August 14, 1997 |
For decades, Missouri's charcoal industry has produced 80% of the nation's barbecue fuel in a crude process as old as the log cabin, cooking up the blackened wood in giant kilns that billow forth columns of black, acrid smoke. Now, Missouri charcoal makers have finally been tugged into the 20th century--agreeing, in a deal reached with state and federal regulators, to end one of the most visible examples of open-country air pollution.
April 22, 1996 |
Koll, the Newport Beach real estate firm, has formed a joint venture with ENSR, an environmental services firm, to clean up and sell contaminated real estate properties. The new venture, Koll ENSR Environmental Realty Advisors, will be a one-stop shop that provides the capital and expertise for investors, financial services companies and corporations that need help in cleaning up and selling hazardous-waste sites.
March 24, 1996 |
Of all the disappointments of the 1990s for investors and for believers in the cause, the failure of environmental industry to live up to expectations has to rank pretty high. Cleanup jobs have been fewer than anticipated. The U.A. Environmental Protection Agency will see its budget cut by roughly 15% this year--and be thankful that political reaction saved it from a 33% cut. Small environmental companies have struggled and many are now selling out.
April 18, 1995 |
The White House on Monday released its plan to work with the private sector to promote environmental technologies, which it said will create high-wage jobs and cut the costs of cleaning up pollution. "We are committed to promoting a new generation of innovative environmental technologies that will give us a healthier environment, a greater market share for U.S. companies and more jobs for American workers," Vice President Al Gore said.
October 9, 1994
It was with a great sense of disappointment and frustration that I and many other members of the California environmental industry read the article "Green Tape: Environmental Technology's Reality Falls Short of Hype" (Sept. 20). The article left readers with the misimpression that the California environmental technology industry is not a healthy component of our state's economy and that the state government is not doing anything to assist the industry. Nothing could be further from the truth.
September 13, 1994 |
If business success were a popularity contest, environmental technology would be a leading index. The industry is trumpeted by the likes of Vice President Al Gore and Gov. Pete Wilson. Its growth seems inevitable, and few would quibble with its aims--it's not every industry that can claim it's out to save the planet. But for local companies, the reality doesn't quite match the hype. Turning environmental technology into a new, green engine for job growth in California is tougher than it looks.