Brookhaven, U Arkansas team develop new core-shell catalyst for ethanol fuel cells

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Arkansas have developed a highly efficient catalyst for extracting electrical energy from ethanol. To make the catalyst, Jingyi Chen of the University of Arkansas, who was a visiting scientist at Brookhaven during part of this project, developed a synthesis method to co-deposit platinum and iridium on gold nanoparticles.

Major spill from the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas

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Route of the Pegasus pipeline. Source: ExxonMobil. Click to enlarge. A breach in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus crude oil pipeline occurred late Friday afternoon near Mayflower, AR (about 20 miles north northwest of Little Rock and at the southeastern end of the Lake Conway reservoir). The pipeline has been shut in and crews are working to contain the spill. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) categorizes the incident as a “major spill”—i.e., greater than 250 barrels (10,500 gallons).


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Standard Lithium completes proof-of-concept of lithium extraction & crystallization; better than battery-quality lithium carbonate

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Successful operation of the technology at pre-commercial continuous scale has directly extracted lithium from brine in Arkansas and produced a purified, concentrated intermediate product (LiCl solution) which has been converted to better than battery-quality lithium carbonate final product.

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PHEV Day 161 - Friday, 21 March 2009. From Vicksburg, MS to the 46th State Capitol - Little Rock, Arkansas

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Hwy 65 parallels somewhat in-land the Mississippi and goes over the flat, broad and green of first Louisiana into the flat, broad and green of Arkansas. After a late evening photo session at the Arkansas State Capitol, the "Spirit" and EVJerry made the stayover was at Little Rock Air Force Base. Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - The "Spirit" started cruising on a sunny Friday afternoon, 20 March 2009.

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Is Louisiana Planning To Charge EV Owners $400/Y While Rejecting Increased Gas Taxes?

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You can always tell when you cross the state line–the roads are smoother in Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas. Louisiana is well known for having severely bad roads. Recently, there was a bill proposed to increase gasoline taxes and tax EV owners $400 per year to own an EV in the state.

States with the highest and lowest truck traffic on interstate highways

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Arkansas. Arkansas. For both rural and urban interstates, truck traffic was proportionally highest in Arkansas (36.1% by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. This analysis examined truck traffic as the percentage of all traffic on interstate highways in the individual states and the District of Columbia.

Goodyear invests in autonomous trucking company Gatik; tire intelligence and autonomous middle mile logistics

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Gatik has established the first autonomous middle mile logistics network in North America and is rapidly expanding its fleet of Class 3-6 autonomous box trucks for customers in multiple markets, including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Ontario.

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Albemarle expands Nevada site to increase domestic production of lithium

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Albemarle’s domestic resources also include the historic 800-acre Kings Mountain, NC, lithium site, which is one of the richest spodumene ore deposits in the world and home to the company’s global lithium technical center and piloting operations, as well as lithium-containing brines in Arkansas. Albemarle Corporation will expand capacity at the company’s lithium production facility in Silver Peak, Nev.,

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Karma Automotive in final development stages for SiC traction inverters; 400V and 800V

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The new SiC traction inverters are engineered in-house by Karma’s Powertrain Power Electronics team, in collaboration with the Power Electronic System Laboratory at University of Arkansas (PESLA).

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Researchers design nanoparticles for cost-effective hydrogen production process

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Researchers at the University of Arkansas, with colleagues from Brookhaven National Lab and Argonne National Lab, have found that nanoparticles composed of nickel and iron are more effective and efficient than other more costly materials when used as catalysts in the production of hydrogen fuel through water electrolysis.

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LANXESS enters battery chemistry business; Li-ion electrolyte production in Leverkusen, Germany

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The lithium is to be extracted in an environmentally friendly way from the brine used in bromine extraction at LANXESS’ site in El Dorado, Arkansas. Germany-based specialty chemicals company LANXESS is entering the battery chemistry business. Starting next year, the Group will produce electrolyte formulations for lithium-ion batteries for the Chinese company Tinci. Guangzhou Tinci Materials Technology Co. Tinci) is a leading global manufacturer of lithium-ion battery materials.

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Democrats continue to drive less than Republicans in response to the pandemic

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in Arkansas. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. In two recent analyses, I have shown that, during the pandemic, the decrease in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the states with preference for Democrats was greater than in the states with preference for Republicans. This was the case in both March 2020 (the first month with the pandemic) and June 2020. The present analysis examined whether the pattern was still present in July 2020—the month with the most current available data.

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CenterPoint adding natural gas vehicles to fleet, more fueling stations

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CenterPoint Energy, a US energy delivery company, is adding 35 natural gas vehicles to its fleet across Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Additionally, the company expects to provide natural gas service to at least 17 new compressed natural gas fueling stations built in the company’s service territory.

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USDA providing $9.6M to create 9,000 acres of BCAP project areas for non-food energy crop production

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million for the creation of two new Biomass Crop Assistance Program ( BCAP ) project areas in New York and North Carolina, and the expansion of an already established BCAP project area in Arkansas. Additionally, BCAP Project Area 2 in northeast Arkansas will expand its area within three counties, bringing enrollment up to nearly 8,000 acres of Giant Miscanthus. This Arkansas BCAP project area is sponsored by MFA Oil Biomass LLC, in Columbia, Mo.

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EPA announces $46M for latest Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding

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Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) will accept applications requesting up to $2,500,000 in grant funds. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to implement projects which reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds.

DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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Gulf Coast Basin (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas): The University of Texas at Austin plans to quantify coal from mines and coal ash from power plant resources and refuse as feedstocks for rare earth elements and critical minerals within the US Gulf Coast Basin.

NASA awarding $6 million to 3-year ULI project to develop approach to electric aircraft fueled by liquid hydrogen

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The project includes participation from eight additional institutions: the Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing Research and Technology, General Electric Global Research, The Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Arkansas, the University of Dayton Research Institute, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Postal Fleet Services selects Ryder for natural gas vehicle solution in four states; 20 CNG heavy-duty trucks

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Ryder has CNG and Liquefied natural gas (LNG) customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Ryder System announced that Postal Fleet Services has signed a full-service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting mail delivery operations in Orlando, Fla., Lafayette, La., Jackson, Miss., and La Vergne, Tenn.

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Blackstone and Alta Resources partner to invest up to $1B to acquire and develop unconventional oil & gas assets in North America

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Greenberg, its President and CEO, Alta Resources has been a leader in the development of shale gas assets from the Fayetteville shale basin in Arkansas to the Marcellus shale field in Pennsylvania. Alta Resources, LLC and Blackstone Capital Partners, an affiliate of The Blackstone Group have formed Alta Energy Partners which will invest up to $1 billion to acquire and develop unconventional oil and gas assets in North America. Founded in 1999 by Joseph G.

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Study finds methane leaks from three large US natural gas fields in line with EPA estimates

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Tens of thousands of pounds of methane leak per hour from equipment in three major natural gas basins that span Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, according to airborne measurements, but the overall leak rate from those basins is only about 1% of gas production there——lower than leak rates measured in other gas fields, and in line with EPA estimates. Methane emissions in the Fayetteville shale region of Arkansas were roughly 43 tons (86,000 lbs) per hour, or 1.0-2.8%

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New Illinois law raises speed limit to 70 mph on rural highways

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The 36 other states with speed limits of 70 mph or higher, are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Plains All American to build $900M, 200K bpd pipeline from Cushing to Memphis

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Construction of the pipeline will enhance the refinery’s long-term ability to produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel for the greater Memphis and eastern Arkansas area. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. will construct the Diamond Pipeline, a 440-mile (708 km), 20-inch crude oil pipeline that will provide capacity of up to 200,000 barrels per day of domestic sweet crude from the Plains Cushing, Okla.

BMW and Nissan again partner to add 174 more DC fast chargers in US with EVgo

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States and markets in which BMW and Nissan have installed dual-port DC Fast chargers on the EVgo network include: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., BMW and Nissan have again joined forces—this time with EVgo, the nation’s largest public DC Fast charging network—to increase public access to DC Fast charging stations across the US.

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US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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billion miles of 19 states—Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C. US driving topped 2.4 trillion miles in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 3.0%

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One Atmospheric Nuclear Explosion Could Take Out the Power Grid

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covering portions of Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In July, Chinese researchers urged their government to increase the country's readiness for defending against a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

EPA announces ~$44M in DERA funding to reduce emissions from diesel engines

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Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,500,000 in grant funds. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants.

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InDEED, a success

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Back to being there In-person events included an EV parade from Little Rock to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new 6-unit EV charging station in Lonoke, Arkansas, as well as a second ribbon-cutting at a charging station in Walsenburg, Colorado.

Researchers create graphene-like structure with transition metal atoms

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An international group of physicists led by the University of Arkansas has created an artificial graphene-like structure with transition metal atoms in place of carbon atoms. The U of A-led group published its findings in Physical Review Letters. Graphene, discovered in 2004, is a one-atom-thick sheet of graphite.

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Alliance AutoGas launches 5300-mile, 12-city Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride with converted F-150

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Local Clean Cities Host Partners include: Metropolitan Energy Center/Kansas City Regional Clean Cities; Northern Colorado Clean Cities; Utah Clean Cities Coalition; Western Washington Clean Cities; Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition; Land of Enchantment Clean Cities; Central Oklahoma Clean Cities/Association of Central Oklahoma Governments; Arkansas Clean Cities; Clean Cities- Georgia; North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition and Land of Sky Clean Cities Coalition.

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New two-step process for converting algae to butanol

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A team of chemical engineers at the University of Arkansas has developed a new, two-step method for converting algae into butanol. The team, led by assistant professor Jamie Hestekin, first applies acid hydrolysis to dried algae and then begins a two-step process by first converting the resulting sugars into butyric, lactic and acetic acids. The second stage of their process focuses on butyric acid and its conversion into butanol.

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Wolfspeed wins 2016 R&D 100 Award for wide bandgap underhood inverter for HEVs/EVs

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Wolfspeed’s high-temperature, WBG underhood inverter was developed in response to the need for smaller, lighter, and more efficient systems with higher power density in the electric vehicle market, and in collaboration with the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA); the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); the University of Arkansas National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission; and the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO).

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Automakers meet Oklahoma Governor and state procurement experts to explore RFP for CNG vehicles for state fleets

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While 14 Governors have signed a MOU in support of the initiative, in total 22 states have shown an interest in the RFP including Oklahoma, Colorado, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Follow the sand to the real fracking boom

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One of the hottest new frac sand venues is in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, which is not only closer by half to the major shale plays, saving at least 25% per ton on transportation costs, but also allows for year-round production that will fill the gap in shortages when winter prevents mining in northern states. by James Stafford of

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Albemarle develops technology to recover lithium from brine

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This newly developed technology will allow the company to recover lithium that is present in the brines at its Magnolia, Arkansas bromine facility and utilize it to produce lithium carbonate. Albemarle Corporation has developed a proprietary technology for lithium extraction from brine. The market for lithium chemicals is expected to grow rapidly, reaching $1.2 billion globally by 2015, primarily from increased demand for batteries in electrical vehicles.

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ICL, CMU study associates PM2.5 air pollution in US with >30,000 deaths and reduced life expectancy

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was largest around Los Angeles and in some southern states, such as Arkansas, Oklahoma and Alabama. Air quality in the US may be linked with increased mortality and reduced life expectancy according to new research from Imperial College London and the Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions at Carnegie Mellon University. The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine , analyzed concentrations of PM 2.5 across all counties in the contiguous US (i.e.,

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Ryder 1st commercial fleet provider to surpass 100M natural gas vehicle miles

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Ryder’s NGV fleet consists of compressed and liquefied NGVs serving customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Québec, Canada. Ryder System, Inc. announced that its fleet of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has surpassed 100 million miles of operations, making it the first commercial fleet outsourcing provider to reach this milestone.

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Electric bus revolution 

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The Rock Region Metro in central Arkansas was awarded $4,900,000 to buy to purchase up to five 40-foot battery-electric buses (BEBs) and related battery charging infrastructure as part of the FTA’s ( Federal Transit Administration) or no emission grant program. Electric bus revolution .

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Wolfspeed introduces new all-SiC high performance half-bridge power module & gate driver combination

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Wolfspeed, a Cree Company and a supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has introduced the first fully-qualified commercial power module from its Fayetteville, Arkansas location. The new module allows systems designers to realize lighter weight systems that are up to 67% smaller by achieving efficiencies of over 98% and improvements in power density of up to 10 times compared to systems built with silicon-based technologies.

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Shell Oil replacing Ryder diesel trucks with with Ryder LNG trucks for operations in Louisiana and Texas

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Ryder has deployed CNG and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Quebec, Canada. Shell Oil Company has signed an agreement with Ryder System for 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting oil and gas logistics operations in Lafayette, La. and Houston, Texas.

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Ford using rice hull-reinforced plastic in F-150s

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The rice hulls are sourced from farms in Arkansas and will replace a talc-based reinforcement in a polypropylene composite made by RheTech, a Whitmore Lake, Mich.-based Ford is using plastic reinforced with rice hulls—a byproduct of rice grain—in an electrical harness in the 2014 F-150. The company will need at least 45,000 pounds of hulls in the first year. The 2014 F-Series exemplifies our continued efforts to use recycled content in our vehicles.

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Delek sells AltAir renewable diesel/jet business to World Energy for $72M

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The refining assets consist of refineries operated in Tyler and Big Spring, Texas, El Dorado, Arkansas and Krotz Springs, Louisiana with a combined nameplate crude throughput capacity of 302,000 barrels per day. Delek US Holdings has sold AltAir Paramount, LLC and Delek’s Paramount, California refining and pipeline assets to an affiliate of Boston-based World Energy, LLC, a major biodiesel producer.

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USDA establishes four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program project areas

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Acreage in Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania will be designated to grow giant miscanthus, a sterile hybrid warm-season grass that can be converted into energy to be used for heat, power, liquid biofuels, and bio-based products. Project areas announced include: Project Area Number 2 is in Arkansas and targets 2011 enrollment of 5,588 acres in Craighead, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Randolph counties.

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

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Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas): EPA is requesting proposals between $400,000 and $2,700,000. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines.

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