EPA measures marked rise in Clean Water Act permit compliance rates

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cites major performance improvement in among Clean Water Act (CWA) permit holders over the past five-year period. In FY 2018, the agency and 47 states agreed to collaborate on a goal to reduce “significant non-compliance” among facilities permitted under CWA by 50 percent over five years. The effort has met the goal, as the national…

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Klaw Industries earns EPA grant for glass-derived pozzolan production

Klaw Industries LLC, Binghamton, N.Y. developer of a process for converting waste glass to Pantheon-branded concrete mix constituent, is among eight companies receiving up to $400,000 in Environmental Protection Agency Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grants, following $100,000 first phase awards. The Pantheon powder increases concrete strength by reacting with cement to add more crystal structures in matrix. Concrete…

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Wall system contours Inflation Reduction Act energy rating incentives

Sustainable practice is increasingly weighing on housing project developers as the incentives to respond to market and government signals have never been stronger, according to Arizona-based concrete building system specialist HercuTech.  The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, passed in August, promotes energy efficient construction. HercuTech has worked with energy modeling partners to show how its HercuWall system can help developers…

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EPA assists glass-derived pozzolan production venture

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff Klaw Industries LLC, Binghamton, N.Y. developer of a process for converting waste glass to Pantheon-branded concrete mix constituent, is among eight companies receiving up to $400,000 in Environmental Protection Agency Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grants, following $100,000 first phase awards.  “Addressing our most pressing environmental problems requires innovation and creative thinking…

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EPA take stock of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act deliverables

A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report attributes significant air quality improvements to the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), federal legislation aimed at protecting health and conserving truck fleet fuel.  “Reducing harmful diesel emissions results in cleaner air and healthier communities, and this bipartisan legislation is delivering these benefits to communities across the nation,” says EPA Administrator Michael Regan. “The…

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EPA officials reflect on 50 years of Clean Water Act deliverables

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff Environmental Protection Agency, White House representatives and other water pollution control stakeholders gathered October 18 on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act of 1972.  “When the Cuyahoga River burned 50 years ago, people from all backgrounds came together with one voice to…

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EPA tour leads to Clean Water Act 50th anniversary observance

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox recently joined agency colleagues, state and local officials to kick off the 50 Anniversary of the Clean Water Act celebration tour, culminating in mid October. “When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, it charted a new path for America’s waters. As a result,…

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EPA tour closes in on Clean Water Act 50th anniversary

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox recently joined agency colleagues, state and local officials to kick off the Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary celebration tour. Culminating in mid-October, it will highlight waters that are essential to healthy people, vibrant ecosystems, agricultural productivity, and economic growth, with stops including the Florida Everglades, Chesapeake…

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Cement, concrete producers stay in front of proposed climate rule

Environmental Protection Agency reporting measures and market mechanisms like the U.S. Green Building Council LEED rating system could position publicly traded portland cement, concrete and aggregate producers for seamless compliance with a proposed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and global warming risk disclosures. The subject of a public comment period closing this month, the…

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EPA campaign targets commercial building energy efficiency

New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiatives will provide policymakers and commercial building owners resources to reduce emissions from more than 6 million commercial and multifamily buildings. Through decades of partnership with EPA’s Energy Star program, private and public building owners have significantly reduced their emissions and energy costs by improving their properties’ energy efficiency and performance. Many cities and states…

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