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Industrial Companies, Municipalities 'De-risk' Existing Water Supplies w/Wastewater Reuse Plans
Source: Environmental Leader, 9/13/17
Summary: Climate volatility has led to an increasing focus on resiliency and water supply risk, both for companies and municipalities, and that focus is driving investment in water reuse/reclaimed wastewater solutions. While much of the focus has centered on municipal utilities, industrial companies are also expanding their role in water reuse adoption to supplement their ongoing water needs, according to a new report from Bluefield Research.
Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region
Source: Phys.org, 8/31/17
Summary: Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish common to the Great Lakes region, scientists say.
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
Source: Penn State University, 8/17/17
Summary: With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers.
Using potato mash made from the peelings and potato residuals from a Pennsylvania food-processor, researchers triggered simultaneous saccharification -- the process of breaking down the complex carbohydrate starch into simple sugars -- and fermentation -- the process in which sugars are converted to ethanol by yeasts or other microorganisms in bioreactors.
2017 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Awards Open for Nominations
Source: National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, 6/15/17
Summary: The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable is accepting nominees for the 2017 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Awards. The MVP2 awards are presented annually during National Pollution Prevention Week. National Pollution Prevention Week is the third week of September, September 18th -- 25th, 2017.
Applications are due September 8. 2017.
Many states have adopted policies to encourage energy efficiency
Source: Energy Information Administration, 8/3/17
Summary: As of July 2017, thirty states and the District of Columbia have adopted energy efficiency policies--either mandated requirements, voluntary goals, or pilot programs--designed to lower the growth of electricity consumption by using electricity more efficiently. Seven of these states have either created new or updated existing energy efficiency standards within the past year.
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