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EPA Proposes Further Cleanup of Lead-Contaminated Residential Properties in West Deptford, N.J.

he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an expansion in a cleanup plan to continue removing lead-contaminated soil from a residential development previously owned and built by the Tempo Development Group in West Deptford, (Thorofare), N.J. EPA added the Tempo development to the Matteo & Sons, Inc. Superfund site in October of 2016 after finding that residential properties on nearby Birchly Court, Woodlane Drive, Oakmont Court and Crown Point Road were impacted by lead contamination from the disposal of crushed battery casings.
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EPA Provides Environmental Programs in N.Y. with $5.7 Million to Improve Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a Performance Partnership grant of $5.7 million to administer water quality programs.
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U.S. EPA, City of Houston to announce new solar-powered air monitoring station

On Thursday, June 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) will unveil the nation’s eighth Village Green Station at the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004
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EPA Proposal Ensures Clean Drinking Water for Residents Impacted by Mansfield Dump Superfund Site...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed constructing a water line to connect certain residents to a drinking water supply as part of the cleanup of the Mansfield Trail Dump Superfund site in Byram Township, N.J. Under the proposal, EPA will connect about 18 impacted properties to the water system.
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EPA to Conduct Soil, Water Sampling in Minden, W. Va.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin soil and water sampling June 12 around the six-acre Shaffer Equipment Company site in Minden, W.Va. where EPA previously conducted cleanup work to address soil contaminated with Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
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Organizations Across the Country Seek to Improve Water Infrastructure, Grow Local Economies

Organizations from across the country are seeking to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to invest in their local economies and improve water infrastructure.  EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program received ‘letters of interest’ from prospective borrowers in communities across 19 states, an example of EPA’s programs supporting President Trump’s vision of investing in our nation’s infrastructure
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U.S. EPA Announces $7.2 Million in Brownfields Grants to Promote Economic Redevelopment Across the...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Pacific Southwest Region will receive $7,246,516 in federal grant funds distributed across 19 entities for brownfield site revitalization efforts.
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EPA Awards $1.15 Million to South Carolina to Protect Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1,156,250 grant to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to help protect human health and the environment. The amount is part of a performance partnership grant, which is given to states and other local governments that have authority to implement environmental programs
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EPA Awards Multi-Million Dollar Grant to North Carolina to Protect Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $2,652,592 to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to help protect human health and the environment. The amount is part of a Clean Water Act Section 106 grant, which is given to states to implement environmental programs. The grant will go toward NCDEQ’s administration of environmental management programs that monitor and control water pollution

EPA, DEQ and City of Flint Recommend Flushing Water to Speed Recovery of System

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in coordination with the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the City of Flint, is recommending Flint residents run the water in their homes and businesses to aid in the recovery of the Flint drinking water system. There will be no associated cost to residents related to this flushing program. Residents will be compensated for the cost associated with flushing in addition to receiving water credits already awarded by the state.

Compliance with Environmental Laws Helps Protect Air, Water and Lands in Oregon, Washington, Idaho...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Northwest Region completed 22 environmental compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from October 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015

EPA Proposes to Add Dorado, Puerto Rico Site to the Federal Superfund List; Drinking...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed adding the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site in the municipality of Dorado, Puerto Rico to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. Sampling at the site has found chemical contamination that is impacting wells used to supply drinking water to the local communities. Exposure to the solvents, which include tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene, can have serious health impacts including, damage to the liver and increase the risk of cancer

EPA Proposes Use of Climate-Friendly Alternatives to HFCs Action supports Climate Action Plan by...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to expand the list of acceptable substitutes and prohibit the use of certain chemicals in the U.S. that significantly contribute to climate change where safer, more climate-friendly alternatives exist. This is another step forward in a series under President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of potent greenhouse gases that can be up to 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide and are used in air-conditioning, refrigeration, and other equipment.

EPA Honors 2016 Energy Star Partners of the Year for Outstanding Achievements in Energy...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is honoring Kenton County School District in Ft. Wright, Kentucky for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The school system is one of 149 businesses and organizations in 35 states to receive the honor. Recipients of the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award include Beazer Homes, The Home Depot and Verizon

EPA Announces $330,000 for UNLV to Research Microbes in Water Reuse Systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $329,650 to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to research human and ecological health impacts associated with water reuse and conservation practices. Nationally, $3.3 million was awarded to five institutions nationwide for water reuse and conservation research.

U.S. EPA Announces $749,000 for UC Riverside to Research Reclaimed Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $749,631 to the University of California, Riverside to study the human and ecological health impacts of water reuse and conservation practices. University researchers will use the funds to measure levels of contaminants in vegetables irrigated with treated wastewater. Nationally, $3.3 million was awarded to five institutions nationwide for water reuse and conservation research.

EPA Announces $3.3 Million in Funding for Water Reuse and Conservation Research/Research will measure...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced funding to five institutions to research human and ecological health impacts associated with water reuse and conservation practices.

EPA, Albuquerque Water Utility Agree to Penalties for Sewage Overflows and E. Coli Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) have agreed to a settlement for violations of the Clean Water Act. ABCUWA will pay a civil penalty of $33,500 and build a pipeline to provide water to a wildlife refuge.

EPA To Announce 2016 Climate Leadership Awards/ Mars, Microsoft, Ingersoll Rand, and Calif. Department...

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will recognize organizations from around the country at the Climate Leadership Awards for their leadership and innovation in helping fight climate change. Winners are honored for managing and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain, as well as integrating climate resilience into their operating strategies. This is the fifth year of the annual Climate Leadership Awards, a partnership between the EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2Es) and The Climate Registry (TCR)

Walker River Paiutes to develop tribal water quality standards

The U.S. EPA announced the approval of the Walker River Paiute Tribe’s application for “Treatment in a similar manner as a State” under Sections 303 and 401 of the Clean Water Act. Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, presented the signed Certificate of Achievement in a meeting with the Tribal Chairman, Bobby Sanchez, at the Walker River Paiute Tribe Administration Building in Shurz, Nev.

EPA Proposes Revisions to its Risk Management Program to Improve Chemical Process Safety and...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations to improve chemical process safety, assist local emergency authorities in planning for and responding to accidents, and improve public awareness of chemical hazards at regulated sources.

EPA Top Water Official Tours Local Water Facilities Focusing on Sustainability

On Friday, February 26th, U.S. EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water Joel Beauvais will end his California tour of several sustainable water facilities at the Oro Loma wastewater treatment and purification plant in San Lorenzo. His visit will focus on their innovative “horizontal levee” ecotone project, which is transforming a 10-acre weedy field to provide wastewater treatment, wet weather storage, shoreline habitat, and infrastructure protection from rising sea level. The levee is also an outdoor laboratory used to research climate change adaptation methods to protect infrastructure around San Francisco Bay.

Focus on groundwater protection results in nine enforcement actions at gas stations in Alaska,...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached settlements with nine gas stations in Alaska, Oregon and Washington to bring them into compliance with federal laws designed to protect underground sources of drinking water from fuel tanks stored below ground. The gas stations were subject to increased penalties for repeat violations, and some were blocked from receiving fuel shipments for continued non-compliance.

Governments of Canada and the United States Announce Phosphorus Reduction Targets of 40 percent...

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna today announced that Canada and the U.S. have adopted targets to reduce phosphorus entering affected areas of Lake Erie by 40 percent. The targets announced today will minimize the extent of low oxygen “dead zones” in the central basin of Lake Erie; maintain algae growth at a level consistent with healthy aquatic ecosystems; and maintain algae biomass at levels that do not produce toxins that pose a threat to human or ecosystem health.

EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released DWMAPS – the Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters. This robust, online mapping tool provides the public, water system operators, state programs, and federal agencies with critical information to help them safeguard the sources of America’s drinking water

EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released DWMAPS – the Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters. This robust, online mapping tool provides the public, water system operators, state programs, and federal agencies with critical information to help them safeguard the sources of America’s drinking water.

EPA Awards Grants to 38 Student Teams for Innovative Sustainable Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants to university student teams for proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies. Each team will receive up to $15,000 for their proposals.

EPA Awards $12.7 Million to Assist Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the award of $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems and private well owners located in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. and its territories. The water systems will receive training and technical assistance to improve small system operations and management practices, promote system sustainability, and better protect public health and the environment.

EPA Assisting City of Lawrence with Financial Planning for Water Infrastructure

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency will help the City of Lawrence with of financial and technical guidance about making future investments in its drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. EPA’s new Water Community Assistance for Resiliency and Excellence (WaterCARE) program will assist in developing robust and resilient finance strategies for water infrastructure that meets long-term needs.

Obama Administration Partnering with 27 Communities to Include Winder, Georgia to Boost Local Foods,...

Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined together to announce 27 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative helping people create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through local food enterprise. Under Local Foods, Local Places, a team of experts will help community members set goals and plan projects like farmers markets, local food cooperatives, community gardens, and other food-related business that can boost local economies and drive neighborhood revitalization.

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Mayor Bowser to Break Ground, Cut Ribbon On More Than 100...

On Friday, June 23, Mayor Muriel Bowser will break ground on a newly renovated 19-unit affordable housing apartment building at 4000 Kansas Avenue, NW, in Ward 4. The Mayor will also celebrate the renovation of the historic Phyllis Wheatley YWCA in Ward 6, a modernized facility with 84 units of affordable housing for households at or below 30 percent of the area median income (AMI).