Monday, March 27, 2017
EPA grants Walker River Paiute Tribe authority over reservation water quality

The Walker River Paiute Tribe recently attained EPA approval to protect water quality in its jurisdiction, which includes the Walker River, the Weber Reservoir and the confluence with Walker Lake in Nevada.
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Brewer Water Pollution Control Facility wins 2015 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award

The Brewer Water Pollution Control Facility was one of five wastewater treatment plants to receive a 2015 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its excellence in operations and maintenance.
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House advances Brick Act

The House recently advanced the Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act, H.R. 4557, which seeks to block implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brick MACT rule until a judicial review of its measures is complete.
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EPA finalizes cleanup plan for contaminated sediment in Passaic River

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized a cleanup plan for the lower eight miles of the Passaic River, which will entail removing 3.5 million cubic yards of toxic sediment and capping the river bottom throughout that section.
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Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission To meet on March 18

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the state’s Wolf Plan, Columbia River non-tribal fishery reform policy and proposed changes to rules governing the holding of non-game wildlife at a March 18 meeting in Salem.
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West Virginia Stream Partners Program announces $104,000 in watershed protection grants

West Virginia’s Stream Partners Program recently awarded 21 grants worth up to $5,000 each, for a combined total of over $104,000, to organizations throughout the state that will use it for projects to preserve and protect local watersheds.
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EPA encourages households to look for leaks during WaterSense Fix a Leak Week

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program is observing its eighth annual Fix a Leak Week this week, encouraging Americans to “Be a Leak Detective” by finding leaks in their homes and fixing them.
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ADEQ’s Ian Bingham appointed as communications director

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) announced this week that ADEQ Ombudsman and Tribal Liaison Ian Bingham will now also serve as the department’s new communications director.
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Michigan DEQ proposes strengthening cleanup standards for 1,4-Dioxane

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) proposed significantly strengthening the drinking water cleanup standard for 1,4-Dioxane from 85 parts per billion (ppb) to 7.2ppb, which would impact Ann Arbor and the Pall-Gelman Contaminant plume cleanup effort.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology LightRecycle program recycles nearly 1 million lights in first year

The first year of the Washington Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) LightRecycle Washington program, which started on Jan. 1, 2015, saw state residents recycle more than 1 million lights containing mercury.
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California's Lucid Design Group earns $300,000 in EPA funding for technology to reduce commercial electricity use

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) grant worth $295,507 to Oakland, California’s Lucid Design Group to further develop technology that will allow for reduced electricity use through real-time feedback.
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House approves six energy bills

The House recently approved six energy bills from the Energy and Commerce Committee, covering energy efficient measures in federal buildings, hydroelectric projects and amendments to the Federal Power Act.
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Oregon Environmental Quality Commission extends public comment period on temporary emissions regulations

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission recently extended the public comment period, which will continue until March 30, on a set of temporary rules that would regulate the metals emissions from Portland’s small colored art glass manufacturing facilities.
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Georgia Environmental Protection Division schedules trainings on electronic permit application and reporting systems

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) recently announced two upcoming training sessions in Athens, Georgia on April 6 and 7, for online application and reporting systems from both the EPD and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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California boasts three climate leadership award winners

Three California organizations — the California Department of Water Resources in Sacramento, San Jose’s Cisco Systems and the Government Authorities for the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program in San Diego — were among the 17 Climate Leadership Award winners.
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House advances SENSE Act protecting coal refuse-to-energy facilities

The House recently advanced the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act, H.R. 3797, which would prevent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations from blocking operations at the nation’s 19 coal refuse-to-energy facilities.
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Oregon Statue University to pay $275,000 penalty for hazardous waste regulation violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently settled with Oregon State University (OSU) over violations of federal waste identification rules in an agreement that will see the university provide comprehensive training for staff and pay a $275,000 penalty.
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Boustany calls EPA’s WOTUS rule an abuse of power

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) recently called the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule an abuse of power after signing a letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting that no taxpayer funding be directed toward its implementation.
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Michigan launches invasive species website

Michigan recently launched the Michigan Invasive Species website to serve as a resource for residents looking to identify or manage plants, insects and animals considered invasive in the state.
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Monsanto study shows RNA from genetically engineered corn does not impact honeybees

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry published findings of a study conducted by Monsanto’s research division proving RNA from genetically engineered corn does not impact honeybees.
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