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Emerging Environmental Sustainability Leaders from Southeast Asia to Visit the U.S. through Professional Fellows Program
Tuesday, July 19, 2016-- The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), with funding from the U.S. Department of State, is offering a Professional Fellows Program for participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Over 40 Fellows participate each May and October and are hosted by local governments, organizations and/or companies throughout the United States. ICMA is accepting applications from local governments, organizations and/or companies with technical expertise in environmental sustainability to host Fellows fall 2016. This is a reciprocal international exchange. Selected hosts will nominate a staff member to travel for two weeks to a Southeast Asian community post-program to deliver technical assistance and consultation. Initial review of applications to host Fellows October 15  November 12, 2016 will begin August 1, 2016 and will then be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. -- (full text)

US EPA, US DOT, Californias Air Resources Board Issue Draft Technical Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Cars and Light Trucks
Monday, July 18, 2016-- The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Air Resource Board (CARB) today took the first step in the mid-term evaluation of the National Program for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for light duty cars and trucks by releasing a draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR) for public comment. The release of the TAR delivers on a commitment that EPA made in 2012 as part of the rulemaking establishing a National Program for the 2017-2025 period. The draft TAR covers model years 2022-2025. The draft TAR shows that automotive manufacturers are innovating and bringing new technology to market at a rapid pace, and that they will be able to meet the MY 2022-2025 standards established in the 2012 rulemaking with a wide range of cost-effective technologies. Moreover, it indicates that these standards can be achieved by relying primarily on advanced gasoline vehicles. The report also shows that manufacturers will be able to meet the stricter standards at similar or even a lower cost than was anticipated in the 2012 rulemaking, with substantial savings on fuel costs for consumers. -- (full text)
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EPA Issues Final Actions to Cut Methane Emissions from Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Friday, July 15, 2016-- Continuing the Obama Administrations commitment to taking action on climate change and protecting public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking steps to further reduce emissions of methane-rich gas from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. Under todays final rules, new, modified and existing landfills will begin capturing and controlling landfill gas emissions at levels that are one-third lower than current requirements, updating 20-year-old standards for existing landfills. Combined, the final rules are expected to reduce methane emissions by an estimated 334,000 tons a year beginning in 2025  equivalent to reducing 8.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. EPA estimates the climate benefits of the combined rules at $512 million in 2025 or more than $8 for every dollar spent to comply. -- (full text)
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SF Styrofoam Ban has Ties to Health, Recycling and Marine Protection
Thursday, July 14, 2016-- Citing trash in the ocean, long-lasting litter in the streets and even carcinogenic properties, San Francisco has banned most Styrofoam. The City by the Bay's board of supervisors voted on June 28 to no longer allow the plastic compound  polystyrene is its chemical name, Styrofoam is the popular brand  in food ware, packing materials, pool toys and more. The move could have implications for many city programs, not the least of which is recycling. The city, which boasts an 80 percent diversion of trash from landfills, recognized with the vote that polystyrene cant be recycled and doesnt decompose well, making it a tough customer in its goal to get to zero waste. The legislation also acknowledged that Styrofoam tends to find its way into local waterways  an especially large concern for San Francisco, which sits on the edge of a peninsula that marks the gateway into a mostly enclosed bay -- (full text)
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U.S. EPA Announces $700,000 to Clean up Contaminated Brownfield Sites in Economically Disadvantaged Communities in California
Thursday, July 14, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $700,000 in supplemental funding to help transform communities by cleaning up contaminated brownfield properties in California. EPA will provide the Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) awards to Humboldt County and Californias Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to help communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects. Funding for brownfields projects will allow communities to revitalize properties that have been sitting idle far too long, said Enrique Manzanilla, EPAs Superfund Division Director for the Pacific Southwest. These projects will help communities continue to create jobs while improving peoples health and the environment. -- (full text)
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EPA Announces Stabilization Work Resuming at Gold King Mine
Friday, July 08, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is mobilizing contractors to complete work started last fall at the Gold King Mine. This work involves the continued stabilization of the mine adit, as well as additional stabilization of the mine waste pile located in front of the adit. EPAs contractor will begin this work on Saturday, July 9, and will continue work through October 2016. -- (full text)
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U.S. EPA Proposes Greater Protection from Selenium in San Francisco Bay and Delta
Friday, July 01, 2016-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a federal Clean Water Act rule to tighten the current selenium water quality criteria for the waters of San Francisco Bay and Delta. The proposed change would better protect aquatic species, including salmon, smelt, and diving ducks, that are dependent on the Bay and Delta ecosystem, from harmful exposure to elevated levels of selenium. -- (full text)
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EPA Awards $2.7 million to Virginia Foundation To Research Stormwater Options, Water Reuse
Wednesday, June 29, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced two grants totaling $2.7 million to the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) of Alexandria, Va. for water research projects that will benefit communities nationwide and in the Potomac watershed.The grants include $1.95 million to develop tools that will help communities choose the best ways to control stormwater runoff and $750,000 for improving water reuse and water conservation in the Potomac watershed.EPA has done extensive research on green infrastructure, water reuse, and water conservation to help ensure the availability and quality of water in the United States, said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin These grants will help take this work a step further by developing technologies that communities can use nationwide. -- (full text)
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EPA: Compliance with Environmental Laws Helps Protect Air, Water and Land in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Communities
Tuesday, June 28, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Region 10 completed 38 environmental compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016. Violations of environmental laws put public health and the environment at risk. EPA enforces federal environmental laws to protect communities and to keep our air, land, and water healthy. These compliance and enforcement efforts also level the playing field by deterring violators who might otherwise have an unfair business advantage over environmentally compliant facilities and businesses. -- (full text)
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Seventeen Projects Unveiled to Green Local Communities
Tuesday, June 28, 2016-- Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Marylands Department of Natural Resources, announced $803,489 in grants to be awarded to 17 organizations through the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative (G3). This program was created in 2011 to advance watershed protection and economic vitality by developing green stormwater management techniques that create jobs and help make communities more livable.Todays announcement includes five projects designed to improve central Pennsylvania, as well as twelve other initiatives in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. -- (full text)
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EPA Proposes Additional Details on the Clean Energy Incentive Program
Thursday, June 16, 2016-- After extensive engagement with community groups and other stakeholders, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing additional details for public comment about the optional Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), which was included in the final Clean Power Plan. The CEIP was designed to help states and tribes meet their goals under the plan by encouraging early investments in zero-emitting renewable energy generation, and by removing barriers to investment in energy efficiency in low-income communities. Todays proposal will help guide states and tribes that choose to participate in the program when the Clean Power Plan becomes effective. -- (full text)
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Rhode Island Receives Over $1.2 million in EPA Brownfields Funding
Monday, June 13, 2016-- EPA is awarding a total of $1,220,000 in Brownfield Grant funding to Rhode Island entities. The grants being awarded to Rhode Island are funded by EPA's Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund program, and will provide communities with the funding they need to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. -- (full text)
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EPA Proposes Lead and Arsenic Clean Up at Route 561 Dump Site in Gibbsboro, New Jersey
Monday, June 13, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil at the Route 561 Dump site in Gibbsboro, N.J. The site is an area near a former paint manufacturing plant and was previously used as a paint waste dump. The Route 561 Dump site includes businesses, a vacant lot, a small creek called White Sand Branch and wetlands. The soil at the Route 561 Dump site is contaminated with lead and arsenic. -- (full text)
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Proposed EPA Cleanup Plan Will Make Portland Harbor Safer and Healthier for All
Thursday, June 09, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its Proposed Plan to clean up the in-water portion of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, an industrial waterway covering approximately 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River, from Broadway Bridge to the Columbia Slough. EPA proposes to dredge and cap the most contaminated sediment throughout the 10-mile stretch of the Lower Willamette, in areas where concentrations pose the highest risk to people, fish, and wildlife. -- (full text)
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Can More Cattle Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
Wednesday, June 08, 2016-- A new study co-authored by an Iowa State University researcher indicates that an increase in cattle production, and associated forage land, on Iowas agricultural landscape could lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The research, published recently in the peer-reviewed Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, found that cattle production yields a smaller percentage of greenhouse gas emissions than row-crop cultivation. -- (full text)
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