Japan expects little impact from U.S. scrapping Iran oil waivers

Reuters | April 23, 2019

Japan expects a limited impact from the U.S. decision not to renew waivers previously granted on Iran oil import sanctions, the country’s trade and industry minister said on Tuesday. The United States on Monday demanded all buyers of Iranian oil stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions, a move to choke off Tehran’s oil revenues that sent benchmark crude prices to six-month highs. Japan is among a group of countries that were previously granted sanctions waivers. Speaking at a regular press conference, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Hiroshige Seko told reporters the government did not see any need to tap national oil reserves following the U.S. decision.

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Pima County’s Southwest Water Campus team won the $250,000 New Arizona Prize: Water Innovation Challenge prize to fulfill its proposal, which involves brewing beer using reclaimed water. A selection committee in Phoenix announced the winning team Nov. 3. The team’s winning proposal involves using reclaimed water to brew beer. They will create a mobile potable reuse treatment facility to travel through various Arizona cities and towns. The water treatment facilities for each jurisdiction would then partner with local breweries to see who can create the best tasting beer using reclaimed water.

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Pima County’s Southwest Water Campus team won the $250,000 New Arizona Prize: Water Innovation Challenge prize to fulfill its proposal, which involves brewing beer using reclaimed water. A selection committee in Phoenix announced the winning team Nov. 3. The team’s winning proposal involves using reclaimed water to brew beer. They will create a mobile potable reuse treatment facility to travel through various Arizona cities and towns. The water treatment facilities for each jurisdiction would then partner with local breweries to see who can create the best tasting beer using reclaimed water.

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