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Wising Up About Energy Use

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Diana Mott, who we had the pleasure of meeting at the Maho Bay Eco Resort on the island of St. John in the US Virgin islands. Your Creative Greenius has been working hard around my home and office to cut my needless electricity use. And what if we knew exactly how much each appliance cost us?

US Transportation Secretary LaHood issues “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving”; $2.4M for California, Delaware pilot projects

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Nationwide, 39 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam ban texting behind the wheel. Ten states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam prohibit all hand-held cell phone use while driving. While unveiling the plan, Secretary LaHood also announced $2.4 Distracted driving is an epidemic.

US 2nd-largest petroleum refinery to pay more than $5.3M for Clean Air Act violations

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Croix, US Virgin Islands refinery. Hovensa LLC became the owner and operator of the former Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corp. The government of the US Virgin Islands has joined in the settlement and will receive a portion of the civil penalty. HOVIC) refinery on 30 October 1998. Brief

United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area now effective

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The ECA was designated under MARPOL amendments adopted in July 2011. There are now four three designated ECAs in effect globally: The new United States Caribbean Sea ECA (SO x , NO x and PM); the North American ECA (SO x , NO x and PM); the Baltic Sea ECA (SO x ); and. the North Sea ECA (SO x ). Brief

NHTSA survey finds 660,000 drivers while driving at any given daylight moment using cell phones or electronic devices

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So far 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. Source: NOPUS.

EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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The top and bottom funding limits that will be considered for each proposal varies by region: Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont): EPA is requesting proposals between $100,000 and $800,000. Virgin Islands): EPA is requesting proposals between $500,000 and $1,800,000.

US EPA awards $50M for clean diesel projects

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This year for the first time, the following territories can now receive direct state allocation funds: Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $50 million for clean diesel projects. Brief

International study finds heat stress to Caribbean corals in 2005 worst on record, coral reefs suffered record losses

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The study appears in PLoS ONE , an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. Croix, USVI in Oct., Credit: NOAA. Click to enlarge.