Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

'Plastic crisis'

Study urges microbeads ban to protect water quality

Phys.org

Phys.org

An outright ban on the common use of plastic "microbeads" that enter wastewater is the best way to protect water quality, wildlife, and resources used by people, a new analysis suggests. The conservation scientists from seven institutions say that nontoxic and biodegradable alternatives exist for microbeads, which are used in hundreds of products from toothpaste to face wash.

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N.J. panel to reevaluate water standards

Philadelphia Inquirer

A state drinking-water panel will again evaluate possible regulation of a chemical that had stirred health concerns in Moorestown, N.J., a move that legislators have tried to force through a bill awaiting action by Gov. Chris Christie.

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Utilities formally ask to build Atlantic pipeline

Fay Observer

Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC on Friday filed a formal application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking permission to build a $5 billion interstate natural gas transmission pipeline from West Virginia to southeastern North Carolina. The line would transport natural gas obtained through fracking.

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