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EPA, DOJ reach agreement with City of Middletown to prevent sewage discharge to Great Miami River
Monday, February 12, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with the city of Middletown, Ohio, on a consent decree under the Clean Water Act to address discharges of untreated sewage into the Great Miami River and Hydraulic Canal. The settlement was lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. -- (full text)
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EPA FY 2019 Budget Proposal Released
Monday, February 12, 2018-- The proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced today, provides $6.146 billion to support the Agencys new FY 2018  FY 2022 Strategic Plan and mission of protecting human health and the environment. -- (full text)
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EPA Announces 2017 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results
Thursday, February 08, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 annual enforcement and compliance results, highlighting site remediation and civil and criminal enforcement results. A strong enforcement program is essential to achieving positive health and environmental outcomes, said Assistant Administrator of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) Susan Bodine. In fiscal year 2017, we focused on expediting site cleanup, deterring noncompliance, and returning facilities to compliance with the law, while respecting the cooperative federalism structure of our nations environmental laws. -- (full text)
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EPA Awards Houstons Bush Intercontinental Airport Over $1M for Clean Shuttle Buses
Wednesday, February 07, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded more than $1 million to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, for electric shuttle buses. The funds, administered under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), help improve air quality by reducing harmful emissions from diesel vehicles. -- (full text)
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U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Justice Finalize Settlement with Sanger, Calif., Winery over Deadly Ammonia Release
Monday, February 05, 2018-- The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have reached an agreement with Gibson Wine Co. to resolve federal environmental violations related to an anhydrous ammonia release at its winemaking facility in Sanger, Calif., that led to the death of one of Gibson Wines workers, triggered evacuations and required a fire department response. Gibson Wine will pay a $330,000 civil penalty and is required to make a series of improvements to its facility valued at approximately $300,000. -- (full text)
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Department of Energy Announces $35 Million for Emerging Research Projects to Address Manufacturing Challenges
Monday, February 05, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million for 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing. These projects were selected under an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office funding opportunity, focused on advanced materials, advanced processes, and modeling and analysis tools for materials and manufacturing. -- (full text)
[DOE]

EPA Wants To Do Partial Excavation Of Contaminants At Radioactive West Lake Landfill Superfund Site
Thursday, February 01, 2018-- In a long-awaited decision, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it aims to pursue partial excavation as its strategy to remediate the West Lake Landfill Superfund site in Bridgeton  the home of waste linked to the Manhattan Project. -- (full text)
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America Walks Announces Community Change Grantees
Wednesday, January 31, 2018-- America Walks has announced the latest grantees of the Community Change Micro Grant program. This program supports grassroots efforts aimed at empowering communities to create more safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. -- (full text)
[Smart Growth Online]

Grant to Assist County Construct Wastewater Treatment Plants
Monday, January 29, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Franklin County, Ky., a $512,000 grant for design and construction activities of wastewater treatment plants and collection systems in the lower Kentucky watershed. "Projects like this one demonstrate the Trump Administrations commitment and focus on improving Americans water quality by investing in water infrastructure," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Partners to Bring New Drinking Water Source to North Texas
Monday, January 29, 2018-- With engagement and partnership from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a project to provide a drinking water source for North Texas is closer to getting underway. The Lower Bois dArc Creek Reservoir project, as proposed by the North Texas Municipal Water District, will create water supply reservoir to provide drinking water to cities north and east of Dallas, Texas. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Reducing Regulatory Burdens: EPA withdraws once in always in policy for major sources under Clean Air Act
Thursday, January 25, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a guidance memorandum withdrawing the once in always in policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act. With the new guidance, sources of hazardous air pollutants previously classified as major sources may be reclassified as area sources when the facility limits its potential to emit below major source thresholds. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPAs $512,000 Grant to Assist Franklin County, Kentucky Construct Six Wastewater Treatment Plants and Collection Systems
Tuesday, January 23, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Franklin County, Kentucky a $512,000 grant for design and construction activities of wastewater treatment plants and collection systems in the lower Kentucky watershed. Projects like this one demonstrate the Trump Administrations commitment and focus on improving Americans water quality by investing in water infrastructure, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. -- (full text)
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EPA Releases Superfund Redevelopment Focus List
Wednesday, January 17, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its initial list of Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) sites with the greatest expected redevelopment and commercial potential. EPA is more than a collaborative partner to remediate the nations most contaminated sites, were also working to successfully integrate Superfund sites back into communities across the country, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Todays redevelopment list incorporates Superfund sites ready to become catalysts for economic growth and revitalization. -- (full text)
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e-Bike Pilot Program to Launch in San Francisco in April 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018-- Motivate International, the operator of the Bay Areas regional bike share system, announced it will add e-Bikes to its fleet, beginning with 250 e-Bikes in San Francisco this April. The pedal-assist e-Bikes, produced by Silicon Valley-based GenZe, will help riders by boosting their natural pedal power, so they can get up hills more easily and ride for longer distances. This new offering will integrate seamlessly with the Ford GoBike network and add a safe, reliable and affordable shared mobility option to the city. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

City Receives EPA Grant to Improve Water Infrastructure
Monday, January 15, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a one-time $485,000 Special Appropriation Act Program grant to the village of Bartlett, Ill., to help finance water infrastructure projects. The funds will help the village connect to the DuPage Water Commission in order to purchase Lake Michigan drinking water. "President Trump has made updating our nations infrastructure a top priority, and this grant demonstrates EPAs commitment to carrying out improvements," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "These types of investments help grow the economy while solving real environmental problems in local communities." -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Regulators Bring California Closer to a Clean Transportation Future
Monday, January 15, 2018-- The California Public Utilities Commission voted to approve ambitious utility programs aiming to electrify the states transportation system. The decision greenlights $42 million in initiatives for California communities, including using electric school buses to integrate renewable energy, installing charging stations in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and increasing electrification in the medium- and heavy-duty sectors. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

CenturyLink Field in Seattle earns EPAs WasteWise award for reducing waste, saving resources
Friday, January 12, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is honoring CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, for its sustainability accomplishments and green sports leadership. CenturyLink Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC, earned national recognition for its programs to reduce waste, divert material from landfills, and recover organic resource value through composting. CenturyLink Field is among 16 WasteWise national award winners, who collectively prevented and recycled over 355,801 tons of waste, saving $17.7 million in avoided landfill fees. -- (full text)
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EPA makes up to $3 Million available for locally-focused environmental education grants
Thursday, January 11, 2018-- EPA is pleased to announce that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants are now available under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program. EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPAs ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. The Requests for Proposals is posted on www.grants.gov. -- (full text)
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EPA provides $485,000 to improve water infrastructure in Bartlett, Illinois
Thursday, January 11, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a one-time $485,000 Special Appropriation Act Program grant to the Village of Bartlett, Ill., to help finance water infrastructure projects. The funds will help the village connect to the DuPage Water Commission in order to purchase Lake Michigan drinking water. President Trump has made updating our nations infrastructure a top priority, and this grant demonstrates EPAs commitment to carrying out improvements, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. These types of investments help grow the economy while solving real environmental problems in local communities. -- (full text)
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Washington sets example at top of sustainable city ladder
Wednesday, January 03, 2018-- On a work day, the U.S. capital does not appear much more sustainable than any other major city. Its streets are packed with cars, lights flicker in offices long after the occupants have gone home, and stark economic divides persist between neighborhoods. But beneath the surface, something is working in Washington, D.C., experts say. In August, the city was the first to receive the top platinum certification under a global sustainability program called LEED for Cities, which tracks performance on energy use, waste management, water, transport and even quality of life. -- (full text)
[Reuters]

Mayors: Energy Efficiency Important in Meeting Climate Goals
Tuesday, January 02, 2018-- At the North American Climate Summit this month in Chicago, city officials from several countries recognized energy efficiency as an important emissions reduction strategy. Many described how they are making it part of their climate action plans. The summit brought together mayors and other officials from 50-plus municipalities, including large cities like Austin and Phoenix and smaller communities like Pittsboro, N.C. Officials from the United States, Canada, Mexico and other countries gathered to sign the Chicago Climate Charter and discuss strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Signatories of the Charter committed to several provisions, including decreasing their communities emissions by the same percentage as the reduction that their nations agreed to in the Paris Agreement. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA Advances Cooperative Federalism Through Designation Process for Sulfur Dioxide and Ozone Standards
Friday, December 22, 2017-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking the next steps in the Clean Air Act process to determine which areas of the country meet national air quality standards for ground-level ozone and sulfur dioxide. In November 2017, the Agency designated the vast majority of U.S. counties as meeting the air quality standards set by EPAs 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. EPA is responding to state and tribal recommendations for ozone designations for the remaining areas and providing additional opportunities for state, tribal, and public input on those areas designations. The Agency is also finalizing designations for certain areas for the 2010 sulfur dioxide NAAQS. -- (full text)
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Fort Worth Designated First Age-Friendly Community in Texas
Monday, December 18, 2017-- Dec 18 - The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. "This is really a communitywide effort," said Mayor Betsy Price. "Once again we are leading the charge to improve the quality of life and quality of place so everyone can enjoy their life here in Fort Worth." -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Evanston Designated SolSmart Gold for Advancing Solar Energy
Monday, December 18, 2017-- The city of Evanston, Ill., has received a gold designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. Evanstons gold SolSmart designation builds on the citys commitment to making carbon-free energy available to all Evanston residents, and is in line with the citys STAR Community Rating goals, Paris Climate Accord commitment, and Mayor Hagertys pledge to achieve 100 percent renewable energy. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]