Friday, October 20, 2017
EPA releases preliminary pollinator risk assessment for neonicotinoid insecticide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, which it conducted with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation.
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Washington Department of Ecology proposes state’s first regulation limiting carbon pollution

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) proposed a rule this week that would put the first state limits on carbon pollution, which was developed with industry groups, local governments, environmentalists and the general public.
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Nebraska DEQ awards 54 recycling and cleanup grants

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded 54 grants totaling more than $1.6 million to support projects across the state dedicated to recycling, litter cleanup and education.
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Energy and Power Subcommittee to hold hearing on Ellmers’ EPS Improvement Act of 2016

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on the EPS Improvement Act of 2016, authored by U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), which would remove some lighting technologies from the External Power Supplies (EPS) definition.
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FEMA, Massachusetts to host open house on new flood hazard zones

Following updates to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood hazard zones, the agency will join the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the City of Boston Environment Department in hosting an open house on Jan. 12.
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Cramer brings fresh criticism for Obama Keystone rejection

U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) reiterated his concerns about President Barack Obama’s rejection of the KeystoneXL pipeline following the announcement that TransCanada Corp. is planning to sue the U.S. for $15 billion in damages.
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Pennsylvania DEP advances final regulation on oil and gas well sites

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently advanced its final “Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites” regulation to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) for review.
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Minnesota DNR confirms Rodmen Smith as new Enforcement Division director

Lt. Col. Rodmen Smith recently replaced Col. Ken Soring as Enforcement Division director with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which will see him oversee 250 employees and a $38-million budget.
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Daines and Zinke urge state approval for Montanore Project

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) recently sent a letter to Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality supporting a speedy approval of the Montanore Project.
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EPA seeking nominations for 2016 Environmental Merit Awards in New England

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be accepting nominations for the 2016 Environmental Merit Awards for New England until Feb. 12, allowing interested parties to highlight organizations that have made significant environmental achievements in the past year.
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Michigan Natural Resources Commission schedules meetings for Jan. 14

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has scheduled its monthly meeting for Jan. 14 at Thompsonville’s Crystal Mountain, beginning at 8:30 a.m. for a full day of meetings covering various aspects of the commission’s work.
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Bayer marks successes of 2015 Feed a Bee initiative

Bayer celebrated the results of its 2015 Feed a Bee initiative, which saw approximately 250,000 consumers and more than 70 organizations come together to provide more food for bees in the form of 65 million flowers.
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Brown pushes for continued progress after Paris climate talks

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown recently urged leaders in conservation, industry and sub-national governments to continue the momentum created by the December agreement made at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
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CALSTART opens San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center

CALSTART opened the San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center this week, a facility partially funded by the California Energy Commission and designed to promote public usage of clean vehicles and fuels.
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Ohio EPA accepting public comments on revisions to Section 401 regulations

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is now accepting public comments on draft amendments to update the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapters pertaining to the Section 401 program, which seek to consolidate the seven existing rules into three.
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EPA encourages homeowners to conduct radon tests this winter

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urged Americans to test their homes for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, this week, as homes sealed against winter weather present ideal testing conditions and increased risk of exposure if radon is present.
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Michigan DEQ accepting public comments on Waukesha, Wisconsin request for Great Lakes basin water diversion

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is now accepting public comments on an application from Waukesha, Wisconsin, which is requesting to divert water from the Great Lakes basin.
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California State Resources Control Board consolidates irrigation district hearings

The California State Resources Control Board announced this week that it has consolidated and rescheduled the hearings for the West Side Irrigation District (WSID) and the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID).
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Maine DEP opens Maine Turnpike Authority draft General Permit review period

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is soliciting public comments on a draft General Permit for the Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA), which would allow the authority to carry out construction projects under DEP oversight.
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Louisiana DEQ advises Morganza, Atchafalaya and Mississippi River Basin residents to prepare for flooding

Due to the anticipated effects of recent weather conditions, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has advised home and business owners in the Morganza Spillway, Atchafalaya Basin and Mississippi River Basin areas to prepare for potential flooding.
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