Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Gosar blocks amendment to strip WOTUS-banning rider from appropriations bill

Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) issued a statement July 8 after blocking an amendment to the Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016 that would have removed a rider he introduced to block the implementation of the Environemental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS).
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ACC supports EPA funding measure prevent to lower ozone standards

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued a statement July 8 supporting measures in the fiscal 2016 EPA-interior appropriations bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from lowering ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) until 85 percent of counties reach the current levels.
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Congressman pleased House backs measure to rein in EPA powers under RCRA

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) said Wednesday the House has approved his amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill that will prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from expanding the authority it was granted in the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) to target farmers and livestock and dairy industries.
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EPA helps promote benefits of Clean Water Rule in Maryland

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aquarium and representatives from industry groups like boaters and brewers came together Wednesday at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to stress the importance of what the Clean Water Rule means to Maryland.
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EPA administrator testifies before House committee

Testimony on agency's regulatory efforts come in wake of challenges.
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Resilience AmeriCrops pilot program to battle damages of climate change

Public and private organizations team up to help communities better prepare for extreme weather.
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AEEI report: Market response will mean cost-effective Clean Power Plan implementation

Advance Energy Economy Institute draws conclusions based on previous EPA actions and responses.
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CropLife America supports EPA's two-phase endocrine screening system

CropLife America (CLA) saluted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP), which recently released its Tier 1 Weight of Evidence results for its risk- and exposure-based approach.
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Allan Freeth named new New Zealand EPA chief executive

Former CEO of TelstraClear replaces Rob Forlong, who joined the Whangarei District Council in June.
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Goby earns Energy Star Top Certifier and Partner of the Year distinctions

Company exceeded 150 Energy Star certifications last year, logging more than double that figure.
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Proposed EPA ozone rules would hurt Illinois economy, report says

Under a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) of 65 ppb for ozone, five of the six counties surrounding Chicago would be in non-attainment, which would impose hefty financial burdens on the economy at large, said a report by the Center for Regulatory Solutions.
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Senator: Algal-bloom forecast for Lake Erie Basin 'incredibly troubling'

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) issued a statement on Thursday in response to scientists' predictions of heavy algal blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin. An algal bloom is a dramatic increase in algae growth in a body of water. For Lake Erie, the organism in question is cyanobacteria, which is considered to be toxic to humans, and basin is a major source of drinking water.
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House panel grills EPA chief over Clean Power Plan's legitimacy

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on Thursday and heard testimony from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy regarding recent regulatory actions.
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Ohio EPA approves wastewater permit for proposed Ashtabula Energy facility

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Friday that it has approved a wastewater discharge permit for Ashtabula Energy’s proposed processing plant, which will give the company a wastewater discharge allowance of 1.625 million gallons into Lake Erie per day. The plant, which is planned for the east side of the EMC facility in Ashtabula, will produce diesel fuel and other substances from natural gas.
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EPA removes contaminated soil from New Mexico homesites

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday the completion of its efforts to remove tons of contaminated soil from eight residential properties on the Grants Mining District Superfund site near San Mateo, New Mexico.
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Texas congressman targets EPA 'onslaught' through appropriations bill

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) displayed his ongoing resolve to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) late last week, introducing an amendment to the agency’s appropriations bill that was later approved and grilling EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at a Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing.
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Minnesota seeks public input on proposed ash-landfill expansion

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently said that it is accepting public comments until Aug. 5 on a proposed expansion of Xcel Energy’s ash landfill near Mankato that would grow by 4.1 acres and allow the landfill to operate for 13 more years.
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House panel questions EPA chief on recent regulations

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy offered testimony at a hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee late last week, where several committee members questioned her on recent regulations that have drawn criticism as being overreaching and costly.
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