Sunday, September 24, 2017
RGGI announces successful CO2 allowance auction

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a greenhouse gas (GHG) regulatory program undertaken by nine states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, recently announced that this year’s carbon dioxide (CO2) allowance auctions garnered more than $2.3 billion.
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Daines to lead Montana Energy 2016 summit

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines revealed plans this week to lead the Montana Energy 2016 summit, taking place from March 30 to 31 in Billings.
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EPA, Customs and Border Protection seize illegal vehicles and engines at California ports

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure this week of 1,394 items from the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland.
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EPA announces $690,000 in wetlands grants for New York

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded three grants, totaling $690,940, to support wetlands throughout the state of New York.
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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council allocates first RESTORE Act project funds

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council approved a Funded Priorities List this week, which will determine environmental projects and activities that are to receive the first round of funding from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill civil penalties.
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Bishop commends House for advancing the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishiop (R-UT), chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources, applauded the recent House vote that advanced H.R. 8.
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Solar Energy Industries Association announces new board of directors members

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recently announced several new members to its board of directors, including Mortenson Construction, one of the largest construction firms in the country.
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EPA awards more than $1 million for wetlands protection in New Jersey

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded four grants totaling more than $1 million to protect New Jersey’s wetlands, through research, improved monitoring and better dissemination of data on wetlands health.
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Texas makes $11.8 million available for alternative fuel and natural gas grants

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) recently announced that it is accepting applications for grants to support projects developing the state’s alternative fuel and natural gas fueling station infrastructure under the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.
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EPA accepting proposals for Southeast New England coastal watershed restoration grants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week it is accepting proposals for the first round of grants under the Southeast New England Program (SNEP) for coastal watershed restoration for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.
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Boxer Urges Adoption of Climate Change Agreement in Paris

BodySen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) recently urged world leaders at the Paris climate talks to adopt a strong action plan to combat climate change, citing the environmental and economic benefits California has reaped through its efforts.
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USDA to provide $70 million loan for biorefinery in Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has conditionally committed to a $70-million loan guarantee for a cellulosic biorefinery in Dooly County, which would produce up to 20 million gallons of renewable fuel each year.
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Washington Department of Ecology accepting comment on revised air permit for data center

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is accepting public comments on proposed changes to the Sabey Integrate Quincy data center’s air permit, which regulates the center’s use of diesel backup generators.
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Interior Secretary Jewell applauds COP21 agreement on climate change

Following the agreement forged at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell spoke out in support of the effort to limit climate change.
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EPA recognizes achievements of Superfund law on 35th anniversary

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the 35th anniversary of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), which was signed into law on Dec. 11, 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, by recognizing its positive impacts in the intervening years.
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Inhofe criticizes EPA use of social cost of methane

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, criticizing her agency for using the social cost of methane (SCM) in calculating the monetary benefits of its proposed regulation on methane oil and gas.
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Port of Baltimore trucks to be replaced using EPA DERA Grant

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will facilitate the replacement of older trucks at the Port of Baltimore with those using cleaner diesel engines through an $870,000 loan to Maryland Environmental Services (MES).
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Ohio EPA accepting public comments on proposed revisions to fluoride operating range rules

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (Ohio EPA) Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) recently announced that it is accepting public comments on proposed changes to regulations on the fluoride operating range.
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EPA provides $7 million in funding to reduce emissions from school buses throughout U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) rebates totaling more than $7 million for the replacement or retrofitting of 400 older diesel school buses.
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Gosar criticizes environmental regulations for potential effects on coal industry

U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) recently criticized several proposed environmental regulations for their potential effects on the coal industry after taking part in committee hearings on the rules.
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