Monday, March 30, 2020

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EPA Region 9 (Pacific Southwest) News

EPA awards Hawaii $18.6 million to fund low-cost loans for water infrastructure projects

The Hawaii Department of Health recently won two grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), worth a combined $18.6 million, that it will use on projects to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure throughout the state.
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EPA selects 13 STAR fellows from Pacific Southwest schools

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $6 million in funding for 52 Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellows, including 13 fellows from universities in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.
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General Petroleum settles with EPA over Los Angeles facility Clean Water Act violations

General Petroleum Corp. recently settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over violations at its petroleum storage facility on the Port of Los Angeles’ Terminal Island, for which the company did not have an adequate Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan.  
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American Samoa receives $2.7 million EPA grant for environmental programs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded a $2.7 million grant to the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) for environmental programs such as inspections, drinking water and beach safety monitoring, cleanup activities, protective measures and emergency response.
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EPA honors Dublin, California Whole Foods with Best of the Best GreenChill Award

Whole Foods Market in Dublin, California, recently won the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Best of the Best” GreenChill Award in recognition of the store’s new environmentally friendly refrigeration system that uses ammonia instead of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
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EPA issues request for proposals for Navajo Nation Uranium Mine cleanup

In its continued efforts to clean up uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a request for proposals for the Navajo Area Uranium Mines Response, Assessment, and Evaluation Services contract.
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Northern Mariana Islands receive $2.4 million from EPA for environmental programs

The Northern Mariana Islands’ Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) recently received $2.4 million of funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will go toward the organization’s environmental programs.  
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EPA awards Navajo Nation Abandoned Mine Lands Program $329,000 to address uranium mines

The Navajo Nation Abandoned Mine Lands Program (NNAML) will continue its efforts to clean up abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation with a $329,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Hopi Tribe to improve water quality at Cultural Center following EPA administrative order

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued an administrative order that will see the Hopi Tribe reduce levels of arsenic in the drinking water at the Hopi Cultural Center and reach compliance with federal standards in two months.
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Cortina Band of Winton Indians gain state-like authority under Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved an application from the Cortina Band of Wintun Indians in which they requested “treatment in a similar manner as a state” per the federal Clean Water Act.
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EPA, DOJ and Nevada Department of Environmental Protection settle with Nevada DOT

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice and the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) over stormwater management violations.
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UC Berkeley researchers win $6 million grant to study environmental factors in childhood leukemia

The Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE), at the University of California, Berkeley, recently received $6 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
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EPA and DOJ settle with Par Hawaii Refining for violations at Kapolei Refinery

Par Hawaii Refining recently agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Clean Air Act violations at the company's Kapolei Refinery.
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EPA and Navajo Nation remove two underground storage tanks from former gas station

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently located and removed two underground storage tanks in McKinley County, New Mexico, at the site of the former Smith Lake Trading Post, which might have been buried since the 1950s or 1960s.
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EPA honors three Southern California groups with 2016 Clean Air Excellence Awards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the seven winners of the 2016 Clean Air Excellence Awards with a ceremony in Washington, D.C., including three groups based in Southern California.
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EPA proposes stricter selenium standards for San Francisco Bay

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed heightening the water quality criteria for selenium in the San Francisco Bay and Delta, which would protect aquatic species and reduce exposure to the contaminant.
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EPA settles with Nevada companies over distribution of unregistered pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently settled with two Sparks, Nevada, companies, in an agreement that includes a $12,000 civil penalty, over allegations that they distributed and sold an unregistered and misbranded pesticide
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EPA details cleanup effort following Fruitland Magnesium fire in Maywood, California

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently detailed its response and assessment activities carried in the wake of the Fruitland Magnesium fire Incident in Maywood, California, which it is undertaking in a Unified Command with county-level agencies.
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EPA awards Navajo Nation $465,000 to monitor water quality in San Juan River

The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency recently received $465,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor water quality in the San Juan River, adding to the $1 million the tribe received last October for environmental activities throughout the reservation.
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California, Arizona and Nevada receive $2.7 million in brownfields grants from EPA

Seven communities in Arizona, California and Nevada will benefit from a combined $2.69 million in federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will allow them to assess or clean up contaminated brownfields properties.
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