Sunday, February 26, 2017
Grants to help upgrade aging diesel school buses

School bus fleets across 27 states have been awarded over $7.7 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to replace or retrofit 401 aging diesel school buses.
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Santa Fe gets federal help wth stormwater problem

Santa Fe’s stormwater pollution has drawn the assistance of the US government, which has stepped in with a $150,000 toolkit to help manage the problem.
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Schools in two Florida counties receiving funds to reduce bus emissions

The school boards of Orange County and Saint Lucie County in Florida will receive rebates of $240,000 and $200,000, respectively, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding, the EPA said in a release.
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Port of New Orleans in line for EPA funding to clean up brownfields

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the Port of New Orleans is being awarded a grant of up to $200,000 to use for the cleanup and reuse of brownfield sites, which are properties that may contain hazardous substances, contaminants or pollutants.
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Delaware updates approval process for shellfish aquaculture leases

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) recently approved a new, abbreviated review and approval process for shellfish aquaculture leases that will allow for easier development on 343 of the 442 acres available for aquaculture, the state said on its website.
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Iowa now selling snagging paddlefish licenses

Fishers looking to hook some snagging paddlefish on the Missouri or Big Sioux rivers may now apply for a special license in Iowa for the season that runs from March 1 through April 15.
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Delaware zoo sends Amur tiger to Bronx Zoo

Delaware's Brandywine Zoo recently transfer an Amur tiger named Zhanna to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in New York.
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Progress, problems seen in Iowa water monitoring efforts

Iowa continues to face challenges in its water quality, but recent monitoring efforts appear to be paying off, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said recently.
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EPA targets chemical plant accidents

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently took steps to help prevent accidental releases at chemical facilities and improve emergency response to those chemical releases that do occur.
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Connecticut hikers hit the trails to ring in new year

Connecticut didn't want to drop the ball on New Year's Day celebrations, so it organized "First Day Hikes" through five of its parks to welcome 2017 in a more active, natural way.
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Pueblo of Laguna to manage own water quality standards

The Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico recently were granted authority over its own water quality standards and certification programs by the Environmental Protection Agency, becoming the 54th tribe to do so, the ERA said in a recent posting.
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Popular Maui hiking trail closed for Improvements

The Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) said it recently closed one of Maui’s most popular hiking trails, the 2.5 mile Waihe’e ridge trail, in order to make improvements that will enhance the trail’s stability.
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Corpus Christi water samples tested for contamination

The Environmental Protection Agency, in cooperation with Texas governmental organizations, recently completed tests of Corpus Christi drinking water samples following reports of symptoms of prohibited water use and reported finding no cause for concern.
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Pruitt, as EPA boss, will stay within the law: consultant

Despite concerns in some quarters that Scott Pruitt, if confirmed to lead the EPA, will dismantle many of the country’s environmental protections, the nominee is a person with a deep respect for the law, according to those who know the Oklahoma attorney general.
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Water Systems Council says Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act is good for rural communities

The Water Systems Council said on its website that President Barack Obama recently signed into law the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act that includes parts of the Water Supply Cost Savings Act that were backed by the council.
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Greater Baton Rouge Nonattainment Area obtains attainment status for 2008 8-hour ozone standard

Following efforts to improve air quality, the Environmental Protection Agency recently redesignated the Greater Baton Rouge Nonattainment Area (BRNA), recognizing that the area is now in compliance with the agency’s 2008 8-hour ozone standard.
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Duke Energy to fund installation of public electric vehicle charging stations in N.C.

Duke Energy recently announced that it will pay for the installation of a series of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout North Carolina.
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Duke Energy awards $778,000 in environmental, wildlife grants

A dozen nonprofit groups in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia recently learned they would share $778,000 in Duke Energy grants to support their environment and wildlife efforts.
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Duke Energy has concrete plans for North Carolina coal ash

The coal ash currently lying as waste in a dormant Goldsboro, North Carolina, power plant might soon serve a new purpose as an ingredient in concrete products.
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Massachusetts looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Massachusetts’ governor's office recently filed draft regulations with the secretary of state to establish an integrated plan to address climate change through efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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