Sunday, April 23, 2017
USDA conservation partnership removes two waterways from Arkansas impaired waters list

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that two of the 10 segments of the Illinois River on Arkansas’ impaired waters list have been removed due to conservation partnership efforts that have reduced their turbidity, or haziness.
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President Obama establishes Mojave Trails National Monument

President Barack Obama recently issued a proclamation to establish the Mojave Trails National Monument, preserving the Southern California area due to its unique ecological, anthropologic and historic value to the country.
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Gosar celebrates Supreme Court stay of Clean Power Plan implementation

U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) celebrated the recent Supreme Court decision to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing the Clean Power Plan until litigation against the regulation, brought by 26 states, is decided.
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Boilermakers union leader lambasts EPA’s Clean Power Plan, offers alternative

Railing against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) doesn’t mean that Luke Voigt, business manager for Boilermakers Local 647, doesn’t have a viable option.
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Jenkins pushes for aid to coal-dependent states with RECLAIM Act

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) recently supported the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and for which he is one of four bipartisan co-sponsors.
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Portman, Stabenow introduce amendments to help states with drinking water emergencies

U.S. Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) recently filed an amendment they are co-sponsoring that would protect drinking water around the country by allowing the federal government to better respond to drinking water emergencies.
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Poll: Chesapeake Bay residents want local and state jurisdiction over water resources

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently released the results of a poll suggesting that residents of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed want their state and local governments to have more authority over water resources than the federal government.
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UNC student team wins EPA grant to develop portable cholera test

A student team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) won a People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant of up to $15,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week.
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NFU applauds R&D increases in President’s FY 2017 budget request

The National Farmers Union (NFU) supported President Barack Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2017, praising the foresight of an expanded budget for clean energy research and development (R&D), which will be nearly doubled to $12.8 billion by 2021.
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ADEQ issues permit in record time for innovative Concord electricity generation facility

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) recently issued a class II air quality permit for a Concord Blue Eagar LLC facility in Apache County, completing the process in a record 85 days.
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Bureau of Reclamation dedicates $100 million of 2016 budget to Western drought relief

The Bureau of Reclamation recently released it 2016 spending plan, which devotes more than half of the $166.3 million appropriated to the bureau in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 to Western drought response.
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Michigan expands Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine to Upper Peninsula Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette and Menominee counties

Michigan expands Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine to Upper Peninsula Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette and Menominee counties
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EPA awards P3 grant to Mississippi State for low-cost desalination system project

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded a People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant to Mississippi State University (MSU), located in Starkville, which will use the funding to work on a low-cost desalination process.
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Idaho DEQ proposes TMDLs to improve water quality in Upper Salmon River subbasin

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently submitted a plan to improve water quality in east-central Idaho’s Upper Salmon River subbasin, which it hopes will reduce levels of sediment and E. coli bacteria and lower temperatures.
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EPA proposes revisions to Long Island Dredged Material Disposal rule to discourage open water disposal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed revisions to its 2005 rule on the Central and Western Long Island Sound Dredged Material Disposal Sites, which would encourage the reduction of dredged material disposal in the Sound’s open waters.
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House Science, Space and Technology Committee holds hearing on Obama Administration’s 'midnight regulations'

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing recently to discuss “midnight regulations,” or regulations made at the end of a presidential administration, from the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Three new national monuments designated in California

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently applauded President Barack Obama’s designation of three new national monuments in California: the Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument and Castle Mountains National Monument.
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Michigan awards $3.6 million for invasive species management projects

Nineteen projects in Michigan received a total of $3.6 million recently through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, a cooperative effort of the Departments of Natural Resources (DNR), Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).
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Shuster declares victory for coal industry after Supreme Court ruling on Clean Power Plan

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) recently called the Supreme Court decision to delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan a victory for the coal industry.
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Good Neighbor Environmental Board meets about U.S.-Mexico border region environmental infrastructure

The Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB), a Presidential advisory committee, recently discussed environmental infrastructure requirements along the U.S.-Mexico border, including the state of the Rio Grande River and on-going resiliency efforts.
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