The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a final settlement with Millard Refrigerated Services that resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for an airborne release of ammonia from Millard’s Theodore, Alabama, facility in 2010. Millard will pay a $3 million penalty for the violations that sickened 152 people responding to the BP oil spill.
Brewery’s annual campaign raises thousands for Waterkeeper Alliance groups across the Southeast
From July 3 through Labor Day, SweetWater Brewing Company’s annual “Save Our Water” campaign encourages folks to “give of their liver to save the river” in a multifaceted fundraising effort for Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement of on-the-water advocates. Funds and awareness are generated by purchases of “Save Our Water” t-shirts and signature-ready “fundraising fish” at participating restaurants, bars and retail accounts across SweetWater’s distribution footprint. Patrons may visit waterkeeperbrew.org to donate online and learn about the projects their dollars will fund in their local communities.
First Data Center to Locate on Repurposed Coal Generation Site
The Tennessee Valley Authority announced that Google has chosen TVA’s Widows Creek soon-to-be retired coal plant site in North Alabama to build its newest data center – the 14th across the globe. Joining TVA’s President and CEO Bill Johnson and TVA Chairman Joe Ritch in the announcement were Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, local and state officials and Gary Demasi, Google Director of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy.
EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice today lodged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama a proposed modification of a prior 2006 consent decree with Alabama Power Company that will secure further reductions of harmful air pollutants, primarily sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), from three of the company’s coal-fired power plants in Alabama. The proposed modifications, if entered by the court, will resolve the remaining claims in a long-running case that alleged violations of the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program.
The City of Huntsville, Alabama has selected UtilityTRX as its utility bill management and data analytics software solution for reducing utility costs, measuring building performance and tracking sustainability goals on more than 100 buildings that equate to over 1.5 million square feet.
Kristen Ellis, a native of Letohatchee, Ala., has received a grant from the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation to work with the nonprofit clean water advocacy organization Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Ellis, a senior majoring in public relations at The University of Alabama, will be working as a communications intern for the group throughout the summer. This grant is the highest honor that the College of Communication and Information Sciences bestows on a student. UA’s nationally ranked public relations program has received numerous awards in recent years.