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Room for Debate: Keeping Food on the Plate, and Out of Landfills 21.9.2016 NY Times: Editorials
How can the enormous amount of wasted food in the United States be reduced?
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California backs rules on emissions of methane 20.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Sacramento • Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that regulates for the first time greenhouse-gas emissions tied to dairy cows and landfills, an escalation of California’s efforts to fight climate change beyond carbon-based gases to include methane and other pollutants. The move by the Democratic governor targets a category of gases known as short-lived climate pollutants, which have an outsize effect on global warming despite their relatively short life in the atmosphere. Environmentalists ho...
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Environmental Concerns -- and Anger -- Grow in Month After Thousand-Year Flood Strikes Louisiana 19.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
In the aftermath of the 1000-year flood that hit southern Louisiana in August, environmental and public health concerns are mounting as the waters recede. Residents want to know why many areas that never flooded before were left in ruin this time, raising questions about the role water management played in potentially exacerbating the flood. The smell of mold lingers on streets where the contents from flooded homes and businesses are stacked in piles along the curbside, as well as in neighborhoods next to landfills where storm debris is taken. Polluted Floodwaters I met up with Frank Bonifay whose home and business are in the Spanish Lake Basin region, about 20 miles south of Baton Rouge.  We went to his home on Alligator Bayou Road, which for weeks after the flood was only accessible by boat.  Car in front of flooded home off Ridge Road in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, on September 2. ©2016 Julie Dermansky On our way we drove past the Honeywell Geismar chemical plant near Saint Gabriel, where workers ...
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From trash to triumph: The Recycled Orchestra 14.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Young musicians from a Paraguayan slum have toured the world with instruments made of garbage. They've played with Stevie Wonder and for the Pope. Now they're in a documentary.
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Auto-Trash sorts garbage automatically at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 13.9.2016 techCrunch
 No, Auto-Trash does not mean wrappers and french fries lingering on the floor of your car. Auto-Trash is a Raspberry Pi-powered trashcan that can automatically sort items by type. It works by using a Raspberry Pi module equipped with a camera to “see” each item placed on top of the can’s rotating top. Using image recognition—powered by their own custom software model… Read ...
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NYC garbage dump world's largest landfill-to-park project 3.9.2016 AP National
NEW YORK (AP) -- Diverse wildlife habitat. Acres of hilly grasslands. Creeks for kayaking and meadow trails for hiking and biking....
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State issues Twin Enviro's Milner Landfill compliance advisory 1.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Twin Enviro Resources owner Les Liman met with Routt County officials Aug. 30 as they participated in a conference call with inspectors from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, who have issued a compliance order requiring Liman and his staff to respond to a list of nine “deficiencies” found during a May 12 inspection at Twin Enviro’s Milner Landfill west of Steamboat Springs. The deficiencies were detailed in an Aug. 8 compliance letter to Twin Enviro Chief Financial Officer Marlin Mullett from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. They ranged from “uncovered” asbestos near the landfill’s confined asbestos handling area to ineffective storm water control practices that allowed soils and likely unfinished organic compost materials to be trapped in snow removal piles to run into a nearby wetland. Liman said the date of the inspection came at a challenging time, when the landfill site was in a period of significant precipitation even as snowmelt was taking place, which compounded ...
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California seeks methane limits in climate agenda 1.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Sacramento • California Democrats are taking further steps to advance the state’s ambitious climate-change agenda, agreeing to regulate methane emissions from landfills and dairy farms for the first time and approving $900 million in spending on environmental programs. The approval came in the final hours of the two-year legislative session Wednesday following a flurry of negotiations involving Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic legislative leaders and the affected industries. It was approved just a w...
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Colorado asks Walmart to sell “ugly” produce in local stores 1.9.2016 Denver Post: Lifestyles
Walmart sells "ugly" produce for a discount in some states, but not Colorado. The state's food banks are pushing for the same service here.
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Phoenix Recycling aims to be regional hub 30.8.2016 Durango Herald
More materials could be kept out of regional landfills, now that Phoenix Recycling has opened a new plant.The facility on County Road 307 opened in July, and it could process all residential recyclables from haulers in La Plata, Montezuma and Archuleta counties, eliminating the need to use...
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Essential California: Black Lives Matter gets cool reception from some black churches 29.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. It is Monday, Aug. 29. Steven Gerrard of the L.A. Galaxy just had his first In-N-Out burger. How was it? “Life changing.” Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:

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For decades, African American churches have played a central role in Los...

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What the Heck Is Up With California's Recycling Program? 28.8.2016 Mother Jones
Few states have a greener rep than California, and for good reason. The state has a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, solar-energy production exceeding that of all other states combined , and, at the behest of Gov. Jerry Brown, it's now mulling new targets that would slash greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030. The state has proved itself a national leader in environmental policy. All of which makes California's latest waste and recycling report , issued yearly by state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery ( CalRecycle ), so bewildering. It reveals that landfill waste in the state jumped to 33.2 million tons in 2015, a one-year increase of 2 million tons, contributing to last year's release of 200,000 extra metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Per capita, each Californian now tosses 4.7 pounds of stuff into the landfill. The state's rate of recycling also dropped to 47 percent in 2015. That's the lowest rate since 2010 , and the first time since the state ...
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Taxpayers spent $127 million on this New York golf course. Trump reaps the rewards. 26.8.2016 Washington Post
Donald Trump’s deal with New York to manage the public golf course allows him to keep almost every dollar that flows in while taxpayers cover utility bills.
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Deconstruction of an old house can provide huge tax benefits for property owners 25.8.2016 Washington Post
Deconstruction of an old house can provide huge tax benefits for property owners
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EPA seeks depository for mine waste treatment plant sludge 25.8.2016 Durango Herald
The Environmental Protection Agency continues to search for a permanent resting place for sludge from a water-treatment plant at Gladstone, and it is vetting solicitations from private businesses to address mine cleanup in the Bonita Peak Mining District.The agency met Wednesday morning with La Plata...
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Waste Not, Save More 24.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
On average, each person in the US  throws away five pounds of solid waste each day . While many eco-conscious citizens do their due diligence to  recycle , compost, and reduce waste, others remain  apathetic  about preserving the environment. Wherever you might land on the eco-friendly scale, innovative "Pay As You Throw" (PAYT) programs are incentivizing people nationwide to increase (or start) recycling and composting through a usage-pricing model. Basically, the less trash you send to a landfill, the less you pay. Over 7,000 communities in the  US report  using this green solution, with cities seeing an average of 45 percent less trash. Though various types of PAYT programs have been tested, waste-reduction company WasteZero reports the most cost-effective and convenient option for reducing waste is  using specialized bags . With this approach, residents purchase uniquely printed bags approved by their municipality, just like you would purchase garbage bags from a store. Trash collectors only pick up ...
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This week at progressive state blogs: Controlling Chicago cops; sequestering NC and GA coal ash 14.8.2016 Daily Kos
This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching.  Here  is last Saturday's edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. At Eclectablog of Michigan, Chris Savage writes— Donald Trump makes news in Detroit by not deviating from his teleprompter :  Trump was so proud of himself for sticking to his scripted speech, in fact, that he  used it to raise funds in an email  later that afternoon. “[A] group of left-wing protesters interrupted me over ten times in an attempt to get us off message,” he wrote (referring to himself in the royal “us”.) “I have news for them: IT DIDN’T WORK! We stayed on message and delivered our positive platform to America. Give me all your money.” It’s an astonishing reality this year that the biggest news ...
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Utah environmental regulators reviewing spill of Rocky Mountain Power coal ash into Price River 13.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
State officials say the Price River is safe for recreation and irrigation and that Rocky Mountain Power should be able to handle any future storms like the one that discharged an estimated 2,700 cubic yards of coal ash into the Price River last week. Samples collected by the state Department of Environmental Quality in the days following the flash flood indicate concentrations of heavy metals were elevated near the site of the spill, said Scott Hacking, an environmental engineer with the Utah De... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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North L.A. County residents are angry that the Chiquita Canyon Landfill quietly avoided closure 12.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The town of Val Verde, population 2,468, consists of a smattering of narrow roads and single-family houses nestled among the hills of Chiquita Canyon, and a dump named after that canyon that some nearby residents say needs to be shut down. 

The Chiquita Canyon Landfill is L.A. County’s second-largest...

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Hanford contractor finishes final job before contract ends 12.8.2016 AP Washington
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The company working to clean up radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has exceeded expectations before its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy ends....
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