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FY18 Region 5 Wetland Program Development Grants
Monday, April 30, 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-R5-WPDG-2018 Closing Date for Applications: Jun 11, 2018 -- (full text)
[EPA]

Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018-- EPAs Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality. Further, priority for funding will be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage affected communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those which can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-OAR-OTAQ-18-03 Closing Date for Applications: Jun 12, 2018 -- (full text)
[EPA]

Arbor Day Foundation Launches Spring Project Season
Friday, April 27, 2018-- The Arbor Day Foundation has announced the beginning of its spring tree planting initiatives through its Energy-Saving Trees and Community Canopy programs. Through these two community-based homeowner education programs more than 30,000 trees will be distributed by 50 partners across the United States bringing the total number of trees planted on homeowners properties free of charge over the last three years to more than 250,000. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA Announces $800,000 Grant to Oklahoma City to Support Brownfields Cleanups
Thursday, April 26, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the city of Oklahoma City held an event today celebrating an EPA revolving loan fund grant of $800,000 to support cleanup at Brownfields sites. The award is part $54.5 million EPA is distributing to 145 communities to assess and clean up underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment. With todays grant, EPA Brownfields funding to Oklahoma City totals more than $10 million. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Awards City of Tulsa, Okla., $300,000 for Brownfields Assessments
Thursday, April 26, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $300,000 in Brownfields assessment grants to the city of Tulsa, Okla. The award is part of $54.5 million EPA is distributing to 145 communities nationwide to assess and clean up underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Pruitt Highlights Grant To Study Lead In Drinking Water In Cities
Thursday, April 26, 2018-- Virginia Tech. Expert, Team Win $2M For Lead Water Research. Federal officials are giving nearly $2 million for research to a team led by the Virginia Tech researcher who uncovered elevated lead levels in Flints drinking water to research preventing such problems nationwide. & The EPA grant follows the launch of a task force this year to address childhood lead exposure. Lead exposure is one of the greatest environmental threats we face as a country, and its especially dangerous for our children, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said. This research will move us one step closer to advancing our work to eradicate lead in drinking water. (The Detroit News, 04/25/18) -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Awards Brownfield Grant to Michigan City, Ind. to Assess and Clean Up Contaminated Properties and Promote Economic Redevelopment
Thursday, April 26, 2018-- At an event today with Mayor Ron Meer and Indiana Finance Director Dan Huge at Millennium Park, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Michigan City Sanitary District will receive a $600,000 Brownfields environmental Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grant. This grant will fund environmental investigations of properties throughout the city. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Awards $1.9 Million to Water Research Foundation to Research Lead in Drinking Water
Wednesday, April 25, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1,981,500 in funding to the Water Research Foundation in Denver, Colo., to research strategies to reduce lead exposure in drinking water. "Lead exposure is one of the greatest environmental threats we face as a country, and its especially dangerous for our children, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. This research will move us one step closer to advancing our work to eradicate lead in drinking water." -- (full text)
[EPA]

Administrator Pruitt Announces $54.3 Million in Brownfield Grants to Assess and Clean Up Contaminated Properties and Promote Economic Redevelopment Nationwide
Wednesday, April 25, 2018-- EPA has selected 144 communities for brownfields environmental Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants. The 221 grants totaling $54.3 million will provide communities with funding to assess, clean up and redevelop underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Launches Mobile App for EJSCREEN
Tuesday, April 24, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched its mobile version of EJSCREEN, the Agencys nationally acclaimed environmental justice screening and mapping tool. This new version makes accessing EJSCREEN easier than ever for those working on the ground in communities. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Announces Availability of Funding to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines Nationwide
Tuesday, April 24, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to modernize the nations diesel fleet by retrofitting or replacing vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds. -- (full text)
[EPA]

LA Endorses Blueprint for Making City a Leader in Transportation
Tuesday, April 24, 2018-- A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, endorsed by the city of Los Angeles, offers cutting-edge recommendations for tackling the citys notorious transportation challenges, as technology in the form of rides-on-demand and autonomous vehicles revolutionizes how people move around in cities. The recommendations in the report could be replicated in cities around the country. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA Administrator Pruitt Proposes Rule To Strengthen Science Used In EPA Regulations
Tuesday, April 24, 2018-- Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule to strengthen the science used in regulations issued by EPA. The rule will ensure that the regulatory science underlying Agency actions is fully transparent, and that underlying scientific information is publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Announces First Water Infrastructure Loan Under WIFIA
Monday, April 23, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first-ever loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program to King County, Wash., to help finance its Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station. "Todays loan marks a major milestone in advancing President Trumps vision for improving our countrys water infrastructure," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "EPAs WIFIA program is proof positive that we can achieve environmental protections and economic growth at the same time." -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA and Kansas City, Kan., Schools to Construct Districts First Wetlands Classrooms to Celebrate Earth Day
Monday, April 23, 2018-- On Tuesday, April 24, personnel from EPA Region 7, together with students and teachers from the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, will construct the first wetlands classrooms in the district at J.C. Harmon High School to celebrate Earth Day. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA starts public comment period on cleanup plan for Ten-Mile Drain Superfund site in St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Monday, April 23, 2018-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on the proposed plan to clean up PCB-contaminated soil at residential and commercial properties at the Ten-Mile Drain Superfund site in St. Clair Shores, Mich. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Sanford Gasification Plant Site Ready for Reuse by the Sanford, Florida Community
Monday, April 23, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the completion of a land-based cleanup at the Sanford Gasification Plant (SGP) Superfund site in Sanford, Fla. This significant Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use (SWRAU) milestone will now allow the community of Sanford, Fla. to reuse the site. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Funding Available for Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants
Sunday, April 22, 2018-- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced approximately $4.5 million in Community Impact Grant funding is available to support communities across New York that are disproportionately impacted by pollution and toxins. Community Impact Grants provide community-based organizations with funding for projects that address various environmental and public health concerns, with a particular focus on low-income and minority communities historically burdened by environmental problems. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED v4 and CALGreen Alignment for California Projects
Sunday, April 22, 2018-- The U.S. Green Building Council, creators of LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system, announced significant streamlining for all LEED prerequisites and some credits for California projects that are pursuing certification under LEED v4. New projects built to Californias robust energy and green building codes, CALGreen, are pre-approved for significant streamlining of fundamental LEED requirements. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

New York City's Air Cleaner Than It Has Ever Been Since Monitoring Began
Sunday, April 22, 2018-- In recognition of Earth Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of DOHMHs latest New York City Community Air Survey results, which found continued improvements in air quality. The report highlights significant progress toward the Mayors OneNYC goal of achieving the cleanest air of any large U.S. city by 2030. The report also found that New York Citys air was the cleanest it has ever been since monitoring began in 2008. NYCCAS is the largest ongoing urban air monitoring program of any U.S. city. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA Announces First Water Infrastructure Loan Under WIFIA
Friday, April 20, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its first-ever loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program to King County, Washington, to help finance its Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station. -- (full text)
[EPA]

U.S. Department of Energy and Geological Survey Release Online Public Dataset and Viewer of U.S. Wind Turbine Locations and Characteristics
Thursday, April 19, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association, released the United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) and the USWTDB Viewer to access this new public dataset. -- (full text)
[DOE]

EPA Region 7 Recognizes City of Dubuque, Iowa, and John Deere Dubuque Works with Awards for Environmental Practices
Thursday, April 19, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 today recognized the city of Dubuque, Iowa, and John Deere Dubuque Works in separate events for their outstanding contributions to environmentalism and sustainability at Superfund sites. EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford presented the Leading Environmentalism and Forwarding Sustainability (L.E.A.F.S.) award to each organization. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Latest Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks Shows Continued Progress
Wednesday, April 18, 2018-- The 2018 edition of EPAs comprehensive annual report on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) highlights continued reductions in emissions  about two percent below 2015 levels and 11 percent below 2005 levels. Between 2005 and 2016, GHG emissions in the U.S. electric power sector have dropped by roughly 25 percent. -- (full text)
[EPA]

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $105 Million in New Funding to Advance Solar Technologies
Tuesday, April 17, 2018-- Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced up to $105.5 million to support Americas continued leadership in energy innovation through solar technology. Under the Department of Energys (DOEs) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), DOE will fund about 70 projects to advance both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) technologies, as well as facilitate the secure integration of those technologies into the nations electricity grid. Funding will also support efforts that prepare the workforce for the solar industrys future needs. -- (full text)
[DOE]

EPA Announces Effort to Update Wet Weather Regulations for Wastewater Treatment Plants
Tuesday, April 17, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will be reaching out to states, local communities, and stakeholders as the Agency begins a new rulemaking process to provide certainty surrounding the use of blending by wastewater treatment plants. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Administrator Pruitt Updates List of Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Attention
Monday, April 16, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an updated Administrators Emphasis List of Superfund sites. The list represents sites identified by the Regions with concurrence from the Administrator that will benefit from his targeted immediate and intense attention. The St. Regis Paper Co. site in Cass Lake, Minn., was added to the list to spur action on cleanup and redevelopment efforts. -- (full text)
[EPA]

U.S. EPA Removes Anaconda Copper Mine from Superfund Emphasis List
Monday, April 16, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an updated Administrators Emphasis List of Superfund sites. The list represents sites identified by the Regions with concurrence from the Administrator that will benefit from his targeted, immediate and intense attention. The updated list no longer includes the Anaconda Copper Mine in Nevada as cleanup activities progress and completion of specific milestones and timelines have benefited from the Administrators influence. -- (full text)
[EPA]

U.S. EPA Prioritizes Cleanup of Casmalia Superfund Site
Monday, April 16, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an updated Administrators Emphasis List of Superfund sites. The list represents sites identified by the Regions with concurrence from the Administrator that will benefit from his targeted, immediate and intense attention. The Casmalia Resources site in Santa Barbara County, Calif., was added to the list to spur action on cleanup and redevelopment efforts. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Administrator Pruitt Updates List of Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action
Monday, April 16, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an updated Administrators Emphasis List of Superfund sites. The list represents sites identified by the Regions with concurrence from the Administrator that will benefit from his targeted immediate and intense attention. The updated Emphasis List no longer includes the Anaconda Copper Mine in Nevada and San Jacinto River Waste Pits in Texas as cleanup activities progress and completion of specific milestones and timelines at these sites have benefited from the Administrators influence. The Casmalia Resources site in California, Delaware Sand & Gravel Landfill site in Delaware, and St. Regis Paper Company site in Minnesota were also added to the list to spur action on cleanup and redevelopment efforts. -- (full text)
[EPA]

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)
[AARP]

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)
[EPA]

ENERGY STAR Resources Available for Earth Day
Friday, April 13, 2018-- It is time to start planning for Earth Day. As always, this national celebration of our support for a healthy environment presents a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about ENERGY STAR. Demonstrating your organization's commitment to making a difference this Earth Day is easy when you help your customers, your employees, or your broader audience save energy, save money, and protect the climate with ENERGY STAR. -- (full text)
[Energy Star]

Salt Lake City Commits to Zero-Carbon Power Plan
Friday, April 13, 2018-- Things are heating up in Salt Lake City, Utah. And not in a good way. The city is located in a region of the U.S. that climate scientists say is warming at more than twice the national average. It would be bad enough if the only victim of that problem was the areas $1.3 billion ski resort industry, but local leaders know the stakes are higher than that, as water reserves decline and air quality reaches dangerous levels. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA publishes Inventory of US GHG Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2016
Thursday, April 12, 2018-- Today, EPA published the annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2016 report (Inventory). Each year, EPA prepares the Inventory to provide comprehensive information on national-level emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride, and nitrogen trifluoride going back to 1990. This impartial, policy-neutral report, compiled annually since 1993, is due by April 15 of each year as part of the U.S. treaty obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Total net 2016 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, incorporating land sector contributions, were 5,794.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent, 2.5% below 2015 levels, 12.1% below 2005 levels, and 4.7% above 1990 levels. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Names Top Cities for ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings in 2017
Wednesday, April 11, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its tenth-annual Top Cities list, which ranks the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in the preceding calendar year. Los Angeles earned first place with more than 700 ENERGY STAR certified buildings, bumping Washington, D.C., into second place. Dallas rocketed up the rankings this year, earning a third-place spot. Atlanta and New York round out the top five, each with more than 400 ENERGY STAR certified buildings. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Awards $25.4 Million to Train and Assist Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems
Wednesday, April 11, 2018-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the award of more than $25 million in grants to help the countrys small drinking and wastewater systems and private well owners better protect public health and the environment. These grants will fund critical workforce development trainings that will help small systems improve operations and identify when repairs to drinking and wastewater infrastructure are needed in local communities, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. EPA is committed to working with our partners in the states to provide all Americans with clean and safe water. -- (full text)
[EPA]

EPA Releases Draft Policy to Reduce Animal Testing for Skin Sensitization
Tuesday, April 10, 2018-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft Science Policy to reduce the use of animals in testing chemicals to evaluate whether they cause an allergic reaction, inflammation or sensitization of the skin. The draft policy is open for public comment until June 9, 2018. -- (full text)
[EPA]

Itron to Modernize Water Infrastructure with Smart Meter Migration
Tuesday, April 10, 2018-- Itron, Inc., a technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, is working with the city of Fort Smith, Ark., to modernize its water infrastructure with Itrons OpenWay Riva smart water solution over the next two years. Itrons advanced water communication modules will be deployed to replace the city of Fort Smiths aging water infrastructure, nearly half of which have exceeded normal life expectancy. The city will also gain access to daily and hourly interval data for increased billing accuracy, decreased operational expense and enhanced customer service. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

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]

Disaster Community Loans Approved for 12 Municipalities
Monday, April 09, 2018-- Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long and Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced that more than $53 million in low-interest Community Disaster Loans are approved for 12 municipalities. The funds will be used to assist these communities with providing necessary services and perform essential municipal functions as they recover from the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

State Preemption of Local Authority Continues to Rise
Monday, April 09, 2018-- The National League of Cities, in partnership with state municipal leagues, released an update to its report, City Rights in an Era of Preemption, that reveals state preemption of local authority is increasing throughout the country. From minimum wage to municipal broadband, the report illuminates the worsening trend of infringements on local democracy. -- (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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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 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)
[EPA]

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)
[EPA]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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)
[EPA]

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]

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]

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)
[EPA]