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The Current August 2014

The Current
August 2014


The WCEE Profile: Jo Ann Emerson
By Pat Courtney Strong

In a spirited June 4th session, members of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment gathered at the Capitol Hill Club for a Women In Leadership reception to hear Jo Ann Emerson, executive director of the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association ("NRECA"). Ms. Emerson elicited laughs and gasps as she traced her path from congressional spouse to eight-term congresswoman to executive director of the powerful trade association where she assumed leadership in 2013.


Three Years Later: Fukushima's Impacts in North American Coastal Waters
By Jody M. Foster

It has been over three years since the massive 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered the tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people, injured thousands more, and caused meltdowns at three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex. At the same time, this resulted in large releases of radioactive contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.

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'Waters of the United States' Clarified

By Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari

On April 21, 2014 the EPA issued a proposed rule to clarify the term “waters of the United States.” Interest in the reach of "waters of the United States" (or "WUS") is great because the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 (CWA) prohibits discharges of pollutants into navigable waters, which is defined by the regulations as including “the waters of the United States and territorial seas."

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Sustainable Operations and the Federal Government
By Tiffin Shewmake

The federal government is going green as agencies gradually implement executive orders and regulations requiring them to reduce their impact on the environment. The benefits of greener operations are significant given the huge federal structure--over 3 billion square feet of building space, 900,000 structures, close to 5 million workers and over $500 billion a year spent on contractors.

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An Advantage
By Branko Terzic

Thinking about a recent WCEE mentoring event that I attended, I remembered an old adage about no one going into a new business venture unless they thought they had "an advantage" over the competition. That makes sense for setting up a business but it also makes sense when managing a career as well.

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The Current Team

Marketing and Communications Section Chair:
Tenley Dalstrom

Executive Editor:
Pat Courtney Strong

Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari, Jody M. Foster, Branko Terzic, Tiffin Shewmake

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