Monday, May 29, 2017
NCCR urges Congress to repeal ‘misguided’ ethanol mandate

The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) is calling for Congress to repeal the “government-imposed” federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requiring billions of gallons of corn ethanol to be blended into the country’s gasoline supply each year, escalating to 36 billion gallons by 2022.
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Two Florida universities selected for competitive EPA grant program

Two Florida universities — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Central Florida — recently received grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop innovative, sustainable projects as part of the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program.
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Curbelo proposal would boost water infrastructure projects

Updated Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act aimed at boosting investments
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National Drive Electric Week boasts over 180 events worldwide

There are more than 180 events taking place in 175 American cities and four other countries for National Drive Electric Week, which started on Sept. 12 and will run through Sept. 20 to promote plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).
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Environmental organizations and Pennsylvanians rally behind new federal mining regulations

Officials from the Sierra Club, the Mountain Watershed Association, the Citizens Coal Council and the Center for Coalfield Justice, as well as Pennsylvanian citizens, called for the state’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) to strengthen mining pollution regulations during a hearing in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
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Sierra Club criticizes Michigan decision on coal plant permits

The Sierra Club joined EarthJustice and local community leaders in criticizing the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for agreeing to DTE Energy’s draft permits for the River Rouge and Trenton Channel coal plants that do not provide for sulphur dioxide (SO2) emission reductions.
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Florida DEP provides $4.4 Million in funding for Oyster Cultch Placement Project

Money will be used to rehabilitate oyster beds in Apalachicola, Pensacola and St. Andrew Bays
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NRDC, Sierra Club trumpet EPA's latest climate-change report

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new study on climate change on Monday, titled “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action,” which finds that a concerted international effort stands to save thousands of lives and save the U.S. billions of dollars. “We can, and must, slow, stop and reverse climate change -- and leave a cleaner, healthier planet for our children and future generations,” Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) President Rhea Suh said.
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EPA issues order to stop sale of unregistered pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an order to three Florida companies to prevent the sale, use or removal of OxiTitan and other products with the same formulation, as they have not been tested and registered.
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Los Angeles mayor offers ambitious plan to reduce energy use

Los Angeles, in preparation of expected population growth of 500,000 over the next 20 years, is developing ambitious strategies to address climate change and protect the environment.
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DEP names new deputy secretary of land and recreation

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Jon Steverson has named Gary Clark deputy secretary of land and recreation. Beginning this week, Clark will manage two DEP divisions: Recreation and Parks, and State Lands.
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