Tuesday, June 27, 2017
EPA issues industrial-readiness alert ahead of hurricane season

As hurricane season nears, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting alert on Friday to remind factory and other plant managers of regulations that require operators to minimize chemical releases during process-shutdown operations during bad weather.
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Senator slams EPA over Camp Minden cleanup delay

in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) criticized the agency for its last-minute delay in approving the plan to clean up nearly 15 million pounds of abandoned M6 propellant at Camp Minden in Louisiana. State police discovered that the explosive material was improperly stored by defense contractor Explo Systems in 2012.
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Citgo Refining to pay EPA fine over Texas plant violations

The Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday that it has reached an agreement with Citgo Refining and Chemicals Company that will both penalize the company and benefit the community after violations were discovered at a facility in Corpus Christi, Texas. Based on a tip from the Chemical Safety Board, the EPA conducted an impromptu inspection in June 2012 and found violations in equipment, controls, operating and auditing procedures, and initial and ongoing training.
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St. Louis Community College wins EPA grant for environmental training and job placement

Under its Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program, the EPA awarded a nearly $200,000 grant to St. Louis Community College (STLCC) to provide unemployed and underemployed individuals with training and job placement in environmental fields, according to a May 22 announcement.
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Tennessee’s Knoxville Utilities Board completes 134 improvement projects

In compliance with a 2005 consent decree, the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) has completed a range of work related to improving its systems and two supplemental environmental projects (SEPs), according to a release from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today.
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Massachusetts announces innovative water projects funding

Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton announced May 20 that $800,000 has been made available to fund innovative water projects and the findings of the Massachusetts Water Technology Industry Roadmap.
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EPA awards University of Texas grant to improve state's schools

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it has awarded the University of Texas (UT) Cockrell School of Engineering a grant of nearly $1 million to research asthma-related information gaps between environmental factors and student health.
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Rhode Island Sen. Whitehouse releases statement supporting Waters of the United States rule

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released a statement in support of the Waters of the United States rule today, after its final version was submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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EPA releases finalized copy of Clean Waters Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers released the finalized version of the Clean Waters Rule today, creating measures that aim to safeguard the country’s streams and wetlands.
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EPA’s final rules to protect drinking water, limit pollution stir controversy

The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a new clean water rule on Wednesday that protects streams and wetlands from pollution, regulations that were praised by environmental groups but criticized by some Republicans and agricultural groups.
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Texas congressman seeks information on EPA public outreach efforts

In a letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy this week, Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) requested information pertaining to media allegations that the EPA has enacted a coordinated effort to sway public opinion on its policies.
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CleanB process earns EPA regulatory approval

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given National Process to Significantly Reduce Pathogens (PSRP) Equivalency to BCR Environmental’s CleanB process, which is already the first and only Class B biosolids treatment process to gain national EPA regulatory approval.
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Arizona's Senator Flake calls for new draft of WOTUS Rule

In response to the finalized version of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) issued a statement today, condemning the expansion of EPA power that the rule prescribes.
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NRDC calls for stricter oversight of ISL uranium mining

National Resources Defense Council also praises EPA for setting standards for ISL process
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Alabama Farmers Federation contests EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule

The Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) released a preliminary response to the finalized version of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, which was issued on Wednesday, contesting its language and the EPA’s consideration of public comments.
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U.S. EPA proposes temporary pesticide restrictions to support bees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed establishing temporary "pesticide-free zones" to support honey bees.
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Group criticizes EPA for doubling jurisdiction through waters act

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of its final Waters of the United States rule Wednesday, the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) issued a release protesting the expansion of the agency’s authority.
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