Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Southern Coal Corp. agrees to settlement in Clean Water Act violations case

Southern Coal Corp., based in Roanoke, Virginia, and 26 affiliated companies recently settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) following allegations of Clean Water Act violations related to discharges of polluted wastewater from mining operations in Appalachia.
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EPA releases updated climate change risk assessment tool

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released an updated climate change risk assessment tool to help water, wastewater and stormwater utilities design plans to counter climate-change threats facing their communities.
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EPA recognizes nine companies for efforts to reduce their carbon footprints

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently honored nine logistics companies with SmartWay Excellence Awards for their commitment to mitigating their carbon footprints and improving air quality throughout the country.
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EPA finalizes two rules to reduce HFC emissions ahead of Montreal Protocol negotiations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized two rules, through its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) and refrigerant management programs, that will limit the nation’s emissions of potent greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  
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EPA funds water quality research at six universities with $4.8 million in grants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $4.8 million to six universities throughout the country for projects that will enhance community understanding of the economic value of water quality.  
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EPA releases report on emissions reduction measures in nation’s ports

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report detailing strategies and technologies that ports throughout the country, including a full range of port types and sizes, can utilize to reduce air pollution.
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Analysis of Clean Power Plan overestimates benefits, underestimates costs: Economist

Government analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan is deeply flawed, overestimating the benefits and underestimating the costs, an economist commissioned to carry out his own study of the plan said.
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Olson and Chabot question EPA administrator following proposed refrigerant regulation

U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on the agency’s proposed rule to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants.
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EPA wins three Presidential GreenGov Sustainability awards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently won three White House Presidential GreenGov Sustainability awards for its efforts to achieve federal sustainability goals set by President Obama.  
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EPA finalizes update to Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Working to further prevent smog-forming pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized an update of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), which aims to limit air pollution that crosses state lines.
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EPA begins stabilization work at Gold King Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently restarted stabilization work at the Gold King Mine, including stabilizing the mine adit and the mine waste pile situated in front of the adit, which is expected to finish next month.
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EPA continues progress in implementing TSCA reforms

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to make progress in implementing the reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) outlined in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed into law this June.
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Upton, Whitfield, Burgess request extended comment period from EPA, NHTS

U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) recently wrote a letter requesting an extended public comment period on a draft technical assessment relating to emissions standards for light-duty vehicles.
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EPA announces 10 new Appalachian Cool & Connected communities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Appalachian Regional Commissions (ARC) recently selected 10 communities spread across six states that will receive planning assistance through the Cool & Connected program.
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Chamber of Commerce releases report on state costs of federal environmental programs

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently released a report showing that states bear the bulk of costs associated with administering federal delegated environmental programs, receiving 28 percent of the funding needed for them.
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Heritage Foundation fellow wants Congress to admit Renewable Fuel Standard a failure

U.S. lawmakers should stop trying to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), recognize it is a failure and let the market resume control of the nation's fuel supply, a Heritage Foundation official believes.
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EPA adds waste and materials tracker to Energy Star Portfolio Manager

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a new feature for its Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which allows building owners and managers to track waste and materials.
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Chamber criticizes new guidance for environmental reviews under NEPA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently criticized the White House’s final guidance for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental reviews, citing its potential to hinder development and land management projects.
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Institute for Energy Research says Renewable Fuel Standard will hurt corn farmers

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has not been advantageous for consumers, and it doesn’t bode well for corn farmers either, according to Robert L. Bradley Jr., founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston.
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Competitive Enterprise Institute calls for repeal of federal biofuels mandate

Consumer preference and market competition should dictate which fuels prevail in the U.S., says CEI expert Marlo Lewis, Jr.
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