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Nashville, Tennessee Wins National Cities Of Service Contest With Plan To Preserve Waterways And Mitigate Storm-related Pollution By Promoting Green Growth

"Storm Busters" is One of Four New Cities of Service Blueprints Outlining Steps for City Halls to Leverage Citizen Volunteers to Improve Local Life - Albuquerque, NM; Orlando, Fla., and Philadelphia Also Recognized for Successful Programs Supporting Families, Academic Success, and Sustainability Respectively

Cities of Service Executive Director Myung J. Lee announced the winners of the Cities of Service blueprint competition. Nashville, Tenn., under Mayor Karl Dean, was selected the grand prize winner for its strategy to protect the city's vast number of waterways from storm runoff and related damage through citywide coordinated restoration and resilience projects achieved with community partners and volunteers. Other cities recognized for successful programs that can be replicated elsewhere include Albuquerque, NM; Orlando, Fla., and Philadelphia. The winners were selected from 30 submissions earlier this year which proposed tested volunteer-based solutions to city problems. Cities of Service is a national nonprofit that supports mayors to leverage citizen service as a tool to drive public sector innovation and achieve measurable impact on pressing local challenges. Its coalition includes 201 cities in the United States and United Kingdom.

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Owners and Managers of Former Salvage Operations at Former Textile Plant in Tennessee Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy Associated with Illegal Asbestos Removal

Conspirators ordered to pay $10.3 million in restitution

U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer sentenced five people to prison terms in federal court in Greeneville, Tennessee, for conspiring to commit Clean Air Act offenses in connection with the illegal removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials at the former Liberty Fibers Plant in Hamblen County, Tennessee, the Justice Department announced. A&E Salvage had purchased the plant out of bankruptcy in order to salvage metals which remained in the plant after it ceased operations.

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Building a More Competitive American Manufacturing Industry with Advanced Composites

Three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest commonly used metals, advanced composites have the potential to revolutionize advanced manufacturing, transforming clean energy products from wind turbines to next-generation passenger vehicles that are made right here in America. These versatile composites are currently used for satellites, airplanes and luxury cars, but by driving down costs and making these materials more accessible to manufacturers across a number of industries, we can make virtually any product made out of metal lighter, stronger and less expensive.

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Groundwater Cleanup to Begin at Smalley-Piper Superfund Site in Collierville, TN

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that construction of a groundwater treatment system will soon begin at the Smalley-Piper Superfund Site located at 719 Piper Street in Collierville, TN. Land clearing and other site preparation activities are currently underway. The treatment plant building will be constructed during December followed by the installation of the treatment equipment in January 2015. The treatment system is expected to be in operation by March 2015 and will initially operate for one year. EPA will then evaluate the system’s performance and determine the appropriate next steps.

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Obama Administration Selects 26 Communities to Develop Local Food Projects, Encourage Economic Expansion/ Local Foods, Local Places Initiative encourages creative economic development in 26 communities in 19 states

 

On behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities including Tracy City, Tennessee, has been selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, environmental, public health and regional economic experts will work directly with the communities to develop specifically identified local food projects. Project proposals include repurposing vacant land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains.

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