Sunday, December 17, 2017
Maryland awarded grant for indoor radon education

The Maryland Department of Environment has been awarded a $46,949 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the state's new indoor radon education program, the EPA said.
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19 communities awarded $3.8 million for brownfield cleanup

Several U.S. communities have been awarded grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worth a total of $3.8 million to put toward the cleanup and reuse of brownfield sites under the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (AWP) program, the EPA said in a release.
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$600 million settlement reached in uranium mine cleanup on Navajo Nation lands

A $600 million settlement has been reached between the United States and the Navajo Nation with two affiliated subsidiaries of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. to clean up 94 abandoned uranium mines on Navajo Nation land.
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Report outlines 2016 California Water Action Plan accomplishments

Progress made in 2016 on the California Water Action Plan is outlined in a new report prepared by several California agencies.
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Bay Area companies fined over lead paint noncompliance

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a dozen enforcement actions it has taken in the last year that stemmed from companies in the San Francisco area not following safety rules regarding lead paint. The EPA said the moves against the construction firms will serve to protect Bay Area residents.
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EPA proposes three-prong approach to chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency recently outlined its proposal for evaluating and prioritizing chemicals, approximately five months ahead of the deadline to do so.
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Louisiana firm agrees to reduce chemical's emission

Denka Performance Elastomer, a synthetic rubber producer, recently agreed to cut down on emissions of the chemical chloroprene at its LaPlace, Louisiana, plant, under an administrative order of consent (AOC) filed with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).
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EPA grants $1.8 million to UNC to work on nation's water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a $1.8 million grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to “improve the financial and managerial capabilities of small public water systems across the country," the agency said.
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Virginia bill to stymie clean power plan welcomed by states' rights advocates

States’ rights advocates have welcomed a bill that, if passed by the Virginia legislature, will subject the federal clean power plan to lawmaker oversight.
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California has new environmental health screening tool

CalEnviroScreen 3.0, an improved version of California’s environmental health screening tool has been introduced by California environmental officials, the California Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release.
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$12.7 million in grants to aid smaller drinking, wastewater systems

In an effort to improve operations and practices for private well owners and small-scale drinking and wastewater systems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded four grants worth $12.7 million.
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Consent decree focuses on manganese emissions at Pennsylvania-Ohio plant

A proposed consent decree with S.H. Bell Co. would require the company to clean up elevated manganese emissions at its plant on Pennsylvania-Ohio border, the Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department said in a release on the EPA's website.
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Kansas State University to aid with brownfield cleanup efforts on tribal lands

Kansas State University will receive approximately $2 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the next five years to offer technical support to tribes to clean up environmentally contaminated sites.
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Billionaire-funded "green" orgs oppose "billionaire" Trump's EPA nominee

Three organizations funded, in part, by hedge-fund billionaires are opposing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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$700,000 settlement reached in fuel additive case

Houston-based Tauber Oil Co. recently settled a suit with Environmental Protection Agency over allegations of selling unregistered fuel additives in violation of the Clean Air Act.
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EPA, FDA release latest fish safety guidelines

Consumers can make better decisions about fish consumption with a chart released jointly from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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EPA accepting nominations for Region 4 Rain Catcher Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a recent release that it is accepting nominations for the Region 4 Rain Catcher Awards for excellence in implementation of stormwater green infrastructure projects over the last year.
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Democratic leader presses EPA nominee

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) sharply questioned Scott Pruitt, the nominee to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, during a recent hearing in Washington, D.C.
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EPA extends Yakama burn ban indefinitely

Continuing stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution recently prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend a ban on all outdoor open burning on the Yakama Reservation in Washington state until further notice.
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Potomac Electric Power to pay $1.6 million to settle stormwater complaint

A settlement has been reached between Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) and the Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of Pepco’s Clean Water Act permit at its Anacostia service center, EPA said in a news release.
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