Thursday, April 03, 2014

WIMS Environmental HotSheet 4/3/14

National / International News


<> Major News Outlets: Somber Reporting on 'Bleak' IPCC Study - The nation's largest and most influential daily news outlets give voice to increasingly troubling assessments from world's leading group of climate scientists. Some say the general 'tone' of the climate discussion is changing

<> EPA Fails Again to Protect Children from Pesticide Drift – Earthjustice: After five years, EPA's only response is that it will make no change to existing practices and plans  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced their response to a lawsuit pressing them to better protect. . .

<> EPA Honors 2014 Energy Star Partners of the Year - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 127 organizations for their commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Includes General Motors Company (Detroit, MI) and Consumers Energy

<> Improvements to EPA Policies and Guidance Could Enhance Protection of Human Study Subjects - In response to a congressional request, EPA Office of Inspector General conducted this review to determine whether the Agency followed applicable laws, regulations, policies, procedures and guidance when it exposed human subjects to diesel exhaust emissions or concentrated airborne particles.

<> Small Business Review Panel: Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standard - Page summary:  EPA is preparing to convene a Small Business Advocacy Review panel to provide input and recommendations for its upcoming proposed rule on Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Nominations are requested by April 16, 2014.

<> Sen. Murkowski Reiterates Call to Lift Restrictions on Crude Exports - Ranking Member Testifies Before House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Benefits of Exports..

<> ACC Comments On Chemical Safety And Drinking Water Protection Act Of 2014 - ACC supports Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act, urges TSCA reform

<> Technology innovators challenged to design next-generation air emission monitors - Environmental Defense Fund and five oil and natural gas companies are calling all engineers and technology developers to submit a proposal for the Methane Detectors Challenge

<> Galvanizing Clean Energy Investment in the United States - Center for American Progress: Since 2004, in fact, clean energy investment in the United States increased nearly 250 percent and reached $36.7 billion in 2013.

<> Sec. Moniz Discusses Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loans - Sec. Moniz Discusses Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loans U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today highlighted key improvements to the Department's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan

<> New Report: Farm Energy Success Stories (3rd Edition) - ELPC's Farm Energy Success Stories (3rd Edition) features over a dozen projects from across the nation representing seven different technologies supported by the Farm Bill's Energy Title, which ELPC has long championed. . .

<> Early climate adapters show warming world how to cope - We still cannot predict exactly how climate change will affect each part of the world, but the people on the front lines are showing others how to adapt

<> Council of Canadians celebrates a bittersweet victory for the Experimental Lakes Area - April 1, The Council of Canadians is applauding the transfer of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) to the International Institute of Sustainable Development but continues to decry the Harper government's. . .


Federal Register Highlights 

The following is an alert of Environmental Federal Register announcements that may be of interest for: Thursday, April 3, 2014.  (Click here to access today's complete Federal Register index with links to complete announcements).


1. Nothing We're Tracking Today