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EPA provides $550,000 to Lorain County, Ohio, for water quality projects
Tuesday, October 10, 2017-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced an award of $550,000 to the Lorain County Board of Commissioners for projects that will improve water quality in the Black River Area of Concern on Lake Erie. The Black River AOC is on the binational list of toxic hotspots that have been targeted for cleanup under the U.S.-Canadian Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The funding is a supplemental award to an existing grant of $600,000, increasing the total amount to just over $1 million. -- (full text)

U.S. EPA awards $5.2 million to protect and restore San Francisco Bay
Tuesday, October 10, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded about $5.2 million for water protection and restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. A healthy San Francisco Bay is vital to the environmental and economic health of the region, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "EPA is succeeding in our mission to protect and restore habitats and water quality by supporting local partners and projects." San Francisco Bay is a designated "estuary of national significance" under the Clean Water Act. The bay and its tributary streams, situated in an urban area with more than seven million people, provide crucial fish and wildlife habitat at the heart of the larger Bay-Delta Estuary. The bays users and nearby residents are all affected by threats to its ecological health, including legacy pollutants like mercury and PCBs, polluted stormwater, and the challenges of drought and climate change. Alexis Strauss, EPA's Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, announced the funding today at the 13th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference in Oakland. -- (full text)

Lawmakers act on environment, legal notices
Wednesday, October 04, 2017-- A potential end to legal notice publication by the private sector crept two steps nearer Wednesday for Guilford County. A pair of N.C. House committees put their stamp of approval on the measure allowing Guilford County and other local governments countywide to quit publishing their required public notices on newspapers printed pages and websites. Instead, the bill would empower county, city and town governments to post foreclosure, unclaimed property, public hearing and other such notices on their own official websites. The county would be able to charge for posting legal notices. The bill heads to the House floor today for likely adoption by the full body, then on to the Senate. -- (full text)
[Winston-Salem Journal]

New Toolkit Connects City Planning and Environmental Justice
Tuesday, October 03, 2017-- National City, California, which sits just 11 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego County, is characterized more by industrial brownfield sites and sky-high asthma rates than the regions iconic palm trees and sandy beaches. With demographics that skew low-income and high-minority, two freeways that slice through the metro within several thousand feet of each other, more fast food restaurants than grocery stores, and a port of entry cutting residents off from their waterfront, its a textbook example of how land use policies can cement historic health inequities and stymie civil rights. -- (full text)
[Next City]

USGS Partners with Four Cities to Improve Urban Waterways
Tuesday, October 03, 2017-- This fall more than $1.5 million is being invested in improving urban lands and waters thanks to expanded U.S. Geological Survey partnerships with Albuquerque, N.M.; San Antonio, Texas; Gary, Ind.; and Harlem and Bronx, N.Y. The funds will benefit eight urban water projects critical for citizen health, recreation and economic development. The work leverages USGS water science through the Urban Waters Federal Partnership for a direct impact on urban waterways. The USGS provided $717,000 which is being matched with approximately $870,000 from local and federal partners. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

City of Saratoga Springs Solar Project at Former Landfill Completed
Tuesday, October 03, 2017-- The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Onyx Renewable Partners announced the completion of the 2.6 MW solar installation at the city of Saratoga Springs former landfill. The project will help New York meet Governor Andrew Cuomos Clean Energy Standard requiring 50 percent of the states electricity come from renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, by 2030. "Congratulations to the city of Saratoga Springs for having the vision to turn an under-utilized site like its landfill into an environmental and economic success story," said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "Under Governor Cuomos leadership, local communities are leading the way in embracing opportunities like this to improve their environment and fight global climate change at the same time." -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

NYSERDA Releases 2017 N.Y. Solar Guidebook for Local Governments
Tuesday, October 03, 2017-- The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released a revised and updated version of the New York Solar Guidebook to assist communities across New York State in navigating the siting and review processes for the development of clean energy projects. The Guidebook offers information, tools and step-by-step instructions to support local government efforts to develop solar energy resources and create clean energy jobs. Free technical assistance is also available to help local governments become solar-ready. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Carlsbad Wins Sustainability Award
Sunday, October 01, 2017-- The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative have recognized the city of Carlsbad, Calif., with the Beacon Award, part of a statewide initiative that promotes leadership in sustainability. The Beacon Program provides a framework for local governments to share best practices that create healthier, more vibrant and sustainable communities. The program honors voluntary efforts by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies that promote sustainability. The program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government, an organization that promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities; and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, an alliance to help cities and counties reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA, Nevada require North Las Vegas to protect local waters
Friday, September 29, 2017-- The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) have reached an agreement with the City of North Las Vegas to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations in its pretreatment program. The agreement requires the City to establish pretreatment requirements for industrial pollutants to better protect downstream waters. EPA and NDEP discovered the violations of the Citys wastewater permit during a 2014 inspection and issued an administrative order to put the City on a path to compliance. The City will comply with the requirements in its Clean Water Act permit and EPAs general pretreatment regulations. The North Las Vegas wastewater treatment plant discharges into the Las Vegas Wash, which flows into Lake Mead. -- (full text)

EPA Prepares for Hurricane Maria and Continues Recovery Efforts from Irma
Monday, September 18, 2017-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to coordinate closely with local, state, and federal partners in response to Hurricane Irma and in preparation for Hurricane Maria. Response teams remain on the ground in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. EPA has temporarily paused all response operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in preparation for Hurricane Maria. EPA is prepared to begin response operations again following the storm. -- (full text)

EPA Awards $18 Million to State of Alaska for Critical Water Projects
Monday, September 18, 2017-- September 18  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding more than $16 million to Alaskas drinking water and clean water revolving loan program funds to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. EPA has allotted an additional $2.6 million in funds to further support the states safe drinking water program. The over $18 million in funding awarded to the state will be used across Alaska for water quality projects that will improve municipal drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, help protect public drinking water systems, make projects more sustainable by increasing water and energy efficiency, and reduce water pollution. -- (full text)

FY18 Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants
Monday, September 18, 2017-- The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (Brownfields Law, P.L. 107-118) requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish guidance for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPAs Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofits to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. Under these guidelines, EPA is seeking proposals for Assessment Grants only. Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-OLEM-OBLR-17-07 Closing Date: November 16, 2017 by 11:59 pm -- (full text)

EPA Backs Pennsylvania Plan to Improve Water Quality
Wednesday, September 13, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has approved and helped fund a $141 million plan by Pennsylvania to implement 23 clean water infrastructure projects. The Intended Use Plan includes an award of $52,518,000 from EPAs FY 2017 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The plan by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is also funded with $10,503,600 state match, repayments from prior CWSRF loans, and interest earnings on CWSRF investments. -- (full text)

Keep America Beautiful Launches Restoration, Resiliency Fund
Monday, September 11, 2017-- Motivated by the need caused by the devastation from Hurricane Harvey and the threat of Hurricane Irma, Keep America Beautiful, the nations iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, launched the Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund. Lowes, a long-time national sponsor of Keep America Beautiful, has agreed to become a founding member of the fund with a donation of more than $125,000. More than two dozen local Keep America Beautiful Affiliates and scores of other local partners serve communities with millions of people directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In addition to two of the organizations State Affiliates, Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep Louisiana Beautiful, local Keep America Beautiful Affiliates serving impacted communities include those in: Alvin, Angleton, Corpus Christi, Cuero, Dickinson, Galveston, Houston, Katy, Lake Jackson, Pearland, Port Aransas, Richwood, Sugar Land and Victoria, Texas as well as Calcasieu Parish and Lake Charles, La., among others. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA Approves Emergency Fuel Waivers for 38 States and Washington, D.C.
Thursday, September 07, 2017-- As a result of the continuing impacts on Gulf Coast-area refineries and disruption to the fuel distribution system caused by Hurricane Harvey and the effects of large-scale evacuations in response to Hurricane Irma, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt today exercised EPAs emergency fuel waiver authority to help ensure an adequate supply of fuel throughout the country. EPA has waived requirements for reformulated gasoline through September 26 and low volatility conventional gasoline through September 15 in the following states and the District of Columbia: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas, and the District of Columbia. Todays waiver supersedes the waiver issued on August 31. -- (full text)

EPA Awards Orange County, Florida $79,530 to Reduce Air Pollution
Thursday, August 31, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded a $79,530 grant to Orange County, Florida to support their ongoing program to protect air quality so that it achieves established ambient air standards and protects human health in Orange County. The program includes ambient air monitoring and various other activities to reduce or control air pollutants such as ozone, particulate matter, regional haze, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and mercury. A fundamental part of EPAs back-to-basics agenda is strengthening our state and local partnerships. Grants like this are an example of how we can work together with states and municipalities to make significant investments and progress in cleaning up the air, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. -- (full text)