Saturday, March 25, 2017
Clean Power Plan repeal or reform hangs on appeals court ruling

Any changes or repeal of President Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions will depend heavily on the outcome of a legal challenge by a federal appeals court in Washington D.C.
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Overturn of rule aimed at protecting rivers is called good for coal industry

President Donald Trump’s signing of a bill overturning a rule aimed at protecting rivers from surface coal mining debris has been welcomed by a conservative advocacy group based in Washington D.C.
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Pitman Farms settles EPA lawsuit for $243,000

Pitman Farms, Inc. will pay $242,980 for violating federal chemical safety and reporting requirements following three ammonia releases at its Sanger, California, poultry processing facility, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced recently.
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Democratic leader presses EPA nominee

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) sharply questioned Scott Pruitt, the nominee to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, during a recent hearing in Washington, D.C.
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EPA, FDA release latest fish safety guidelines

Consumers can make better decisions about fish consumption with a chart released jointly from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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$700,000 settlement reached in fuel additive case

Houston-based Tauber Oil Co. recently settled a suit with Environmental Protection Agency over allegations of selling unregistered fuel additives in violation of the Clean Air Act.
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Billionaire-funded "green" orgs oppose "billionaire" Trump's EPA nominee

Three organizations funded, in part, by hedge-fund billionaires are opposing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Kansas State University to aid with brownfield cleanup efforts on tribal lands

Kansas State University will receive approximately $2 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the next five years to offer technical support to tribes to clean up environmentally contaminated sites.
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$12.7 million in grants to aid smaller drinking, wastewater systems

In an effort to improve operations and practices for private well owners and small-scale drinking and wastewater systems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded four grants worth $12.7 million.
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19 communities awarded $3.8 million for brownfield cleanup

Several U.S. communities have been awarded grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worth a total of $3.8 million to put toward the cleanup and reuse of brownfield sites under the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (AWP) program, the EPA said in a release.
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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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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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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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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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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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$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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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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New York Supreme Court rules in favor of CEI in dispute with state attorney general

The Supreme Court of New York recently ruled in favor of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in a case regarding a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request issued by the CEI to the New York Attorney General’s office.
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