Monday, March 27, 2017
Smith: EPA's Clean Power Plan 'all pain and no gain' for U.S. economy

The House Subcommittee on the Environment, under the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, held a hearing this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan, which could be implemented as soon as October.
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Environmental organizations and Pennsylvanians rally behind new federal mining regulations

Officials from the Sierra Club, the Mountain Watershed Association, the Citizens Coal Council and the Center for Coalfield Justice, as well as Pennsylvanian citizens, called for the state’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) to strengthen mining pollution regulations during a hearing in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
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North Dakota awarded grant to install 90 new biofuel pumps across state

U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) said this week that  North Dakota will receivefunding to install 90 biofuel pumps at fueling stations around the state, each dispensing E15 and E85 fuel blends, as part of the  USDA’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) Grant Program.
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State agency to hold public meeting on mine-fire reclamation project

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said on Thursday that it will hold a public information session on its Powderly Creek Northeast Underground Mine Fire Reclamation project, set to begin soon in Carbondale in Lackawanna County.
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National Drive Electric Week boasts over 180 events worldwide

There are more than 180 events taking place in 175 American cities and four other countries for National Drive Electric Week, which started on Sept. 12 and will run through Sept. 20 to promote plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).
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Alabama attorney general calls for stay in WOTUS rule implementation

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and the attorneys general from 17 other states filed a motion with the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio on Sept. 9 to issues a national stay of the implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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House subcommittee begins CERCLA hearing

Federal facility cleanups subject of House of Representatives hearing.
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Dow AgroSciences slams ruling against EPA's approval of sulfoxafor

Dow AgroSciences, a biotechnology subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, issued a statement late last week in response to a recent decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) registration of products containing sulfoxafor should be vacated.
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California Assembly approves aggressive Clean Energy Bill

Bill would require half of state's energy to be renewable within 15 years.
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Public comment period opens on Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Monday that it is accepting public comments on a draft environmental impact statement for a flood diversion project that would put a high-hazard dam on the Red River, potentially affecting the Fargo-Moorhead area.
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USDA announces state winners of biofuel infrastructure grants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 21 states that have won Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) funding to update fueling station pumps for compatibility with biofuels, with a total of $100 million in grants awarded this year.
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Granite Construction wins $72 million contract for two Houston dams

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineering (USACE) awarded Granite Construction Incorporated a $72 million contract for building outlet structures at Houston, Texas’ Addicks and Barker Dams, according to a Monday announcement from Granite.
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EPA proposes settlement for cleanup of Pleasant Hill, Iowa site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday that it has reached a proposed settlement over the groundwater hazardous waste contamination at the Townsend Industries site in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.
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USDA announces Conservation Innovation Grants winners

45 applicants will share $20.5 million for projects to promote conservation
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Cabinet officials urge Congress to boost wildfire-prevention funds

Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan urged Congress in a letter on Tuesday to alter its funding approach to wildfires by investing more in forest and rangeland restoration to make these areas less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfires and more resilient when they occur.
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EPA issues updates on Gold King Mine toxic-spill response

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Tuesday that it has posted updates on the Gold King Mine spill on a webpage dedicated to the agency’s response, including new sampling results and documents.
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Fishing for Energy Partnership names grant winners

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), which runs the Fishing for Energy Partnership with support from Covanta Energy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, announced this year’s grant winners will receive more than $263,000. The Fishing for Energy Partnership aims to reduce the amount of lost or abandoned fishing gear that accumulates in U.S. coastal waters.
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Oregon lifts some waste disposal regulations to ease wildfire cleanup

In response to wildfires in Oregon’s Baker, Douglas, Grant and Wallowa counties, state Department of Environmental Quality Director Dick Pedersen signed an emergency order waiving state regulations on waste disposal Monday.
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U.S. Government Accountability Office releases new information on contaminated federal sites

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released the contents of Natural Resources and Environment Director J. Alfredo Gómez’s Sept. 11, 2015 testimony to the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy concerning contaminated sites on federal land.
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