Monday, May 29, 2017
Ranchers slam federal agencies for launching restrictive land-use plans

The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) are condemning a move by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service to implement their restrictive land-use plans after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said this week that the greater sage grouse does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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State official praises report on hydraulic fracturing in Michigan

Responding to the Graham Sustainability Institute’s final report on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Michigan, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director Dan Wyant issued a statement this week commending the University of Michigan-based organization’s efforts.
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Michigan officials to coordinate oil spill exercise Thursday

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced Monday that there will be a functional oil spill response exercise in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace on Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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US Chamber critical of EPA's proposed ozone standards for Denver

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a release Tuesday detailing the potential effects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ozone regulations on the Denver region.
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Lorain, Ohio, restoration effort receives $15 million EPA grant

Lorain, Ohio, became the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative’s (GLRI) largest single grant recipient when Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Susan Hedman announced Tuesday it would receive $15 million for restoration work in Lake Erie’s Black River Area of Concern.
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EPA settles with Maryland company over oil spill prevention plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Greenlight WVO LLC, of Beltsville, Maryland, on Wednesday, stemming from citations for insufficient oil spill prevention measures that left Anacostia River tributary Indian Creek vulnerable to damage.
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Arkansas' Pulaski County among 44 communities to receive EPA funding

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Wednesday that Arkansas’ Pulaski County will received $350,000 in supplemental funding for the clean up of the Full Counsel and Sterling building sites.
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Michigan DEQ announces successes of River Raisin restoration

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced several new developments on the River Raisin on Tuesday, which, after three decades of designation as an area of concern, is beginning to recover through environmental projects funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).
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EPA unveils plan to increase safety in hazardous-waste shipping procedures

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes late last week in how imported and exported hazardous-waste shipments are managed to improve safety. The risk of mismanagement rises when hazardous waste is shipped through several countries' ports.
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EPA highlights decades-long pollution-prevention initiatives

BodyThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a release on Sept. 24 detailing its pollution prevention (P2) efforts, which work to reduce the amount of pollution generated under the principle that preventative efforts are more effective than restorative ones.
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House panel to hold hearing on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will convene a hearing on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) at 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167, in Washington.
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EPA puts Volkswagen, Audi on notice over alleged defeat devices

Following a Sept. 18 Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to several vehicle manufacturers alleging the use of defeat devices, the EPA has notified the companies that it will be performing additional evaluations for future confirmatory testing to search for similar violations.
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New EPA rule requires electronic reporting of Clean Water Act data

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said late last week that it has finalized a rule to require municipalities, industries and other facilities to report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, under the Clean Water Act, electronically.
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EPA and Texas Tech run symposium on children’s environmental health

Focusing on environmental health issues arising from lead poisoning, respiratory conditions and climate change impacts, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Tech University Health Science Center recently educated healthcare and public health officials at a symposium on children’s environmental health.
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Michigan seeks applications for EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced Friday that it is accepting proposals for projects that support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) water quality and environmental justice goals under the Urban Waters Small Grants Program.
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Veteran: U.S. Oil Exports key to world peace

Energy plays a vital role in the national security of a country, and one person who wants to get that message across to U.S. policymakers is Keith Pekau, a member of the group  Vets4Energy, which continues to serve the nation as advocates for energy policies to strengthen America's national security.
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MPCA open to comments on Valley Branch Watershed reports

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced this week that it is accepting public comments on two reports assembled in partnership with local organizations on the health and restoration of the Valley Branch sub-watershed, which is part of the Lower St. Croix watershed.
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Washington ecology department announces start of Port Gamble Bay cleanup

The Washington Department of Ecology (WDE) announced on Sept. 24 that the cleanup of Port Gamble Bay is set to begin Monday, spearheaded by contractor Orion Marine Group and liable to Poe Resources.
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California Air Resources Board names biodiesel top emissions reducer

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced today that the California Air Resources Board has determined that biodiesel has the best carbon score among liquid fuels in terms of greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
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EPA adds Texas’ Main Street Groundwater Plume site to priority list

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Monday that it has added the Burnet County, Texas, Main Street Groundwater Plume site, discovered in 2010, to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).
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