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Coal Ash Is Contaminating Groundwater in at least 22 States, Utility Reports Show

Inside Climate News | Posted onJanuary 22, 2019 in Energy News

The clearest picture yet of coal ash contamination in the United States is emerging, with utilities reporting serious groundwater contamination in at least 22 states. At dozens of power plants across the country, including many in the Southeast, utilities have found coal-ash pollution severe enough to force them to propose cleanup plans. Those plans will likely become the next front in a decades-long battle over how to manage one of the nation's largest industrial waste streams—one tainted by toxic heavy metals.

Environmental groups win lawsuit to overturn Wisconsin settlement with dairy group

Edairy News | Posted onJanuary 22, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Four environmental groups have won a lawsuit to overturn part of a settlement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a dairy organization.The 2017 settlement ended a legal challenge from the Dairy Business Association over new state guidance for how concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, can manage runoff.

Dairy- Descending prices and a monstrous amount of cheese

Edairy News | Posted onJanuary 22, 2019 in Agriculture News

Last year started off on a promising note for dairy exports and was projected to possibly set new records. Tariff wars with China and Mexico along with a drop in cheese consumption, however, weighed heavy on prices. Milk sales were down 2.2% over the first 10 months of 2018. As for exports, during the first 10 months, the U.S. exported 16.3% of milk solids, most of which occurred before the tariffs. Experts say there were 30,000 few cows on average during August through October.

Texas regulators defer to legislature on utility ownership of energy storage

Utility Dive | Posted onJanuary 22, 2019 in Energy News

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) on Thursday deferred a decision on outstanding questions regarding the ownership of energy storage devices, leaving the matter for consideration by the state's legislature.In a report to the legislature earlier this month, the PUCT said ownership of energy storage devices has "emerged as an issue that would benefit from legislative clarity."The legislature's session runs from Jan. 8 until May 27. If the legislature does not act, the PUCT would revisit the issue, Chairman DeAnn Walker said.

Virginia rejects majority of Dominion's $6B grid modernization plan, smart meter rollout

Utility Dive | Posted onJanuary 22, 2019 in Energy News

Virginia regulators on rejected large portions of Dominion Energy's grid transformation proposal, including smart meter deployment and other modernization efforts.The 10-year proposal would have cost approximately $6 billion, with the first three-year phase pegged at $1.5 billion.

Federal judge links PG&E's uninsulated power lines to California wildfires

Utility Dive | Posted onJanuary 22, 2019 in Energy, Rural News

The federal judge overseeing Pacific Gas & Electric's probation related to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion issued a preliminary finding on Thursday concluding the utility's equipment was a factor in sparking wildfires in 2017 and 2018 that devastated parts of Northern California.The ruling could lead to additional scrutiny or oversight for the utility, which announced Jan. 14 that it would file for bankruptcy protection due to mounting wildfire liabilities. U.S. District Judge William Alsup gave PG&E and the U.S. Justice Department until Jan.

Arkansas considers bill allowing vet techs to provide service without vet presence

Arkansas On Line | Posted onJanuary 22, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Veterinary technicians and technologists would be able to perform their services away from the physical presence of a veterinarian under a bill that a House committee on Wednesday recommended for approval. House Bill 1124 -- sponsored by Reps. DeAnn Vaught, R-Horatio, and David Hillman, R-Almyra, and Sen. Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia -- would create certifications for veterinary technologist and technician specialist; the state now has a certification for veterinary technician.

In Puerto Rico, time measured before and after Maria

AVMA | Posted onJanuary 22, 2019 in Rural News

Veterinarians adjusting to post-hurricane life face serious pet overpopulation problem.  People and their pets fill the lobby waiting their turn to be called into a back area. There, teams of veterinarians and veterinary technicians studiously probe and examine the nervous cats and dogs. They then take the animals to another room where they are sedated and prepped for surgery by one of five veterinarians operating in assembly line–like fashion.

Groups provide new guidance on antimicrobials

AVMA | Posted onJanuary 22, 2019 in Agriculture News

The AVMA, Canadian VMA, and Federation of Veterinarians of Europe are calling for continuous monitoring of antimicrobial use and resistance at a global level. The AVMA also has created definitions of antimicrobial use for treatment, control, and prevention. A new joint statement from the AVMA, CVMA, and FVE "describes broad steps and strategies veterinarians around the world can take to preserve the effectiveness and availability of antimicrobial drugs while safeguarding animal, public and environmental health," according to a Dec. 6 announcement.

Florida Governor asks legislature to drop former governors ban on medical marijuana

Miami Herald | Posted onJanuary 22, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he has asked the Legislature to change Florida law to allow smoking medical marijuana. If lawmakers don’t comply by mid March, he’ll drop the state’s appeal of a court decision that says banning it violates a constitutional amendment.