Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Nebraska DEQ announces 18 public meetings on Clean Power Plan

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) recently announced 18 meetings across the state to gather public input as the department prepares a strategy for the state to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan.
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Senate approves amendment creating program to boost carbon dioxide removal technologies

The Senate recently approved a bipartisan clean air technology amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which would create a program to drive innovation in carbon dioxide removal technologies through a prize system.
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Dr. Chuck Carr Brown named Secretary of LA DEQ

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards recently appointed Dr. Chuck Carr Brown as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), a position that will see him lead the state’s environmental protection efforts.
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Ohio EPA funds meter replacement project in Geneva with $448,000 low-interest loan

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently granted a low-interest loan of nearly $448,000 to the City of Geneva, allowing the community to replace city-owned water meters with an automated meter reading system.
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Idaho DEQ awards McCall $77,000 wastewater planning grant to study leaking lagoons

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently awarded a $77,000 wastewater planning grant to Valley County’s city of McCall, which the city will use to undertake a wastewater planning study.
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Vitter introduces pro-small business, Rigs to Reef expansion amendments to Energy Policy Modernization Act

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) recently introduced to amendments to the Energy Policy Modernization Act as the Senate debates the bipartisan bill and its provisions in the lead up to a final vote.
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Science, Space and Technology Committee conducts hearing on Paris climate agreement

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing last week on the Paris climate agreement, through which President Barack Obama pledged to reduce American greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050.
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Gosar and Kirkpatrick fight National Historic Place designation in Arizona for area including future copper mine

U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) are working to block a Historic Place nomination with the National Park Service for Arizona’s Chi’chil Bildagoteel, or Oak Flat, which would prevent the development of a copper mine.
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Boxer, Feinstein to introduce amendment for federal review of Aliso Canyon gas leak

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) recently announced that they will introduce an amendment to energy legislation under Senate review that would require federal review and recommendations of the natural gas lead at Aliso Canyon in their home state.
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Portman highlights bipartisan benefits of energy efficiency bill

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) highlighted the bipartisan goals served by his Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act, part of the 2016 Energy Policy Modernization Act, as his fellow legislators prepare to vote on the measure.
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Chamber of Commerce releases report on EPA and OSHA regulatory impact on brick makers

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report last week that highlights the combined impacts of two new and proposed regulations on the brick-making industry, which is primarily composed of small businesses.
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California Governor hosts Dutch Prime Minister for meeting on climate change prevention efforts

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte recently met in San Francisco to further their cooperative efforts toward fighting climate change, including discussions on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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American Farm Bureau Federation targets WOTUS rule in 2016 strategic action plan

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) recently finalized its strategic action plan for 2016, which includes priorities promoting modern agricultural practices, preserving access to biotech plant varieties, supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and fighting the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
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Alabama postpones compliance strategy for Clean Power Plan

Confident in a potential court-ruled stay, Alabama officials have declined at this time to begin work on a state plan to comply with Clean Power Plan carbon emission regulations.
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National Biodiesel Board presents industry awards at biodiesel conference

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced the winners of its industry awards at the recent National Biodiesel Conference and Expo, honoring those who made an impact in emissions reductions, the theme of this year’s awards.
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Energy and Power Subcommittee reviews eight bills on energy infrastructure

The House Energy and Power Subcommittee reviewed eight bills targeting energy infrastructure strengthening and modernization last week, including measures on natural gas, orders affecting rates and hydropower.
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Menendez, Pallone request Obama Administration protection for Atlantic Ocean from offshore drilling

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that he remove all Atlantic planning areas from the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
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National Biodiesel Conference & Expo highlights industry gains, future potential

The 2016 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, recently held in Tampa, Florida, showed the advances made in the biodiesel industry in the past year, recognized impactful individuals and organizations, and allowed attendees to test drive biodiesel vehicles.
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Energy and Commerce Committee plans March hearing on Flint drinking water crisis

A bipartisan group of leaders from the House Energy and Commerce Committee plan to conduct a hearing on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in March, examining the public and environmental health implications of the emergency.
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Ohio EPA’s latest test results from Sebring show 96 percent of homes under lead limits

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently released the results of further testing to determine lead levels in Sebring, Ohio, homes, which showed that 144 out of 150 home, or 96 percent, tested below federal limits.
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