Saturday, June 18, 2011

In Case You Missed It - The Week of June 12-June 18

ImagesCAR3PG3U * EPA announced that it would delay the release of proposed new source performance standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other major pollution sources (NY Times).  

* Five wind companies "filed a claim with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission" this week, arguing that the Bonneville Power Administration--which owns the transmission lines that the companies use to sell their power--has violated the Federal Power Act in curtailing wind power (Portland Business Journal).

* Solar installations in the United States were up 66% in the first quarter of this year, reaching 252 MW of installed capacity in those three months (PVTECH).

* Swiss lawmakers voted this week to join Germany and phase out the nation's use of nuclear power by 2034 (AP/Yahoo! News).

* Portland city officials decided to drain an 8 million gallon reservoir after security cameras captured a man urinating into it. The move will cost the city over $40,000. Hopefully NASA will not adopt this policy, otherwise there will be a lot of thirsty astronauts.

* The FDA changed sunscreen labeling rules, prohibiting manufacturers from labeling their product as "sun block," "waterproof," or anything more than 50 SPF.  The agency also has determined from animal testing that nanoparticles in sunscreens "do not penetrate the skin," according to the LA Times.

* The Fish and Wildlife Service will re-list the Virginia northern flying squirrel as endangered, in response to a court order (NY Times).

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