Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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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Competitive Enterprise Institute suggests policy reforms for Trump administration

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) recently released its policy reform agenda for President-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming term, with a focus on strengthening the economy by removing barriers to economic freedom.
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Competitive Enterprise Institute criticizes proposed vehicle-to-vehicle communication rules

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) recently criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its proposed rule on vehicle-to-vehicle communications, which the nonprofit public interest group called unnecessary and trivial.
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Connecticut regulators cap United Illuminating rate request

Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) recently approved a revenue increase of approximately $59 million for United Illuminating Co. (UI), a $39 million reduction from the company's original request filed in July 2016.
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Connecticut considering revisions to water withdrawal rules

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said it is considering revising regulations governing large withdrawals of groundwater and water from the state's waterways.
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EPA program to assist Florida county with clean air, water efforts

Manatee County, Florida, is one of 25 U.S. communities that will receive technical assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.
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USDA expanding Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently said it will expand participation opportunities for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through new practices that will protect water quality and the addition of 1.1 million acres.
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EPA awards $300,000 grant to improve Abita River water quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish $300,000 in funding via a cooperative agreement through its Gulf of Mexico Program, which will allow the parish to improve water quality in the Abita River watershed.
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CEI supports Trump's EPA administrator selection

The Competitive Enterprise Institute recently voiced its support for President-elect Donald Trump's choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for the position of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator.
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CEI releases policy goals for 115th Congress

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is primarily focused on regulatory reform, finance and labor in its policy goals for the 115th Congress, which the organization recently released.
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National Lakes Assessment finds widespread nutrient pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a new National Lakes Assessment – the first since 2007 – which shows that 40 percent of the country's lakes are experiencing nutrient pollution.
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Zero liquid discharge plant in Egypt cuts freshwater demand by 70%

Aquatech and the Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO) recently commissioned Egypt's first integrated zero liquid discharge (ZLD) plant in Alexandria which recycles and purifies wastewater and has reduced the facility's demand for freshwater by 70 percent.
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$1.1 million in grants to focus Virginia wetlands protection

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) recently was awarded $1.1 million in funding through two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wetland Program Development Grants.
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$33 million in USDA funds aimed at improving water quality

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it recently invested $33 million in nearly 200 watersheds throughout the country, which will allow farmers in those areas to promote local water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).
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$1.3 million in grants target green technology development

Babington Technology in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, recently was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop improved cookstove combustion technologies as part of $1.3 million in funding for 13 small businesses to counter environmental issues.
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Port of Oakland posts increase in use of local workers

The Port of Oakland, in Oakland, California, recently said that 60 percent of its workforce last year come from the local communities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and earn a collective $6.5 million.
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Think tank criticizes collective bargaining rule for Seattle ride-share drivers

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a Washington-based think tank, recently criticized a rule put forth by the Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services that would see ride-share drivers operate under collective bargaining,
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Cassidy: Renewable Fuel Standard 'Flawed, Unworkable'

U.S. senators will work next year to address the renewable fuel standard (RFS), with some calling for it to be repealed, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said.
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Idaho DEQ accepting public comments on permit to construct at Burley facility

Idaho DEQ is currently accepting public comments on a proposed air quality permit to construct, which would allow Fabri-Kal, a food container manufacturer, to conduct construction activities at a new Burley, Idaho, facility.
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