Tuesday, April 25, 2017
EPA finalizes water pollutant limits for steam electric power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday that it has finalized the Steam Effluent Limitation Guidelines, which regulates the amount of toxic pollutants that steam electric power plants are allowed to discharge into the country’s waterways.
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Energy Security and Infrastructure Act advances to full House

Bill to update nation's energy infrastructure passes committee by vote of 32-20.
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Rep. Gibbs opens House hearing on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Rep. Bob Gibbs, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, opened Wednesday’s hearing on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative with a statement that touched on the national importance of the lakes and the environmental challenges they face, as well as the efforts to address those issues.
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Chamber of Marine Commerce urges further consideration of Great Lakes shipping environmental benefits

The Chamber of Marine Commerce, a bi-national group of Canadian and American shipping stakeholders, issued a release on Wednesday urging industry figures and government officials to consider the environmental advantages of marine shipping and the challenges facing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence segment of the industry as they consider carbon-offsetting measures.
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EPA releases combined draft risk assessment on 22 sulfonylurea pesticides

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released several draft risk assessments late last week for public comment, including a combined ecological-risk assessment covering 22 sulfonylurea (SU) chemicals, along with individual human health-risk assessments for each SU (except for bensulfuron-methyl; that assessment has not yet been completed).
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DOT's pipeline-safety unit proposes new hazardous-liquids regulations

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed new safety regulations for hazardous liquids late last week to ensure the country’s 200,000 miles of pipelines that carry such liquids are operated, inspected and maintained properly.
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USDA conservation program aids Chesapeake Bay wildlife amid water woes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (UDSA) Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) said recently that it has been protecting Chesapeake Bay from contaminants such as nitrogen and phosphorus through the establishment of buffers, which also provide important wildlife and aquatic-life habitats.
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MPCA details local impact of new EPA ozone standards

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) issued a release on Monday in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new standard for ground-level ozone, released the same day, detailing how the change will affect Minnesotans.
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EPA reaches settlement over arsenic concentrations in drinking water

Arvin Community Services District (ACSD), which services Arvin, California, and the surrounding Kern County, will pay a $14,750 fine and bring its drinking water into compliance with the arsenic maximum containment level (MCL) after settling with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday.
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Ohio EPA accepting recycling grant applications

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Tuesday that it is accepting applications for a suite of recycling grants until Feb. 1, 2016, for which organizations like local governments, municipal corporations, state colleges and universities, nonprofits and businesses, amongst others, can apply.
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Senators rally around Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act ahead of vote

As the Senate prepares to vote on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA), who wrote the bill, as well as Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK), urged  fellow senators this week to pass the legislation.
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EPA Region 7 partners with Donnelly College for research and teaching initiatives

During its observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 7 office signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Donnelly College, the area’s only Hispanic Serving Institution offering a four-year degree, to undertake joint research and teaching initiatives.
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Idaho DEQ calls for public comments on proposed permit for natural gas facility

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced today that it is accepting public comments on an air quality permit to construct (PTC), which has been requested by Alta Mesa Services LP, located in New Plymouth, for a natural gas gathering facility.
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MPCA seeking public comment on St. Louis Bay aquatic habitat restoration project

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is now accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for its aquatic habitat restoration project in Duluth, Minnesota, which would impact roughly 350 acres in the 21st Avenue West channel of St. Louis Bay.
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NRDC releases Third Annual Energy Report, celebrates gains in renewable energy reliance

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently released its Third Annual Energy Report, titled “A Tectonic Shift in America’s Energy Landscape,” marking historic gains for wind, solar and other renewable sources in the country’s energy market.
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Gosar cheers removal of Sonoran desert tortoise from Endangered Species candidate list

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) released a statement this week commending the recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to remove the Sonoran desert tortoise from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) candidate list, calling it a win for common sense.
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