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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)
[EPA]

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)
[Sustainable City Networks]

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)
[EPA]

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)
[EPA]

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)
[EPA]

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)
[Sustainable City Networks]

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)
[EPA]

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)
[Sustainable City Network]

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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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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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)
[Sustainable City Network]

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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Las Vegas Claims First in the Innovation Contest and Northwestern Wins the Communications Contest at U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Friday, October 13, 2017-- Before a crowd of student competitors near the 61st and Peña Station in Denver, Colorado, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas took first place in the Innovation Contest, and Northwestern University won the Communications Contest of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2017. For the Innovation Contest, the collegiate competitors were judged on how well they demonstrated a thoughtful approach to innovation, rather than being limited solely to off-the-shelf solutions, in the design and construction of houses that integrate renewable energy systems and energy-efficient technologies. The Communications Contest rated each teams effectiveness in communicating the features of their house and their experiences during this project to jurors and the public through a variety of media including websites, audiovisual presentations, displays and tours. For the first time in Solar Decathlon history, teams are taking home prize money. First place in the overall competition (to be announced tomorrow) will win $300,000; second place wins $225,000; third place wins $150,000; fourth place wins $125,000; and fifth through eleventh place will win $100,000 each. -- (full text)
[The Energy Department]

U.S. EPA Settles with Parties on Cleanup Plan For 68th Street Superfund Site in Rosedale, Maryland
Friday, October 13, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement today with more than 40 parties to clean up hazardous waste contamination at the 68th Street Dump/Industrial Enterprises Superfund Site in Baltimore County, Maryland. Under terms of the proposed consent decree filed in federal court in Baltimore, the parties are responsible to finance and perform a $51.5 million EPA-approved cleanup, perform additional natural resources restoration work, and pay the state and federal natural resource trustees $490,000 for past and future costs related to natural resource damages. Defendants are also required to pay $630,000 for an off-site restoration project. -- (full text)
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EPA awards $220,000 to City of Duluth to protect coastal wetland habitat
Friday, October 13, 2017-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $220,000 to the City of Duluth to protect coastal wetland habitat along the shoreline of Lake Superior. Fisheries and recreational activities are important to the economy around Lake Superior, said EPA Administrator Pruitt. We are working closely with state and local partners to advance our shared environmental goals. Grants like this one demonstrate why full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is so important. We need to keep restoring our wetlands, shorelines, tributaries and wildlife habitats to preserve and protect these precious natural resources for generations to come, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said. -- (full text)
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EPA announces plan to clean up PCBs and remove dam at Allied Paper site in Otsego, Mich.
Thursday, October 12, 2017-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided on a plan to clean up contaminated soil and sediment at a portion of the Allied Paper Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund site near Otsego, Mich. Part of the plan is to remove the Otsego city dam. EPA plans to negotiate an agreement to ensure responsible parties pay for and implement the cleanup. The recently signed record of decision is for the cleanup of the 1.9-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River between the former Plainwell Dam and the Otsego city dam, known as area 2 of operable unit 5 of the Superfund site. The cleanup addresses polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, contamination in sediment and soil from historic paper recycling operations. -- (full text)
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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)
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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)
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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]

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]

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]

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]

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)
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