Saturday, December 15, 2018
Kentucky city among 18 recipients of brownfield reuse planning grants

The city of Middlesboro, Kentucky, is among 18 communities that were awarded about $3.8 million in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create plans for cleanup and reuse of brownfield sites as part of the Brownfields Area-Wide program, the EPA said in a release.
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$550 million in loans to aid Massachusetts water projects

State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans have been awarded to 44 communities across the state, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs said in a news release.
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Cleanup plan to improve 10 miles of Portland Harbor

The Environmental Protection Agency's final cleanup plan, known as a Record of Decision (ROD), covering 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River, part of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site that goes through the heart of Portland, Oregon, has been released, EPA said in a news release.
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House backs Energy research and innovation bill

Federal legislation designed to offer policy direction to the Department of Energy on basic science research, nuclear energy research and development, research coordination and priorities and reforms to streamline national lab management was recently approved by the House of Representatives.
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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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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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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 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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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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$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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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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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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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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$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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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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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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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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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 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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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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