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City to hire five new Environmental Control Board officials

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
The city will hire five new members for the Environmental Control Board as part of ongoing efforts to improve its operations, officials said Wednesday.

Court faults state oversight of storm-water cleanup efforts

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
Maryland's second highest court has faulted state oversight of local efforts to control polluted runoff, in a case that could have bearing on legislation in Annapolis repealing fees for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

'Osprey cam' will return, state agency says

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
In a world of one-hit Web stars and short-lived streaming sensations, it appears the ospreys of Maryland have a bit more staying power.

Fracking moratorium passes Senate

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
The natural gas extraction method known as "fracking" would be banned in Maryland until October 2017 under legislation approved Monday night by the Maryland Senate.

Shore wind project scrapped amid political roadblocks

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
The developer of a wind energy project planned for Somerset County has abandoned the proposal, citing the continued opposition of Southern Maryland lawmakers concerned about protecting the work of the naval air station in their region.

Oyster poaching continues on bay despite enforcement efforts

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
Waterman Edward "Bruce" Lowery lost his Maryland license to harvest oysters five years ago, after racking up more than three dozen violations. He was convicted of fishing at the wrong times, in the wrong places and using the wrong equipment.

Baltimore company sees growing market for device to detect seafood fraud

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
Swab in hand, Rena Shimizu lightly scraped a sample from a salmon fillet, dipped the swab in a tube of liquid and gently swirled it before setting it aside to briefly incubate at the Baltimore lab.

Former Sparrows Point mill owner fined for environmental violations during demolition

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
The former owner of the Sparrows Point steel mill in Dundalk and its demolition contractor have been hit with more than $3 million in penalties for pollution violations that officials say occurred during the tear-down of old mill buildings.

TV ad hits Hogan for blocking air pollution curbs

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
Environmental and health groups have launched a television ad blitz Thursday calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to release an air pollution regulation that he blocked when he took office.

Senate stormwater fee bill gets rained on in House

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's bid to end the long-running political uproar over the so-called "rain tax" ran into some turbulence Wednesday, as witness after witness urged a House panel to retool the Democratic leader's bill.

Senate panel votes for two-year fracking delay

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
A Senate panel voted Wednesday to impose a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Western Maryland, a pause to allow lawmakers to review any limits the Hogan administration might put on the controversial drilling practice.

Not all Maryland crab cakes as local as advertised

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
Here's a thought for Maryland seafood lovers to sink their teeth into: A survey has found that more than a third of the crab cakes tested at Maryland and Washington, D.C., restaurants were not local blue crab as advertised, but imported crab.

House OKs tax break for Baltimore County landfill neighbors, despite Kamenetz

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
A bill that could grant a tax break to neighbors of Baltimore County's landfill in White Marsh passed the House Tuesday, over opposition from County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Eli Cove closed after sewer overflows

B'more Green - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:57
Blocked sewer drain causes 60,000 gallon overflow

Biotech Interest in Mini Organs Booms

Scientific American - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 15:45
Biologists are building banks of ‘organoids’, and learning a lot about human development on the way

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2:00PM Water Cooler 7/29/15

Naked Capitalism - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:00
Today's Water Cooler: TPP in Maui (watch Malaysia), home sales iffy, bnd worries, Cincinnati shooting video, imperial collapse watch, fear

Another Northern White Rhino Dies--and Then There Were 4

Scientific American - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:00
The slow countdown to extinction continues for this victimized species

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Iberdrola's Tule Wind Inks PPA With California Utility

American Wind Power News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:56
Southern California Edison has agreed to buy the entire output from Iberdrola Renewables' planned 132 MW Tule Wind Power Project, located in the McCain Valley [...]

France Plans to Reduce Nuclear in Favor of Renewables

Scientific American - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:15
The nuclear pioneer nation plans to cut back on its reliance on reactors

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ConEdison Solutions And SunPower Launch Residential PV Leasing Program In New York

Solar Industry News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:01
New York-based renewable energy developer ConEdison Solutions and California-based and SunPower have partnered to offer a solar leasing program to homeowners in the Empire State. [...]

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