The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded millions of dollars to programs to improve Michigan's drinking water, general water quality and related infrastructure, Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Wednesday during a visit to the state. The EPA has added $95 million to a state revolving loan fund for water infrastructure and is giving the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy $681,000 to test child care programs' drinking water for lead, he noted.
Using green infrastructure to manage stormwater benefits society, the environment and the economy -- and can also help cities recover financially from the pandemic while fighting climate change, writes architect Richa Parmar of GharPedia. "When it comes to disaster management, one of its best practices is building back better to increase resilience at the community level as well as in the country," she writes.
Kansas has the ability to become a national clean energy leader and welcomes Invenergy's plan to build a section of the Grain Belt Express transmission project in the state, said Gov. Laura Kelly. "The Grain Belt Express will be instrumental in helping to power Kansas and other states, and will bring nearly 1,000 jobs and billions in economic investment and energy savings to our state," she said.
The calendar flips to October today, and that means it's time for AWEA's annual safety campaign. This year the theme is "Stand Tall," with a focus on sprains and strains from working in the nacelle. AWEA's safety data shows the top injuries in the wind turbine generator are sprains and strains from handling, lifting or carrying.
East Hampton Town Trustees on Monday unanimously approved Deepwater Wind South Fork's proposal to lay part of a 4.1-mile cable on town roads. The proposal would enter the town into a host-community benefits deal with Orsted, but still requires the approval of the town board.
Investments in transmission infrastructure and renewable energy generating capacity are equally important and essential to the nation's energy future, writes David Blackmon. "The renewable energy generational goals of many states are admirable, but America needs a grid system that is capable of handling that capacity in order to truly maximize the potential of new technologies coming to market," he writes.
Duke Energy has reportedly refused a takeover offer from NextEra Energy, and NextEra Energy CEO James Robo says a hostile acquisition isn't on the table. The deal would also require a federal nod and approval from six states where Duke Energy operates.
Beauty brands such as LastObject, which offers reusable cotton swabs and cotton face pads, have sought to improve sustainability in the industry through reusable and refillable products. Makeup Eraser sells reusable makeup wipes, while Bawdy Beauty is considering the development of reusable sheet masks.
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