. These high performance lubricants can be used in machinery and equipment subject to moisture, such as conveyor systems, packaging machines and automatic fillers. Due to better dust resistance, they can also be used in chains used in dusty environments.

MARKET CONSTRAINTS

Environmental concerns associated with the use and disposal of industrial lubricants.

Lubricants is a highly regulated industry where public health and environmental protection are the main drivers. The focus on carbon footprint as well as sustainability has contributed to strict regulations regarding the use of industrial lubricants. The lubricants available in the industry are made from mineral oil.

The biodegradability of mineral oils is very low. Therefore, used lubricants pollute the environment. These used lubricants cannot be burned directly without pre-treatment because they are subject to environmental restrictions. Since these lubricants may contain toxic and hazardous residues such as metal and metalloid particles, chlorine compounds may be released into the atmosphere.

SECTOR ANALYSISOVERVIEW BY PRODUCT TYPE

Industrial lubricants are used in various industries for a wide range of applications such as reducing friction, increasing efficiency, reducing wear, maintaining temperature and increasing life. machine life. The US industrial lubricants market is classified into four product types: industrial oil, metalworking fluids, process oils and greases.

The industrial oils segment is estimated to be the largest segment in the US industrial lubricants market. The oil used for the lubrication of industrial machinery and equipment is called industrial oil. All industrial oils consist of base oils such as mineral oil, synthetic oil or bio-based oil. Industrial oils include hydraulic fluid, compressor oil, refrigeration oil, cylinder oil, spindle oil, and transformer oil. Industrial oils are used to improve the performance of industrial machinery and equipment and protect them from damage during operations.

OVERVIEW BY END USE

The manufacturing industry is estimated to be the largest end user of the US industrial lubricants market. Lubricants are used in manufacturing, power generation, metallurgy, and mining and construction industries.

Strong growth in the metal and mining industry and power generation is one of the major drivers for the growth of the US industrial lubricants market. As in the power generation industry, industrial lubricants are widely used in power plants such as coal-fired power plants, gas turbine power plants, hydroelectric power plants, natural gas engines, nuclear power plants and wind power plants.

REGIONAL ASSESSMENT

West, South, Midwest, and Northeast are four key regions into which the US industrial lubricants market is divided and their corresponding regions.

The geography segment examines the demand and supply aspects impacting the industrial market and the critical factors affecting the industry throughout the forecast period such as drivers, restraints, opportunities and future trends. Political, sociological, and technical are also impacting the US industrial lubricants market.

The Southern region is the largest industrial lubricants industry in the United States. This region includes major manufacturing states such as Texas, North Carolina, and Florida.

Demand for lubricants in the southern United States is driven by stringent emissions regulations and the growing trend towards sustainability. Additionally, booming automotive, manufacturing, and construction industries are also supporting the growth of the US industrial lubricants market.

COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS

The competitive scenario in the US industrial lubricants market is currently intensifying. In the industrial lubricants market, the initial capital investment is very high in terms of establishing a manufacturing plant and developing a supply chain network. Additionally, there are many well-established players in the lubricants industry, and the production of industrial lubricants from crude oil and other additives is a very complex process.

The US industrial lubricants market consists of major multinational players such as Shell plc (UK), ExxonMobil Corporation (US), Chevron Corporation (US), Valvoline (US) and Phillips 66 Company ( United States) in the lubricants industry. Major players are focusing on innovation, product diversification and entry into new industries.

The rapidly changing scenario of the industry, which increasingly emphasizes sustainability, is expected to provide growth opportunities for vendors. Chevron Corporation is a United States-based multinational corporation founded in 1879 and based in California, United States.

In the coming years, the company aims to become one of the world’s leading producers of renewable energy. Therefore, the company is investing heavily in solar and wind power, which would help increase energy storage.

Main suppliers

  • Shell plc
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Chevron Company
  • Valvoline
  • Phillips 66 Company

Other Important Suppliers

  • Clariant
  • Castrol Limited
  • DuBois Chemicals
  • ENI
  • FUCHS
  • Gulf Oil International Limited
  • Kluber Lubrication
  • Motul
  • Morris Lubricants
  • Petro-Florida
  • Petronas International Lubricants
  • Petro Canada Lubricants Inc.
  • Renewable lubricants
  • Repsol
  • SINOPEC
  • Total energies

Main topics covered:

1 Research methodology

2 research objectives

3 Research process

4 Scope and coverage
4.1 Market Definition
4.2 Base year
4.3 Scope of the study

5 Report assumptions and caveats
5.1 Main caveats
5.2 Currency conversion
5.3 Market Derivation

6 The market at a glance

7 premium previews
7.1 US Industrial Lubricants Markets- Forecast by Countries (2022-2027)
7.1.1 Market Overview
7.2 Market Summary
7.2.1 Trend
7.2.2 Pilot
7.2.3 Restraint
7.3 Sector review
7.3.1 Companies and strategies

8 Presentation
8.1 Overview
8.2 Value Chain Analysis
8.2.1 Raw material suppliers
8.2.2 Manufacturers
8.2.3 Distributors
8.2.4 End users

9 Opportunities and Market Trends
9.1 Trend of bio-based lubricants
9.2 Increased use of renewable energy
9.3 Automation of industrial processes

10 Market Growth Catalysts
10.1 Increased use of high performance lubricants
10.2 New Era Manufacturing and Construction Activities

11 Market Constraints
11.1 Crude Oil Price Fluctuations
11.2 Environmental concerns associated with the use and disposal of industrial lubricants

12 Market Landscape
12.1 Market Overview
12.2 Market Size and Forecast
12.3 Five forces analysis

13 types of products
13.1 Market Overview and Growth Driver (Value)
13.2 Market Overview and Growth Driver (Volume)
13.3 Market Overview
13.4 Industrial oil
13.5 Metalworking fluids
13.6 Process oil
13.7 Grease

14 End use
14.1 Market Overview and Growth Driver (Value)
14.2 Market Overview and Growth Driver (Volume)
14.3 Market Overview
14.4 Manufacturing
14.5 Power Generation
14.6 Metals and Mining
14.7 Construction

15 Region
15.1 Market Overview and Growth Driver
15.2 Market Overview and Growth Driver
15.3 Region Overview

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143 new homes planned near Allentown, Chumuckla https://gnet.org/143-new-homes-planned-near-allentown-chumuckla/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 11:10:10 +0000 https://gnet.org/143-new-homes-planned-near-allentown-chumuckla/ A wave of new homes could be coming on County Road 182 between Chumuckla and Allentown. As development continues to increase in Santa Rosa County, a development group has submitted a preliminary plan to the county for a new project called Rhett’s Run. The first phase of the project includes 143 homes on approximately 80 […]]]>

A wave of new homes could be coming on County Road 182 between Chumuckla and Allentown.

As development continues to increase in Santa Rosa County, a development group has submitted a preliminary plan to the county for a new project called Rhett’s Run. The first phase of the project includes 143 homes on approximately 80 acres of agriculturally zoned land.

“Due to the sale by RMS Timberlands of much of their property south of (Highway) 182, the county is experiencing a lot of residential development,” said County Planning and Zoning Manager Shawn Ward, to the News Journal in an email.

The site for a new subdivision between Chumuckla and Allentown will include 143 homes on 80 acres.

District 3 Commissioner James Calkins, who represents northern communities, told the News Journal that moving forward the county must do what it can to protect rural areas and farmland.

“The people moving there are the kind of people who are trying to get away from the traffic and want to have a more rural lifestyle. That’s what I see,” Calkins said. “And you have a lot of people who want to get into farming and are moving there.”

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US EPA launches environmental justice office https://gnet.org/us-epa-launches-environmental-justice-office/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 20:59:00 +0000 https://gnet.org/us-epa-launches-environmental-justice-office/ Signage is seen at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, DC, U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday launched a new office that will focus on the needs of minority communities swamped […]]]>

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WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday launched a new office that will focus on the needs of minority communities swamped by pollution and oversee the awarding of $3 billion in grants to environmental justice created by the recent passage of new climate legislation.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced the creation of the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, which will be staffed by 200 EPA employees and headed by an as-yet-unannounced deputy administrator confirmed by the Senate. .

He launched the new office at an event in Warren County, North Carolina, which was the scene of protests 40 years ago and is considered the birthplace of the environmental justice movement.

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“With the launch of a new National Program Office, we are embedding environmental justice and civil rights into EPA’s DNA and ensuring that people who have fought to have their concerns heard see actions to solve the problems they have faced for generations,” Regan said in a statement.

It was the latest move by the Biden administration to prioritize environmental justice in its policy making. The Justice Department announced in May the launch of a new office to help low-income areas and communities of color address the disproportionate impact of air and water pollution.

President Joe Biden has often cited protecting poor and minority communities from industrial pollution as a top priority and has pledged that 40% of federal clean energy investments will be directed to this cause.

The Cut Inflation Act Biden signed last month created a $3 billion block grant program for climate and environmental justice that the new office will oversee. Overall, the legislation will trigger a $60 billion investment in environmental justice across government.

The office will work with communities and provide them with technical assistance to ensure they can access grants; enforce federal civil rights laws and assist in the resolution of environmental disputes.

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Settlement Leads to Actions and Penalty for Massachusetts Site — Environmental Protection https://gnet.org/settlement-leads-to-actions-and-penalty-for-massachusetts-site-environmental-protection/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 07:22:48 +0000 https://gnet.org/settlement-leads-to-actions-and-penalty-for-massachusetts-site-environmental-protection/ Settlement leads to action and penalty for Massachusetts site The EPA alleged violations of standards relating to the management of hazardous waste. By Alex Saurman Sep 23, 2022 A settlement between a Massachusetts site and the EPA resulted in corrective action by the company and a fine of more than $120,000. According to […]]]>

Settlement leads to action and penalty for Massachusetts site

The EPA alleged violations of standards relating to the management of hazardous waste.

A settlement between a Massachusetts site and the EPA resulted in corrective action by the company and a fine of more than $120,000.

According to a press release, the agency alleged that the standards had been violated by Siemens Industry, Inc., doing business as Russelectric, a Siemens company, a Delaware company located in Hingham, Massachusetts, in particular the law on Resource Conservation and Recovery (RCRA), which allows the EPA to control “the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste” and a state law on hazardous waste management .

“Specifically, the company failed to meet the requirements necessary to operate as a ‘mass generator,'” the press release states, “including initial and retraining of employees, maintenance of a chemical release contingency plan and conducting weekly inspections.”

Failure to train employees or perform inspections can potentially lead to human and environmental harm.

As part of the settlement, the site will now hold training and inspections. Russelectric will also pay $121,546 in fines.

About the Author


Alex Saurman is the content editor for Environmental Protection.



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Jury says Sterigenics should pay cancer survivor $363 million https://gnet.org/jury-says-sterigenics-should-pay-cancer-survivor-363-million/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 23:04:00 +0000 https://gnet.org/jury-says-sterigenics-should-pay-cancer-survivor-363-million/ Around the same time that Sue Kamuda moved to Willowbrook in the mid-1980s, a Chicago company chose the western suburbs as the new site for its expanding business of sterilizing medical instruments, pharmaceutical drugs and spices. Two low buildings, tucked behind retailers and restaurants on Kingery Highway, didn’t get much attention until 2018, when the […]]]>

Around the same time that Sue Kamuda moved to Willowbrook in the mid-1980s, a Chicago company chose the western suburbs as the new site for its expanding business of sterilizing medical instruments, pharmaceutical drugs and spices.

Two low buildings, tucked behind retailers and restaurants on Kingery Highway, didn’t get much attention until 2018, when the US Environmental Protection Agency revealed people living nearby were at risk to some of the highest cancer risks in the country due to toxic air pollution.

The culprit: ethylene oxide, or EtO, an odorless gas pumped into fumigation chambers inside the sterilization facility and then released into surrounding quarters.

Kamuda, a retired school administrator, suspected she had finally found out why she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She had been breathing EtO for years at her home a third of a mile away.

On Monday, a Cook County jury agreed, finding the facility’s original owner and two corporate successors liable for $363 million in damages for exposing Kamuda to poison gas. The verdict is the largest ever for an individual in Illinois.

Sterigenics, the newest owner, should pay $258 million, the jurors decided. They also imposed penalties of $100 million on parent company Sotera Health and $5 million on Griffith Foods, the current name of the original owner.

Kamuda is the first of more than 700 people to apply for an award from Oak Brook-based Sterigenics.

“I hope this makes it easier for all of them,” Kamuda said after the verdict, revealing for the first time that one of his sons was diagnosed with cancer and filed his own lawsuit against the company. .

Emails and corporate documents highlighted on a courtroom screen showed the companies have long known that ethylene oxide is extremely dangerous. But the companies delayed installing pollution control equipment and tried to undermine federal regulations that would require costly upgrades to sterilization facilities, the documents show.

“They didn’t treat EtO like a carcinogen, they treated it like an ATM machine,” Kamuda lead attorney Patrick Salvi II said.

Sterigenics and Sotera said in a statement they may appeal the verdict.

“We do not believe that the jury’s verdict in this case reflects the evidence presented in court,” the companies’ statement said. “We will continue to vigorously defend ourselves against allegations regarding our operations and our ethylene oxide emissions.”

Lawyers for the companies argued that Salvi provided no evidence that Kamuda’s breast cancer was caused by exposure to ethylene oxide. They also brought in industry-connected scientists who tried to persuade the jury that the Willowbrook facility never posed a danger to its neighbors.

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The now closed Willowbrook plant was built in the early 1980s by the company now known as Griffith Foods. Sotera Health absorbed Sterigenics after a series of mergers, corporate restructurings and private equity deals, including one brokered by a company co-founded by former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

After monitoring ethylene oxide concentrations in and around Willowbrook for several months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that Sterigenics pollution increases the risk of developing cancer for people living up to 25 miles from the sterilization facility. Other suburbs with the highest risk included Darien, Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Indian Head Park and Western Springs.

Sterigenics closed the plant in 2019 under pressure from community groups, local officials, state lawmakers, members of Congress and Governor JB Pritzker, who at one point that year banned the company from to use ethylene oxide.

President Joe Biden’s administration promises to enact tougher limits on pollution from sterilization facilities, eight of which are still operated by Sterigenics.

Agency officials announced this month that they will hold public meetings in nearly two dozen communities where breathing ethylene oxide from sterilizers is responsible for more than one in 10 cancer cases. 000 people exposed during their lifetime.

In 2018, this list included neighborhoods surrounding a Medline Industries facility in the northern suburb of Waukegan. Medline has since installed new pollution controls and significantly reduced ethylene oxide emissions. EPA officials say they no longer consider the company’s pollution to pose unacceptable health risks.

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Trash Castle will debut at Coastal Cleanup Day https://gnet.org/trash-castle-will-debut-at-coastal-cleanup-day/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://gnet.org/trash-castle-will-debut-at-coastal-cleanup-day/ HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – As tens of thousands of Californians hit the beach with shovels and trash bags Saturday for the 38e Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, visitors to the Huntington Beach Cleanup will be greeted with a Trash Castle. Created by Marin County artists Richard and Judith Lang and featured as part of the California […]]]>

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – As tens of thousands of Californians hit the beach with shovels and trash bags Saturday for the 38e Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, visitors to the Huntington Beach Cleanup will be greeted with a Trash Castle. Created by Marin County artists Richard and Judith Lang and featured as part of the California Department of Transportation’s Stormwater Education Campaign, the installation is made up of the extensive trash the couple found along the beach.

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“The Trash Castle is a temporary work of art to represent the thousands of pounds of trash on our beaches and waterways,” artist Judith Lang said in a Caltrans video promoting Saturday’s cleanup, where the castle trash will make its debut. “Each piece, one of us reached down and picked it up.”

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The castle is made up of trash, plastics, metals and even abandoned toys.

The ocean conservation group Oceana estimates that 15 million metric tons of plastic flow into the world’s oceans each year. Whether it’s a straw or a cup escaping from a recycling center and entering nature via a river, or a fishing net thrown directly into the ocean, the equivalent two garbage trucks full of plastic go into the water every minute, the group says.

The amount of plastic in the ocean is expected to triple by 2040. Plastic production alone is expected to double over the next two decades, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Only nine percent of plastics are recycled, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

(Photo courtesy of Caltrans)

The Caltrans Stormwater Public Education Campaign is a three-year project designed to raise awareness of the sources and pathways of stormwater pollution in California. According to its educational website, stormwater contains multiple pollutants. In the LA area, stormwater includes trash and trash that accumulates on freeways and finds its way into waterways; metals from vehicle wear, tires and brakes; and bacteria from pet waste and illegal RV waste disposal.

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California Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual event held on the third Saturday in September each year for volunteers to pick up litter along the beach. The Huntington Beach event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 17.

According to the California Coastal Commission, state residents and tourists make more than 150 million visits to California beaches each year. They are one of many contributors to marine debris, 80% of which comes from land-based sources such as litter.

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Ernst, Thune, spearheading efforts to protect… https://gnet.org/ernst-thune-spearheading-efforts-to-protect/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 23:35:22 +0000 https://gnet.org/ernst-thune-spearheading-efforts-to-protect/ WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Sen. John Thune (RS.D.) presented a effort to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using any new funding from the Democrats’ latest reckless tax and spending spree to monitor livestock emissions from small farms in Iowa, the Midwest and elsewhere from the country. “The Democrats seek to […]]]>

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Sen. John Thune (RS.D.) presented a effort to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using any new funding from the Democrats’ latest reckless tax and spending spree to monitor livestock emissions from small farms in Iowa, the Midwest and elsewhere from the country.

“The Democrats seek to arm the EPA against our farmers by spying on their operations. I won’t let that happen to my watch! » Ernest said. “With this effort, I am fighting to protect Iowa cattle ranchers from the radical left climate agenda and costly government excesses that will only fuel higher food costs and more reckless spending in Washington. .”

“Farmers and ranchers — the people who work tirelessly to help feed America and the world — should not be subject to government surveillance as part of a larger effort to implement policies. radical climatic changes that would threaten their ability to function”, said Coin. “This common sense legislation would protect South Dakota cattle ranchers and their operations from government espionage.”

Last week Ernst interrogates a witness at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the impacts that proposed livestock emissions regulations would have on family farmers, and how heavy-handed regulations, such as a “cow tax — as she coined it — would increase costs for farmers and consumers alike.

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Lawsuit seeks to protect West Coast fishermen https://gnet.org/lawsuit-seeks-to-protect-west-coast-fishermen/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 15:37:16 +0000 https://gnet.org/lawsuit-seeks-to-protect-west-coast-fishermen/ PORTLAND, Ore.– The Center for Biological Diversity and its allies today sued the US Fish and Wildlife Service for denying endangered species protection to West Coast fishers. Anglers are relatives of mink, otters, and wolverines and live in old-growth forests. The Service had previously determined that fishermen warranted protection along the entire West Coast, but […]]]>

PORTLAND, Ore.– The Center for Biological Diversity and its allies today sued the US Fish and Wildlife Service for denying endangered species protection to West Coast fishers. Anglers are relatives of mink, otters, and wolverines and live in old-growth forests.

The Service had previously determined that fishermen warranted protection along the entire West Coast, but in 2020 it reversed course and only protected them in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Fur trapping took a toll on fishing populations, but was largely banned by the 1950s. Extensive logging of the majority of forests along the west coast prevented the animals from recovering . Today, climate change and the rodenticides used by marijuana growers put them at even greater risk.

“I am deeply concerned for the survival of the mysterious fisherman and the ancient forests he inhabits,” said Noah Greenwald, director of endangered species at the Center. “These tenacious animals can eat porcupines, but they can’t survive the damage we are causing to their forests. Fishermen needed the protection of the Endangered Species Act 20 years ago, and they need it even more today.

The Center and its allies first petitioned the Service to grant West Coast fishers endangered species protection in 2000, which led to a 2004 decision by the agency that the fisherman should be listed as threatened throughout its west coast range. Rather than provide this protection, the Service delayed, arguing that there was a lack of resources. The agency reaffirmed the fisherman’s jeopardy in annual reviews until 2016, when it abruptly reversed course and denied protection. After the groups successfully challenged the decision, it granted protections to fishermen in the southern Sierra Nevada, but nowhere else.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service has a legal obligation to list endangered species, but politics intervenes too often,” said Tom Wheeler, executive director of the Environmental Protection Information Center. “For twenty years, the Service has used all the tricks to avoid registering the fisherman. Today we are in court because enough is enough.

Anglers once roamed the forests from British Columbia to southern California, but are now limited to two native populations in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, plus another in northern California and the southwest. from Oregon. There are also small reintroduced populations in the central Sierra Nevada, Oregon’s South Cascades, and the Olympic Peninsula, Mount Rainier, and the North Cascades in Washington State. The northern California-southwestern Oregon population is the largest remaining, but is severely threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation caused by logging and high-intensity fires .

“Fishermen have it tough,” said George Sexton, conservation manager for KS Wild. “From rodenticide poisoning to habitat loss from logging and fires, these tenacious creatures face significant threats to their continued existence.”

The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Environmental Protection Information Center joined the center in the lawsuit.

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Commonwealth Magazine https://gnet.org/commonwealth-magazine/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 22:59:14 +0000 https://gnet.org/commonwealth-magazine/ NATIONAL GRID New England President Stephen Woerner recently wrote an editorial noting how Greek architects practiced “a methodical and systematic style that appropriately balanced aspiration with sound architectural order for lasting results.” He compared this approach to strategies planned by National Grid to inject hydrogen and “renewable natural gas” (RNG) into our current pipeline network […]]]>

NATIONAL GRID New England President Stephen Woerner recently wrote an editorial noting how Greek architects practiced “a methodical and systematic style that appropriately balanced aspiration with sound architectural order for lasting results.” He compared this approach to strategies planned by National Grid to inject hydrogen and “renewable natural gas” (RNG) into our current pipeline network that distributes fossil (natural) gas to homes and businesses. If ancient Greek architects had used such a short-sighted approach, the Parthenon would have long since crumbled to dust.

Far from the safe and efficient heating source described by National Grid, hydrogen is a highly combustible fuel that poses a significant safety risk in the context of residential and commercial buildings. In fact, the lion’s share of energy flowing through the gas system would still be methane, a greenhouse gas that is more than 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

This methane can come in several forms – natural gas, “renewable natural gas” or “synthetic natural gas” – but they all suffer from a common problem: the production, distribution and use of these fuels lead to the release direct massive amounts of methane. to the atmosphere. Updates to New York State’s greenhouse gas accounting for natural gas emissions found that more than 47% of total emissions associated with natural gas consumption in New York City are the result of methane leaks throughout the gas supply chain. Massachusetts has gas infrastructure that is in a similar state, if not worse.

In “Majority of US Urban Natural Gas Emissions Unaccounted in Inventories,” a long-term study by Harvard scientists and published in 2021, the authors found six times more methane leaks into the air around Boston than what which is reported in the Massachusetts Greenhouse Gas Inventory compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Of the six cities studied in the analysis, Boston had the highest natural gas leakage rate (4.7%) from the “well rig to the urban consumer”. Because of these leak rates, any plan that relies on delivering a significant amount of methane through the gas distribution system, as National Grid has proposed, will fall well short of the Commonwealth’s net zero target. in 2050.

We agree with National Grid that some industries are genuinely difficult to decarbonise, such as shipping and aviation, and will require creative solutions that include green hydrogen. However, that’s a far cry from using it for home heating, where better choices are available. It’s essentially the equivalent of saying you could heat your house using $20 bills as kindling in your living room fireplace. Sure, you might be able to do that, but is that really the wisest idea?

Green hydrogen is and will remain an extremely limited resource. Its use in buildings is a low-value use of a high-value resource and will only make it harder to decarbonize the hardest-to-electrify sectors of our economy. Massachusetts has already established a roadmap for the future of heating that involves the electrification of most buildings – the least-cost “all options” scenario in the Massachusetts 2050 decarbonization roadmap calls for this. electrification of more than 90% of residential heating and 95% of residential water. heating by 2050.

Whole-house electrification via heat pumps can save energy and money, especially when paired with common-sense weatherization upgrades like insulation and sealing in the air. Heat pumps are also efficient and affordable, especially considering the many incentives available from Mass Save, as well as options coming soon or already available in the Inflation Reduction Act. All-electric heating is economical, with affordable housing accounting for 78% of all net-zero and net-zero residential square footage, up from 54% in March 2021. Even without the incentives, an average home that converts entirely from propane to heating pumps could save $1 $650 per year on fuel. The annual fuel savings from converting to a heat pump will cover the cost of installation in 5 to 11 years, and rebates from energy efficiency programs can increase fuel savings and reduce the payback period.

Heat pumps, despite their name, also cool homes much more efficiently than traditional air conditioning systems and save money on electricity bills in the summer by replacing less efficient air conditioning units. And for those worried about winter weather, heat pump technology has made major advances over the years, with many models comfortably heating homes in the coldest temperatures.

Maine, the coldest state in the Northeast, has installed more than 82,000 heat pumps in the past nine years, including more than 21,000 in 2021 alone. Vermont, the second coldest state in the region, has installed heat pumps in approximately 1% of its homes each year since 2015. Heat pumps, combined with properly weather-protected buildings, can reliably and affordably keep Massachusetts residents warm in winter and cool in summer. .

Today, we have the opportunity to adopt solutions that truly transform our building, transportation and power systems. We cannot follow the old patterns and systems that led us to the climate crisis in the first place. Our Commonwealth can adopt realistic and proven solutions. This solution is to save green hydrogen and “renewable natural gas” for limited purposes in hard-to-electrify sectors, and quickly electrify buildings with highly efficient systems.

Kyle Murray is the lead policy advocate for Massachusetts at the Acadia Center.

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