Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Local Foods, Local Places boosts health, economy in 22 states

A collaboration between the White House Rural Council and several federal agencies will provide support for 27 communities in 22 states working to improve their communities through local food projects.
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Honey bee deaths due to more than just pesticides, Purdue entomologist says

Purdue University entomologist Tom Turpin argues that there is "no such thing" as colony collapse disorder, despite the efforts of environmental groups involved in litigation to get the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to significantly regulate the use of neonicotinoids, claiming that these pesticides are causing a collapse of habitats. 
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EPA continues sampling and testing efforts in Flint

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently completed sampling and testing areas of the Flint, Michigan water system for chlorine as part of its larger sampling efforts, showing that chlorine is present in the system.
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Idaho DEQ helps fund Idaho City wastewater system evaluation with $35,000 grant

Idaho City, in Boise County, recently won a wastewater planning grant worth $35,000 from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), which the city will use to plan improvements to its wastewater system.
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Cramer calls BLM regulations on flaring unnecessary

Following a decision from Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to enact new regulations on flaring methane emissions on federal and tribal lands, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) condemned the move as an effort to hamper the gas industry.
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EPA releases guide for parents and schools to minimize student air pollution exposure

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released “Best Practices for Reducing Near-Road Pollution Exposure at Schools,” a document that parents and schools can use to limit air pollution exposure for students, who are particularly susceptible to its health impacts.
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USDA establishes Wetland Mitigation Banking Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently established the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, which will provide $9 million in funding toward the restoration, creation and enhancement of wetland ecosystems throughout the country.
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EPA provides $182 million in funding for California water projects

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will help California invest in improvements to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and water pollution prevention projects with over $182 million in funding.
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National Biodiesel Conference & Expo highlights gains of 2015, challenges of the future

The recent National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida, highlighted the gains made by the biodiesel industry in 2015 that have positioned it for future success, as well as the challenges it is likely to face.
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St. Johns joins ADEQ compliance program for small communities

Arizona’s City of St. Johns recently joined the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ) Small Communities Environmental Compliance Assistance Program (SCECAP), which helps small, typically rural communities maintain compliance with environmental regulations.
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Portman urges Senate advancement of energy efficiency bill

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) recently urged his fellow senators to advance the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC), which promotes the use of energy efficient technology throughout the country and the federal government.
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Washington Department of Ecology proposes $137 million in funding for water quality projects

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently released a list of 103 projects it proposes to fund through its Water Quality Program, which if fully enacted would mean a total of $137 million in funding for communities across the state.
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Idaho’s Clark Fork wins $30,000 drinking water planning grant from ID DEQ

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently announced that it will fund half of a $60,000 project to improve the drinking water infrastructure in Bonner County’s Clark Fork.
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Buchanan County, VA, to receive funding, technical assistance through EPA’s WaterCARE program

Virginia’s Buchanan County is among 10 local governments to receive a total of $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Water Community Assistance for Resiliency and Excellence (WaterCARE) program.
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USDA renews Agriculture Air Quality Task Force for 2016-2018 term

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently renewed its Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, which promotes research, finds cost-effective air quality improvement methods and coordinates efforts with other USDA and federal agencies.
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Daines speaks out in favor of Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) recently addressed his fellow senators to stress the importance of several provisions in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 as the Senate prepared to vote on some of its amendments.
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Flake and Feinstein introduce amendment to energy bill to increase dam water storage efficiency

As the Senate debates the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan amendment that would allow dams to better utilize water storage capacity.
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DOI proposes updates to regulations on oil and gas operations

The Department of the Interior (DOI) recently proposed updates to the regulations governing venting, flaring and leaking during oil and gas operations on federal and American Indian lands, which would reduce waste and methane emissions.
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Weston, Idaho, receives $27,000 drinking water planning grant from ID DEQ

Weston, Idaho, recently won a drinking water planning grant of $27,000 from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, which it will use to evaluate its current drinking water system.
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House holds roundtable discussion on Water Resources Development Act

The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), held a roundtable policy discussion on the Water Resources development Act (WRDA) this week, examining the priorities of stakeholders impacted by the legislation.
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