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USDA Awards $4.5 Million in Rural Community Development Grants and Accepting Applications for New Projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding more than $4 million in grants to 23 organizations to support rural economic development projects. Secretary Vilsack also announced that USDA is seeking applications for the next round of program funding.

New Report Links Nitrate in Drinking Water to Birth Defects

Tractor spraying soybean crops field at spring season, often using herbicides, which may leech through the soil into water sources below and possibly end up in human or animal drinking water.

ECHA Publishes Annex III Inventory

The inventory helps REACH registrants that manufacture or import between 1 to 10 tonnes per year in deciding whether they may be able to register their substance with limited information. The database contains 64,899 unique substances/entries.

Applications Open for Companies Seeking to Win $4 Million Zayed Future Energy Prize

Prestigious global award recognizes companies, non-profits, and schools contributing to clean energy and sustainability.

DFW International Airport Wins Greenhouse Gas Management Award

The airport management indicated it plans to achieve additional reduction goals by increasing renewable energy and alternative fuel use; by integrating best available energy-efficient technology; and by expanding partnerships with airlines, regulatory agencies, academia, nongovernmental organizations, business associations, and other stakeholders.

BSEE Reports 2,100-Barrel Spill in Gulf of Mexico

The operator, Shell Offshore Inc., reported the oil sheen was observed in the area of its Glider Field. It was about 97 miles south of Port Fourchon, La.

Oregon Agencies Seeking Hexavalent Chromium Source in Portland

The Department of Environmental Quality said its investigators continue to seek the source of the heavy metal selenium that has been, on average, elevated in southeast Portland's air since March 1.

California Governor Mandates Long-Term Water Conservation

His executive order establishes longer-term water conservation measures, including permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities, and bans on wasteful practices such as hosing off sidewalks, driveways, and other hardscapes.



New Jersey Receives $70 Million for Water Infrastructure Projects

The EPA has provided $70,413,000 to the State of New Jersey for improvements to be made to water projects for public health and the environment.

Germany to Face EU Court for Water Pollution and Nitrates

The European Commission is taking Germany to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to take stronger measures to combat water pollution caused by nitrates. Nitrates are essential for plants to grow and they are widely used as fertilizers.

Australian Water Treatment Plant Named Industrial Water Project of the Year

Water treatment plant at QGC’s coal seam gas extraction site receives honor at global water awards. The northern water treatment plant, built by GE and Laing O’rourke, treats 100,000 cubic meters of water per day.

NRC, Army Corps Find Environmental Impacts Don't Prevent Licensing Bell Bend Reactor

Talen Energy submitted the application on Oct. 10, 2008, seeking permission to construct and operate a U.S. EPR reactor -- a third-generation pressurized water reactor -- at the site. AREVA Inc., the designer of the U.S. EPR, requested that the NRC staff suspend its safety review of the U.S. EPR design certification application in February 2015, and as a result, the U.S. EPR design certification review and Bell Bend safety review are on hold until further notice.

Paris Agreement Signed at UN Headquarters

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the participation by so many countries, including the United States, leaves "no doubt" that the international community is determined to take climate action.

NRC Considering Friends of the Earth's Petition About Diablo Canyon

FOE filed it Aug. 26, 2014, stating its concerns about the Diablo Canyon Power Plant's operational safety and its ability to safely shut down in the event of a nearby earthquake.

New Edition of National Green Building Standard Available

A significant change in the 2015 edition is the Energy Efficiency chapter's referencing the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, and there are revamped stormwater management options that focus on low-impact development.

China's Vessel Pollution Requirements Taking Effect May 1

These provisions contain five requirements prohibiting discharges into inland waters.

Mutual Housing California Receives Large Grant from NeighborWorks America

Mutual Housing California receives nearly half a million from NeighborWorks America for building affordable, energy-efficient housing.

America’s Wetland Foundation Responds to Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Well Control Rule

The America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) is concerned that some provisions of the proposed Well Control Rule proposed by BSEE could have unintended consequences leading to less safety and environmental protection and a reduction in overall revenue sharing directed to financing coastal restoration.

EPA Awards Grant to Central States Air Resource Agencies Association

Nine states in the central United States will work on issues related to air pollution moving between states and provide lower-cost training for states' staffers.

Enbridge Line 5 RFIs Deadline Extended

Contractors have until April 18 to submit proposals to perform an independent risk analysis and an independent alternatives analysis related to the Enbridge 5 pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac.

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