Tuesday, February 28, 2017
International Petroleum Corp. fined $1.3 million for Clean Water Act violations in Delaware

International Petroleum Corp. of Delaware (IPC) was ordered to pay a $1.3 million fine and $2.2 million in restitution to the city of Wilmington for conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act,  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release.
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Potomac Electric Power to pay $1.6 million to settle stormwater complaint

A settlement has been reached between Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) and the Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of Pepco’s Clean Water Act permit at its Anacostia service center, EPA said in a news release.
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Consent decree focuses on manganese emissions at Pennsylvania-Ohio plant

A proposed consent decree with S.H. Bell Co. would require the company to clean up elevated manganese emissions at its plant on Pennsylvania-Ohio border, the Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department said in a release on the EPA's website.
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Maryland awarded grant for indoor radon education

The Maryland Department of Environment has been awarded a $46,949 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the state's new indoor radon education program, the EPA said.
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Zero liquid discharge plant in Egypt cuts freshwater demand by 70%

Aquatech and the Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO) recently commissioned Egypt's first integrated zero liquid discharge (ZLD) plant in Alexandria which recycles and purifies wastewater and has reduced the facility's demand for freshwater by 70 percent.
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$1.1 million in grants to focus Virginia wetlands protection

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) recently was awarded $1.1 million in funding through two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wetland Program Development Grants.
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EPA funds West Chester University community food composting project

West Chester University, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, recently won a $12,060 grant for a food composting project from the Environmental Protection Agency in celebration of America Recycles Day.
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$6 million in funding to aid Johns Hopkins research on childhood asthma

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) recently awarded $6 million in funding to the Johns Hopkins Center for the Study of Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment.
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EPA, U.S. Geological Survey launch Village Blue water quality data project for Baltimore

Thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Baltimore communities will soon be able to access real-time water quality monitoring data through the Village Blue pilot research project.
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EPA funds grant to reduce diesel emissions at Port of Baltimore

The Maryland Environmental Services recently won a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant of more than $975,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce diesel emissions from the equipment used to move cargo at the city’s port.
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Major research project on honey bee health launched

Bayer and a leading nonprofit dedicated to pollination research have joined forces in a $1 million multi-year research project aimed at improving the health of honey bees.
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Shuster declares victory for coal industry after Supreme Court ruling on Clean Power Plan

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) recently called the Supreme Court decision to delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan a victory for the coal industry.
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PA Environmental Quality Board approves updated oil and gas drilling regulations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announces updates to the state’s oil and gas drilling regulations, which the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) recently approved.
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Pennsylvania DEP advances final regulation on oil and gas well sites

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently advanced its final “Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites” regulation to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) for review.
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Portman celebrates passage of microbead blocking legislation

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) lauded the passage of the Microbeads Free Waters Act of 2015 this week, pointing out the benefits to his home state.
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Pennsylvania DEP awards Winslow Township mine reclamation project to P & N Coal Company

P & N Coal Company, Inc. won a bid from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to manage the mine reclamation project in Jefferson County’s Winslow Township.
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Federal, state climate change and energy developments make PEC work critical

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) highlighted its work on energy and the climate this week in the wake of recent developments.
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Pennsylvania Farm Bureau celebrates delay of WOTUS implementation

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) applauded the Sixth Circuit Court decision to temporarily block the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule on Oct. 9, which it criticized for being overly burdensome to Pennsylvania farmers.
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