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By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

While we said that the likely successor to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson would be from a state source, we were off by which state. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that President Obama is going to nominate the outgoing Governor of Washington, Chris Gregoire, for the top environmental post in the country, though others say that she'll be tapped to fill the Secretary of the Interior cabinet spot if current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar steps down. Governor Gregoire previously served as director of the Washington Department of Ecology between 1988-1992.

Lawmakers in Minnesota are likely to consider new measures during the upcoming legislative session meant to increase the state's stagnant 41 percent recycling rate, reports Minnesota Public Radio. Both container deposits and extended producer responsibility are likely to be on the table.

Klean Industries, Inc. and the Dow Chemical Company are collaborating on a project to synthesize crude oil from waste plastics bound for the landfill. The three-year partnership will enable the two companies to work together to develop new technologies and facilities.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has made its third Implementing Product Stewardship in Maine report available online. Interested parties may submit comments until Jan. 14.

The Chinese government has announced the 2013 rare earth metal output quota, capping the amount at 51,698 tons. This volume is approximately half of China's output for last year, which may mean a return to high rare earth prices and a renewed push for alternative sources and recycling technologies.

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