Thursday, June 29, 2017
McKinley draft aims to boost states' authority over coal-ash regulation

U.S. Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) released a discussion draft on Tuesday for the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act, which would give states greater authority over coal-ash permit programs. The measure would allow states to choose whether they implement their own permit programs or whether they grant that authority to the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Ohio EPA holds public hearing about annual agenda

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard public comments and answered questions about their proposed annual agenda for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) at a public meeting today in Columbus.
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EPA proposes updated reporting requirements for nanoscale materials

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to propose a one-time requirement for chemical companies to report information about nanoscale chemical substances already on the market on Wednesday.
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White House plan to save bees amid conflicting reports on neonics

BodyConflicting reports about whether neonicotinoids, a newer class of insecticides, are responsible for honey bee deaths are emerging just as a task force created by the Obama Administration prepares to release its recommendations to combat the loss of pollinators.
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Poplar Pipeline clean-up transitions from emergency response

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on Monday that response to the Poplar Pipeline spill on the Yellowstone River will transition from emergency response and oil recovery to long-term remediation and monitoring.
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EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule slammed in committee hearing

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Sen. John Thune (R-SD) spoke out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States rule at an Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing on Tuesday.
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Massachusetts AG supports EPA's MATS standards

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued a statement to the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).
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Syngenta plant in Louisiana enters busiest time of year

As farmers across the U.S. begin to plant their crops, Syngenta’s St. Gabriel, Louisiana, plant is kicking into high gear to ensure that its agri-chemical products are readily available. “We can’t deliver on our promise to help farmers grow more if our products aren’t getting to them quickly and dependably, whether they need a couple of ounces or dozens of 900-pound bags of crop-protection products,” Site Logistics Manager Josie Anderson said on Thursday.
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EPA complaint leads to better runoff protection for Ipswich River

Construction company agrees stop stricter regulations at Masschusetts site.
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Barrasso amendment limiting EPA authority passes

The Senate passed Sen. John Barrasso’s (R-WY) amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution on March 25, which prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enacting an expanded regulatory definition of the waters under their control.
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CSB receives pointed letter concerning governance issues

Leadership from the House Energy and Commerce Committee reached across party lines on March 27 to address controversy in the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), sending a letter requesting answers on a range of issues.
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Vt. attorney general joins protest against Udall-Vitter toxic chemicals bill

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell recently joined eight other state attorneys general in writing letters to bipartisan Senate leadership about their disapproval of the Udall-Vitter toxic chemicals bill. Addressed to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), EPW chairman, the letter specifically expressed concern over the bill’s planned reduction of state’s rights.
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S.D. AG, other states target proposed EPA emissions rule

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joined with 18 other states' attorneys general on Friday in asking for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed rule concerning greenhouse gas emissions for new fossil-fuel-driven stationary sources.
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