Monday, May 29, 2017
EPA: New neonicotinoid permits won't be OK'd ahead of study results

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that it will not approve new applications for neonicotinoid pesticide use until new data on the risks to honeybees has been submitted and assessed. The EPA said that in an ongoing effort to protect pollinators, the agency sent letters to registrants of neonicotinoids, telling them that it has required new bee-safety studies for its ongoing registration review process.
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Public hearing held on Purdue Grain and Oil Seed Facility

Pennsylvania DEP sought public feedback on proposed Conoy Township project.
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TDEC reviewing nominations for 2015 Environmental Stewardship Awards

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to honor winners in 10 categories.
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Baylor, University of North Texas students win EPA grants

Funding is part of EPA's Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship program.
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Ark. student wins EPA fellowship grant

Money will go toward college education in environmental science or similar fields.
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Temple receives EPA grant for brownfield clean up

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $200,000 grant to Temple University Friday for a project that will clean up and reuse 161 acres of brownfield properties in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood.
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Bill aims to give public more input in creation of federal rules

The House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill on Monday introduced by U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) that aims to increase the general public’s involvement during the development of federal rules. “Special interests and federal bureaucrats are agreeing to economically harmful regulations without consulting affected employers and employees,” Collins said.
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EPA halts sales of unregistered pesticides

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Nano Defense Solutions, Inc., to stop selling BioStorm and NanoStrike, products that qualify as pesticides but are not registered as such.
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S.D. AG, other states target proposed EPA emissions rule

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joined with 18 other states' attorneys general on Friday in asking for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed rule concerning greenhouse gas emissions for new fossil-fuel-driven stationary sources.
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Vt. attorney general joins protest against Udall-Vitter toxic chemicals bill

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell recently joined eight other state attorneys general in writing letters to bipartisan Senate leadership about their disapproval of the Udall-Vitter toxic chemicals bill. Addressed to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), EPW chairman, the letter specifically expressed concern over the bill’s planned reduction of state’s rights.
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CSB receives pointed letter concerning governance issues

Leadership from the House Energy and Commerce Committee reached across party lines on March 27 to address controversy in the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), sending a letter requesting answers on a range of issues.
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Barrasso amendment limiting EPA authority passes

The Senate passed Sen. John Barrasso’s (R-WY) amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution on March 25, which prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enacting an expanded regulatory definition of the waters under their control.
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EPA complaint leads to better runoff protection for Ipswich River

Construction company agrees stop stricter regulations at Masschusetts site.
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Syngenta plant in Louisiana enters busiest time of year

As farmers across the U.S. begin to plant their crops, Syngenta’s St. Gabriel, Louisiana, plant is kicking into high gear to ensure that its agri-chemical products are readily available. “We can’t deliver on our promise to help farmers grow more if our products aren’t getting to them quickly and dependably, whether they need a couple of ounces or dozens of 900-pound bags of crop-protection products,” Site Logistics Manager Josie Anderson said on Thursday.
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Massachusetts AG supports EPA's MATS standards

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued a statement to the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).
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EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule slammed in committee hearing

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Sen. John Thune (R-SD) spoke out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States rule at an Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing on Tuesday.
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Poplar Pipeline clean-up transitions from emergency response

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on Monday that response to the Poplar Pipeline spill on the Yellowstone River will transition from emergency response and oil recovery to long-term remediation and monitoring.
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