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The Utility of the Future at Work: Biomethane as New Sources of Energy & Income

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Clean water agencies seek more sustainable energy management and options for management of residuals produced in the process of cleaning dirty water.  The American Biogas Council (ABC) reports that “[t]he U.S. has over 2,000 sites producing biogas: 239 anaerobic digesters on farms, 1,241 wastewater treatment plants using an anaerobic digester . . . and 636 […]

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Round Two: Court Says SSI Rule Needs More Work

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The Aug. 20 decision by a Federal Appeals Court on U.S. EPA’s March 2011 Clean Air Act (CAA) Sewage Sludge Incinerator (SSI) Rule marked a partial legal victory and milestone in a multiyear regulatory and legal advocacy effort by NACWA to ensure environmentally appropriate regulation of SSIs on behalf of approximately one-third of the clean […]

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NACWA’s SSI Lawsuit is about Getting the Regulations Right

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Recently, NACWA filed its opening legal brief in litigation with EPA over a new rule to regulate air emissions from sewage sludge incinerators (SSIs) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The brief marks a significant milestone in a multiyear regulatory and legal advocacy effort by NACWA to ensure environmentally appropriate regulation of SSIs. NACWA has tried to work collaboratively with EPA on this issue, but last year EPA abandoned its previous regulatory approach and mandated a new set of SSI air emission standards that are illegal and scientifically flawed. This prompted NACWA to sue the Agency over the rule and embark on the largest litigation effort in the Association’s history. [ … ]

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