Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Syngenta improves WeevilTrak for annual bluegrass weevil management

Online monitoring tool now includes real-time blog, new research sites, addition of Ference insecticide
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Virginia Water Resources Plan open for public review

Plan is state's first comprehensive statewide look at water supply needs
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Portland bans neonicotinoid pesticides

Pesticide has been linked to negative impact on bees and the environment.
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New EPA website allows users to track public water system compliance

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new website that will allow users to access data on public water systems' compliance with the Safe Water Drinking Act (SWDA).
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Virginia Department of Environmental Quality opens public comment period on water resources plans

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced Tuesday that the Virginia Water Resources Plan, which identifies challenges and solutions for the state’s water supply, is open to public review and comment.
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West Virginia's DEP reassures citizens about orange rocks in Cheat River

In response to concerns from Cheat River boaters, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a statement to assure the public that the circumstances creating orange-colored rocks at the mouth of Muddy Creek are within their control.
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Ohio sues U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over Cleveland Harbor dredging project

Ohio announced on Tuesday, through several governmental departments, that it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its plan to dump materials dredged from the Cleveland Harbor into Lake Erie and not to dredge the entire navigation channel.
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South Carolina partners with YMCAs to promote state employee health

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that through a partnership with the S.C. Hospital Association and S.C. Alliance of YMCAs, state employees will be eligible for special membership rates.
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Los Angeles mayor offers ambitious plan to reduce energy use

Los Angeles, in preparation of expected population growth of 500,000 over the next 20 years, is developing ambitious strategies to address climate change and protect the environment.
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EPA joins other federal agencies in solar purchasing agreement

Following President Obama's executive order for federal agencies to reduce greenhouse emissions and increase renewable energy use, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Energy and General Services Administration in announcing the first federal partnership for solar power purchasing.
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FERC chief: EPA aids effort for smooth Clean Power Plan transition

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Colette Honorable said on Wednesday that the FERC is working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure electricity reliability as the EPA's landmark rule on greenhouse-gas emissions is implemented.
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EPA awaits honeybee data before approving neonicotinoids

The Environmental Protection Agency recently informed individual registrants of nitroguanidine-based neonicotinoid pesticides in a letter that approval for outdoor usage may be postponed until the agency completes risk assessments for bee safety.
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NASA's eyes in sky to help agencies monitor algae blooms

In conjunction with three key federal agencies, NASA expects to transform satellite data intended for probing marine biology into useful information to help curtail freshwater algae, the agency said on Tuesday. Together with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey, NASA will use ocean color satellite data to help create an early-warning gauge to monitor toxic and nuisance algal blooms in freshwater systems.
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Cramer commends EPA herbicide approval for North Dakota

Congressman Kevin Cramer (R), Representative from North Dakota’s At-Large District, has endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to approve the usage of an herbicide manufactured by Dow.
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California Senate OKs bill to help property owners with toxin-cleanup costs

The California Senate recently passed a bill, updating the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund program, which includes a provision to create a Site Cleanup Subaccount (SCSA) to investigate and clean up properties in which responsibility for the contamination is unidentified.
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University of Arkansas professor calls for EPA approval of neonicotinoid pesticides

A University of Arkansas department of entomology professor says neonicotinoids do not harm pollinators, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should not delay approving new applications for using the pesticides.
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New Zealand EPA's chief executive to step down

Rob Forlong, chief executive of New Zealand's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), said on Friday that he has submitted his resignation, effective the end of June.The EPA was founded in 2011, and Forlong served as its CEO through its development period.
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Students to compete at EPA's annual Sustainable Design Expo

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Friday that Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg will open the 11th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo on Saturday in Alexandria, Virginia. This exposition draws college student teams from around the country to showcase their work in sustainable design, with the chance to win the agency's People, Prosperity and the Planet Award.
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House subcommittee to host hearing on EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power will host a hearing tomorrow on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan and the Ratepayer Protection Act that was drafted in response to it.
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