EPA fines PM Properties for violations related to underground storage tanks in northern Virginia (Source: EPA)
PM Properties, Inc. will pay $27,483 in penalties for environmental violations associated with underground storage tanks of fuel at CrossAmerica Partners fuel stations in Verona and Weyers Cave, Virginia, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
If customers choose to use compliant plastic or paper bags from a business, the ban requires that the business charge eight cents per bag.
Where's All This Waste Going? The Environmental Impact of Vaccinations in the Time of COVID-19 (Source: Pharmacy Times)
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased vigilance over the proper disposal of vaccine-related materials, such as vials, needles, syringes, and bandages.
CARB settles with grocery chain for $5.1 million for violations of the Refrigerant Management Program (Source: California Air Resources Board)
$2.55 million to fund installation of school filtration system in L.A. area and to support a community-based project in Placer County
LanzaTech, lululemon Partner to Create First Fabric Made from Recycled Carbon Emissions (Source: Sustainable Brands)
The carbon-capture experts and the high-end yoga pants purveyor have developed a waste-gas-based polyester with the same appearance, properties and functionality of virgin polyester — a lower-carbon potential game-changer for the apparel industry.
The EPA issued an order stopping the sale of a disinfectant that the Trump administration granted emergency authorization to combat COVID-19.
The California Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets & Curbside Recycling in late June published an expansive report with recommendations for lawmakers.
The latest issue of Science discusses mechanical and chemical recycling, global policy and more.
As we grow aware of the harms inflicted by non-biodegradable products, we can turn to sustainable solutions that keep our environment safe.
Article Importers May Face Another TSCA Obligation, This One Related to PFAS (Source: Beveridge and Diamond)
If any of the articles, or article components, that your company imports contain PFAS, you may become subject to extensive reporting requirements.
As legislation and debate on the long-simmering issue continues in many parts of the country, retailers in Maine will not be able to provide single-use plastic bags for packing groceries after July 1.
EPA “Listening Session” on RMP Rule Foreshadows Regulatory Changes (Source: The National Law Review)
On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, EPA held the first of two public “listening sessions” to inform its review of the Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations pursuant to Executive Order 13990.
Legislation creating an extended producer responsibility program for packaging has cleared both the Maine House of Representatives and Senate.
IKEA has launched a new supplier program that will allow its 1,600 suppliers to consume 100% renewable electricity in their production.
U.S. EPA fines California auto parts companies for selling ‘defeat’ devices, harming air quality (Source: EPA)
Over $280,000 in penalties paid for violating Clean Air Act
EPA announced a settlement with United Parcel Service and TForce Freight, requiring the companies to correct hazardous waste violations and pay a civil penalty of $3.8 million.
The national strategy aims to ensure plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
Ten Tips for Sustainability Professionals in the Fashion & Textiles Industry (Source: The National Law Review)
Particularly for the fashion and textiles industry, a clear understanding of product components and corresponding legal requirements form the necessary foundation to ensure compliance and minimize environmental enforcement risk.
The EPA settled a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court by a dozen states and public health groups over asbestos oversight by agreeing to close "loopholes" that have allowed the substance to enter the country unrecorded as part of imported products.
Officials estimate shifting funding responsibility completely to producers will save municipalities an estimated 156 million Canadian dollars (about $129 million U.S.) per year.
Here’s something to chew on: researchers turn food scraps into materials stronger than concrete (Source: Anthropocene)
Their novel method diverts organic waste from landfills, provides useful materials for construction or packaging—and the end product still tastes good.
As sustainability claims become increasingly prominent, regulators are scrambling to tighten guidance and clamp down on breaches. What does this mean for fashion?
Closed Loop Partners Launches Multi-Million Dollar Circular Plastics Fund with Dow, LyondellBasell, & NOVA Chemicals to Accelerate Investment in Plastics Recycling Infrastructure (Source: Closed Loop Partners)
This partnership represents an initial investment and an invitation to stakeholders across the plastics recycling value chain to join forces with this catalytic capital strategy.
Washington State has joined a growing number of states that have adopted keystone environmental justice laws. On May 17, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act, E2SSB 5141, into law.
A new report implies the necessary funding will require efforts from all industry stakeholders.
Too much of today's plastic is impossible to recycle.
On May 12, EPA posted updates to the e-Manifest Frequent Questions (FQs). These updates included FQs related to the upcoming June 30, 2021 deadline for phasing out mailed paper manifests.
Report Shows Climate Change Tops the Agenda for Institutional Investors in 2021 (Source: Environment + Energy Leader)
When institutional investors with $29 trillion in assets under management were asked what issue was most likely to prompt them to engage with company boards, climate change topped the agenda.
Amazon has announced the issuance of a $1 billion sustainability bond.
Lawmakers in Maine are considering two bills that each establish extended producer responsibility programs covering packaging of all material types, but with key differences in program management.
How2Recycle announces updated criteria for assessing end markets to determine whether a package is recyclable (Source: How2Recycle)
This new rule seeks to bring more meaning and precision to this concept of end markets in a way that increases the accuracy of recyclability claims and provides feedback to the packaging industry to drive improvements in the recycling system.
World Logistics Center Project/Settlement Agreement: Developer Agrees to $47 Million in Solar/Electric Vehicle Upgrades (Source: JD Supra)
The developer of a 40.6 million square foot California development project for a large-scale logistics operation and various environmental/community groups entered into a Settlement Agreement requiring certain actions related to energy use.
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