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NOAA Helping Washington State Monitor Algae Bloom

NOAA announced it is committing $88,000 in grant and event response funding to monitor and analyze an unusually large bloom of toxic algae off the state's coast.

Washington Department of Ecology Offering Drought Relief Grants

A total of $16 million is available thanks to an appropriation by the state Legislature.

WV DEP Reminds Big Water Users of Reporting Obligation

As of Jan. 1, 2015, the new reporting threshold is 300,000 gallons withdrawn from surface or groundwater sources in a 30-day period. The data collected is required to be reported to the department starting Jan. 1, 2016.

Wildfires Cause 13,000 to Evacuate Saskatchewan Homes

The Saskatchewan Environment Ministry reported July 6 that there have been 574 wildfires during this fire season -- more than twice as many as the 205 at the same point last year.

Grants Now Available for Wetland Projects in Maine

The State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications and proposals for wetland improvements and restoration. The projects should include ideas for dealing with climate change and floods, as well as ways to help improve wildlife habitats.

BP Agrees to Pay $18.7 Billion Deepwater Horizon Settlement

The energy giant announced that its U.S. upstream subsidiary, BP Exploration and Production Inc., has executed the agreements with the U.S. federal government and five Gulf Coast states -- Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, adding that they include settlement of claims made by more than 400 local government entities.

Millions in Funding for Brownfield Cleanup Awarded to Michigan

Six communities in Michigan were awarded $2.5 million by the EPA to help clean up and redevelop contaminated properties and affected economies.

Study Shows Huge Variation in Fracking Operations' Thirst

The first national-scale analysis of hydraulic fracturing water usage found that water volumes averaged within watersheds across the United States range from as little as 2,600 gallons to as much as 9.7 million gallons per well.



Big Senate Fight Set on TSCA Reform

Many parties are jostling for advantage as two competing bills are moving.

EPA Revising USTs Regulation

"These changes will better protect people's health and benefit the environment in communities across the country by improving prevention and detection of underground storage tank releases," said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

UK Court Fines Recycling Firm After Amputation

A worker was seriously injured when his arm became trapped in a conveyor belt he was maintaining.

Ivory Crush Takes Place in NYC

The event was staged to call awareness to increased poaching that is rapidly pushing populations of African elephants, rhinos, and other species toward extinction, according to the Interior Department.

New Report Details Toxic Water Pollution from Power Plants

The study presents evidence that EPA has been underestimating the public health benefits of controlling metals including arsenic and hexavalent chromium (which can increase the risk of cancer), as well as lead and mercury (which can cause brain damage) released by power plants into rivers, streams, and lakes.

EPA Honors Winners of 2015 Safer Choice Partner Awards

To qualify for the Safer Choice label (formerly named "Design for the Environment"), a product must meet EPA's Safer Choice Standard, which is based on human health and environmental criteria.

Construction Company Chosen for Sustainable Surf Park

After the initial fill, NLand Surf Park's lagoon will be 100 percent sustainable with rainwater, even in drought conditions, according to the companies involved.

EPA Moving to Regulate Aircraft Emissions

The items EPA issued June 10 "lay the necessary foundation for the development and implementation of a domestic aircraft standard, in accordance with U.S. law and the ICAO process," according to the agency's announcement.

Monsal Biosolids Technology Helps Idaho City Meet Sludge Disposal Requirements

Rexburg’s wastewater treatment plant will use GE system to treat sludge prior to disposal.

Louisiana Utility Launches Refrigerator Recycling Program

Cleco Corp. will pay customers $50 to have outdated, working refrigerators and freezers picked up at their homes and hauled away to be recycled.

EPA Releases $54.3 Million in Remediation Funds

"The grants will help transform brownfield sites, such as former manufacturing and mill sites, into productive end uses which directly benefit community residents and create opportunities, including increased housing options, recreational spaces, and jobs," said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

Drought-Stricken Abilene, Texas Receives New Technology for Wastewater Reuse

GE's LEAPmbr system enables advanced treated wastewater to be sent directly into west Texas city's reservoir.

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