Monday, March 27, 2017
House Environment Subcommittee holds hearing on NOAA FY2017 budget

The House Environment Subcommittee recently held a hearing on the on the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan providing testimony.
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Latest test results from Sebring, Ohio, show 96% of homes within legally allowable lead limits

The 15 most recent samples of tap water from Sebring, Ohio, all tested within the federal allowable limit for lead, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA).
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Washington Dept. of Ecology proposes changes to water quality permits for boatyards

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently proposed updating the water quality permit for boatyards that would update the requirements to better address toxic stormwater and wastewater discharges, which would impact approximately 70 boatyards in Western Washington.
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Inhofe sends letter to McCarthy on Volkswagen investigation

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who serves as the chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, recently wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy regarding her agency’s investigation into the diesel emissions violations of Volkswagen.
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EPA, Bureau of Reclamation, state water districts team up for innovative conservation program grants

The Innovative Conservation Program is entering its latest round of grant applications with expanded participation from federal agencies and regional organizations from the western United States that are teaming up to find new water-saving devices and technologies.
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Science, Space and Technology’s Oversight Subcommittee takes on EPA over proposed amateur racecar regulations

The Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee recently held a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules on amateur racecars and the businesses that supply their parts.
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Louisiana DEQ provides multiple platforms for air quality awareness

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently updated state residents on the various ways they can stay up to date on their local air quality, including email alerts for poor air quality, current air quality monitor readings and alerts for predicted poor air quality.
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House Energy and Commerce Committee summarizes H.R. 4775

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce recently issued a fact sheet on H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016, which would ease the implementation process of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ozone standards for states.
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EPA awards $540,000 for integrated pest management program development in nation’s schools

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded more than $540,000 in grants to promote integrated pest management (IPM) at schools throughout the country in an effort to reduce student, teacher and staff exposure to both pests and pesticides.
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WVDEP creates weekly tire recycling program for Brooke County residents

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) recently announced that residents of the state’s Brooke County can now recycle tires on a weekly basis thanks to a program developed with the Brooke County Recycling Center.
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Gosar calls for McCarthy to be impeached over Flint water crisis

U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) recently called for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to be impeached following her testimony at an Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
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WVDEP schedules three seminars on permitting and regulation requirements

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and the West Virginia University Manufacturing Extension Partnership are offering three seminars on WVDEP permitting and enforcement over the next four months.
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Ohio Lake Erie Commission schedules quarterly meeting

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) recently scheduled its next quarterly meeting for March 30, when it will discuss strategic planning and its initial review of the Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Plan.
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Idaho DEQ accepting public comments on drinking water projects

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is now accepting public comments on its Clean Water Intended Use Plan and Drinking Water Intended Use Plan, which include a total of approximately $62 million in funding for construction projects.
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Barrasso renews call for faster permits for natural gas-gathering lines

Following an agreement between the Obama administration and Canada to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production facilities, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) reiterated his belief that methane reduction would be better achieved through natural gas-gathering lines.
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Louisiana DEQ honors Environmental Leadership Program members

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recognized standout performers and new members within its Environmental Leadership Program in an awards ceremony at the department headquarters in Baton Rouge this week.
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EPA names advisory board for new electronic manifest system for hazardous waste shipments

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently selected experts from state agencies, regulated industries and the information technology sector to join its Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Advisory Board.
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EPA announces availability of $1 million for state and tribal pollution prevention projects

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting applications for its P2 State and Tribal Assistance Grant for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, where it will provide approximately $1 million in funding for pollution prevention projects.
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Science, Space and Technology Committee holds hearing on DOE budget for FY 2017

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology recently held a hearing on President Barack Obama’s budget request for the Department of Energy (DOE) for fiscal year 2017, during which committee members questioned DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz.
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Oregon senators urge more funding for federal air quality programs

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) recently sent a letter to request more funding for federal air quality programs following revelations that several Portland neighborhoods have high levels of heavy metals in their air.
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