Monday, May 29, 2017
PHSMA releases preliminary report on Plains All American pipeline spill

The May 19, 2015 Plains All American pipeline failure occurred at a section of pipeline that had external corrosion under the pipe insulation, a preliminary report from the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) states.
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Two Florida universities selected for competitive EPA grant program

Two Florida universities — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Central Florida — recently received grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop innovative, sustainable projects as part of the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program.
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Missouri Dept. of Conservation highlights Springfield project reducing runoff into area waterways

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently highlighted an urban conservation project in Springfield that converted a 1,000-square-foot patio from impervious concrete to pervious brick, reducing runoff pollution into nearby waterways.
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USDA announces second round of Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The second round of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will take on 84 conservation projects ranging from water quality and soil health improvement to drought resistance and agricultural viability with $720 million in funding.
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EPA increases safety requirements at Texas Superfund site after damage to containment measures

In response to the discovery of damaged areas on the temporary armored cap at Harris County, Texas’s San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to undertake new safety measures.
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Latest lead testing in Sebring, Ohio, homes finds four above federally acceptable levels

Just over 95 percent of homes sampled in Sebring, Ohio, have lead levels within the federally acceptable limits, according to the latest results published by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
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EPA awards $400,000 diesel emissions reduction grant to Arizona's Gila River Indian Community

Arizona’s Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) will reduce the carbon emissions from construction operations at Gila River Farms with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant of nearly $400,000 that will go toward the replacement of four vehicles.
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USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program promoting water quality in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently highlighted how its Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can help farmers protect water quality, using the example of a Puerto Rican farmer enrolled in the program for 17 years.
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Ohio EPA fires two staff members, demotes one following Sebring reporting issues

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently fired two staff members and demoted another following an administrative review of a failure to identify violations in the Village of Sebring’s response to elevated lead levels in the community.
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Monsanto research shows GM maize does not affect honey bees

A recent study by Monsanto researchers, published in the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry journal, found RNA from genetically engineered maize does not impact honeybees.
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