Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Clean Air Plan presents challenges, opportunities for Wisconsin businesses

EPA's proposal seeks to lower primary, secondary ozone standards to between 65 and 70 parts per billion
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EPA's proposed renewable-fuel volume levels underwhelm Iowa leaders

After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its proposed Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) volume levels, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released statements on Friday. “We are disappointed that the EPA failed to follow the renewable volume levels set by Congress, but we’re encouraged that the agency has provided some stability for producers by releasing a new RFS proposal, and made slight increases from their previous proposal,” Branstad said.
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Retail industry group raises concerns with new EPA water rule

In the wake of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releasing the final Waters of the U.S. rule, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) raised concerns on Monday. The rule set by the EPA and the Corps indicates which waterways and wetlands are subject to the Clean Water Act.
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Agencies reach deal on public safety after Hawaiian fuel-storage site spill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), the U.S. Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) have reached an agreement on the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility near Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, the EPA said on Monday.
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Farmers union head disappointed by low EPA targets

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson released a statement last week expressing his disappointment that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to decrease its volume targets for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to below the levels allowed by federal law.
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Williamson to lead EPA Region 2 Division of Environmental Science and Assessment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Anahita Williamson, who has led Rochester Institute of Technology’s New York State Pollution Prevention Institute for the past six years, will be the next director of its Division of Environmental Science and Assessment for Region 2.
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Feds reach $3 million settlement in ammonia release

In a settlement announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice, Millard Refrigerated Services will pay a $3 million penalty for a 2010 airborne release of ammonia.
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EPA gets slammed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce for inept handling of misconduct

In response to several recent unpopular proposed and finalized rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has fired back at the agency, highlighting key findings from a Washington Post article on its handling of employee misconduct.
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EPA to clear former Sherwin-Williams plant site in New Jersey

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil from homes on the Sherwin-Williams and Hilliards Creek Superfund site in Gibbsboro and Voorhees, New Jersey.
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Nanosys first to achieve EPA approval for mass production of Quantum Dots

California-based Nanosys this week became the first - and to date only - Quantum Dot manufacturer to finish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New Chemicals Program review process for its Quantum Dot materials and components.
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Congressman supports EPA cleanup plan for N.J. Superfund site

U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) issued a statement on Tuesday in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed cleanup plan for 33 residential properties on the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund site, which covers areas of Gibbsboro and Voorhees, New Jersey.
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Chemists applaud Senate hearing on National Ambient Air Quality Standards

The American Chemistry Council is concerned about EPA's plan to lower ozone standard.
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EU court finds German tax on nuclear fuel consistent with law

The Court Justice of the European Union (EU) ruled today on a case relating to Germany’s excise duty on nuclear fuel, which was brought by Emsland nuclear power station operator Kernkraftwerke Lippe-Ems, finding that the tax does not violate EU law.
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EPA announces $400,000 Brownfields grant for Missoula

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Shaun McGrath presented Missoula, Montana, Mayor John Engen with a $400,000 grant to help the city continue its efforts to assess, clean and develop underused properties in areas like its Urban Renewal District and Clark Fork River Waterfront.
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AMA: Proposed ethanol-fuel blends put motorcycle, ATV engines at risk

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) said on Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency’s newest Renewable Fuel Standard proposals would present risks for motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) owners, which are built to run on lower-ethanol fuel blends.
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Redundant pesticide approvals would be eliminated under bipartisan McCaskill bill

Farmers should not have to seek two separate and duplicative approvals for the use of standard pesticides on their crops, said U.S Sen. Claire McCaskill, who introduced bipartisan legislation this week.
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House committee holds hearing on new EPA regulations

?The House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing Thursday to address proposed and recently finalized Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that have drawn criticism from some legislators and industry groups.
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Lawmaker praises EPA report on hydraulic fracturing's water impact

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) released a statement on Thursday responding to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) report on the impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on drinking water. “Today is a good day for American energy and the over-60,000 hard-working taxpayers in Louisiana's oil and gas industry,” Scalise said.
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