Tuesday, October 17, 2017
California environmental-protection official applauds Clean Power Plan

California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez issued a statement on Monday after the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of its final Clean Power Plan, which is the first federal regulation to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency seeks public comment on new chloride pollution reduction plan

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking public comment on a new report and draft regulation seeking the restoration of 37 surface waters and the protection of surface water and groundwater against chloride pollution in the seven-county metro area.
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Alliant Energy’s Operation ReLeaf coming to eight Iowa locations in fall 2015

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on Tuesday that Alliant Energy will be running its popular Operation ReLeaf program in eight Iowa locations this fall, allowing homeowner to purchase trees at deep discounts and lower their energy bills with the creation of summer shade.
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Fitch Ratings: Final Clean Power Plan better than original 2014 draft

Fitch Ratings, a Securities and Exchange Commission-designated statistical ranking organization, released its findings on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan on Tuesday.The group said the new mandates will be a challenge for the power sector, but that the plan appears to be less onerous than the 2014 draft.
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EPA proposes stricter restricted-use pesticide certification standards

Goal is to increase supervision and oversight, and offer greater consistency across states.
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EPA announces $2 million in Brownfields grants for Vermont

Three grant participants will be included in state's Brownfield Economic Revitalization Alliance.
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EPA settles with Calif. firms over alleged Clean Water Act violations

Safety-Kleen Systems and Cargill agree to fines over alleged oil pollution prevention violations.
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Capito seeks Senate support to block EPA's Clean Power Plan

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) spoke on the Senate floor today, condemning the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Clean Power Plan that was released Monday and urging her colleagues to support her ARENA Act bill that would block the new regulation.
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Connecticut firm agrees to EPA settlement

BWE allegedly violated federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
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Senate bill aims to streamline EPA's lead-exposure regulations

Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Thune (R-SD) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) reintroduced the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act on Thursday to increase compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP).
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Arch Coal settles with federal agencies, 3 states over water pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Thursday that they have reached a settlement with Arch Coal Inc. and 14 of its International Coal Group, Inc. (ICG), subsidiaries over numerous Clean Water Act violations involving discharges of pollutants from the companies’ coal mines throughout the Appalachian region.
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Protesters outside Seattle EPA allege KapStone Paper polluting river

KapStone Paper workers and environmental activists demonstrated outside the Seattle office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday, urging the agency to take action against the company for activities they said are endangering the Longview area by polluting a local river and killing an endangered species of fish.
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EPA awards LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority $360,000 for wetlands

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Thursday that the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana will receive a $362,213 grant for a project to create and support over 600 acres of wetlands off Lake Borgne, in Shell Beach.
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President Obama, EPA honor Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators awardees

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Barack Obama awarded Ross McCurdy, a teacher at Ponaganset High School in Scituate, Rhode Island, with the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators during a ceremony at the White House on Thursday for his creative teaching efforts.
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EPA awards Cabot, Ark., $485,000 for wastewater treatment system

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted Cabot, Arkansas, a $485,000 grant for its wastewater treatment system, allowing the city to upgrade its equipment including 10,000 feet of piping to address sewer overflow, according to a release issued Thursday.
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EPA team dispatched to New Mexico in response to Animas River contamination

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 6 office deployed federal personnel to New Mexico on Aug. 6 in response to the Aug. 5 release from Colorado’s Gold King Mine that introduced contaminated water into Animas River, which communities downstream use as a source for drinking water.
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EPA increasing lead exposure inspections in St. Louis

Increased efforts meant to promote compliance of Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule
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Alaska conservation department awards over $300,000 in clean water grants this summer

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Fish and Game and Department of Natural Resources announced on Aug. 7 that they have awarded more than $300,000 in Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) grants this summer.
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