Monday, March 27, 2017
Idaho DEQ considering permit for Idaho National Laboratory

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking an air quality synthetic minor permit to construct from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for a multipurpose research and development facility to be located on Idaho Highway 20/26.
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Upton, Murphy, Whitfield request information on EPA’s use of social media for Clean Power Plan

U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY), who chair the Energy and Commerce Committee, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and Energy and Power Subcommittee, respectively, recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on the agency’s use of social media.
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Portman lauds Omnibus Appropriations provisions supporting Lake Erie protection efforts

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) lauded the inclusion of two provisions in the Senate Omnibus Appropriations bill that will help protect Lake Erie, including funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and prevention of dredged material disposal.
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Senate removes riders to block EPA regulations in omnibus spending bill

The recently announced omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2016 does not feature riders sought by the Republican party to block Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions and increases the Interior-Environment budget by $1.7 billion from 2015.
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State governments must play a leading role in the future of ESA, says American Farm Bureau Federation

A recent poll reported by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) indicated considerable support for Endangered Species Act (ESA) reform.
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Abbott appoints three to Sabine River Authority board of directors

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently made three appointments to the Sabine River Authority board of directors, which regulates the river’s waters and those of its tributaries to manage conservation, control preservation and utilization, among other initiatives.
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Ohio EPA issues permit for New Springfield landfill expansion

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently approved a permit that allows expansion of New Springfield’s Mahoning Landfill Inc. by 51.6 acres, including lateral and vertical growth.
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Michigan DEQ makes $450,000 available for communities to provide residents with recycling carts

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently announced that it is accepting applications for $450,000 worth of funding to expand community recycling programs by providing recycling carts for residents.
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Gosar says WOTUS 'forced down the throats of American people' after GAO finds EPA broke laws in promoting regulation

U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) condemned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after the recent release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the agency had violated federal law in its promotion of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation.
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EPA DERA funding to reduce emissions from three school buses in Iowa

As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent awarding of $7 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding, two school districts in Iowa will receive a total of $60,000 to replace or retrofit three older diesel school buses.
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Winston-Salem, NC schools to retrofit 10 buses with $200,000 in EPA funding

North Carolina’s Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools received $200,000 in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding to retrofit 10 older diesel school buses.
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Ohio EPA Environmental Education Grant to support project for monarch butterfly habitats

The Cincinnati Nature Center will use a $37,950 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) in a project to promote monarch butterfly habitats through an interactive exhibit supported by a speaker’s bureau.
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Ohio's Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District receives Ohio EPA funds

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently announced a $14,900 grant to help fund a project from the Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District (Wood SWCD), called Demonstrating Innovative Conservation Practices.
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Portman’s bill to reduce microbeads in water bodies advances

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) recently announced the advancement of a bill that he authored that would help companies throughout the country phase out the use of microbeads, which is now waiting on presidential approval to become a law.
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Chamber criticizes President’s veto of Congressional Review Act EPA Resolution

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy President Karen Harbert recently condemned President Barack Obama’s veto of the Congressional Review Act, which intended to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.
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Udall and Vitter celebrate advancement of Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA) applauded the advancement of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which received a unanimous Senate voice vote and has 61 bipartisan co-sponsors.
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Calvert supports 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act

U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), Interior and Environment Appropriations, Subcommittee chairman, announced his vote in favor of the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act due to its funding of key programs.
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Kansas school districts receive $220,000 to reduce emissions from older diesel buses

Three Kansas school districts recently won funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace or retrofit older diesel school buses.
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Norwalk receives loan from Ohio EPA for wastewater system improvements

Norwalk, Ohio, will use an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) loan, provided through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), to improve the Huron River’s water quality by removing the Pleasant Street Combined Sewer Overflow.
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Nominations close Thursday for EPA’s 2016 green chemistry award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking nominations until Thursday  for its 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, which recognize companies or institutions that have developed a process or product that better protects public health and the environment.
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