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Water Infrastructure: Show Us the Money

arra_sealThe federal government’s vigorous attempts to get the economy moving are producing gushers of money for water projects of all types. The American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocates large amounts to water infrastructure, but it’s far from the only source: There’s the Water Quality Investment Act of 2009, changes to the tax law to allow more money for private activity bonds for water projects, and a good number of other water-related bills. Add to that a long list of earmarks sending money to legislators’ home districts and you have a lot of money. The trick is to ferret it out. In this article, we’ll try to bring things up to date on what's been happening legislatively with the water infrastructure.


Exploring Clean Coal Technology, Part 2

clean_coalIn part 1 of our 2-part series on clean coal, we discussed the history of, and the methods behind, various clean coal technologies, and we noted some of the earliest demonstration projects and reported on how they fared.

Exploring Clean Coal Technology, Part 1

clean_coalCoal has been considered a dirty fuel for a long time. It caused the famous 19th century London fogs, and it killed 19 people in Donora, PA in 1948 when a temperature inversion trapped smoke from the surrounding steel mills against the ground. The latter incident helped to get pollution control regulations off the ground, even though there had been sporadic attempts as far back as 1306.

Green Stands for $$

emissionsSome states — California, in particular — are imposing ever-more-severe restrictions on emissions of everything from carbon dioxide to diesel particulates, and the costs to industry promise to be high. And we can expect new federal regulations along the same lines over the next few years. But companies can do more than just stand there and take it like a mule in a hailstorm. We can look for new opportunities, and several areas look promising:

Investing in Water Infrastructure: Good for the Economy

The water infrastructure in the United States is aging and in dire need of repair and replacement, yet despite the enormous size and scope of this problem, little has been by Congress to allocate funding to keep our water and sewage systems functional. But a number of organizations are presenting the alarming facts behind the aging infrastructure to Congress—and to the American public.

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