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Southern Company leading global carbon capture research and development network for U.S.

Southern Company assumed leadership of the Carbon Capture International Test Center Network (ITCN), a global coalition of facilities working to accelerate the research and development (R&D) of carbon capture technologies. The National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research facility managed and operated by Southern Company, will serve as the host site for the ITCN.

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Preserving Mother Earth: Captured CO2 to Develop Foam and Plastic for Vehicles

  • Ford is the first automaker to develop foams and plastics using captured carbon dioxide for its vehicle lineup; anticipated use includes seating and underhood application 
  • Foams formulated with up to 50 percent CO2-based polyols could reduce petroleum use by more than 600 million pounds annually
  • Ford researchers foresee the new materials going into production vehicles within five years; future goals include developing other plastic materials using captured carbon to help reduce further the need for fossil fuel-based plastics

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Environmental Justice Advocates Celebrate Victory as Lawsuit Settlement Directs EPA to Protect Communities from Chemical Spills

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settled a lawsuit brought by the Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA) and its allies, and agreed to finally implement a 40-year old Congressional mandate to protect communities from industrial chemical spills. Environmental justice advocates, community leaders, and EJHA allies, including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and People Concerned About Chemical Safety (PCACS), celebrated the victory, and issued the following comments:

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CVS Pharmacy Says "So Long, Long Receipts," Announces Arrival of Digital Receipts for Customers

 

CVS Pharmacy President Helena Foulkes unveiled digital receipts in a surprise appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday evening. Customers will be able to choose to receive their receipts via email, along with personalized savings offers and ExtraBucks Rewards

CVS Pharmacy announced the company will launch digital receipts as a new option for all members of its ExtraCare Rewards program. The new option for digital receipts will roll out in early June and eventually be available in 7,900 retail locations. Customers will have the opportunity to opt-out of receiving paper receipts for all in-store purchases when completing their transactions in the front of the store. Once the one-time process is completed, customers will receive receipts digitally, along with their coupons and rewards, each time they shop at CVS Pharmacy.

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EPA Awards Fellowship to Undergraduate Students at Southeastern Universities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Natalie Smith, at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., is one of 34 undergraduate students at 28 colleges and universities across the nation to receive a Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship. The awards help inspire the next generation of environmental scientists and engineers, and provide students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with agency scientists. 

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