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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. Tags: carbon producers greenhouse gas emissions eco resort Maho Bay electric bill renewable energy fossil fuels environment green building energy efficiency The Takeaway climate change John Hockenberry energy savings conservation Sentilla Saving Energy NPR US Virgin Islands

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. HOVIC, a wholly owned Virgin Islands subsidiary of Hess Corporation, was established to construct and operate an oil refinery in coordination with the Virgin Islands Government’s efforts in the 1960’s to diversify the economy of the islands. million for projects to benefit the environment of the US Virgin Islands.

United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area now effective

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The United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area (ECA) (SO x came into effect , under MARPOL Annex VI, on 1 January 2014, bringing in stricter controls on emissions of sulfur oxide (SO x ), nitrogen oxide (NO x ) and particulate matter (PM) for ships trading in certain waters adjacent to the coasts of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

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. Also 10 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.

US Refiners Slightly Expanded Capacity From 2008 to 2009

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As of January 1, 2009, there were 150 operable refineries in the United States, not including facilities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. From 2008 to 2009, total US crude distillation capacity increased from roughly 17.6 million barrels per calendar day (BPCD) to 17.7

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Safety Institute: auto manufacturers fail to meet NHTSA deadline for replacement airbags

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Under this root-cause theory, NHTSA gave the highest priority for airbag inflator replacement to model year 2008 or older vehicles which have been registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

IMO sets 2020 date for ships to comply with low sulfur fuel oil requirement; 5000 ppm

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The ECAs established under MARPOL Annex VI for SO x are: the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the North American area (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands).

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. Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands): EPA is requesting proposals between $500,000 and $4,400,000.

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. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving” that offers a strategy to address the growing and dangerous practice of driver’s use of handheld cell phones behind the wheel.

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

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Coral reefs suffered record losses as a consequence of high ocean temperatures in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean in 2005 according to the most comprehensive documentation of basin-scale bleaching to date.

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