Thursday, June 29, 2017
EPA chief accused of giving 'false and misleading' testimony at House hearing

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) and 12 others on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee sent a letter on Thursday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, challenging her claims made during July testimony before the committee on the agency's regulatory moves.
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EPA proposes updated landfill emissions regulations to combat methane

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two proposals related to methane emissions rules Friday that would require landfills, both modified and existing, to begin collecting and controlling their gas emissions, putting the threshold for compliance nearly a third lower than current regulations.
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EPA announces new phosphorus TMDLs for Vermont segments of Lake Champlain

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday that its Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for Lake Champlain, which were developed in cooperation with Vermont governmental agencies, are now available for public comment.
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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council issues Initial Funded Priorities List

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, a group of federal agency officials and state governors tasked with determining how to spend the settlement funds from Transocean Deepwater Inc., has issued a draft Initial Funded Priorities List (draft FPL).
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AISI concerned steel producers face costly consequences under EPA power plant rules

The affordability and reliability of electricity for steel producers is at serious risk under new Environmental Protection Agency regulations calling for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.
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EEI: Nation’s power plan stands to change future of electric utility operations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan establishing guidelines for states to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-based electric generation units will significantly change electric utility operations well into the future, Edison Electric Institute President Tom Kuhn said in a recent statement. 
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EPA: Animas River, drinking-water systems reopened after tests

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a statement over the weekend, detailing the steps it is taking to address the Gold King Mine discharge, which released heavy-metal-contaminated water into the Animas River.
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Senator calls on EPA to do right by tribes in wake of toxic spill

In response to the recent Gold King Mine discharge, accidentally caused by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy late last week on the agency’s spill response.
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Four Mississippi projects on Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council agenda

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) said recently that the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has released its draft Initial Funded Priorities List (draft FPL), which will determine how funds provided by Transocean Deepwater, Inc., will be used.
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EPA honors Virginia's Liam McGranaghn with Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Liam McGranaghn, who teaches at Purceville, Virginia’s Loudoun Valley High School, has won the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) for his hands-on approach to lessons.
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Virginia teacher wins Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education

Middle school teacher Anne Moore, who teaches in Virginia’s Goochland County Public Schools, has won the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education (PIAEE), according to a release from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued Monday.
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Meeting to review progress at Birmingham Superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday it will join the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR) in hosting a public meeting on the progress at the 35th Avenue Superfund Site in Birmingham Alabama. 
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EPA, DOJ and Pennsylvania settle with DELCORA over sewage overflow into Delaware River

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the State of Pennsylvania announced Monday that they have reached a settlement with the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) over clean water violations, which will require the utility to develop and implement an overflow plan.
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Maryland, EPA reach Superfund settlement with 16 companies

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it and the state of Maryland have reached a settlement with 16 companies over the Hagerstown, Maryland, Central Chemical Superfund site, with a combined fine of more than $14.3 million in addition to reimbursements for past costs.
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Michigan DEQ announces $700,000 in grants for Great Lakes projects

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced Monday the distribution of more than $700,000 in grants for coastal project along the Great Lakes, with the funds provided by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
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EPA Releases Tribal Green Building Toolkit

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday that its Tribal Green Building Codes Workgroup has developed a toolkit that builds upon tribal ecological knowledge to help tribes better prioritize and implement green building practices.
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New York state senator calls for re-evaluation of Long Island Sound dredge disposal

New York state Sen. Ken LaVelle (R-Port Jefferson) issued a statement Monday supporting calls from other area leaders and environmentalists in calling for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider a plan to dump dredged materials in the Long Island Sound.
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