Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

Leading on lead

N.J. capital city aims to replace lead service lines

Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora at a Trenton Water Works press event marking the start of the water system's lead service line replacement program in Trenton, January, 9, 2020. (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media

NJ Advance Media

NJ.com

New Jersey’s capital city is launching a major effort to get the lead out. City officials gathered in West Trenton last week to kick off the major project — even though they have yet to secure all of the funding to make it happen. Trenton Water Works plans to spend $150 million over the next five years to replace more than 36,000 lead service lines in the water system. The replacement program is part of the utility’s $405 million capital plan that includes upgrades, a water treatment plant, and the construction of new water storage tanks to replace the Pennington Reservoir.

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Feds roll back NEPA, bedrock environmental law

The Hill & New York Times

The White House issued sweeping changes to one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws last week, allowing greater industry involvement in environmental reviews of projects and diminishing the role that climate change plays. The changes target the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires agencies to evaluate how pipelines, highways and some oil and gas development affects the environment and nearby communities.

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Georgia Power looking for coal ash reuse ideas

Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia Power Co. recently launched a plan to reuse coal ash from ash ponds throughout the state it is in the process of closing, announcing last week that it is looking for more ways to reuse ash stored at 11 active and retired coal-fired power plants. “Today, most of the coal ash Georgia Power produces is recycled for various beneficial uses, such as Portland cement, concrete and cinder blocks, and we are committed to seeking new beneficial reuse opportunities,” said Mark Berry, the utility’s vice president of environmental and natural resources.

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