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6th Annual AARP Livable Communities National Conference
Friday, April 13, 2018-- We're Planning the Conference! Save the Date! Activities will begin on the evening of Monday, November 12. We'll have a full day of sessions and activities on Tuesday, November 13, and up until the afternoon of Wednesday, November 14. Location: The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202 The program will be announced and registration will open this summer. But we're accepting session and mobile workshop proposals now! -- (full text)
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FY18 and FY19 Region 08 Wetland Program Development Grants
Friday, April 13, 2018-- Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in developing or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to develop/refine local (e.g. county or municipal) programs. Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-REG08-WPDG-18-01 Closing Date for Applications: June 01, 2018 -- (full text)
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EPA Announces San Jacinto River Waste Pits Cleanup Action
Monday, April 09, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that an agreement has been reached with International Paper Company and McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corporation to perform a remedial design for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site selected remedy. The selected cleanup action addresses the potential dangers posed by dioxin contamination at the site in Harris County, Texas. -- (full text)
[EPA]

U.S. Green Building Council Releases Sustainability Report
Sunday, April 08, 2018-- Informa Exhibitions U.S. and the U.S. Green Building Council announced the release of the 2017 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held last November at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Greenbuild co-located its event with the ArchitectureBoston Expo. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Award-Winning Programs Improve Health and Cut Energy Waste
Sunday, April 08, 2018-- In a promising trend that connects health and energy, a rising number of organizations have launched initiatives within the past 10 years to mitigate indoor health risks while reducing energy waste. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's new report, The Next Nexus: Exemplary Programs that Save Energy and Improve Health, recognizes the best by announcing the six winners of the new Health and Energy Linked Programs Award. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA announces action plan to restore and protect Lake Huron
Friday, April 06, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) for Lake Huron, a binational effort to restore and protect the Lake Huron ecosystem. The action plan identifies the actions needed to address the most serious environmental threats to Lake Huron and the St. Marys River. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA approves Albuquerques request
Wednesday, April 04, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the city of Albuquerques request to exclude air data that was influenced by naturally occurring dust storms. The city presented information to EPA showing that certain exceedances in particulate pollution qualified as a exceptional events under the federal Clean Air Act. -- (full text)
[EPA]

U.S. EPA Announces New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects
Wednesday, April 04, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest (LOI) by July 6, 2018. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Planning for Our Green Infrastructure
Tuesday, April 03, 2018-- Infrastructure provides society with the systems it needs to operate daily. Streets and highways, traffic signs and street lighting, water and sewer, all these systems comprise what is known in the industry as gray infrastructure. But these arent the only systems required. The natural environment provides a strong foundation for green infrastructure. Green infrastructure includes systems that help preserve a better quality of life for people, animals, and plants. Building strong green infrastructure systems offers many benefits to society. Watersheds help protect water quality both above and below ground. Wildlife habitat sustains diverse and healthy ecosystems. Well-designed parks and tree planting offer a means to reduce heat in urban environments. Wetlands protect against flooding. -- (full text)
[ICMA]

Survey of States and Municipalities to Identify Incentives and Impediments to Using the WE&RF Stream Restoration Crediting Guidance
Tuesday, April 03, 2018-- The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (now known as The Water Research Foundation) recently awarded a contract to the Center for Watershed Protection (Center) to survey states and municipalities regarding their use or possible interest in crediting guidance for stream restoration projects developed by WE&RF in 2016, as well as to review monitoring studies in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that might validate or suggest improvements to the monitoring guidance. The WE&RF Stream Restoration Crediting Guidance includes stream restoration crediting protocols developed for the Chesapeake Bay region and provides a technical framework for quantifying water quality benefits of a specific suite of stream restoration practices. This research project will highlight experiences that utilities and municipalities have had with stream restoration protocols across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, as well as states outside of the Chesapeake Bay watershed that have adopted or are considering adopting stream crediting/trading programs that could benefit from the WE&RF Stream Restoration Crediting Guidance. -- (full text)
[Constant Contact]

Step-by-Step Guide to Integrating Community Input into Green Infrastructure Projects
Tuesday, April 03, 2018-- ELI and its partner Amigos Bravos drafted this Guide to help local governments integrate community input into their green infrastructure projects. It sets out eight steps that local governments can take and, for each step, provides details and tips to help local governments as they move through the process. -- (full text)
[EIL]

EPA's 6th Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment
Tuesday, April 03, 2018-- EPA's 6th Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment shows $472.6 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nations drinking water infrastructure over the next 20 years. -- (full text)
[EPA]

The Wall Street Journal: The Fuel Economy Fraud
Tuesday, April 03, 2018-- The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took the Obama fuel economy rules off autopilot. This is good news for consumers, automakers and the U.S. economy, but the Trump Administrations big test will be negotiating around the political potholes. -- (full text)
[EPA]

FY18 and FY19 Region 3 Wetland Program Development Grants
Tuesday, April 03, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to develop or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs as described in Section I, FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION, of this announcement. States, tribes, local government agencies, interstate agencies, and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply under this announcement, as further described herein. Universities that are agencies of a state government are eligible, but must include documentation demonstrating that they are chartered as part of a state government in the proposal submission. Non-profit organizations are not eligible to compete under this RFP. Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-R3-WPDG-18-19 Closing Date for Applications: May 14, 2018 -- (full text)
[EPA]

Conn. City and Private Waste Hauler Take Steps to Correct Toxic Waste Violations
Monday, April 02, 2018-- Under a recent settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Ansonia, Conn., and a private waste hauler, Connecticut Oil Recycling Services based in Middletown, Conn., have taken steps to resolve and correct separate, but related violations of federal laws regulating the handling and transport of toxic chemicals. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Honors 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partners of the Year
Monday, April 02, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 163 ENERGY STAR partners  including Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, retailers, manufacturers, home builders, and commercial building owners and operators  for their outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. These enterprises will be named ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year for demonstrating national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions. Recipients of the 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award come from 35 states and include: Best Buy, Eastman Chemical, Energy Inspectors, Inc., Entergy Mississippi, Food Lion, and GE Lighting. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Administrator Pruitt: GHG Emissions Standards for Cars and Light Trucks Should Be Revised
Monday, April 02, 2018-- Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is announcing the completion of the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and his final determination that, in light of recent data, the current standards are not appropriate and should be revised. Administrator Pruitt is also announcing the start of a joint process with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a notice and comment rulemaking to set more appropriate GHG emissions standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Gillette News Record: EPA Chief Pruitt Visits Campbell County, Touts Importance of Coal Exports
Thursday, March 29, 2018-- The future of Powder River Basin coal lies overseas, something EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stressed during a Thursday morning visit to the heart of Wyoming coal country. -- (full text)
[EPA]

FY18 Region 4 Wetland Program Development Grants
Wednesday, March 28, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to develop or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs as described in Section I, FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION, of this announcement. States, tribes, local government agencies, interstate agencies, and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply under this announcement. Universities that are agencies of a state government are eligible, but must include documentation demonstrating that they are chartered as part of a state government in the proposal submission. Non-profit organizations are not eligible to compete under this RFP. Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-REG04-WPDG-18-01 Closing Date: May 07, 2018 -- (full text)
[EPA]

The Wall Street Journal: The EPA Cleans Up Its Science
Tuesday, March 27, 2018-- The Environmental Protection Agency will no longer rely on secret scientific data to justify regulations, Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last week. EPA regulators and agency-funded researchers have become accustomed to producing unaccountable, dodgy science to advance a political agenda. -- (full text)
[EPA]

The Philadelphia Inquirer: EPA Settlement At Upper Merion Superfund Site Could Make Way For New Apartments
Tuesday, March 27, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that it had reached a $1.8 million settlement with owners of a Superfund site in Upper Merion to clean up a portion of the area and pave the way for high-density housing. -- (full text)
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EPA, N.C. DEQ and Multistate Trust to Hold Public Availability Session and Public Meeting about Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp Site in Navassa, N.C., on April 10
Tuesday, March 27, 2018-- Federal and state officials together with Multistate Trust representatives will hold a public availability session and public meeting about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp  Navassa Superfund Site on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Topics will include the remedial investigation; an upcoming feasibility study of possible remediation options; and the Redevelopment Planning Initiative for the site. -- (full text)
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EPA, Honeywell to discuss Lower Rouge River sediment cleanup at March 28 public meeting in Detroit
Monday, March 26, 2018-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public information meeting on March 28 to discuss the Great Lakes Legacy Act cleanup of contaminated sediments in the Lower Rouge River Old Channel in Detroit, Mich. EPA is partnering with Honeywell, Inc. on the cleanup. The meeting will feature a presentation on the project, a question-and-answer session and informational posters. -- (full text)
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EPA settlement with property owners removes barriers for redevelopment of Superfund site in Upper Merion, Pa.
Monday, March 26, 2018-- The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement today that requires property owners of part of the Crater Resources Superfund Site in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania to complete a $1.8 million cleanup of two former quarries at the site. The proposed consent decree with two related companies (Renaissance Land Associates II LLC and Renaissance Land Associates III, LLC) was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in Philadelphia. If approved by the court, the settlement will pave the way for residential development of a segment of the 50-acre Crater Resources site. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Using STAR to Shape a New Sustainability Program
Monday, March 26, 2018-- When Lynne Barker started as the first sustainability director for the city of Reno in 2015, one of her first tasks was to get a sense of where Reno stood in regards to sustainability. To conduct a comprehensive baseline of community conditions, she turned to the STAR Community Rating System and its certification program. While Barker had been involved with the creation of the rating system, she had never worked on an application for STAR certification and was eager to test out its data driven approach to tracking and benchmarking community-wide sustainability. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

U.S. EPA awards Clawson Excavating, Inc. a $918,911 contract for road improvements in Cove, Ariz.
Monday, March 26, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Navajo-owned Clawson Excavating Inc., a $918,911 contract to improve a local access road on the Navajo Nation, paving the way for critical abandoned uranium mine cleanups. Clawson Excavating Inc. will construct improvements to a currently unmaintained access road in rural Cove, Ariz. Clawson Excavating, a small, Navajo-woman-owned business, will have seven employees working on this contract performing all of the work. -- (full text)
[EPA]

FEMA Awards $2.8 Million Grant for Home Elevations
Monday, March 26, 2018-- - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced the award of a $2.8 million grant to partially reimburse the cost to elevate homes in Margate, Brigantine and Longport. The federal Hazard Mitigation Grant was awarded to the three communities in Atlantic County with a Class 5 designation from the Community Rating System in 2017. The Community Rating System recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program standards. Margate, Brigantine and Longport were selected as a reward for their significant efforts to build resiliency into their daily actions. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Seven Cities Receive Technical Assistance to Meet Resiliency Goals
Monday, March 26, 2018-- The National League of Cities announced seven new cities for the Leadership in Community Resilience program. Each city will receive $10,000 in direct financial support, as well as technical assistance and professional development opportunities to help them meet community-specific resiliency goals. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Twenty Finalists of the All-America City Awards Announced
Sunday, March 25, 2018-- The National Civic League is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 All-America City Award. These finalists represent the diversity of American communities from the largest cities to the smallest towns, from east to west and north to south. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Fort Worth Recognized as a Leader in Fuel Efficiency
Sunday, March 25, 2018-- DFW Clean Cities recently recognized the city of Fort Worth and 18 other partners for their work to embrace alternatives to traditional gasoline as part of the third annual Fleet Recognition Awards. Fort Worth received a bronze award. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA Begins Lead-Contaminated Soil Cleanup at a Detroit, Mich. Residential Park
Friday, March 23, 2018-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has started a lead-contaminated soil cleanup at Collins Park, a residential park located at 11618 Alpena Avenue, Detroit. The contaminated soil was found when the city of Detroit was installing playground equipment at the park. Workers found blue soil mixed with demolition debris used as fill at the site. Lead contamination was also found in a soil pile left from the playground excavation. -- (full text)
[EPA]

2018 Healthy Communities Grant Program
Friday, March 23, 2018-- The Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New Englands main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to support EPAs Back-to- Basics agenda to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life. The Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve this through identifying and funding projects that: " *Target resources to benefit communities at risk [areas needing to create community resilience, environmental justice areas of potential concern, sensitive populations (e.g. children, elderly, tribes, urban and rural residents, and others at increased risk)]. " *Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks. " *Increase collaboration through partnerships and community-based projects. " *Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems. " *Advance emergency preparedness and ecosystem resilience. " *Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits. Closing Date: April 13, 2018 -- (full text)
[EPA]

Washington Times: Infrastructure Projects to Advance Swiftly  and Safely  Under New EPA Permitting Rules
Thursday, March 22, 2018-- President Trump recently unveiled his plan to rebuild and revitalize our nations crumbling infrastructure. Much attention has been paid to rebuilding roads and bridges, understandably so. Our roads and bridges form the essence of interstate commerce in this country and have for some time. Yet, as the president indicated, our infrastructure is more than just roads and bridges  it is also our water infrastructure. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Grants Awarded to 31 College Teams for Innovative Technology Projects
Thursday, March 22, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced over $463,000 in funding for 31 Phase I student teams through the People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) grants program. These teams, made up of college students from across the country, are developing sustainable technologies to solve current environmental and public health challenges. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Provides $800,000 to Research Lead in Well Water and Its Impacts on Children
Wednesday, March 21, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced funding to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) to examine lead in well water and its potential impact on childrens developmental health. Childhood lead exposure is a serious health concern across the country, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Addressing childhood lead exposure from drinking water sources is a top EPA priority, and this important research will advance our goal to help all communities, including those serviced by private water wells. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA to Convene National Leadership Summit to Take Action on PFAS
Monday, March 19, 2018-- Today, in a letter sent to governors of 56 states and territories, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to host a National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. to take action on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). PFAS is a category of man-made chemicals that have been widely used to make products because of their stain-resistant, waterproof and/or nonstick properties. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA to Conduct Soil Sampling near the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters site in Jacksonville, Florida
Monday, March 19, 2018-- On Monday, March 19, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin soil sampling at residential properties near the 12-acre Fairfax Street Wood Treaters (FSWT) site in Jacksonville, Fla. Sampling will be conducted at the designated residential properties identified for cleanup in the Record of Decision (ROD). -- (full text)
[EPA]

Cleaner Environment Advanced with Hatheway & Patterson Superfund Site Removal
Thursday, March 15, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the deletion of the Hatheway & Patterson Superfund Site from the National Priorities List (NPL). Deletion of sites from the NPL may occur once all response actions are complete and all cleanup goals have been achieved. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Planning for Environmental Justice - California Requires Planners to Protect Disadvantaged Citizens
Wednesday, March 14, 2018-- Urban and regional planners customarily focus on developing land use plans and programs to accommodate growing communities, keeping in mind social, economic and environmental realities. Now a law in California shaping how planning is carried out requires another element to be considered: environmental justice. Known as SB 1000, this law offers a policy solution to guide community organizing and legislative processes to implement cutting edge programs. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA Awards $1.8 Million to Help Small Companies Develop Environmental Technologies
Tuesday, March 13, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $1.8 million in funding for six small businesses to develop technologies that provide solutions for environmental issues. Small businesses are not only essential to the American economy, but they also produce some of our best, cutting-edge technologies, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Through this funding, these companies will create jobs and create value in the marketplace, all while developing innovations that protect the environment and human health. -- (full text)
[EPA]

ECOTOX Update Improves Search for Environmental Chemical Toxicity Data
Tuesday, March 13, 2018-- ECOTOX has been updated!  ECOTOX is EPAs premier publicly available application providing environmental chemical toxicity data to assess the effects that chemical exposures have on aquatic life, terrestrial plants, and wildlife. The update helps EPA to meet the legislative requirements of the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, and to respond to needs of current users. In addition, ECOTOX is the primary source of toxicity data used by EPA regulatory programs to develop chemical assessments to meet requirements for the Clean Water Act (CWA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).  -- (full text)
[EPA]

Study Finds Flood Risk for Americans is Greatly Underestimated
Tuesday, March 13, 2018-- A groundbreaking new study published in Environmental Research Letters finds that 41 million Americans, some 13 percent of the population, are at risk from flooding rivers, which is more than three times the current estimate that is based on regulatory flood maps. The study used a new high-resolution model that maps flood risk from rivers across the entire continental United States, whereas the existing regulatory flood maps produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency cover about 60 percent of the land in the continental U.S. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Energy Efficiency Plays Leading Role in Distributed Energy Future
Monday, March 12, 2018-- The increased prevalence of distributed energy resources is driving changes to utility planning. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's new report, The Role of Energy Efficiency in a Distributed Energy Future, found that most utilities are not currently using energy efficiency in distribution system planning, but several states are pursuing new approaches to using efficiency to displace traditional distribution infrastructure upgrades and integrate more renewables into the grid. These states provide clear examples of how energy efficiency can be used as a resource on the distribution system. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED for Cities Grant Program
Monday, March 12, 2018-- The U.S. Green Building Council, creators of the LEED green building program, with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, announced a new grant program designed to recognize the sustainability and green building achievements of U.S. cities pursuing LEED for Cities certification. Initial grant recipients include San Jose, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Atlanta, Ga.; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago, Ill. Each grant will consist of financial assistance to aid in the pursuit of LEED for Cities certification, educational resources and customized technical support. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Evanston First U.S. City to Recertify in STAR Version 2.0
Monday, March 12, 2018-- STAR Communities announced that the city of Evanston, Ill., has maintained its certified 4-STAR Community Rating through recertification in the STAR Community Rating System. The city first certified in 2014 and is the first to recertify under version 2.0 of the nations leading framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Energy Efficiency Checklist for Local Governments Now Available
Monday, March 12, 2018-- The "ICMA Energy Efficiency Checklist for Local Governments" provides a simple yet broad list of steps to improve energy efficiency in communities. Energy efficiency is an important part of a vibrant, sustainable community. Making improvements in day-to-day local government operations can provide many benefits, including reduced energy costs, economic growth, and environmental protection. Local governments can take simple steps to lead the way. -- (full text)
[ICMA]

U. S. EPA settlement helps protect San Diego residents from lead paint health hazards
Monday, March 12, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $41,633 settlement with Renovation Realty, based in San Diego, Calif., for violations of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. Lead paint is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. EPAs diligent enforcement of federal lead paint laws is not only necessary to protect communities across the country, but also ensures those who break the law are held accountable, said Alexis Strauss, EPAs Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. -- (full text)
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EPA accepting comments on the proposed cleanup plan for the Keystone Corridor Superfund site in Indianapolis
Friday, March 09, 2018-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on the proposed plan to address vapor intrusion at the Keystone Corridor Superfund site in Indianapolis. Vapor intrusion refers to the situation where underground pollutants travel through the soil as gases and seep into buildings through foundation cracks and holes, causing indoor air pollution. EPA proposes to install mitigation systems at eight known industrial and commercial buildings and up to an estimated 88 additional buildings (44 residential and 44 industrial/commercial) where vapor intrusion is occurring at concentrations that have the potential to affect human health. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Seeks Input from Small Businesses for Proposed Rule on Five Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) Chemicals
Thursday, March 08, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations from individuals who represent small businesses, small governments, and small not-for-profit organizations to provide input to a federal panel on a proposed rule by June 2019. The proposed rule seeks to reduce exposures from five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA announces action plan to combat harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie
Wednesday, March 07, 2018-- - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the release of the United States domestic action plan for reducing phosphorus, a major contributor to harmful algal blooms, in Lake Erie. The plan outlines federal and state efforts to achieve the binational phosphorus reduction targets adopted by the United States and Canada in 2016 under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. -- (full text)
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EPA Meets Another TSCA Milestone, Releases Draft Strategy to Reduce Animal Testing
Wednesday, March 07, 2018-- Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a draft strategy to reduce the use of vertebrate animals in chemical testing for public comment. This fulfills another milestone the Agency has met under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA modifies cleanup plan at the Tremont City Barrel Fill Superfund site in German Township, Ohio
Tuesday, March 06, 2018-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced modifications to the cleanup at the Tremont City Barrel Fill Superfund site, 3112 Snyder-Domer Road, German Township, Ohio. EPA is modifying its 2011 record of decision to clean up on-site waste and contaminated soil. The modifications are detailed in a document called an explanation of significant differences, or ESD. They include a double liner system instead of a slurry wall and clay/leakage collection system. The removal and off-site disposal of nearly 1,000 drums of still-bottom waste is also being added to the final cleanup. Still-bottom waste is a concentrated waste material leftover from industrial processes containing solvents and other material such as oil and grease. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Proposes Safe System for Recycling Aerosol Cans that Saves Over $3 Million Per Year
Tuesday, March 06, 2018-- Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a clear, practical, and safe system for handling hazardous waste of aerosol cans that encourages recycling. EPA estimates it will also save at least $3 million per year in regulatory costs. Todays proposal increases opportunities for safe recycling of aerosol cans, while also simplifying hazardous waste regulations, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. We remain committed to protecting human health and the environment, while also providing regulatory certainty to American businesses. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Department of Energy Announces $12 Million in Early-Stage Research for Natural Gas Engines and Off-Road Fluid Power Systems
Tuesday, March 06, 2018-- Today, the Energy Department announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines and $3 million to support two new cost-shared research projects for advancing fluid power systems for off-road vehicles. These five projects are complemented by $5 million in early-stage research at DOEs National Laboratories. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Awards Pueblo of Jemez Nearly $210,000 for Watershed Protection
Monday, March 05, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Pueblo of Jemez $209,720 to support watershed protection activities. The pueblo will use these funds to assess the condition of 12 miles of the Jemez River system, as well as assess sediment in the Vallecito Creek watershed. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Releases Administrator Pruitt's Year One Accomplishments Report
Monday, March 05, 2018-- Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report of accomplishments spearheaded by Administrator Scott Pruitt during his first year in office. In just one year, we have made tremendous progress implementing President Trumps agenda by refocusing the Agency to its core mission, restoring power to the states through cooperative federalism, and adhering to the rule of law, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The American people can now trust that states and stakeholders will be treated as partners, and regulations will provide clarity, not confusion. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Lessons in Commercial PACE Leadership: The Path from Legislation to Launch
Thursday, March 01, 2018-- This resource from the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory aims to fast track the set-up of commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE) programs for state and local governments by capturing the lessons learned from leaders. The report examines the long list of potential program design options and important decision points in setting up a C-PACE program, tradeoffs for available options, and experiences of stakeholders have gone through (or are going through) the process. The resource draws on interviews with leading market actors and established programs in Texas, Connecticut, California, and many other successful C-PACE programs. -- (full text)
[DOE]

EPA Awards Tompkinsville, Kentucky $184,000 for Safe Drinking Water Projects
Thursday, March 01, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the City of Tompkinsville a water infrastructure grant for $184,000 to assist in improvements to the water treatment plant. The grant will be used, along with $496,850 in matching funds from the city, to fund the removal of existing sludge from the lagoon, expansion of the lagoon, and the installation of equipment that will allow the lagoon to perform its most critical functions. -- (full text)
[EPA]

The Financial Risks of Climate Change
Wednesday, February 28, 2018-- The U.S. municipal market has always faced credit exposure to weather-related and natural catastrophes  such as fires, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. However, what were previously viewed as one-off implications for creditworthiness  transitory storms, for example  can increasingly be analyzed through the lens of climate change risk. As such, there are possible risks faced by U.S. municipal issuers as a result of a rapidly changing climate. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA begins cleanup of 2 to 3 million spent fluorescent lamps at warehouse in Cleveland
Wednesday, February 28, 2018-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun cleanup of 2 to 3 million spent fluorescent lamps, 250 drums of PCB-containing lighting ballasts and other electronic equipment stored in a warehouse at Fluorescent Recycling Inc., 7260 Neville Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Cincinnati's plan to reach 100: The transition of an industrial legacy city into a renewable energy hub
Tuesday, February 27, 2018-- Following the Paris Agreement, a rising tidal wave of local action and cuts in carbon emissions has come from cities charging ahead with their climate action plans. Cincinnati, built on an industrial legacy powered by fossil fuels, is fast becoming a leader on climate action and sustainable energy. Driven by the United States federal governments decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the City of Cincinnati has pledged to go 100% renewable by 2035. Cincinnati can be a national leader, said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. If the federal government chooses to abdicate its responsibility, we will step up. -- (full text)
[City Talk]

Sustainable Materials Management Grants
Tuesday, February 27, 2018-- This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications that support the EPA Sustainable Materials Management Program, for the benefit of States or communities within EPA Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands). Sustainable materials management (SMM) is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycles. It represents a change in how our society thinks about the use of natural resources and environmental protection. By looking at a product's entire life cycle, we can find new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources and reduce costs. Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-SMMS-02-1 Closing Date: Apr 29, 2018 -- (full text)
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EPA Exhibit at 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show Highlights Healthy Headwaters
Tuesday, February 27, 2018-- This years Philadelphia Flower Show showcases the Wonders of Water and the USEPAs exhibit is no exception. By demonstrating the connection between headwater streams and wetlands, and the vital role they play in the overall health of downstream waters, the exhibit highlights the connection between healthy watersheds and healthy drinking water sources - and shows how the integrity of our drinking water supply begins far away from the kitchen faucet. -- (full text)
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The City of Newark Solves a Big Problem
Monday, February 26, 2018-- Water main breaks seem to be happening with alarming frequency lately in the United States. The age and condition of water infrastructure is becoming a matter of great concern throughout the nation. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that New Jersey's drinking water and wastewater infrastructure will require more than $40 billion in upgrades over the next 20 years. -- (full text)
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Working Together on Local Solutions for Clean and Healthy Air in Fairbanks
Monday, February 26, 2018-- Chris Hladick, U.S. EPA Region 10 Administrator: When I was asked to lead the Environmental Protection Agencys Pacific Northwest and Alaska Region, I was excited to bring an Alaskan perspective to the agency and help focus our work with communities and local agencies to protect peoples health and the environment in this great state. -- (full text)
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EPA Publishes Fact Sheet for Preventing and Detecting PCB Contamination in Used Oil
Monday, February 26, 2018-- The EPA published a fact sheet for preventing and detecting PCB contamination in used oil. The fact sheet provides best management practices (BMPs) for commercial and municipal used oil collection centers and recyclers. Used oil containing PCBs at concentrations of 50 parts per million (ppm) or greater is strictly regulated for disposal under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). These regulations may not be avoided through dilution of PCB concentrations greater than 50 ppm to less than 50 ppm. -- (full text)
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Department of Energy Announces $10 Million for Combined Heat and Power Technology Research to Provide Cost-Effective Support to the Electric Grid
Friday, February 23, 2018-- Today, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced up to $10 million to conduct research and development activities to further the utilization of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) specifically designed to provide support to the electric grid. -- (full text)
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EPA Proposes Plan to Expand Cleanup of Contaminated Groundwater at the Old Roosevelt Field Contaminated Groundwater Area Superfund Site
Friday, February 23, 2018-- Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to clean up contaminated groundwater in the eastern area of the Old Roosevelt Field Contaminated Groundwater Area Superfund site in Garden City, N.Y. Old Roosevelt Fields storied history includes supporting our nation during World Wars I and II and other aviation milestones. Today, the property is a vibrant commercial area. This cleanup plan advances our progress as we protect the people who visit the area, said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. -- (full text)
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EPA Announces Start of Marsh Work Pilot Study at the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site in Brunswick, Ga.
Friday, February 23, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces commencement of a pilot study to demonstrate the effectiveness of one component of the remedy selected for the marsh at the LCP Chemicals Superfund site in Brunswick, Ga. The study is the next step in the cleanup at the site. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. -- (full text)
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EPA Awards Funding to Replace and Upgrade School Buses in New York
Thursday, February 22, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Region 2 office is awarding a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program grant totaling $246,006 to the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) to curb harmful pollution from school buses on Long Island. -- (full text)
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Environmental Education Local Grants Program -- Solicitation Notice for 2018
Monday, January 22, 2018-- The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. Closing Date: April 11, 2018 -- (full text)
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