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This Week in Tech: EPA Orders More Chemical Regulation Rollbacks - NBWW | Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe
Plus, using pine needles to make paint, carbon powder that can capture greenhouse gases, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane The Trump Administration is again targeting Obama-era chemical regulations with a recent proposal to revise the 2011 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule that helped to reduce mercury pollution from fossil fuel power stations. According to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) release, the administration hopes to prove that “it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous air pollutant emissions from power plants” because of the cost benefits associated with the regulations under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act. As the Associated Press notes, “Mercury causes brain damage, learning disabilities and other birth defects in children, among other harm. Coal power plants in this country are the largest single man-made source of mercury pollutants, which enters the food chain through fish and other items that people consume.” [EPA] Following a vote by the California Building Standards Commission last month, the Golden State will officially become the first in the nation to require solar panels on new residential construction. According to the new rule, single family and multifamily residential projects up to three stories high must include the energy-saving technology starting in 2020. Houses often shaded by the sun are exempt from this new standard. [NPR] Read the full story HERE >>>> Source: Architect https://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/this-week-in-tech-epa-orders-more-chemical-regulation-rollbacks_o