Monday, March 27, 2017
CLA says proper use of neonics 'significantly minimizes' risks to environment

CropLife America (CLA), a national trade association that represents manufacturers, formulators and distributors of pesticides, says that close collaboration between farmers and beekeepers, as well as proper usage of neonics, should eliminate environmental concerns.
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TCEQ releases draft commissioners’ agenda for March 3

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) recently released a preliminary draft version of the commissioners’ agenda for March 3.
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Michigan DEQ accepting grants for $233,300 in clean diesel funding

The Michigan Department of Environmental (DEQ) quality recently announced that it is accepting applications for a total of $233,300 in grant funding, available through the Michigan Clean Diesel Program, for projects that will reduce diesel emissions.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology to host public meeting on Boeing groundwater contamination

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently announced a public meeting for Feb. 27 on an investigation of groundwater contamination in Auburn and Algona spreading from a Boeing property.
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House committee debates bill to improve communication about drinking water lead levels

The House Energy and Commerce Committee began debate on H.R. 4470, a bill drafted in response to the Flint, Michigan, drinking water crisis, with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who chairs the committee, delivering an opening statement.
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NFU files petition after EPA issues renewable fuel volume targets below Congressional RFS

Story CopyThe National Farmers Union (NFU) recently filed a petition with the District of Columbia U.S.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology reviewing Okanogan County shoreline program

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is currently reviewing and accepting public comments on the shoreline program for Okanogan County, which will inform the area’s shoreline development and construction.
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Virginia DEQ issues emergency order for Waverly’s Atlantic Waste Disposal landfill

The Atlantic Waste Disposal landfill in Waverly, Virginia, is now under an emergency order from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), due to violations of the Virginia Waste Management Act stemming from excess heat in the landfill.
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Great Lakes Commission accepting grant applications for phosphorus runoff reduction projects

The Great Lakes Commission is now accepting proposals for the 2016 Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program (GLSNRP), which will provide grants for small scale and watershed scale projects designed to reduce phosphorus runoff in the Great Lakes.
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Barrasso criticizes Obama budget request as assault on American energy

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) recently criticized President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget request, calling some measures included within it an assault on American energy.
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USDA releases report to help land managers operate in drought conditions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Hubs recently released informational tools for land managers to better understand the impact of drought conditions upon forests and rangelands and how they can adapt to them.
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Jenkins launches #WVCoalVoices project to highlight stories of those impacted by coal industry decline

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) recently launched the #WVCoalVoices project, wherein he plans to share the stories of West Virginia families impacted by the declining coal industry, which is being hit by increased environmental regulation.
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Ohio EPA plans public hearing on proposed harmful algal bloom reporting and monitoring rules

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) will host a public hearing on Feb. 24 on proposed regulations that would establish reporting and monitoring requirements surrounding harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the state’s drinking water systems.
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Smith appointed to House Republican Regulatory Burden Taskforce

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, will serve on the House Republican’s Regulatory Burden Taskforce, which seeks to identify how the party can block regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), among other federal entities.
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Vitter, Inhofe, Cornyn criticise McCarthy’s EPA leadership through Flint crisis

U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-LA), James Inhofe (R-OK) and John Cornyn (R-TX) recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
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Menendez, Booker and Pascrell prepare to introduce legislation promoting private investment in infrastructure

U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) recently outlined the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2016, which would make it easier to update the country’s aging infrastructure.
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Smith applauds Supreme Court block of Clean Power Plan

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, applauded the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to temporarily block implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.
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EPA announces sustainable project development grants for Georgia Institute of Technology, 37 other universities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 38 university student teams that will receive funding under its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant program last week, including a team from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Ohio EPA schedules public hearing on proposed amendments to water quality standards rules

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) scheduled a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC)’s rules on the Water Quality Standards Program, which will take place on April 5 at the Ohio EPA Central Office in Columbus.
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