Sunday, April 23, 2017
New Jersey mobile app to report environmental issues earns AVA Digital Gold Award

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals recently honored the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's app that allows residents to report non-emergency environmental issues from their smartphones or other mobile devices with an AVA Digital Gold Award.
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Wilcox & Flegel Oil to pay $44,000 fine for Clean Water Act violations

Wilson Oil Inc. will pay a $44,069 civil penalty as part of a settlement for alleged spil prevention violations of the Clean Water Act at its Longview Terminal facility in Longview, Washington. the Environmental Protection Agency said in a recent release.
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Michigan wildlife pathologist honored for wild turkey restoration efforts

The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Michigan chapter has awarded its Outstanding Conservationist of the Year award to Tom Cooley, a 40-year employee of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division.
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Pitman Farms settles EPA lawsuit for $243,000

Pitman Farms, Inc. will pay $242,980 for violating federal chemical safety and reporting requirements following three ammonia releases at its Sanger, California, poultry processing facility, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced recently.
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Delaware offers grants to help communities go green

Delaware communities are being invited to apply for state grants to help make their hometowns sustainable, green and inviting, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Controls (DNREC) said recently.
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Alaskan city settles EPA lawsuit for $192,000

The city of Palmer, Alaska, will pay a $192,162 fine and upgrade its wastewater treatment plant under a settlement agreement over its violations of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency announced recently.
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New Jersey prescribed burns aim to reduce risk of wildfires

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service said it is conducting seasonal prescribed burns through the end of March, burning away undergrowth and diminishing hazardous buildup of forest fuels in an effort to cut down on wildfire risks.
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Anglers can pick up 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2017 fishing guide and fishing rulers are now available at state fishing license locations such as sporting goods stores, bait and tackle shops, hardware stores and at the division's main office in Dover, the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a press release.
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Illinois trucking company fined $32,000 for fuel spill in Massachusetts

An Illinois trucking company has been fined $32,000 for violations related to a 2014 diesel fuel spill in Douglas, Massachusetts, the state's Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) said in a recent release. 
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Tennessee awards $2.2 million in loans for drinking water infrastructure projects

The state of Tennessee recently awarded $2.2 million in low-interest loans from the State Revolving Fund Loan Program to help finance drinking water infrastructure improvement projects.
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EPA honors retired Massachusetts Water Resource Authority engineer

A retired engineer with the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) has been awarded the 2016 Regional Lifetime Achievement Award by Environmental Protection Agency.
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Wastewater spill brings Delaware Bay, St. James River warnings

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has issued an emergency order suspending shellfish harvesting from the Delaware Bay.
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Massachusetts firm agrees to $5,000 penalty for failing to report chemical spill

Astro Chemicals Inc., a chemical supply company based in Springfield, Massachusetts, has agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty for failing to report a hazardous chemical spill, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) said in a news release.
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Maryland reopens Kent Narrows for shellfish harvesting

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) recently reopened clam and oyster harvesting from Kent Narrows in Queen Anne’s County after water quality tests found the area now meets the requirements for shellfish harvesting.
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Chevron, Western Nuclear agree to continue uranium mine cleanup efforts in New Mexico

Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Western Nuclear Inc., recently agreed to develop options for cleaning up uranium mine waste at two Navajo Nation sites near Gallup, New Mexico, an effort expected to cost the companies $300,000 each, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a release.
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Idaho readies auto salvage cleanup

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is asking for public input on a draft plan for cleaning up the former Kelley’s Auto Salvage property in Heyburn, which remains contaminated with lead and petroleum chemicals, the department said recently.
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Overturn of rule aimed at protecting rivers is called good for coal industry

President Donald Trump’s signing of a bill overturning a rule aimed at protecting rivers from surface coal mining debris has been welcomed by a conservative advocacy group based in Washington D.C.
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Clean Power Plan repeal or reform hangs on appeals court ruling

Any changes or repeal of President Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions will depend heavily on the outcome of a legal challenge by a federal appeals court in Washington D.C.
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