Saturday, November 25, 2017
NBCC study shows Clean Power Plan will economically burden minorities

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan is projected to cause an economic burden on minorities, a new report by the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) concludes, prompting the organization to call on President Barack Obama to abandon the initiative altogether.
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State, federal and local agencies expanding Flint sampling to understand skin rash concerns

Following concerns from Flint, Michigan residents experiencing rashes and hair loss, several federal, state and county health and water organizations are working to perform more samplings tests to better understand the public health concerns.
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Whitfield highlights economic effect of EPA regulations at budget hearing with McCarthy

The House Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Environment and Economy recently held a joint hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed budget for fiscal year 2017.
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Ohio EPA to hold public hearing Thursday on proposed bridge replacement for Big Darby Creek

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has scheduled a public hearing Thursday on the water quality certification for a proposed bridge replacement over Big Darby Creek on County Road 22, near Orient.
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Jenkins confronts McCarthy on impacts of EPA regulations at Appropriations Committee hearing

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) recently confronted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on the economic impacts of the EPA’s regulations at a House Appropriations Committee subcommittee hearing.
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Miami takes 18th spot on EPA’s Top Cities list for Energy Star Program

Miami came in eighteenth on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Top Cities list, with 104 Energy Star certified commercial buildings in its metropolitan area, totaling more than 22 million square feet and annual energy savings of over $21 million.
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Rhode Island DEM organizes 1,000 tree giveaway

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation again this year to give 1,000 trees away to state residents through the Energy Saving Trees Program.
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EPA Region 4 runs conference on College/Underserved Community Partnership Program

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 4 recently ran a conference on the College/Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP), with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy providing the conference’s opening remarks.
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Michigan DEQ proposes rule to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from Southwest Detroit

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently issued a rule that would require further sulfur dioxide emissions reductions from companies in Southwest Detroit following public comments requesting more stringent regulations on the emissions.
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USDA to invest $103 million in natural disaster recovery, rehabilitation

The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced that it will invest up to $103 million in the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, which will partially go towards recovery and rehabilitation of aging dams.
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EPA encourages use of Safer Choice Products for spring cleaning

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently encouraged those undertaking spring cleaning projects to use cleaning products certified through its Safer Choice program, which are better for both environmental and public health.
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Experts contend the Clean Power Plan would harm natural gas industry

The Obama Administration presented the Clean Power Plan (CPP) as the solution that would lead the country away from its heavy dependence on coal and curb greenhouse emissions, protect the health of American families and boost the economy.
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EPA fines Southern California company for noncompliance with lead-based paint renovation regulations

Anaheim, California’s G.D. Friend Inc., which undertook renovation operations as Everlast Home Energy Solutions, incurred a nearly $30,000 fine from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for noncompliance with federal regulations on renovating and repairing homes potentially containing lead paint.
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USDA announces a further $41 million in conservation funding for Western Lake Erie Basin

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced recently that it will provide an additional $41 million towards conservation in the Western Lake Erie Basin over the next three years.
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EPA adds former pesticide manufacturing property in NJ to Superfund list

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently added a property in Vineland, New Jersey, that formerly housed a pesticide manufacturing facility for Kil-Tone Co., to its Superfund list due to arsenic and lead contamination in the site’s groundwater and soil.
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EPA, White House, other agencies release report on public health impacts of climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and seven other federal agencies in releasing a report on the ways in which climate change impacts public health in the United States.
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EPA awards $8.5 million to 12 universities to study how climate change impacts air quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $8.5 million in grants to 12 universities throughout the country to further research the impacts that climate change has on our efforts to promote air quality.
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EPA approves Nevada’s impaired waters list

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved Nevada’s list of impaired waters, which includes 2,500 miles of streams and 80,000 lake acres, and proposed the addition of the state portions of two rivers in its northeast region.
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Canada and U.S. environmental leaders renew commitment to preserving North American Environment

Following successful meetings on a range of environmental issues in Ottawa, Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy jointly renewed their countries’ commitment to combating climate change.
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EPA works with California to clean up USTs on abandoned properties

As part of a continued effort to clean up abandoned underground storage tanks (USTs) in California, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently removed approximately 4,400 gallons of fuel from three USTs at a foreclosed former gas station in Fresno.
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