Friday, November 24, 2017
Ohio EPA drafts rule amendments to comply with EPA Revised Total Coliform Rule

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently announced that its Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has drafted revisions to several rules in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC)
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Texas Gov. Abbott makes appointments for Coastal Water Authority Board

Texas Gov.Greg Abbott recently appointed Thomas Reiser and Douglas Walker to the board of directors for the Coastal Water Authority, a conservation and reclamation district encompassing Harris, Chambers and Liberty counties.
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EPA runs workshop on Camp Minden sampling for local residents

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently hosted an informal workshop for residents living near Camp Minden, Louisiana, to share and explain the results of the latest air and soil samplings.
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Maine Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Department awards grants for invasive species education

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) recently awarded two grants to promote outreach and education about invasive species that could harm the state’s forests.
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PPIC wins $1 million grant to study affects of drought and climate change

The Public Policy Institute of California recently won a $1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the affects of drought and climate change on water resources.
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EPA awards $30,000 Environmental Justice Grant to project studying mercury levels in fish from SC’s Gill Creek

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded 40 Environmental Justice Small Grants totalling $1.2 million, including a $30,000 grant for South Carolina’s Gills Greek Watershed Association to study the potential of mercury exposure for those fishing from the creek.
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EPA awards four Environmental Education grants for Massachusetts

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded Environmental Education grants worth a total of more than $275,000 to four Massachusetts organizations.
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Cuomo celebrates seven organizations for environmental efforts at annual awards

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently applauded the environmental, social and economic efforts of seven organizations at the 12th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards.
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Daines calls for advancement of bill on wildfire management

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) recently urged his fellow legislators to advance legislation that would provide funding for fighting wildfires, reform associated litigation procedures and increase active forest management.
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Ohio EPA awards $5,000 grant for Lake Erie Island Water Trials Guide

Ohio’s Put-in-Bay Township Park District recently won an Environmental Education Mini Grant for its Lake Erie Island Water Trails Project.
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EPA releases final risk assessment for Libby Asbestos Superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its final human health risk assessment for Montana’s Libby Asbestos Superfund Site, located near the towns of Libby and Troy, which is the former site of a vermiculite mine.
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Oregon DEQ extends public comment period for Clean Water Services water quality permit

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently extended the public comment period on a National Pollutant Elimination System (NPDES) permit for Clean Water Services.
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EPA accepting applications for 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards

The Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards honor organizations that promote chemical safety through the Safer Choice Program.
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USDA announces $350 million in funding for agriculture easements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that landowners on key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands throughout the country may be eligible to receive some of the $350 million in funding available through the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).
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New England organizations win National Food Recovery Challenge honors

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently celebrated the achievements of four New England area organizations in preventing food waste, as well as 24 organizations that earned Food Recovery Challenge Regional Achievement Certificates.
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USDA releases National Organic Farming Handbook

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a new Organic Farming Handbook for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff members who are working with organic producers and farmers looking to get into organics.
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GLRI grants contributing to improvements in St. Louis River Area of Concern

Federal, state and local officials recently celebrated the gains made at the St. Louis River Area of Concern on Lake Superior, where one major habitat restoration project has just been completed and another has received funding.
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Inhofe uses lack of Senate-approved CEQ chairman to question legality of guidance documents

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) sent two letters, to President Barack Obama and to the Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), on the council’s prolonged lack of a Senate-confirmed chairman.
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Weber, Johnson, Smith co-sponsor bipartisan bill promoting nuclear research and development

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), chairman of the Energy Subcommittee, joined Full Committee Ranking Member Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Science, Space and Technology Committee chair, in introducing legislation to promote nuclear R&D.
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New Meadows, Idaho wins $30,000 drinking water planning grant

The City of New Meadows, in Idaho’s Adams County, won a drinking water planning grant of $30,000 from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for a study on its drinking water system.
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