Monthly Archives: July 2011

Iowa’s failed wind energy project

Iowa recently incurred what is being described as the greatest failure of the $100 million Power Fund started by former Governor Chet Culver in 2007. An $8 million project striving to store wind energy underground was abandoned on Thursday. The … Continue reading

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Flooding around Dubuque County

A downpour of rain that started Wednesday afternoon has left Dubuque County scrambling to prevent flooding damage. The rain total exceeded 13 inches over the past day, flooding homes and streets. KCRG reports that the rain may continue till the … Continue reading

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Propane autogas looks to break into American auto industry

Americans hear about electricity and natural gas powered vehicles almost everyday.  However, there is another fuel used to run cars that is getting a little less airtime in the United States. Read more from the New York Times below: Texas tycoon T. Boone … Continue reading

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Lawmakers look to reach car mileage deal

Car manufacturers and the White House are looking to come to a conclusion on the new, higher fuel economy standards. Read more from the New York Times below: The Obama administration and automakers are nearing an agreement to increase fuel … Continue reading

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Post-flood redevelopment in Iowa City

The City of Iowa City and the EPA are working together to redevelop an area damaged by the 2008 floods. This area, known as Riverfront Crossings, is bordered by Riverside Drive to the west, Gilbert Street to the east, Highway … Continue reading

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Solar industry fears loss of federal finances

The solar energy industry has experienced quite the boom recently.  Their installations doubled in 2010 and have the potential to do the same in 2011.  However, that kind of growth could come to an end should two important federal programs … Continue reading

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Blairstown dairy farm spills manure into Coon Creek

Last Thursday an estimated 100,000 gallons of manure spilled out of a dairy farm near Blairstown into Coon Creek. This accident occurred when a contractor at Cedar Valley Farms punctured a manure transfer pipe. Although Coon Creek flows into the … Continue reading

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DNR gets new environmental administrator

Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources continues to undergo significant administrative changes under Governor Terry Branstad. Last week Wayne Gieselman, the Environmental Protection Division Administrator, was pressured into resigning. Gieselman worked at the DNR for 12 years in total, and held … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Nuclear power plant surrounded by flood waters

Check out this week’s radio segment here.  It discusses the current flooding at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant near Council Bluffs and potential safety issues all Americans should consider.  You can read the transcript below. With the Fukushima tragedy still … Continue reading

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Interview with UI’s Dr. Jerald Schnoor

Dr. Jerald Schnoor is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa, as well as the co-director of the Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research. Dr. Schnoor recently took time … Continue reading

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