Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Lawmaker: EPA's fracturing report shows stiff regulations unneeded

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who serves as chairman of the House Environment and Commerce Committee, released a statement on Thursday praising the Environmental Protection Agency’s report on hydraulic fracturing, which found that the practice has not had a widespread impact on the nation’s drinking water.
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Auction brings in $85 million from CO2 allowances

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction brings cumulative program earnings to $2.1 billion.
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Minn. awards grants for small business VOC emission reductions

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued more than $400,000 in grants to 12 businesses.
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Four cities to get Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced over $430,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)  Shoreline Cities grants last week, which will help four cities in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan improve Lake Michigan’s water quality through green infrastructure projects. Illinois’ Highland Park and Wilmette, Indiana’s Michigan City and Michigan’s Muskegon are among 11 cities across the Great Lakes Basin that will receive a total of $1.8 million to fund up to half of their projects
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EPA report on fracking's impact on water fails to quiet controversy

The report from the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency that hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, does not pose a widespread risk to drinking water has proved contentious.
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EPA seeks hardrock mining Small Entity Representatives

Representatives will provide recommendations on proposed Superfund rule to federal panel.
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Senator works to secure funds for N.Y. outfall pipe to restore wetlands

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Monday that he plans to take advantage of several federal funding options to fund the Nassau County’s Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant’s Ocean Outfall Pipe project, which will be instrumental in restoring the Back Bay’s wetlands. The plant, which serves approximately 500,000 residents, was severely damaged by 9 feet of water that rushed into the facility during Hurricane Sandy, requiring significant repairs and upgrades.
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Kansas ranks second in nation for waterway sediment reduction

Kansas ranked second in the nation for reducing sediment runoff into its waterways and sixth in the nation for reductions in phosphorus and nitrogen according to an announcement this week by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Division of Conservation, and the Kansas Water Office (KWO).
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Court rules EPA must rewrite regional haze plan for Montana

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will need to improve the regional haze plan for Montana, incorporating more stringent regulations on facilities like Colstrip Power Plant, according to a Tuesday ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court.
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Healey commends court's rejection of Clean Power Plan challenge

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued a statement Tuesday commending the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for rejecting a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.
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EPA releases justice screening and mapping tool

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a tool called EJSCREEN that will enable states and individuals to better determine areas at greater risk for environmental burdens and vulnerable populations through justice mapping and screening.
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DEA's Western Laboratory wins Federal Green Challenge Award for recycling efforts

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Western Laboratory was awarded the Federal Green Challenge Award for electronics recycling in 2014 on Tuesday.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the DEA's Western Laboratory in San Francisco recycled and donated over 8,200 pounds of electronics, which was an increase of 10 percent from 2013 and the highest increase at a federal facility last year.
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Bill forcing EPA to rewrite WOTUS advances

Federal Water Quality Protection Act now moves to Senate floor for debate
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Consumer Specialty Products Association announces 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winner

The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) announced on Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named it a winner of the 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award.
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EPA settles with Maryland machine shop over hazardous waste violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it has reached a consent agreement with sheet metal and machine shop Central Precision Inc., located in Boonsboro, Maryland, and owned by LAMM Holdings Inc., over violations of hazardous waste regulations on both a state and federal level.
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Congressman aids effort to slash EPA funding, block new regulations

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) issued a statement on Wednesday after working to block Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that he alleges are detrimental to the coal industry, including taking steps to de-fund the agency and preventing the implementation of several new regulations.Jenkins’ efforts are seen in the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
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