Thursday, September 21, 2017
Environmental groups sue EPA, allege lax chemical-discharge oversight

The Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA), People Concerned About Chemical Safety (PCACS) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday, alleging that the agency for decades has failed to prevent and contain the discharge of hazardous chemicals from thousands of industrial facilities nationwide.
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Albuquerque Wins $152,000 Grant for Fine Particulate Matter Monitoring

BodyThe City of Albuquerque has won an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant for nearly $152,000 to monitor ambient air for fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5, according to an EPA announcement issued today.
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NFU president submits comments to EPA on renewable fuel standard

National Farmers Union wants EPA to adopt Energy Independence and Security Act levels.
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EPA sued over lack of chemical spill prevention efforts

The Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA), People Concerned About Chemical Safety, and the Natural Resources Defense Council sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday over its failure to adopt regulations preventing chemical spills, an issue they say particularly affects low-income and minority communities.
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Congressmen send letter to OIRA on proposed EPA fuel-fired power plants regulation

A letter has been sent by members of the House and Senate to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affiars (OIRA) Administrator Howard Shelanski, expressing their concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed regulations on fuel-fired power plants.
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Florida State wins EPA grant to study effect of climate change on indoor air quality

Florida State University (FSU) has won a $500,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to research how indoor air quality is affected by climate change.
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Southern Company awards $2.3 million in urban waterway grants

The electric utility Southern Company awarded $2.3 million in grants to 64 organizations intending to improve urban and suburban water quality as part of the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program.
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America’s Natural Gas Alliance President Reacts to Proposed Natural Gas Star Methane Challenge Program

America's Natural Gas Alliance President and CEO Marty Durbin released a statement on Thursday in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed measures for the Natural Gas Star Methane Challenge Program. "We will be reviewing the details of the proposed Natural Gas Star program in the days ahead to see how the program would work in tandem with existing and upcoming regulations,” said Durbin.
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House Energy and Power Subcommittee announces roundtable discussion on proposed EPA ozone rule

The House Energy and Power Subcommittee, which is chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), announced today that it will be holding a roundtable discussion on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQs) on Onzone.
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Center for Biological Diversity criticizes EPA's voluntary natural gas emissions reduction program

The Center for Biological Diversity issued a release on Thursday criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program, which is on a voluntary basis, arguing that agency should instead be employing regulations.
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Sharp Transport Inc. becomes first to earn EPA’s SmartWay Elite Trailer designation

Sharp Transport Inc., located in Ethridge, Tennessee, is the first carrier to earn SmartWay Elite Trailer designation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following a variety of equipment modifications that have resulted in 10-percent fuel savings.
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EPA registers SGS Global Softline’s Nanosilva pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued registration for SGS Global Softline’s Nanosilva (NSPW-L30SS), an antimicrobial pesticide product containing nanosilver, according to an announcement from the company released Friday.
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Clearwater Paper Company pays heavily for Clean Air Act violations

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) case against Clearwater Paper Company, which was settled after allegations of Clean Air Act violations, should serve as warning to privately held manufacturing firms, according to a Thursday release from U.S. Compliance Corp.
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Florida DEP provides $4.4 Million in funding for Oyster Cultch Placement Project

Money will be used to rehabilitate oyster beds in Apalachicola, Pensacola and St. Andrew Bays
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Wyoming DEQ honors Red Giant Oils for environmental work

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Program (WESP) recognized Red Giant Oils on Monday for its work with local businesses in the region to recycle their waste and for their voluntary efforts to aid the environment.
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EPA, New Mexico officials tour uranium-contaminated sites

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Ron Curry joined New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn and New Mexico Energy, Mineral and Natural Resources Department representative David Martin, as well as other state and Navajo Nation officials, in a tour late last week of areas undergoing cleanup from uranium mining contamination.
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Rexburb awarded $11.1-million loan for drinking water infrastructure

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded Rexburg, in Madison County, an $11.1-million, low-interest drinking water construction loan on July 22, allowing the city to take on a number of projects, including the construction of two new wells.
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Ohio EPA to hold public forum on effort to change regional-haze plan

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) said late last week that it will hold a public hearing on August 5 concerning changes it is seeking to its regional haze implementation plan.
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Michigan DEQ makes $4.2 million available for water quality projects

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on July 23 that it has made roughly $4.2 million in grants available for projects that will control polluted runoff and therefore promote the health of the state’s lakes, streams and wetlands.
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