Monday, May 29, 2017
U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition announces winners

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council announced on Thursday the winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, both of which will receive $1.5 million to build demonstration projects, one in New York and one in Oregon.
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Oregon proposes updates to Clean Fuels Program

Department of Environmental Quality accepting public comments on proposed changes until Oct. 21
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EPA releases draft monitoring plan for bodies of water affected by spill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft monitoring plan on Thursday pertaining to the Gold King Mine Spill that will determine how pre- and post-incident conditions are evaluated. While surface water and sediment sampling and testing show that conditions have returned to normal, the EPA has continued its testing activities in the interest of caution.
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EPA OKs Massachusetts' plan to reduce nitrogen in Cape Cod waters

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday that it has formally approved Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Water Quality Management Plan Update, allowing the state to move forward with efforts to reduce nitrogen levels in ponds, bays and other waters on the Cape.
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Dozens of senators sign on to resolution targeting new EPA water rule

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced a joint resolution on Thursday, with 46 co-sponsors, that seeks to nullify the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which was finalized earlier this year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE).
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EPA announces food loss reduction goal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the first-ever food waste reduction goal for the country - 50 percent by 2030.
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USDA, EPA host workshop to facilitate water quality trading markets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a joint workshop on water quality trading this week, working together to expand the market and in continuance with the recently announced Conservation Innovation Grants supporting the same goal.
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Air quality plan approval granted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Department of Environmental Protection approved an air quality plan approval for Moxie Freedom Energy LLC of Virginia to construct and operate a 1050-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Salem Township, Luzerne County.
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EPA, DOJ settle with Massachusetts town over Clean Water Act violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) said late last week that they have reached a settlement with Swampscott, Massachusetts, over Clean Water Act violations that involved the discharge of polluted storm water into the ocean.
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Gardner joins latest effort for permanent Land, Water Conservation Fund renewal

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said late last week that he has added his signature to a bipartisan letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urging a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
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Congressman's testimony slams proposed stream-protection rule

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) offered testimony late last week at an Office of Surface Mining hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, on the proposed stream-protection rule. The testimony was presented by Field Representative Chad Story on behalf of the congressman, who was unable to attend in person.
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Congressman asks TVA for higher summer water levels in Georgia lake

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) sent a letter recently to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) concerning the annual drawdown of water in Lake Blue Ridge, located in Fannin County, Georgia. Current TVA guidelines call for the lake to be below full volume for much of the year, including part of the summer, which shortens the season for boating and other recreational activities.
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EPA takes dozens of enforcement actions in Region 10 over 15-month period

The Environmental Protection Agency released a compilation of enforcement actions taken in its Region 10 area, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington between April 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.
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EPA hosting public meeting on proposed air quality standards

Public invited to share their views on Climate Action Plan changes to reduce methane emissions
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Burgess praises defunding of American Centrifuge Project

Following the Department of Energy’s announcement last week that it will defund the American Centrifuge Project, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, issued a statement supporting the move.
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Senator cheers passage of grain bill containing inspection reforms

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) issued a celebratory statement this week after the Senate passed the United States Grain Standards Act Reauthoraization Act of 2015, which mandates major reforms to federally mandated grain inspections.
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Solar-powered groundwater-cleanup system launched at Massachusetts Superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local officials attended a ceremony earlier this week at the North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, ReSolve Superfund site to mark  the implementation of a groundwater cleanup system powered entirely by solar panels.
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Wisconsin natural resources department discusses regulations to protect Lake Superior trout

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting two public meetings next week to discuss proposed regulations that aim to promote lake trout numbers and aid the long-term sustainability of the Lake Superior fishery.
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EPA allocates $450,000 to environmental projects on U.S.-Mexico border

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday that it will make $450,000 available to fund environmental projects along the U.S.-Mexico border and support cooperation with the Mexican government, as of the recently held national coordinators meeting in El Paso, Texas.
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