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EPA Announces Food Recovery Challenge regional winners in Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Paul and Mt. Pleasant
Wednesday, November 22, 2017-- A museum, a music festival and a grocery chain are among the six regional winners of U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Food Recovery Challenge Awards. EPA's Challenge encourages organizations to reduce waste, donate food, and recycle food scraps to save money, feed the needy and protect the environment. Food Recovery Challenge award winners serve as role models in their communities and for other organizations, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Their hard work and effective efforts to divert wasted food from landfills is paying off through social, financial and environmental benefits. I encourage other organizations to replicate the successful food recovery operations of our Challenge winners. -- (full text)
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Michigan Forgives City of Flint's Drinking Water Loans
Tuesday, November 21, 2017-- State Treasurer Nick Khouri recently announced the city of Flints outstanding Drinking Water Revolving Fund loans have been forgiven. Effective immediately, the city will no longer be responsible for paying more than $20 million in outstanding DWRF loans and no further amounts related to the loans will be due. This decision comes at the direction of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality under the authority of the 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was signed by the president on May 5, 2017. -- (full text)
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EPA settlement with Emerald Services, Inc. in Tacoma helps protect community from hazardous waste
Monday, November 20, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, has reached a settlement with Emerald Services, Inc., a hazardous waste storage and treatment facility in Tacoma, Washington, over violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and violations of the facilitys RCRA permit. This enforcement action was coordinated with the Washington Department of Ecology. The facility is located within the boundaries of the Puyallup Tribes reservation. Emerald Services manages large volumes of hazardous waste, solvents, and antifreeze and re-refines used oil at the Tacoma facility. Emerald was purchased by Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. on July 8, 2016, and both Emerald and Safety-Kleen are owned by parent holding company, Clean Harbors, Inc. Ensuring that funds will be available if the companys operations harm people or damage property is an essential element of the cradle to grave RCRA hazardous waste management program. -- (full text)
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City Completes $25 Million Sewer Upgrade to Reduce Flooding
Monday, November 20, 2017-- New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Vincent Sapienza and Department of Design and Construction Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio announced the completion of construction on a $25 million sewer project in the southeast Queens neighborhood of Rosedale that will improve drainage and help to mitigate flooding. Prior to this project, most of the roadways in the area of Hook Creek Boulevard lacked adequate stormwater infrastructure, including catch basins and storm sewers, and heavy rain events contributed to local flooding. Funding for the project was provided by DEP, with DDC managing the construction. -- (full text)
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EPA Announces Availability of $1.2 Million in Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreements
Thursday, November 16, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the availability of $1.2 million for Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreements. These funds will be distributed to 10 community-based organizations that work to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Each recipient will receive up to $120,000 for two-year projects that create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future. EPAs Environmental Justice CPS program provides funding for non-profit and tribal organizations to partner with stakeholders from across industry, government, and academia to develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental and/or public health issues in Americas low income and minority communities. -- (full text)
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EPA Celebrates Recycling Progress and Economic Contribution on 20th America Recycles Day
Wednesday, November 15, 2017-- Today, on the 20th America Recycles Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates the importance of recycling to our nations economy. We encourage all Americans to recycle more today, and every day, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said. Reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. With a greater focus on recycling, the U.S. recycling rate has more than tripled over the last 30 years to the current rate of 34 percent. According to our most recent data from 2007, recycling and reuse activities created 757,000 jobs, produced $36.6 billion in wages and $6.7 billion in tax revenues in the United States in that year. -- (full text)
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EPA Recognizes Former Texas City, TX, Superfund Site for Excellence in Reuse
Wednesday, November 15, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized stakeholders at the former Tex Tin Superfund site in Texas City, Texas, with EPAs Excellence in Site Reuse award. The award recognizes Superfund site partners who have collaborated with EPA to support redeveloping Superfund sites in ways that are beneficial to the community and compatible with the cleanup. The former tin and copper smelter was placed on the National Priorities List of contaminated sites in 1998, and following extensive cleanup and monitoring is now being reused as a bulk oil storage and transfer facility. -- (full text)
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San Francisco Bans Sale of Furniture Treated with Flame Retardants
Tuesday, November 14, 2017-- October marked a major moment for healthy home legislation as the municipality of San Francisco voted to ban the sale of furniture and childrens products made with or containing an added flame retardant. The first U.S. municipality to pass such a ban, San Francisco joins more than a dozen states, such as Maine and Rhode Island, that are taking concrete steps to protect their citizens from health-harming flame retardants. -- (full text)
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EPA Seeks Comment on Gunnison Copper Project Proposed Permit
Monday, November 13, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a draft Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit and aquifer exemption for Excelsior Mining Arizona, Inc. (Excelsior). The permit, if approved, would allow the company to construct and operate a copper production facility. The proposed 332-acre Gunnison Copper Project is in Cochise County, between Benson and Willcox, Arizona. EPA is seeking public comment on the draft permit and the proposed aquifer exemption. The permit, if approved, would authorize Excelsior to inject a solution into the copper orebody, approximately 400  1400 feet underground, to produce copper. The draft permit would allow the company to drill wells, extract copper in solution and restore the aquifer over 20 years. After the 20-year operational period, Excelsior would be required to properly close the wells, continue aquifer restoration for three additional years, and monitor the aquifer for at least five more years. -- (full text)
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EPA Grant will help Berkshire County Residents with Energy Efficiency and Air Quality
Thursday, November 09, 2017-- A project that works to reduce respiratory health problems for residents in northern Berkshire County of Massachusetts through energy efficiency improvements, has received $25,000 from a US Environmental Protection Agency program that addresses environmental issues affecting public health. The North Berkshire Healthy Homes Initiative, designed by the Center for EcoTechnology, will demonstrate the connection between improved energy efficiency and improved respiratory health in vulnerable households, specifically those who have visited emergency rooms or been hospitalized multiple times in the last year for asthma or other respiratory illness. -- (full text)
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Field Work in Support of Pending Cleanup at the Raymark Superfund Site in Stratford, CT
Thursday, November 09, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Stratford Health Department, and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) today announced that numerous field activities will be conducted in areas of Stratford with known Raymark Waste. Raymark waste is contamination that was generated by Raymark Industries, Inc., an asbestos brake lining manufacturing plant that operated in Stratford from 1919 to 1989. Specifically, crews will be focused on collecting soil and sediment samples from the entire length of Ferry Creek from interstate 95 to Beacon Point, from several properties along Ferry Boulevard and East Main Street, and from portions of the Department of Public Works property and Wooster Park. Other crews will be conducting boundary and topographic surveys, and completing habitat and wetland assessments in these same areas. -- (full text)
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EPA Recognizes Queen Annes County, Maryland for Excellence and Innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure
Wednesday, November 08, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has recognized Queen Annes County, Maryland, for excellence and innovation for the Southern Kent Island Sewer Collection System. EPAs Performance and Innovation in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) program celebrates innovation demonstrated by CWSRF programs and assistance recipients. The CWSRF is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. Over the past 30 years, CWSRF programs have provided more than $125 billion in financing for water quality infrastructure. -- (full text)
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EPA Recognizes Waynesboro, Virginia for Excellence and Innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure
Wednesday, November 08, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has recognized Waynesboro, Virginia, for excellence and innovation for stormwater retention within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. EPAs Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) program celebrates innovation demonstrated by CWSRF programs and assistance recipients. The CWSRF is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. Over the past 30 years, CWSRF programs have provided more than $125 billion in financing for water quality infrastructure. -- (full text)
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EPA Recognizes New Haven Public Service District for Excellence and Innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure
Wednesday, November 08, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has recognized the New Haven Public Service District for its Tank Gravity Septic System in Winona, West Virginia which received Honorable Mention for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. EPAs Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) program celebrates innovation demonstrated by CWSRF programs and assistance recipients. The CWSRF is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. Over the past 30 years, CWSRF programs have provided more than $125 billion in financing for water quality infrastructure. -- (full text)
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Partnership to Help Communities Reach Sustainability Goals
Tuesday, November 07, 2017-- Green Business Certification, Inc., the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business performance and practice globally, announced a new partnership with STAR Communities to address the needs of cities and communities around the world seeking a consistent framework for advancing sustainability. Modeled after LEED, the worlds most widely used green building program, the STAR Community Rating System was built by and for local governments and released as a pilot in 2012. Currently, there are nearly 70 communities across the U.S. certified through the program, including large cities like Houston, Texas, Phoenix, Ariz., and Columbus, Ohio; and smaller places like Northampton, Mass., Monroe County, Fla., and Dubuque, Iowa. -- (full text)
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EPA Announces Public Hearing on Proposed Repeal of Clean Power Plan
Thursday, November 02, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan in Charleston, WV on November 28-29, 2017. All persons wanting to speak are encouraged to register in advance. The EPA is headed to the heart of coal country to hear from those most impacted by the CPP and get their comments on the proposed Repeal Rule. The agency looks forward to hearing from all interested stakeholders, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. -- (full text)
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New Haven Conn. Group Awarded EPA Grant to Help Air and Water Issues
Wednesday, November 01, 2017-- A Connecticut organization working to address water and air pollution issues in New Haven was one of three groups in New England to receive an EPA grant award of $30,000 each, to help communities directly address local environmental concerns. The New Haven Urban Resources Initiative won the Environmental Justice Small Grant award for a project that involves planting trees and taking care of community parks, as well as maintaining landscaped areas called "bioswales" that are designed to drain silt and pollution from surface water runoff. Tree plantings will be targeted for low tree canopy areas in underserved neighborhoods. -- (full text)
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Two Rhode Island Groups Awarded EPA Grant to Help Local Environment
Wednesday, November 01, 2017-- Two Rhode Island organizations were among three groups in New England to receive EPA grant awards of $30,000 each, to help communities directly address local environmental concerns. The R.I. awardees, Groundwork Rhode Island, and the Childhood Lead Action Project, were selected for EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant awards. -- (full text)
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EPA Awards Kansas City Community Gardens $30,000 for Growing Sustainable Neighborhoods
Monday, October 30, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has awarded $30,000 to Kansas City Community Gardens to repurpose vacant lands and improve soil quality, provide a sustainable alternative to large-scale food production, and reduce the use of toxic pesticides in local food as part of a pilot program. The funding to Kansas City Community Gardens comes from EPAs Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program, which provides critical support to organizations that otherwise lack the funding and resources to address the environmental challenges in their community. The program is designed to help communities understand and address their exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Understanding the impacts of multiple environmental risks can help communities develop more effective solutions to their environmental and health concerns. The long-term goals of the EJSG Program are to help build the capacity of the affected community and create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future. -- (full text)
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EPA awards grants to local communities in Arizona, California and Nevada
Monday, October 30, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award Environmental Justice Small Grants to Friends of Rio de Flagg in Flagstaff, Ariz., Vista Community Clinic in Vista, Calif., and Sierra Nevada Journeys in Reno, Nev., to support watershed planning, air quality and environmental education. -- (full text)
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EPA Helps Communities Grow Local Food Economies
Wednesday, October 25, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new toolkit to help communities interested in using local foods to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The Local Foods, Local Places toolkit includes step-by-step instructions for community-led workshops that allow local officials, community groups, businesses, and citizens to explore the benefits of using farmers markets, community kitchens, and other food-related enterprises to revitalize communities and develop action plans for pursuing those goals. "EPA is excited to help more communities grow their local food economy," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "By investing in local foods, communities can preserve farmlands and protect the environment while bringing new jobs and business opportunities to main street." -- (full text)
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City of Topeka, EPA Region 7 to Announce Brownfield Funding, Plans for Riverfront Redevelopment Project
Wednesday, October 25, 2017-- The city of Topeka and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 will hold a joint news conference Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, to recognize the citys award of an EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant. Brownfields are real properties, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. -- (full text)
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EPA Releases Energy Independence Report
Wednesday, October 25, 2017-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final report on how EPA, under Administrator Scott Pruitts leadership, is implementing President Trumps Executive Order 13783 to curb regulatory burdens in order to promote energy production and economic growth  while protecting human health and the environment. EPA is committed to President Trumps agenda, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. We can be both pro-jobs and pro-environment. At EPA, that means we are working to curb unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens that do not serve the American people  while continuing to partner with states, tribes and stakeholders to protect our air, land, and water. -- (full text)
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EPA Awards $25K Grant to Lewiston, Maine Non-profit for Indoor Air Quality Efforts
Wednesday, October 25, 2017-- A non-profit in Lewiston, Maine, has received $25,000 from the US Environmental Protection Agency to reduce health threats caused by poor indoor air quality, including radon indoors, mold and secondhand smoke. The Central Maine Community Health Corps received the funds from EPAs Healthy Homes program for a program that will reduce the negative health effects posed by poor indoor air, specifically targeting refugees and immigrants in public housing. -- (full text)
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Palo Alto Earns Top Award for Climate Change Leadership
Tuesday, October 24, 2017-- Palo Alto was recognized as the first city to achieve a Platinum Level Beacon Award, the highest level possible, for its efforts and leadership in addressing climate change when Mayor Greg Scharff accepted the prestigious recognition in front of hundreds of elected leaders from throughout California at this year's League of California Cities Annual Conference. "Palo Alto strives to create a community where sustainability is a way of life," said Mayor Greg Scharff in accepting the award. "As a city, we have set a new bar, for ourselves and others, to continue to strive for excellence in how we operate our facilities and integrate green practices into our everyday lives." -- (full text)
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EPA Helps Communities Grow Local Food Economy, Spur Revitalization
Thursday, October 19, 2017-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new toolkit to help communities interested in using local foods to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The Local Foods, Local Places toolkit includes step-by-step instructions for community-led workshops that allow local officials, community groups, businesses and citizens to explore the benefits of using farmers markets, community kitchens and other food-related enterprises to revitalize communities and develop action plans for pursuing those goals. EPA is excited to help more communities grow their local food economy, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. By investing in local foods, communities can preserve farmlands and protect the environment while bringing new jobs and business opportunities to main street. -- (full text)
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