Sunday, September 24, 2017
Abbot appoints five to Lower Neches Valley Authority Board of Directors

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently made five appointments to the Lower Neches Valley Authority Board of Directors, which governs the conservation, control and utilization of the Lower Neches River and its connected waterways.
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EPA provides $44 million for Arizona and Nevada drinking water and wastewater systems

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded funding totaling $44 million for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements, and water pollution reduction throughout Arizona and Nevada, with a focus on small and disadvantaged communities.
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ADEQ partners with Arizona Game and Fish Department to promote water quality

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) awarded the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) a $412,000 Water Quality Improvement grant on Monday, which will be used to improve the water quality in the San Pedro River, Little Colorado River and Oak Creek.
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EPA accepting public comment on proposal to allow Percussion Activated Neutralizer training at Camp Edwards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed an agreement that would allow the Massachusetts Army National Guard to train with a Percussion Activated Neutralizer (PAN), from which the EPA does not anticipate any adverse effects, at Joint Base Cape Cod.
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EPA: No current studies show elevated health risk from tire crumb

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently responded to a request from representatives of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee for more information on the potential health effects of tire crumb artificial turf.
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Chamber of Commerce files petition for review of EPA’s lower NAAQS for ground-level ozone

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently joined other business associations in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently lowered National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, which is now 70 parts per billion (ppb).
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EPA approves Oklahoma’s revised total coliform rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved Oklahoma’s revised total coliform in drinking water regulation, which the agency updated in 2013 to better protect public health.
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Maine DEP seeks comments on long-term vision for impaired waters

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking public comments on its recently proposed Vision for Assessment, Restoration and Protection of Maine’s Water Resources, a document setting forth the state’s long-term vision for impaired waters.
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Puerto Rico agencies to fund stormwater system improvements after settlements with EPA, DOJ

The Puerto Rico Departments of Natural and Environmental Resources, and Transportation and Public Works, along with the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority, have agreed to stormwater system upgrades following two settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Ohio EPA gives Bellville $141,635 low-interest loan for wastewater system

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently provided a $141,635 low-interest-rate loan to Bellville for wastewater infrastructure improvements through the Waster Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), saving the city approximately $30,000 on conventional loan rates.
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Collins supports FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill vote for Georgia water rights gains

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) spoke out in support of his vote approving the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, noting the important gains achieved in terms of Georgia’s water rights.
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Michigan DEQ offering small grants for local waterway cleanup projects

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently made $25,000 available for small grants to fund local cleanup efforts for Michigan waterways under the state’s Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program.
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Pallone and Upton applaud microbead legislation becoming law

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), committee chairman, celebrated the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which they introduced earlier this year.
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Nebraska DEQ schedules public meeting on proposed revisions to state's hazardous waste regulations

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s (NDEQ) Waste Management Division will discuss its proposed amendments to the Nebraska Hazardous Waste Regulations including the adoption of several federal revisions on Jan. 27 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Washington Department of Ecology awards $3.4 million for water supply improvements in 13 counties

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently announced 12 grants totaling $3.4 million to improve local and regional water supplies in 13 counties across the state.
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Ohio EPA environmental education grant funds project to encourage tree coverage in Cleveland

The Western Reserve Land Conservancy, in partnership with Holden Arboretum, won an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) Environmental Education Fund grant worth $41,619 for a project to increase the urban forest canopy in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area.
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EPA declares outdoor burn ban for Yakama Nation Reservation

Following elevated levels of air pollution and stagnant air conditions, Yakama Nation Reservation in Washington is currently under an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ban on outdoor open burning.
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Ohio EPA seeks early comments on small business technical assistance rule

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is currently seeking early stakeholder input on its small business technical assistance rules as it performs a required five-year review of the regulation.
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RI Gov., DEM award $3.7 million for Brownfields redevelopment

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and the Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) recently announced 14 grants totaling $3.7 million from the Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund.
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Center for Biological Diversity marks shortest wait list for ESA protection since 1970s

The Center for Biological Diversity celebrated the lowest number of species on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) waiting list since the 1970s, with just 42 animals and 18 plants waiting for protection under the law.
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