Thursday, December 14, 2017
Whitfield criticizes new regulation on federal coal leasing and management

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, criticized the Department of Interior’s (DOI) recently released Secretarial Order to overhaul leasing and managing coal on federal lands.
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EPA Regional Administrator lauds Inspector General findings on Bristol Bay assessment

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran celebrated the Inspector General’s finding that the EPA did not violate any laws or regulations in its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.
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NFU president applauds president’s efforts on climate change, criticizes TPP

Following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson applauded the President’s inclusion of the issue of climate change, which has affected farming and ranching operations throughout the country.
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EPA: Nation’s wastewater infrastructure needs $271 billion in improvements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a survey that documents necessary wastewater infrastructure projects across the country, representing a total cost of $271 billion.
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Gosar celebrates House advancement of STREAM Act

U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) applauded the 235-188 House vote to advance the Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining (STREAM) Act, for which he is a co-sponsor.
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EPA announces $32 million in GAP funding for Indian tribes in Pacific Northwest

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $32 million to tribes in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington through Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) capacity building grants, which fund the development of programs to protect environmental and public health.
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McCarthy launches Food Steward's Initiative during MLK Jr. Day of Service

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy took part in Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service by serving breakfast at Miriam’s Kitchen in Washington D.C., and took the opportunity to launch the EPA’s new Food Steward’s Initiative.
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WV DEP reminds public of aboveground storage tank registration requirements

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently issued a reminder of the state’s aboveground storage tank (AST) registration requirements and complementary spill prevention and response plans (SPRPs), for which the deadline has passed.
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WA Dept. of Ecology approves Island County’s shoreline master program

The five-year process of developing an updated shoreline master program for Washington’s Island County is now complete, after the program recently attained Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) approval.
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Boxer and Feinstein request federal aid to stop Aliso Canyon natural gas leak

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) recently wrote to the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting assistance in addressing a natural gas leak in their home state.
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Collins calls out Army Corps of Engineers irrigation ban for Savannah and Mobile Districts lakes

U.S. Rep Doug Collins (R-GA), who chairs the Army Corps of Engineers Caucus, recently criticized the Corps’ announcement that property owners along lakes in the Savannah and Mobile Districts will no longer be able to use those lakes for irrigation.
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Ohio EPA proposing regulations for harmful algal bloom monitoring and reporting

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (Ohio EPA) Divisions of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) released proposed regulatory changes to the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) that will address monitoring and reporting harmful algal blooms (HABs) in public water systems.
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Chamber of Commerce releases critical Clean Power Plan analysis

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy recently released a new analysis, titled “What’s in a Target,” of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), which criticizes the regulation’s subjectivity and fairness.
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Texas offers update on revised federal Total Coliform Rule

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) recently addressed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) changes to the 1989 Total Coliform Rule and explained how those changes will effect Texas public water systems (PWSs).
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Energy and Power Subcommittee schedules hearing on bills to block effects of federal regulations

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power will conduct a hearing on Jan. 26 to discuss bills aimed at limiting the impact of federal regulations on the coal refuse and brick and clay manufacturing industries.
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EPA, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Southern Company celebrate community urban water conservation efforts

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Southern Company recognized the efforts of 2014 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program awardees from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi this week.
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Brown speaks at water plan follow-up event

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. spoke at a recent event to answer questions about his government's next steps for the state's Water Action Plan.
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Brattle Group dissects pushback to nation’s Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan (CPP) continues to proceed as legal challenges rise and fall against the controversial federal law much to the chagrin of some states and several of America’s heaviest hitting stakeholders who must continue meeting new climate change rules as opposition efforts work their way through the courts.
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Illinois announces radon mitigation program for new homes

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois announced a new program to lower the risk of in-home radon poisoning.
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Wisconsin unveils plan to protect pollinators

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced recently that it has posted a plan for protecting bees and other pollinators throughout the state.
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