Daily Archives: February 2, 2010

Improvements to Regulations.gov Make for Easier Access to Federal Regulations

As part of President Obama’s commitment to more effective and open government, the public can more quickly access federal regulations at Regulations.gov, thanks to comments received during the Regulations.gov Exchange online forum held last year.  Regulations.gov provides one-stop public access … Continue reading

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EPA and DOE Join States to Speed Energy Efficiency Progress in the United States

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to increasing energy efficiency and reducing costs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the creation of the State Energy Efficiency (SEE) Action Network.  This … Continue reading

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Researchers Use Fungus to Decompose Plastic Containing BPA

Read the full story in Environmental Protection. Pretreating polycarbonate plastic may be the key to disposing of bisphenol A (BPA) in an eco-friendly way, scientists have found. Their new study is in the American Chemical Society’s Biomacromolecules, a monthly journal. … Continue reading

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Mercury in Old Fillings Probably Not as Toxic, Study Reports

Read the full story in Environmental Protection. A new study on the surface chemistry of silver-colored, mercury-based dental fillings suggests that the surface forms of mercury may be less toxic than previously thought. A report on the study appears online … Continue reading

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New One-Stop Source for Scientific Information about U.S. Oceans and Waters

A one-stop source for biogeographic information collected from U.S. waters and oceanic regions is now available from the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Program. The OBIS-USA website offers a unique combination of tools, resources, and biodiversity information to aide scientists, … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg police chief deems greener police cars unsafe for carrying prisoners

Read the full story in the St. Petersburg Times. Police Chief Chuck Harmon said he is removing dozens of new energy-efficient cars from his patrol fleet because the vehicles are unsuitable for transporting suspects. The 2009 Chevrolet Impalas were scheduled … Continue reading

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Panel Suggests 100 Ways Buildings Can Be Greener

Read the full story in the New York Times. The task force’s recommendations include rules for insulating skyscrapers and a plan to install thermostats in individual apartments.

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