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Changes at the EPA – Scary or Exciting?

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New changes at the Environmental Protection Agency have begun and are proving to be scary or exciting, depending on whom you ask. Scott Pruitt started as EPA chief after a long career as a lawyer and Republican politician in Oklahoma, a state known for its oil and gas industry. In the past, he has described… Read More →

Court rejects Arizona’s challenge to EPA-imposed emissions rules

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The Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to impose certain standards on industrial sites in Arizona in place of state rules meant to ensure visibility in federal parks, a federal appeals court ruled. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected arguments by the Arizona Department of Environmental… Read More →

Fulton Homes earns honor for energy efficiency

The Environmental Protection Agency recognized Tempe-based homebuilder Fulton Homes for being an industry leader in building energy-saving homes. For the second consecutive year Fulton Homes has received the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for its dedication to offering safer and healthier homes through participating in the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program. Fulton Homes is the only homebuilder in… Read More →

Joe Chandler will chair Fennemore Real Estate Group

by in Legal

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced Joe Chandler, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed the new Practice Group Chair of the firm’s Real Estate practice group. Fennemore Craig’s Real Estate practice group is one of the largest in the Mountain West, with a regional and national footprint, encompassing… Read More →

Arizona prepares for new EPA carbon emission standards

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Arizona is preparing for new federal standards that will curtail carbon emissions coming from power plants. By the end of summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will release its final regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent nationwide and in Arizona by more than 50 percent — one of the… Read More →

Tribal lands in Arizona get $19.5M for improvements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $19.5 million in funding to invest in Arizona tribes for environmental programs, water infrastructure development, community education and capacity building.  The announcement was made at the 22nd Annual Regional Tribal Conference in Sacramento, Calif. “The federal government is committed to protecting human health and the environment in Indian Country,”… Read More →

APS proposes compromise for Cholla Power Plant

The coal-fired Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City, Ariz., will close its 260-megawatt Unit 2 by April 2016 and stop burning coal at the other APS-owned units (1 and 3) by the mid-2020s if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves a compromise proposal offered by APS, the plant’s owner. APS also will ask the… Read More →

EPA ruling may close Navajo Generating Station by 2044

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners… Read More →

EPA Recognizes Hines with 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

by in AZRE Magazine | Building Green

Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency.  Hines will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington,… Read More →

Four Peaks Brewery Bringing Local Life to Tempe Oktoberfest

by in Events | Play

Tempe’s own Four Peaks Brewery takes front stage as title sponsor of the 41st Annual Oktoberfest October 11-13. Four Peaks Brewery and their award-winning beers and ales will help the Tempe Sister Cities organization to attract record crowds to Tempe Beach Park where music, food and great beer make for an event that you won’t… Read More →

EPA recognizes Fulton for energy efficient construction

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored Fulton Homes for its commitment to providing homebuyers with ENERGY STAR certified homes by presenting the Tempe-based homebuilder with the 2013 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. The honor recognizes a builder that promotes energy efficient construction and helps to protect the environment through partnership with ENERGY… Read More →

Coalition Formed to Combat Proposed EPA Regulations

by in Business News | Economy | Energy | Politics

A group of Arizona business leaders and politicians announced that they have created a coalition to address proposed regulations on the Navajo Generating Station. The Arizona Coalition for Water, Energy and Jobs said in a press conference on Tuesday that regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if implemented, will have an adverse effect… Read More →

State challenges pollution control upgrades

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The Arizona Corporation Commission is criticizing recent actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the state’s power plants. The commission voted Tuesday to file an amicus brief in federal appeals court supporting the state’s challenge to pollution control upgrades at three coal-fired power plants. The EPA partially approved Arizona’s air quality plan… Read More →

ASU joins EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge

Arizona State University adds a composting program and joins the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge. The EPA’s voluntary program kicks off Nov. 15, 2012 in celebration of America Recycles Day. According to the EPA, food is the single largest material sent to landfills and accounts for 25 percent of all waste sent to landfills.… Read More →