Sunday, April 23, 2017
NRECA joins petition to Supreme Court to stay Clean Power Plan implementation

In the wake of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denying several requests to stay implementation of the Clean Power Plan until litigation against it is resolved, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) petitioned the Supreme Court to step in.
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NJ coastal hazards planning project wins $900,000 NOAA grant

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently awarded a Regional Coastal Resilience Grant of nearly $900,000 to a New Jersey planning project impacting 15 municipalities that will help them plan for coastal hazards and storm surge.
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House Energy and Power Subcommittee reviews bills to lessen EPA regulatory impact on coal and brick industries

The House Energy and Power Subcommittee recently discussed two bills, the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act and the Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act, which seek to lessen the impact of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
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Ohio EPA sample testing in Sebring reveals near complete compliance with federal lead standards

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently released the test results from 259 households sampled in Sebring, Ohio, which show that all but nine of them are within the federal standards for lead levels.
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Boxer advocates for Stream Protection Rule in EPW hearing

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), recently addressed the committee during a hearing on the Stream Protection Rule, which would regulate mining actions around the nation’s waterways.
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Michigan DEQ accepting applications for State Revolving Fund low-interest loan for water infrastructure projects

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is now accepting applications for this year’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) and Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) loans, available for communities throughout the state looking to update their infrastructure.
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Upton and Pallone request information on Flint water crisis from EPA, Michigan DEQ

U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) recently sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) requesting information on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology releases draft clean water rule maintaining more state control than EPA’s version

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently released a draft clean water rule in compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and an October 2015 directive from the governor.
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Inhofe slams President Obama budget request over State Revolving Fund allocations

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) criticized President Barack Obama following a POLITICO report suggesting that he will seek to increase the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund while cutting the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
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Ohio EPA: Latest test results from Sebring homes show 95 percent within federal lead limits for drinking water

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) released the latest test results for lead levels of samples taken from homes in Sebring, Ohio, showing results within the federal allowable limit in 169 of 180 homes.
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House Energy and Power Subcommittee begins markup on 12 energy bills

The House Energy and Power Subcommittee met this week for opening statements on a markup of 12 energy bills, which address regulatory oversight, amendments to existing legislation and hydroelectric power.
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Ohio EPA cites Sebring for more violations related to lead in village’s drinking water

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) issued another notice of violation to the village of Sebring this week, less than a month after a previous notice from Jan. 21 for violations related to lead levels in the village’s drinking water.
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Nebraska DEQ postpones meetings on state's Clean Power Plan implementation after Supreme Court decision

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision to delay implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) postponed a series of public meetings intended to discuss the state’s implementation plan.
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Murphy applauds Obama’s inclusion of Land and Water Conservation Fund in budget request

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) recently applauded President Barack Obama for his 2017 budget request, especially his funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, an important resource for protecting public lands and waterways.
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Schumer advocates fuel cell ITC renewal at NY’s Plug Power facility

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) recently pushed for bipartisan support to renew the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for fuel cells while touring the Plug Power facility in Latham, New York, which has used the ITC to grow its business.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology seeks public comments on Pasco shoreline management plan

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is currently accepting public comments on a shoreline management plan for the city of Pasco, which if approved would become part of the state shoreline master program.
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EPA FY 2017 budget request devotes $8.3 billion to environmental action, preparation

The Obama Administration recently released its Fiscal Year 2017 budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which devotes nearly $8.3 billion toward the agency’s goals of addressing known problems and preparing for future environmental challenges.
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PA Environmental Quality Board approves updated oil and gas drilling regulations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announces updates to the state’s oil and gas drilling regulations, which the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) recently approved.
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EPA approves expanded interim plan for North Carolina Superfund Site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized an expanded interim cleanup plan for North Carolina’s CTS Asheville Inc. Superfund Site, which will use $9 million to address a 3.1-acre property.
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Energy and Power Subcommittee advances 12 energy infrastructure bills

The Energy and Power Subcommittee recently advanced 12 bills, aimed at modernizing the country’s energy infrastructure and blocking some energy regulations, to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for approval.
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