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January 4, 2013 – 873 views
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An underground storage tank (UST) is a system in which an underground pipe is connected to a tank that has at least 10 percent of its combined volume under the ground. These tanks are used to store petroleum products and hazardous chemicals. If the contents of an underground storage tank get released, they can act as a threat to the environment and human health. These tanks are found to be a major source of groundwater and soil contamination... Full Story 
December 12, 2012 – 915 views
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Wetlands mitigation requires the replacement of wetlands that are drained or filled with a similar sized wetland in another location. These requirements are part of the Clean Water Act and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency although other federal and state agencies may be involved. For example... Full Story 
December 4, 2012 – 1,068 views
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In theory, the Endangered Species Act, or ESA, is a great idea. It was designed to protect the habitats of endangered animals and plants within the United States. The idea was to keep small areas of land from being developed, allowing the few species in danger of becoming extinct to survive in peace. In reality, the complex requirements have hampered developers attempting to utilize purchased land. The criteria for becoming a protected habitat are too low with too many species being listed as endangered... Full Story 
November 19, 2012 – 932 views
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When underground storage tanks (USTs) become contaminated, the most critical potential threat is to the environment and public health. Contaminated groundwater may dangerously impact drinking water. Various cancers in the general population and a multitude of respiratory conditions in young children have been linked to hazardous substances from leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs). If leaks or seepages do occur anywhere in the country, they must be handled in the most effective and expeditious manner. Whose responsibility is it to contain and clean up LUSTs?... Full Story 
November 5, 2012 – 936 views
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One of the key principles of sustainable and green design is making efficient use of all the resources one has at their disposal. There are many ways that we can take the so-called “effluent” or waste from a system and turn it into an energy source or input for a different system, thereby increasing the efficiency and sustainability of everyday processes. Take, for example, one of the most important and often used resources known to mankind: water... Full Story 
October 23, 2012 – 1,003 views
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Albert Schweitzer highlighted the aesthetic value of trees: “There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” As foresters and certain environmentalists and government workers know, trees have environmental and economic value as well. Environmental impact includes, such considerations as wildlife, watersheds, and erosion; but it is their economic value that motivates timber trespass... Full Story 
October 10, 2012 – 935 views
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When you're communicating information to the public about an ongoing project, it's most important to be transparent and clear with the language. It's very easy to simply share the technical terms that describe the actual work being done, but this is not going to be clear to a layman who is not part of that field. Instead, break it down into very clear terms describing exactly what is going to happen and what the objective is. In the process... Full Story 
September 19, 2012 – 998 views
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On July 24, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released the final version of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Development (Solar PEIS). This historic project provides a plan to begin building utility-scale solar power plants on public land located in the Western United States. The Solar PEIS targets land in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah... Full Story