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Concerns Raised about TVA’s Coal Ash “Cover Up” Plan

Yesterday Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) in partnership with 10 environmental groups raised concerns to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) about its plans to cover up millions of tons of coal ash in leaking, unlined pits in or adjacent to rivers in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, just upstream from drinking water intakes. Even though TVA’s own monitoring data shows that groundwater near its sites is being polluted with toxic metals from coal ash, its “cover up” plan leaves the coal ash in place to continue polluting indefinitely.

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UT's Baker Center Releases Scorecard, Ranks US States According to Energy, Economy and Environment

Energy, economic performance and environmental quality are fundamentally linked. This makes it challenging to craft public policy to combat the effects of climate change.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has released an inaugural Energy Scorecard for the American States, which includes a visual and interactive map to address this policy challenge.

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Unilever and United States Cold Storage Hold a Grand Opening for Their Newly Built Cold Storage Facility Featuring Swisslog Automation Technology

Unilever and US Cold Storage unveiled their new, 336,500 SF facility with a ribbon cutting and special event that included guest speakers, facility tours and participation from the members of the design/build team. The facility includes a Swisslog installed solution designed for the freezer environment, which includes Vectura Cranes, pallet conveyors and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) all optimized and controlled by Swisslog's Warehouse Execution System (WES) Software.Unilever and US Cold Storage unveiled their new, 336,500 SF facility with a ribbon cutting and special event that included guest speakers, facility tours and participation from the members of the design/build team. The facility includes a Swisslog installed solution designed for the freezer environment, which includes Vectura Cranes, pallet conveyors and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) all optimized and controlled by Swisslog's Warehouse Execution System (WES) Software.

Unilever and US Cold hosted a grand opening to showcase their new frozen distribution center (DC), which connects to Unilever's existing 815,000 SF production facility with a 312-foot corridor kept at -20 degrees. Combined, the two facilities create one of the largest ice cream manufacturing and distribution facilities in the world.

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National Expert to Give Presentation on Energy Storage Technology

A leading national expert in renewable energy and energy storage will deliver the second lecture of the spring in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering's Distinguished Lecture Series at 1:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29.

Mariesa Crow will give her presentation, "VRB Energy Storage Performance Characterization for Microgrid Applications," in Room 307 of the Science and Engineering Research Facility.

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UT-Led Research Benefiting Alternate Fuels, Materials

 

As interest in biofuels has surged in recent years, the question about how to best handle lignin—a material found in the cell walls of plants that is a byproduct of biofuel production—has become a primary concern. 
 
Thanks to ongoing research being led in part by Art Ragauskas, University of Tennessee, Knoxville–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Biorefining, an answer to that problem could be on the horizon. 

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