Environmental Protection


Alaska Coal Mine Agrees to Fine for Discharges into Local Waterways

Usibelli Coal Mine Inc., owner of an open-pit coal mine near Healy in Alaska’s central interior, has signed a consent agreement and final order that resolves water permit violations and numerous unpermitted discharges.

Washington Bills Would Streamline, Reform State Water Management

Twenty-nine legislators supported bills in the House and Senate that would remove some authority from the Department of Ecology and set up a new water commission.

Defense Department Seeks Technology Demonstration Proposals

The agency has funding available to support demonstration; pre-proposals are due by March 8.

Watershed Academy Webcast Targets Algal Blooms

The free webcast on "Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution and Harmful Algal Blooms in Lakes” is scheduled for Jan. 26.

EPA Halts Mining Waste Disposal in Appalachian Waters at Proposed Mine

EPA will use its authority under the Clean Water Act to halt the proposed disposal of mining waste in streams at the Mingo-Logan Coal Company’s Spruce No. 1 coal mine.

Alliance Continues Work on Water Framework

Clean Water America Alliance meets with other stakeholders today for dialogue on greater sustainability and stronger science.

EPA Research on Recreational Water Criteria Now Available

New criteria to protect people from potential illness will be developed by October 2012.

Amy Pruden

Researchers Find that 90 Percent of Antibiotics Leave the Body Intact

Researchers have learned that up to 90 percent of antibiotics consumed pass through an organism’s body without metabolizing, meaning the drugs can leave the body almost intact through normal bodily functions.

Chesapeake Bay Oysters

NRL Aids in Maryland Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration Efforts

The Naval Research Lab’s Chesapeake Bay Detachment is now host to the latest addition to the state’s oyster restoration and revitalization effort.

Pipe project in Poland.

Case Study: Project in Poland Sets Fiberglass Pipe Jacking Record

Warsaw is updating its sewers at a quick pace with the help of 118-inch centrifugally cast fiberglass reinforced polymer mortar pipe.

The Plum Island Estuary

USGS: Some Significant Wetlands May Disappear by End of 21st Century

Many coastal wetlands worldwide — including several on the U.S. Atlantic coast — may be more sensitive than previously thought to sea-level rise projections for the 21st century, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Watershed Academy Sets Webcast on Low Impact Development

North Carolina's LID certification program, which will be discussed in the webcast, may be replicated nationally.

USGS Finds Pavement Sealant Made from Coal Tar to be Largest Source of PAHs in Lakes

Coal-tar-based pavement sealant is the largest source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons found in 40 urban lakes the U.S. Geological Survey studied, according to the agency.

NASA Study: Lakes are Warming

Earth's largest lakes have warmed during the past 25 years in response to climate change, NASA researchers determined in the first global survey of temperature trends in major lakes.

Bouchard Transportation Agrees to $6M Settlement for Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Damages

Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. and its affiliates will pay more than $6 million to settle a portion of the federal and state natural resource damages claims for the April 2003 spill of up to 98,000 gallons of oil into Buzzards Bay, according to the Department of Justice.

New Florida Officials Seek Delay on Nutrient Criteria Rule

EPA's nutrient criteria rule is set to be finalized Sunday; recently elected Florida leaders want more time to analyze the rule's effect on residents.

Fertilizer Group Opposes Senate's Chesapeake Restoration Bill

The Fertilizer Institute and other agricultural groups are urged senators to stop S. 1816 because of its precedent-setting language.

Agency Gathering Input on Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Rules

EPA is inviting stakeholders to participate in listening sessions in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and Pennsylvania about proposed stormwater regulations.

Study Claims Human Activities Overload Ecosystems with Nitrogen

Resulting ecological damage is serious, but could be reduced by wider use of more sustainable, time-honored practices.

Bacteria May Remove Steroid Used in Tilapia Fish Farming from Water

Methyltestosterone is used in aquaculture to produce male tilapia because they grow faster; Pseudomonas fluorescens and Bacillus ceresus may help remove the steroid from the water.

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