Monday, May 29, 2017
Massachusetts firm agrees to $5,000 penalty for failing to report chemical spill

Astro Chemicals Inc., a chemical supply company based in Springfield, Massachusetts, has agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty for failing to report a hazardous chemical spill, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) said in a news release.
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EPA honors retired Massachusetts Water Resource Authority engineer

A retired engineer with the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) has been awarded the 2016 Regional Lifetime Achievement Award by Environmental Protection Agency.
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Illinois trucking company fined $32,000 for fuel spill in Massachusetts

An Illinois trucking company has been fined $32,000 for violations related to a 2014 diesel fuel spill in Douglas, Massachusetts, the state's Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) said in a recent release. 
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Massachusetts awards $200,000 in grants to aid clean energy projects

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has awarded AccelerateMass grants worth $200,000  to four early-stage clean energy companies, the center said in a recent news release.
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$320,000 in grants aid Massachusetts specialty crops

Nine grants worth a total of $319,524 will be used in Massachusetts to improve competitiveness of its specialty crops, which include vegetables, fruits, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery products.
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Coatings maker agrees to build solvent safety system

A Vermont coatings manufacturer has agreed to spend $272,711 to design and install a solvent emission capture and control system at its Brattleboro plant as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Maine blueberry plant settles with EPA in ammonia leak case

Hancock Foods, which owns a blueberry processing plant and cold storage warehouse in Hancock, Maine, will pay two fines related to its use of the refrigerant anhydrous ammonia under a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.
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$550 million in loans to aid Massachusetts water projects

State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans have been awarded to 44 communities across the state, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs said in a news release.
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Massachusetts looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Massachusetts’ governor's office recently filed draft regulations with the secretary of state to establish an integrated plan to address climate change through efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Maine boat yard agrees to settlement in Clean Water Act case

Maine-based Billings Diesel and Marine Services Inc. recently agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency that will see the company bring its operations into compliance with the Clean Water Act and pay a fine of $41,000.
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$160,000 grant to aid pollution prevention programs in Hew Hampshire

Using a $160,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service (NHDES) will support two pollution prevention initiatives in the state aimed at the hospitality industry and stormwater pollution.
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EPA announces $160,000 Pollution Prevention grant for VT Department of Environmental Conservation

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) recently won an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pollution Prevention grant of $160,000, available over two years, that the department will use to reduce air, water and land pollution.
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EPA announces $80,00 pollution prevention grant for UMass Lowell

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced an $80,000 Pollution Prevention grant for the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UMass Lowell), which will go toward the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.
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New Bedford, Massachusetts, Industrial Pretreatment Program wins EPA regional excellence award

The Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized the inspection, monitoring and reporting excellence of the New Bedford Industrial Pretreatment Program, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, with a 2016 Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award.
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EPA honors Boston Industrial Pretreatment Program with award

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently honored the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) Industrial Pretreatment Program in Boston with a 2016 Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award.
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Long Island Sound Futures Fund announces $1.3 million in funding for 25 grants

The Long Island Sound Futures Fund will support the health and ecosystem of Long Island Sound through 25 grants for local government and community groups in Connecticut and New York, totaling $1.3 million in funding.
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Eastern Long Island Sound site established for disposal of dredged material

The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized its rule designating the Eastern Long Island Sound Dredged Material Disposal Site, located west of the existing New London site in Connecticut that will close before the end of the year.
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$91,000 grant to bolster environmental education near redeveloped brownfield site in Rhode Island

Groundwork Providence based in Providence, Rhode Island recently won a $91,000 environmental education grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that will allow the organization to teach students about environmental stewardship.
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$171,000 to aid environmental education projects in Massachusetts

Two Massachusetts-based organizations, the Mystic River Watershed Association and Manomet Inc., recently won a combined $171,000 for environmental education projects, which will educate local students on water resources stewardship and the role of sustainability in small businesses.
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Healthy Communities Grants go to 12 projects in New England

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced 12 Healthy Communities Grants totaling more than $270,500 that will go toward community projects improving public and environmental health across New England.
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