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8/19/2019

D.C. chefs like Marjorie Meek-Bradley are finding creative ways to cut down on waste with dishes like St. Anselm's broiled salmon collar. Chefs Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff work toward zero waste at their three restaurants by cooking cauliflower stem tempura, cryoconcentrated cocktail mixers and broccoli stem stir fry.

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Eater
8/19/2019

The Business Roundtable, an influential lobbying group that includes the CEOs of some of the world's largest companies, issued a statement today declaring companies should no longer focus primarily on maximizing shareholder value. The move acknowledges the increased importance of other stakeholders -- like employees and wider society.

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MarketWatch
8/19/2019

The Chesapeake Bay had a 2-cubic-mile dead zone last month, compared to a 35-year average of 1.35 cubic miles for July, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Department. Heavy rainfall exacerbated the zone, which threatens crabs and other marine life, say scientists from the University of Maryland.

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8/19/2019

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill last week that gives a three-month deadline for a proposal to clean up a superfund site. The Coakley Landfill is leaking contaminants into drinking water through the headwaters of a brook.

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8/19/2019

The McDowell County Public Service District has acquired water operations in O'Toole, W.Va. The district is now delivering clean drinking water to the town, which has had to boil tap water for 17 years.

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8/19/2019

New Glasgow and its water treatment facility are looking for individuals that own older homes and are interested in having their water tested for lead. Facility manager Craig Gerrior says the town's drinking water is safe, but that the town must comply with a New Health Canada rule requiring annual water testing.

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CBC News (Canada)
8/16/2019

The California Independent System Operator must act quickly to resolve a problem with how its handles output from hybrid sources, which results in capacity being stranded, say the American Wind Energy Association and other groups. One solution is to develop a new hybrid resource constraint that would allow project components to maintain a higher level of output.

8/16/2019

The levelized cost of wind is lower than ever in the US and the industry accounted for 21% of all capacity added in the US in 2018, according to the Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "Wind energy prices ­- ­particularly in the central United States, and supported by federal tax incentives - are at all-time lows, with utilities and corporate buyers selecting wind as a low-cost option," says Senior Scientist Ryan Wiser.

8/16/2019

Power purchase agreements between companies and clean energy projects were up year-over-year in July and are expected to exceed a record of 13.6 gigawatts by the end of 2019, according to BloombergNEF. The US' mechanism for PPAs is easy to access and popular among a wide array of buyers, including the technology and food and beverage industries, says Senior Associate Kyle Harrison.

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8/16/2019

Lawmakers can help wind advance by dispelling rumors that create challenges, for example that turbines harm birds or produce loud sounds, says Nick Bierstedt, site manager for NextEra Energy Resources' Story Wind project in Iowa. "Things like that can hurt the reputation of the industry and you can start to see those who invest in wind energy become a little more distant from wind energy," says Bierstedt.

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