Saturday, November 25, 2017
USDA offers $40 million in funding for promotion of sage grouse habitat on private lands

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $40 million for the protection of sagebrush habitat on privately owned land, part of the department’s Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 program.
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EPA Region 10 completes over 50 compliance and enforcement actions in July and September

In July and September, Region 10 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which covers the Pacific Northwest, completed 52 compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
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Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act becomes law

President Barack Obama signed the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act into law.
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Michigan DNR announces Land and Water Conservation Fund recommended projects

Twelve city parks throughout Michigan and one facility managed by the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were recently endorsed to receive a total of $1.24 million in federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants, which will be administered by the DNR.
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Wisconsin DNR seeks public comment on Little Falls dam alternatives

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting public comments on a draft analysis of alternatives for the Little Falls dam project in Willow River State Park.
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EPA approves Pueblo of Pojoaque water quality standards revisions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved revisions to the water quality standards of the Pueblo of Pojoaque, located in New Mexico, this week, allowing for updated aquatic life criteria and technical references.
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Smith says criticisms of EPA WOTUS campaigns vindicated by GAO report

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, reiterated his criticisms of the Environmental Protection Agency’s campaigning efforts following the release of a report from the Government Accountability Office earlier this week.
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SolarCity wins solar sourcing contract for GSA, DOE, EPA and Forest Service

BodySolarCity Corporation, based in San Mateo, California, recently won the first federal government joint solar power procurement contract for California and Nevada, part of the Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Pilot (FASPP).
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USDA accepting applications from Alabama landowners for resource conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently accepting applications from Alabama farmers who wish to receive assistance in return for conservation efforts on their land through two federal initiatives.
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Nebraska schools receive $90,000 in DERA funding to reduce school bus emissions

Schools in Ord and Auburn, Nebraska, will receive $90,000 in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions from five older diesel school buses.
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Inhofe: GAO finding confirms suspicions on EPA’s WOTUS promotion

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman, responded this week to the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) finding that the Environmental Protection Agency’s social media campaigns in support of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule amounted to covert propaganda.
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EPA reports show manufacturers meeting GHG emissions standards, record highs in fuel efficiency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two reports this week that show American manufacturers have more than met the 2014 standards for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while fuel economy that same year remained at the highest level ever recorded.
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NBB supports biodiesel tax incentives, calls for better support for domestic production

In response to a congressional extension on expired biodiesel tax incentives, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) expressed appreciation of the legislators’ work to boost the industry but reservations about the decision to maintain a blender’s incentive.
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Ohio Coal Association reacts to clarified Stream Protection Rule

The Ohio Coal Association applauded U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) for his recent steps to clarify language in the Omnibus funding bill’s Stream Protection Rule on the House floor.
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Abbot appoints Kathleen Jackson, Peter Lake to TWDB

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot recently made two appointments to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), reappointing Beaumont’s Kathleen Jackson and appointing Dallas’ Peter Lake.
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Bipartisan group of Western senators encourage drought legislation from Energy and Natural Resources Committee

A bipartisan group of nine senators from Western states, led by U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), sent a letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) leadership requesting continued work on drought legislation to aid the region.
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EPA releases 2015 enforcement and compliance results

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the results of its enforcement and compliance actions for the past year, aggregating a list of settlements and investigations undertaken to protect public and environmental health.
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EPA awards $240,000 for older diesel school bus replacement and retrofitting in Missouri

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded a total of $240,000 to five school districts in Missouri to support the replacement or retrofitting of older diesel school buses through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program.
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DOE, EPA and USDA release report on biogas progress

The Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a joint report that details the progress made toward reducing methane emission with biogas systems.
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Texas now accepting applications for natural gas vehicle and engine replacement grants

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is making $37.8 million available for the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP) and is accepting applications for the funding until May 26, 2017.
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