Thursday, June 29, 2017
Burn ban lifted at Yakama Reservation in Washington

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has lifted its ban on outdoor open burning on the Yakama Reservation in Washington state as a result of better weather conditions and less air pollution.
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Plan to reduce summer flounder harvest triggers rally in New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin joined federal and state lawmakers, state recreational and commercial fishing industry leaders and anglers in a rally last month to oppose recreational harvest cuts to summer flounder, the department said in a news release.
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Massachusetts awards $200,000 in grants to aid clean energy projects

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has awarded AccelerateMass grants worth $200,000  to four early-stage clean energy companies, the center said in a recent news release.
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Louisiana reaching out to businesses in drinking water awareness effort

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said its Drinking Water Protection Team will be calling on businesses in St. Tammany Parish to stress the importance of protecting the main source of drinking water in the area.
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Ohio EPA loan to help upgrade Columbus treatment facility

Columbus, Ohio, will improve its wastewater treatment and extend the length of use for its Rickenbacker Area Sanitary Pump Station through electrical and mechanical upgrades via a $510,000 low-interest loan from the Ohio EPA.
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Louisiana workshops to focus on home sewage treatment systems

The Louisiana Rural Water Association (LRWA) has introduced a public education and awareness campaign centered on proper operation and maintenance of individual home sewage treatment systems, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) said in a news release.
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$320,000 in grants aid Massachusetts specialty crops

Nine grants worth a total of $319,524 will be used in Massachusetts to improve competitiveness of its specialty crops, which include vegetables, fruits, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery products.
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Maryland Department of Environment seeking nominees for Tawes, Coulter awards

The Maryland Department of Environment said in a recent news release that nominations are being accepted for the 40th annual Tawes Award for a Clean Environment and for the James B. Coulter Government Employee Award.
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Matson Terminals to pay $725,000 to settle Hawaii molasses spill case

Matson Terminals Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $725,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the federal Clean Water Act stemming from a September 2013 molasses spill into Honolulu Harbor.
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Fairbanks gets push toward cleaner heating sources

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said recently that it plans to approve the Fairbanks North Star Borough fine particulate quality plan submitted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, but with an eye toward other steps to help the city come into compliance with the Clean Air Act.
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Coatings maker agrees to build solvent safety system

A Vermont coatings manufacturer has agreed to spend $272,711 to design and install a solvent emission capture and control system at its Brattleboro plant as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Maryland agencies band together for lead poisoning initiative

Maryland officials have applied to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to create an initiative to reduce lead poisoning and improve asthma, which contributes to environmental conditions in housing, the Maryland Department of the Environment said in a news release.
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Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issues reminder about emissions during inversion conditions

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality recently cautioned about inversion conditions and the potential for poor air quality over the Coeur D’ Alene region.
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Maine blueberry plant settles with EPA in ammonia leak case

Hancock Foods, which owns a blueberry processing plant and cold storage warehouse in Hancock, Maine, will pay two fines related to its use of the refrigerant anhydrous ammonia under a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Kentucky city among 18 recipients of brownfield reuse planning grants

The city of Middlesboro, Kentucky, is among 18 communities that were awarded about $3.8 million in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create plans for cleanup and reuse of brownfield sites as part of the Brownfields Area-Wide program, the EPA said in a release.
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$550 million in loans to aid Massachusetts water projects

State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans have been awarded to 44 communities across the state, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs said in a news release.
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Cleanup plan to improve 10 miles of Portland Harbor

The Environmental Protection Agency's final cleanup plan, known as a Record of Decision (ROD), covering 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River, part of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site that goes through the heart of Portland, Oregon, has been released, EPA said in a news release.
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House backs Energy research and innovation bill

Federal legislation designed to offer policy direction to the Department of Energy on basic science research, nuclear energy research and development, research coordination and priorities and reforms to streamline national lab management was recently approved by the House of Representatives.
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Potomac Electric Power to pay $1.6 million to settle stormwater complaint

A settlement has been reached between Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) and the Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of Pepco’s Clean Water Act permit at its Anacostia service center, EPA said in a news release.
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EPA extends Yakama burn ban indefinitely

Continuing stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution recently prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend a ban on all outdoor open burning on the Yakama Reservation in Washington state until further notice.
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