The Washington state Senate on Sunday voted 48-0 to advance legislation requiring public schools to test for and address lead contamination in drinking water, sending the bill to Gov. Jay Inslee for approval. The bill only requires taps to be repaired or replaced if lead levels exceed 5 parts per billion and provides some funding to do so.
The Trump-era Navigable Waters Protection Rule encourages collaboration between the federal government and local officials on protecting water, and that's important for delivering clean water to rural communities while supporting economic development, write Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, and Dan Newhouse, R-Wash. They and over 100 other lawmakers have introduced a resolution urging the Biden administration to uphold the rule.
Massachusetts has awarded $819 million in State Revolving Fund financing for 113 water infrastructure projects, including 10 drinking water projects dealing with PFAS contamination. The grants and low-interest loans come from the SRF's Clean Water Fund and Drinking Water Fund programs.
A multi-phase stormwater management project in Charleston, S.C., is set to wrap up next year and is expected to increase stormwater flow in designated areas by 500%. The gravity-based system, designed to reduce flooding and protect natural ecosystems, will use surface pipes, box pipes and tunnels to send stormwater into the Ashley River.
Marine species are seeking out cooler waters away from the equator and toward the poles as changing global climate patterns are making tropical waters too warm for them, according to a study. This disturbance in marine ecosystems will likely affect humans and could trigger a mass extinction of sea animals like the one 252 million years ago, researchers say.
Chevron Technology Ventures has officially entered the offshore wind market by investing in Ocergy, which is developing floating offshore wind technology. "To my knowledge, this is the first investment by a U.S. oil major in offshore wind," said Anthony Logan of Wood Mackenzie.
RESB Murmurs: We covered this initial announcement yesterday, but these articles provide a closer look at the deal and its possible long-term ramifications. - Sean
If spending months in a green paradise isn't enough to pique your interest, consider this: the island will soon be powered by its very own geothermal plant!
Leaders need to know that communication isn't one-size-fits-all, and they need to understand how their methods of communication and the platforms they use will affect employees, writes Scott Eblin. "If you don't take a strategic approach to your communications, it's way too easy to get into a reactive mode of always catching up to the curve," he writes.
A team from Bloomberg traveled to Xinjiang to personally check out what's happening behind closed factory doors, but they were met by Chinese officials and some solar suppliers who weren't exactly welcoming. The rest of the world, meanwhile, is relying on documents that are vague in nature and indicate less-than-desirable working conditions. This piece dives into how the situation stands to shake up the global solar supply chain.
RESB Murmurs: This is an amazing piece of journalism by the Bloomberg team, two of whom were greeted by armed security personnel before they even got off their inbound flight! This is a complex issue that isn't going away anytime soon, so be sure you set aside some time to dig into this article. - Sean
The Ocean Wind project planned in New Jersey by Orsted and the PSEG utility will bury cables under beaches to connect to the grid at two former power plants onshore. The project will include as many as 98 turbines generating enough power for 500,000 homes.
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