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EPA Seeks Nominations for Prestigious Annual Environmental Quality Awards; Awards Recognize Efforts in Communities to Protect Public Health and the Environment

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Thu, 12/26/2013 - 16:09
(New York, NY) Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations. The period for the awards is 2013. EPA is now seeking nominations for this annual award. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in April 2014

EPA West Coast Collaborative announces more than $2 million in grants to reduce harmful diesel emissions in western states and Pacific Island territories

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Thu, 12/19/2013 - 20:08
(San Francisco / Seattle) December 19, 2013 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced over $2.2 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants to partners along the West Coast and Pacific Island Territories. The 14 grants are administered through the West Coast Collaborative, an EPA Region 9 and Region 10 public-private partnership aimed at reducing diesel emissions and leveraging an additional $6 million from public, private and nonprofit partners

Urban Waters Federal Partnership Launches Projects in the Middle Rio Grande (NM)

EPA Texas Region News - Wed, 12/11/2013 - 04:00
DALLAS – (Dec. 11, 2013) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Bernalillo County co-led a kick-off celebration at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum’s Fiesta on the Green in Albuquerque, New Mexico

EPA Proposes to Add Union County Refinery Site to National Priorities List of Superfund Sites; Nine hazardous waste sites added, eight proposed nationally (AR)

EPA Texas Region News - Wed, 12/11/2013 - 04:00
(DALLAS – December 11, 2013) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed to add the MacMillan Ring-Free Oil site in Union County, Arkansas, to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites, a list of sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country

EPA Adds Wilcox Oil Site in Creek Co., OK, to National Priorities List of Superfund Sites; Nine hazardous waste sites added, eight proposed nationally (OK)

EPA Texas Region News - Wed, 12/11/2013 - 04:00
(Dallas – December 11, 2013) Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will add the Wilcox Oil Company site in Creek County, Oklahoma, to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites, a list of sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country

EPA Adds Cibola County, NM, Mine to National Priorities List of Superfund Sites; Nine hazardous waste sites added, eight proposed nationally (NM)

EPA Texas Region News - Wed, 12/11/2013 - 04:00
(DALLAS – December 11, 2013) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine in Laguna Pueblo in Cibola County, NM, has been added to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites, a list of sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country

EPA Honors Texas Company for Designing Greener Chemicals (TX)

EPA Texas Region News - Wed, 12/11/2013 - 04:00
DALLAS – (Dec. 11, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing Life Technologies in Austin, TX, for winning the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Life Technologies developed a more efficient, less wasteful way to manufacture key chemicals used to perform genetic testing

Urban Waters Middle Rio Grande Kick-Off Activities (NM)

EPA Texas Region News - Tue, 12/10/2013 - 04:00
DALLAS – (Dec. 10, 2013) The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior (DOI), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bernalillo County are meeting with state, local, and tribal governments to discuss the implementation of the Urban Waters (UW) project. The project will address water issues and environmental justice in the Middle Rio Grande

EPA Finalizes Approval of Public Participation Rules in Texas’ Clean-Air Plan (TX)

EPA Texas Region News - Mon, 11/25/2013 - 04:00
DALLAS – (Nov. 25, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Texas’ clean-air plan that covers public notification requirements for facilities applying for air permits. The revised plan gives citizens additional opportunities to comment on applications for air permits for new facilities and modifications to existing facilities. Citizens will be notified when a facility applies for a permit and after Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) proposes a draft permit

Little Rock Sees Sustainable Growth from Investments by Federal Partnership (AR)

EPA Texas Region News - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 04:00
DALLAS – (Nov. 19, 2013) Today, senior officials from four major federal agencies visited Little Rock to promote sustainability and leverage support for investment projects in North Little Rock and Little Rock, Ark. They also gained additional knowledge and insight into how they can help the cities achieve their goals for sustainable growth. “North Little Rock has been, and continues to be, a leader in sustainable development,” said Joe Smith, Mayor of North Little Rock

TOMORROW: EPA, HUD, DOT and Little Rock Officials to Announce Local Sustainable Community Investments (AR)

EPA Texas Region News - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 04:00
DALLAS – (Nov. 18, 2013) Senior officials from four federal agencies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S

City of Shreveport Agrees to $342 Million Sewer System Upgrade to Comply with Clean Water Act (LA)

EPA Texas Region News - Wed, 11/13/2013 - 04:00
The city of Shreveport, La., has agreed to make significant upgrades to reduce overflows from its sanitary sewer system and pay a $650,000 civil penalty to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) violations stemming from illegal discharges of raw sewage, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.  The state of Louisiana, a co-plaintiff in this case, will receive half of the civil penalty

Shreveport Plant Installs Fence-line Monitors to Safeguard Workers and Local Community (LA)

EPA Texas Region News - Wed, 11/06/2013 - 04:00
(DALLAS – Nov. 6, 2013) Calumet Shreveport Lubricant and Waxes, L.L.C., plant will expand a fence-line monitoring system to increase awareness of toxic air releases. The crude refinery and petroleum products facility will also pay a civil penalty of $326,000 to settle nine violations of the Clean Air Act’s (CAA) Risk Management Program uncovered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). From Aug

EPA Settles Clean Water Act Violations in Arkansas (AR)

EPA Texas Region News - Thu, 10/31/2013 - 04:00
DALLAS (OCT. 31, 2013) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has entered into a consent agreement and final order (CAFO) with Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation to resolve violations involving 820 barrels of crude oil released on Sept. 23, 2012, in Ouachita County, Ark. The settlement requires Whiting Oil and Gas to pay a civil penalty of $58,570 to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund

EPA Recognize WaterSense Irrigation Partner of the Year (OK)

EPA Texas Region News - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 04:00
(DALLAS – Oct. 23, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized John Taylor, the president of Taylor Irrigation Service, Inc., in Houston, Texas for his outstanding contributions to water-efficiency. Mr. Taylor overhauled his company’s business model to focus on promoting water-smart landscaping and efficient irrigation practices, including WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers

EPA Awards Over $847,000 to Oklahoma Tribes to Protect Air Quality (OK)

EPA Texas Region News - Tue, 10/22/2013 - 04:00
(DALLAS – Oct. 22, 2013) Four Oklahoma Tribes will have greater protection from toxic air pollution thanks to $847,097, assistance grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These funds will help provide assistance to monitor air quality on Tribal lands
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