Tuesday, August 22, 2017
EPA finalizes new hazardous waste import, export rules

The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized an updated version of the Hazardous Waste Import and Export Regulations, which will better protect public and environmental health through improved processes and electronic reporting requirements.
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Two congressmen question EPA’s Volkswagen settlement

U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Tim Murphy (R-PA), the respective chairs of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, recently wrote to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about the agency’s settlement with Volkswagen.
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Opinions split on Trump's energy promises

President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to kill off a clean power plan, refuse to ratify the Paris climate accord and support proposed measures to boost the use of fossil fuels are being warmly welcomed by many. Trump also promises to gut the Environmental Protection Agency.
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$331 million to fund 85 rural water infrastructure projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded $331 million in funding for water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in 39 states and American Samoa.
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EPA awards $370,000 in grants to boost environmental education programs in Iowa, Nebraska

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 office and the EPA Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education recently awarded environmental education grants totaling more than $370,000 to three organizations in Iowa and Nebraska.
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EPA awards $47,000 grant to Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council for pesticide program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will support research, monitoring, education and training, among other activities, in the Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council’s pesticide programs with a grant of nearly $47,000.
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EPA proposes Baton Rouge area be designated compliant with ground-level ozone standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed that the area surrounding Baton Rouge, Louisiana, be designated as in compliance with federal health-based ozone standards, following three years of air quality data to that effect.
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Ohio EPA announces $69.7 million low-interest loan for Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is helping the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) attain compliance with stormwater regulations and improve water quality in Lake Erie with a $69.5 million low-interest loan.
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$171,000 to aid environmental education projects in Massachusetts

Two Massachusetts-based organizations, the Mystic River Watershed Association and Manomet Inc., recently won a combined $171,000 for environmental education projects, which will educate local students on water resources stewardship and the role of sustainability in small businesses.
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$7.8 million low interest loan to fund Ohio treatment plant upgrades

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a $7.8 million low-interest loan for Hamilton County to improve the water quality in Muddy Creek via improvements at the Muddy Creek Treatment Plant.
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$91,000 grant to bolster environmental education near redeveloped brownfield site in Rhode Island

Groundwork Providence based in Providence, Rhode Island recently won a $91,000 environmental education grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that will allow the organization to teach students about environmental stewardship.
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Air quality testing begins in Michigan at homes near Ann Arbor dry cleaner

The Environmental Protection Agency recently began testing the indoor air quality of six homes in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to determine if releases of contaminants from an adjacent dry cleaner are putting the residents as risk.
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University of Texas at Austin receives $3.9 million water infrastructure research

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) will use $3.9 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop the Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management, which will research sustainable water infrastructure modeling.
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EPA records 123 enforcement actions in lead-based paint cases

Between October 2015 and September 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency completed 123 federal enforcement actions against contractors, landlords and property managers to improve public protection from lead exposure through unsafe handling of lead paint.
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Eastern Long Island Sound site established for disposal of dredged material

The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized its rule designating the Eastern Long Island Sound Dredged Material Disposal Site, located west of the existing New London site in Connecticut that will close before the end of the year.
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Study links 757,000 jobs to recycling

The Environmental Protection Agency marked America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, with the release of an update to the national Recycling Economic Information Study, which found that recycling activities support 757,000 jobs and $36.6 billion in wages.
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Ohio EPA accepting public comments on preliminary factors in plan to use VW settlement

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is currently accepting public comments on its proposed plan for using the state’s share of the settlement funds derived from the cases against Volkswagen AG and its subsidiaries.
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Long Island Sound Futures Fund announces $1.3 million in funding for 25 grants

The Long Island Sound Futures Fund will support the health and ecosystem of Long Island Sound through 25 grants for local government and community groups in Connecticut and New York, totaling $1.3 million in funding.
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EPA funds West Chester University community food composting project

West Chester University, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, recently won a $12,060 grant for a food composting project from the Environmental Protection Agency in celebration of America Recycles Day.
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EPA honors Boston Industrial Pretreatment Program with award

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently honored the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) Industrial Pretreatment Program in Boston with a 2016 Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award.
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