Friday, November 24, 2017
Michigan governor calls for funding to improve Flint drinking water

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that he is requesting the state legislature to contribute $6 million (USD) to the reconnection of Flint with the Great Lakes Water Authority until the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) pipeline is completed, with Flint and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation providing the remaining $6 million.
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EPA announces final cleanup plan for Massachusetts superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Oct. 1 it completed its record of decision (ROD) on the cleanup plan for the Nuclear Metals, Inc., superfund site in Concord, Massachusetts. The ROD details the EPA's options and planned measures to clean up the approximately 46-acre site, a project estimated to cost $125 million.
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Michigan announces action plan for lead levels in Flint's drinking water

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced a comprehensive action plan to address drinking water quality issues in Flint on Oct. 2. The plan addresses issues that include excess lead in some residents' tap water due to older plumbing.
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Daines Criticizes Senate Democrats for Holding Up Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

BodyAfter Senate Democrats blocked the FY2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) issued a damning statement criticizing them for delaying Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation infrastructure projects.
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Portman: New law part of 'strategic plan' needed to tackle algae blooms

After the cancellation of Cincinnati’s annual Great Ohio River Swim due to the presence of a toxic algal bloom in the river, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) issued a statement highlighting the potential for more serious consequences and the steps the federal government is taking to help address the situation.
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Murphy grills Volkswagen's U.S. CEO over emissions-test cheating

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, questioning Volkswagen USA President and CEO Michael Horn during a hearing on Thursday examining Volkswagen’s emissions-test cheating.
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Whitfield slams EPA's new rules on coal-fired power plant emissions

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chairman of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee, held a hearing this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) cap and trade rules, stemming from the finalization of two rules and a proposed third rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.
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EPA teams with New Mexico pueblo on green infrastructure projects

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico, have joined forces to address the area’s water needs through green infrastructure projects that will manage stormwater through vegetation, soil and natural processes.
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Arizona congressman pleased after bison-hybrid culling measure advances

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) celebrated the addition of the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act to the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act as an amendment on Thursday, which will allow hunters and conservationists to help manage an overpopulation of a buffalo and cattle hybrid.
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Arizona lawmaker pleased after Bureau of Reclamation bill clears hurdle

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)  praised the House Natural Resources Committee for advancing the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Transparency Act, which would help Congress prioritize repairs to the bureau’s aging infrastructure, late last week.
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NFU: USDA report on climate change, food security informative

Responding to a recent interagency report on climate change and food security, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent remarks to U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Robert Johansson, expressing appreciation for the information made available and requesting further information on climate resilience.
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Pennsylvania Farm Bureau celebrates delay of WOTUS implementation

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) applauded the Sixth Circuit Court decision to temporarily block the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule on Oct. 9, which it criticized for being overly burdensome to Pennsylvania farmers.
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Marmorated stink bugs threaten Wisconsin's apple production

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced that Madison and the state’s Dane County will experience brown marmorated stink bugs this fall, a potential threat to apple growers.
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Bay Planning Coalition applauds California governor's support of groundwater legislation

The Bay Planning Coalition, which is based in San Francisco, applauded California Gov. Jerry Brown for upholding his pledge to streamline groundwater adjudications, which he did by signing AB 1390 and SB 226, though the coalition did highlight potential pitfalls in the legislation as determined by legal firm Downey Brand.
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EPA announces winners of 2015 SmartWay Excellence Awards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2015 SmartWay Excellence Awards on Tuesday, honoring retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies that have promoted better air quality by reducing their carbon footprints in shipping goods across the country.
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EPA awards small businesses that employ new green technology

Advanced Recovery and Recycling as well as 19 other businesses were awarded funding for their innovation.
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EPA provides nearly $400,000 for Denver air quality monitoring

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Oct. 8 that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has won a nearly $400,000 Community Air Toxics Monitoring program to measure air toxics in environmental justice neighborhoods along the Interstate 70/Interstate 25 freeway exchange in Denver.
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