Wednesday, May 24, 2017
EPA honors three Southern California groups with 2016 Clean Air Excellence Awards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the seven winners of the 2016 Clean Air Excellence Awards with a ceremony in Washington, D.C., including three groups based in Southern California.
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EPA proposes stricter selenium standards for San Francisco Bay

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed heightening the water quality criteria for selenium in the San Francisco Bay and Delta, which would protect aquatic species and reduce exposure to the contaminant.
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EPA settles with Nevada companies over distribution of unregistered pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently settled with two Sparks, Nevada, companies, in an agreement that includes a $12,000 civil penalty, over allegations that they distributed and sold an unregistered and misbranded pesticide
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EPA details cleanup effort following Fruitland Magnesium fire in Maywood, California

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently detailed its response and assessment activities carried in the wake of the Fruitland Magnesium fire Incident in Maywood, California, which it is undertaking in a Unified Command with county-level agencies.
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EPA awards Navajo Nation $465,000 to monitor water quality in San Juan River

The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency recently received $465,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor water quality in the San Juan River, adding to the $1 million the tribe received last October for environmental activities throughout the reservation.
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California, Arizona and Nevada receive $2.7 million in brownfields grants from EPA

Seven communities in Arizona, California and Nevada will benefit from a combined $2.69 million in federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will allow them to assess or clean up contaminated brownfields properties.
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EPA and NIH fund research on environmental health in vulnerable populations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded five universities, including the University of Arizona (UA), funding to establish centers to understand how environmental conditions can be improved for vulnerable populations.
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EPA takes action against two Nevada companies for failure to comply with worker pesticide protections

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently took action against two Nevada companies for violations of federal pesticide worker safety laws, which the Nevada Department of Agriculture discovered during June 2015 inspections.
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EPA and Nevada Division of Environmental Protection propose increasing hazardous waste landfill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection are accepting public comments on proposed permit modifications that would see the U.S. Ecology hazardous waste facility located outside of Beatty, Nevada, expand by 47.3 acres.
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Caltrans launches education campaign on stormwater pollution

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is working to increase public awareness about the sources and distribution of stormwater pollution through a new education and outreach campaign called “Protect Every Drop.”
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California Governor proposes $175 million cleanup plan for contamination from Former Exide Technologies facility

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown recently proposed a testing and cleanup plan to address properties impacted by Vernon, California’s, former Exide Technologies facility that would use a $176.6-million budget to hasten progress and expand the existing efforts.
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Bureau of Reclamation dedicates $100 million of 2016 budget to Western drought relief

The Bureau of Reclamation recently released it 2016 spending plan, which devotes more than half of the $166.3 million appropriated to the bureau in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 to Western drought response.
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California Governor hosts Dutch Prime Minister for meeting on climate change prevention efforts

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte recently met in San Francisco to further their cooperative efforts toward fighting climate change, including discussions on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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EPA provides $182 million in funding for California water projects

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will help California invest in improvements to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and water pollution prevention projects with over $182 million in funding.
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Feinstein releases discussion draft of California drought relief bill

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) recently released a discussion draft of a drought relief bill for her home state of California, which includes short-term provisions to promote efficiency during the current drought and long-term provisions to improve the state’s resiliency.
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Brown speaks at water plan follow-up event

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. spoke at a recent event to answer questions about his government's next steps for the state's Water Action Plan.
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California State Resources Control Board consolidates irrigation district hearings

The California State Resources Control Board announced this week that it has consolidated and rescheduled the hearings for the West Side Irrigation District (WSID) and the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID).
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Brown pushes for continued progress after Paris climate talks

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown recently urged leaders in conservation, industry and sub-national governments to continue the momentum created by the December agreement made at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
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Water board posts updated Water Quality Control Plans for three California waters

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley (5), recently posted updated Water Quality Control Plans for three California water bodies on its website.
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EPA provides $44 million for Arizona and Nevada drinking water and wastewater systems

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded funding totaling $44 million for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements, and water pollution reduction throughout Arizona and Nevada, with a focus on small and disadvantaged communities.
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