Daily Roundup: December 22, 2009
New BFFs? Oregon timber executives and environmentalists – traditional foes – came together to support legislation protecting the state’s old growth forests. New York Times.
Die-Hards: LED holiday lights save energy and last longer, but many still prefer the old-fashioned incandescent bulbs for decor. Even so, sales of LED holiday lights are up 200 percent. Seattle Times.
Putting Pressure on Polluters: In a settlement with the EPA, Duke Energy will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions at an Indiana coal power plant by 86 percent. Altogether the company must spend $93 million to upgrade the plant and pay civil penalty and environmental mitigation fees. EPA.
Another One Bites the Dust: Seminole Electric Cooperative cancelled plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Florida. In 2009, no new coal plants have broken ground. St. Petersburg Times and Sierra Club.
Salt-ternatives: Instead of heaping salt on snowy streets, some communities are using new, more environmentally benign methods to de-ice their roads. USA Today.
-- Année Tousseau