Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Major research project on honey bee health launched

Bayer and a leading nonprofit dedicated to pollination research have joined forces in a $1 million multi-year research project aimed at improving the health of honey bees.
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Shuster and Gibbs request information on EPA promotion of WOTUS Rule

U.S. Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Bob Gibbs (R-Oh), chairmen of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee, respectively, recently requested information about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) promotion of the Waters of the United States Rule. (WOTUS). 
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University of Arkansas team wins EPA grant to develop low-cost biosensor

A student team from the University of Arkansas recently won a People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a project that seeks to develop easy-to-use, low-cost means of detecting water-borne agents.
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EPA settles 9 enforcement actions on underground storage tanks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently settled enforcement actions with nine gas stations in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, resulting in nearly $60,000 in penalties from eight stations and a prohibition on fuel delivery at two of them.
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Two EPA scientists win top federal honor for early career professionals

Two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists, Dr. Alex Marten and Dr. Rebecca Dodder, recently received recognition from President Barack Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
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34 Senators, 171 Representatives file amicus brief supporting case against EPA’s Clean Power Plan

A group of 34 Senators and 171 Representative recently filed an amicus brief in a case raised by 27 states to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan regulation.
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EPA and Leavenworth, Kansas reach settlement on Clean Water Act violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reached a settlement with the City of Leavenworth, Kansas over violations of the Clean Water Act including sewer overflows and municipal stormwater violations, which the city agreed to address.
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EPA announces availability of $4.4 million in DERA grants for several states and the Pacific Islands

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting proposals for $4.4 million worth of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program grants available to applicants located in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.
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Inhofe introduces legislation to increase funding available for water system infrastructure improvements

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, recently proposed legislation, co-authored by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), that would increase the amount of funding available for communities around the country, like Flint, Michigan, dealing with failing water infrastructure.
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EPA proposes changes to Risk Management Program regulations for chemical facilities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed updating its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations, which govern safety planning for chemical facilities, following a review of the current regulations and input from industry stakeholders and the public.
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70 manufacturing plants earn EPA Energy Star certification for 2015

Seventy manufacturing plants recently gained Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015, including nine plants that earned the distinction for the first time this year, reducing their combined greenhouse gas emissions by over 5 million metric tons.
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EPA begins five-year review of nine New England Superfund sites

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently started the five-year review process on nine Superfund Sites in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, evaluating the progress and efficacy of the remedies in place at each site.
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BRICK Act seeks to prevent Brick MACT regulation implementation until court cases decided

The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently highlighted H.R. 4557, The Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act, a bill seeking to mitigate the effects of recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on the American brick industry.
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BNFS to pay $600,000 penalty over oil spills following EPA, DOJ settlement

BNSF Railway Co. recently reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) related to four oil and diesel spills and inadequate prevention plans in Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
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Boxer speaks out for bipartisan bill to increase funding for drinking water infrastructure improvements

Following reports of lead in the drinking water of Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member, urged the advancement of the Drinking Water Safety and Infrastructure Act.
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EPA announces phase II grant winners from Small Business Innovation Research Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded eight $300,000 grants to small businesses throughout the country through phase II of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which the recipients will use to develop innovative environmental protection technologies.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology updating proposed Clean Air Rule

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently withdrew its proposed Clean Air Rule, which it released in January to begin the process of capping and reducing the state’s carbon pollution, to update the regulation based on public feedback.
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Robert reacts to EEMAC position limits report

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) restated his views on position limits after a recently released report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC) suggested that it will hamper risk management efforts.
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Gosar calls EPA 'out-of-control' following CRS report on impacts of lower ozone standard

U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) cited a recent Center for Regulatory Solutions (CRS) report on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lowered ozone standards to reiterate his position that the agency’s recent regulations will damage the American economy.
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Iowa becomes first state where wind provides 30 percent of energy

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds recently celebrated Iowa’s distinction as the first and only state to generate more than 30 percent of its energy from wind.
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