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Public Utilities, Waste Management

Malaysia Returns 150 Containers of Plastic Waste

January 21, 2020

Via: Waste360

Malaysia announced it has returned 150 containers of plastic waste to the countries from which they were illegally imported. On January 20, the country’s Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said she ordered 3,737 metric tons of trash to be returned […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

America’s Concentrated Solar Power Companies Have All but Disappeared

January 20, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

There are fears for one of America’s last two remaining concentrated solar power developers as the embattled sector attempts to pivot to a new business model abroad. SolarReserve, which developed the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

New Jersey’s Plastics Bill Stalls in Assembly

January 15, 2020

Via: Waste360

The New Jersey Assembly on January 13 failed to vote on legislation that bans the sale of single-use plastics. The bill, S2776 (Smith/Greeinstein)/S2776 (Pinkin), would prohibit the use of single-use plastic carryout bags and paper bags in stores and foodservice […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities, Waste Management

Oregon WTE Facility May Get Renewable Energy Status

January 14, 2020

Via: Waste360

Oregon lawmakers are giving Covanta’s waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in Marion County another chance to be treated as a renewable energy source. According to a Salem Reporter article, State Rep. Brian Clem confirmed that a proposal is in the works to […]


Public Institutions, Public Works

Federal Funds To Help LA’s Homeless Crisis Come Bundled Up In Strings

January 14, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has been working with Mayor Eric Garcetti to address the city’s homeless crisis despite public tension over the issue. But the administration says that if Los Angeles accepts federal help, it will need […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Most utilities aren’t getting full value from smart meters, report warns

January 13, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

Smart meter adoption rates have soared in the past decade and experts say the technology is foundational to broader grid modernization efforts, but ACEEE’s survey finds utilities typically under-utilize the technology. “Many utilities are underexploiting AMI capabilities and attendant benefits, […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Downward Trend In Cancer Deaths Is Great, Experts Say, But Hold Your Horses On Any Big Celebrations

January 13, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

The news is actually more nuanced than it may have seemed last week. And much is riding on how the results are interpreted. In other public health news: “forever chemicals,” race and medicine, genetic sequencing of measles, sickle cell disease, […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California’s 2020 legislative session: The ‘wild, Wild West’ of bills targeting PG&E

January 8, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

PG&E’s sweeping public safety power shut-off program provoked widespread criticism from lawmakers, regulators and customers in 2019, after millions of Californians were left without electricity for days. But the utility, which has six months to resolve its wildfire liabilities and […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

European Union Considers Plastics Tax

January 7, 2020

Via: Waste360

The European Union (EU) is considering a tax on plastics for member states. Financial Times reports that as part of its initial budget proposal in 2018, the European Commission proposed a tax on nonrecycled plastic. Now, Brussels, home to EU […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

California Recycler Fined for Mishandling Hazardous Waste

January 7, 2020

Via: Waste360

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has fined recycler Freon Free $145,760 for mishandling and incinerating hazardous waste without a permit. DTSC inspectors found Freon Free was burning hazardous waste without a permit, increasing the risk of an onsite […]