Saturday, November 25, 2017
Report highlights problems facing Minn. watersheds

Pollution Control Agency finds many waterways have high levels of nitrogen, bacteria, mercury and other pollutants.
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Calif.'s Alameda County to be recognized for renewable energy collaborative

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to honor county for partnership efforts.
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Senator co-sponsors bill to mandate EPA revamp of U.S. waters rule

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) is co-sponsoring legislation that would protect U.S. waters and the rights of landowners against heavy and costly regulatory governmental overreach, the senator said on Thursday.The Federal Water Quality Protection Act would require the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to revise the EPA's “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule to exclude waters that have never been controlled by the federal government, such as isolated ponds, ditch
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N.J., Army Corps resume storm-protection projects on beaches, dunes

New Jersey government and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District officials jointly launched a $128 million contract on Thursday to complete beach and dune projects for Long Beach Island to protect residents and property against future storms such as Hurricane Sandy. The projects will take place over 12.7 miles of beaches in Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven and part of Surf City. They will finish storm-damage reduction projects that were being constructed before Sandy
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EPA completes review of Louisiana munitions-disposal plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed a technical review of a plan to dispose of improperly stored munitions at Camp Minden in Webster Parish, Louisiana, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) said on Friday. Vitter, who has been working with the EPA and state and parish officials to find a viable solution to the munitions problem since 2013, has been pushing the use of alternate technology, as opposed to an open burn.
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Congresswoman seeks Florida district's input on EPA's 'Justice' vision plan

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s call for input on the Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) launched a series of community discussions on Thursday to collect feedback from the Tampa Bay area. “Environmental Justice ensures all communities, families and individuals enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards,” Castor said.
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EPA, others launch effort to protect bodies of water by reducing plastic trash

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) and University of California launched the Marine Debris Campus Toolkit, which aims to reduce the plastic waste at universities and other institutions, on Friday. Tested in a pilot program at UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco, the toolkit is available on the EPA’s website and gives institutions resources, including guidance on every step needed to reduce marine debris and pollution.
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House subcommittee holds hearing about federal coordination on pollinator health

The House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research held a hearing on pollinator health on Wednesday as part of a growing governmental effort to protect pollinators. Robert Johansson, the acting chief economist for the Department of Agriculture, and James Jones, the assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, testified before the hearing.
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Congressman praises House passage of bill to halt proposed EPA water rule

The U.S. House's passage of the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act on Tuesday, requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw and revamp its proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, was greeted warmly by . U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), who voted for the legislation.
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EPA chief, S.F. Bay Area leaders celebrate Renewable Energy Procurement Project

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy joined San Francisco Bay Area leaders and business executives at West Winton Landfill in Hayward on Wednesday to celebrate the fledgling Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Project (R-REP), a partnership of 19 local public agencies to develop discounted renewable energy.
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EPA finalizes cleanup plans for contaminated Cornell-Dubilier site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed its cleanup plan for the fourth and final phase of its actions to restore the Cornell-Dubilier site at Bound Brook in South Plainfield, New Jersey, which is contaminated with PCBs.
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EPA launches new portal for local officials, community members

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a new website, http://www.epa.gov/communities, to help local officials and community members find information that can help them improve their environment, public health and overall quality of life.
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Goldberg announces forgiveness grants

State Treasurer and Chair of the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust Deb Goldberg this week announced 13 communities across the state will receive in excess of $6.7 million in loan principal forgiveness.
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Boston mayor announces metropolitan area climate change agreement

Boston, Massachusetts, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced on Wednesday at the Metro Mayors Climate Preparedness Summit a regional agreement for climate change preparation policy, called the Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment, as well as the creation of the Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Task Force.
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Benefits of neonic seed treatments on soybeans sparks debate between EPA and USDA

A pesticide seed treatment has recently sparked conflict between the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.Department of Agriculture.
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N.J. awards $20.8 million in grants for litter cleanup

Money also will go toward beautification in counties and municipalities statewide
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Wash., Oregon update Lower Columbia River Plan

Proposed update meant to protect natural resources in case of oil spills
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VA Naval Base Superfund cleanup construction complete

Project at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek took 31 years, cost $40 million
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Senate duo: Bio-energy hinders Clean Power Plan goals

U.S. Sens. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter recently to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking that it forbid states from using bio-energy to comply with its proposed Clean Power Plan. “As strong supporters of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, we write to express our concern that any decision by EPA to treat bio-energy as having zero emissions under the plan could undermine the plan’s intended purpose of reducing power-sector carbon emi
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