Tuesday, April 25, 2017
White House plan to save bees amid conflicting reports on neonics

BodyConflicting reports about whether neonicotinoids, a newer class of insecticides, are responsible for honey bee deaths are emerging just as a task force created by the Obama Administration prepares to release its recommendations to combat the loss of pollinators.
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EPA proposes updated reporting requirements for nanoscale materials

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to propose a one-time requirement for chemical companies to report information about nanoscale chemical substances already on the market on Wednesday.
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Ohio EPA holds public hearing about annual agenda

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard public comments and answered questions about their proposed annual agenda for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) at a public meeting today in Columbus.
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McKinley draft aims to boost states' authority over coal-ash regulation

U.S. Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) released a discussion draft on Tuesday for the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act, which would give states greater authority over coal-ash permit programs. The measure would allow states to choose whether they implement their own permit programs or whether they grant that authority to the Environmental Protection Agency.
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EPA determines chemical poses risks to pregnant women

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday that the paint and coating removal chemical N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) can be harmful to pregnant and childbearing-aged women.
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Portman Amendment Seeks To Mitigate Effects of EPA Regulations

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) submitted an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution on Tuesday that would enable states to opt out of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations related to the Clean Power Plan (CPP).
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Low groundwater levels spur drought watch for 27 Pennsylvania counties

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a drought watch for 27 counties in the state’s northeast and central regions on Tuesday due to below-average groundwater levels.
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Whitfield combats EPA carbon dioxide emissions rule with Ratepayer Protection Act

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, introduced a discussion draft of the Ratepayer Protection Act on Monday, combating a proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that would regulate existing power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions.
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EPA announces 2014 Clean Diesel Grant awardees

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday that Puerto Rico will benefit from its Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program in 2014, receiving $8 million for projects that replace, retrofit and upgrade diesel engines.
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EPA chief: Plan for new water rule has created confusion

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy promised progress on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule change and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) while addressing the National Farmers Union (NFU) last week in Wichita, Kansas.
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Sen. Inhofe challenges White House Counsel over new hire’s Environmental Defense Fund history

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) challenged the recent hiring of Megan Ceronsky as a senior advisor for the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change.
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Nebraska governor selects new Department of Environmental Quality director

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced on March 2 that Jim Macy would take the reins as the next director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
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ECOS representative supports state-based coal ash management

A representative of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) recently announced his support for a bill that would set up a state-based regulatory program to ensure the safe management and disposal of coal ash.
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Waste management association president says coal ash disposal bill now addresses states' concerns

The President of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) said the draft of a bill concerning the disposal of coal ash now addresses state concerns.
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EPA grants Tetra Tech $20 million research contract

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) recently granted Tetra Tech, Inc. a five-year, $20 million contract that will enable Tetra Tech to evaluate, test and report on biological, chemical, radiological and other potentially contaminating agents.
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EPA and FDA announce Memorandum of Understanding

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that the two organizations will now share data through a Memorandum of Understanding.
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Harvard professor says EPA is 'burning the constitution'

Laurence Tribe says agency doesn't have authority to adopt Clean Power Plan
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Healey lends support to Toxic Chemical Protection Act

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently expressed support for legislation introduced by U.S.
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