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EPA Administrator McCarthy to Attend Commission on Environmental Cooperation

WASHINGTON — Today and Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will join host Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan JosÃ-© Guerra Abud in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada for the 21st Regular Session of the Council for the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC)....

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Testimony of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Before Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Proposed FY 2015 Budget

WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today at a hearing to discuss EPA’s proposed FY 2015 budget. Administrator McCarthy’s remarks: Chairman Boxer, Ranking Member Vitter, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you to discuss the...

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to Travel to China to Discuss US-China Clean Air and Climate Cooperation

WASHINGTONÂ- — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will arrive in China beginning on Monday, December 9, to discuss US-China cooperation on air quality, climate pollution and environmental issues. She will travel to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong during her four-day visit. While in China, Administrator McCarthy plans to underscore steps China has already taken...

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FRIDAY: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Speaks at National Press Club Sept. 20

WASHINGTON — EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will discuss EPA's priorities in addressing climate change at a National Press Club Speakers' event on Friday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. Administrator McCarthy will highlight the Administration's commitment to carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution and address the impacts of a changing climate. She will also discuss...

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The Federal Government Takes Action on Radon Gas to Prevent Lung Cancer Deaths in 2012

Radon Awareness Week Is Here Federal Radon Awareness Week is here according to The Surgeon General. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a National health problem and encourage radon...

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EPA Proposal waives requirements for capturing gasoline vapors.

EPA's proposal under the Clean Air Act would waive requirements for systems used at gas station pumps to capture gasoline vapors while refueling cars. Proposal is part of Obama Administration's initiative to review outdated and redundant rules and ensure regulations are beneficial without being unnecessarily burdensome. Beginning in 2013, states that meet criteria can do away with vapor recovery...

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EPA releases EJ 2020 Action Agenda.

U.S. EPA released the Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020), the Agency’s environmental justice strategic plan for 2016–2020. EJ 2020 has three overarching goals: to deepen environmental justice practice within EPA programs to improve health and environment of overburdened communities; to work with partners to expand positive impact within overburdened communities; and to...

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EPA Awards $10.8M for National Environmental Education Training Program .

New cooperative agreement between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) will provide 4,400+ environmental educators with training and leadership opportunities in 2017. EPAÂ- will fund up to $10.8 million over 5 years through its ee360 teacher training program (formally NEETP). NAAEE and partners will train professionals...

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EPA calls for Green Chemistry Challenge Award nominations.

U.S. EPA announced its call for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product helping to protect public health and the environment. Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce the generation and use of hazardous chemicals. Nominations for innovative technologies are...

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EPA acts on new chemical law to fast-track 5 chemicals.

EPA is taking swift steps to carry out requirements in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act and to reduce exposure to certain persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. Five chemicals to receive expedited action are: Decabromodiphenyl ethers (DecaBDE), Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), Pentachlorothio-phenol (PCTP), Tris...

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EPA Urban Waters Grants help revitalize communities.

In total, $1.3 million will be awarded by U.S. EPAÂ- to 22 organizations in 18 states to help protect and restore urban waters as well as support community revitalization and other local priorities. Urban Waters grantees will inform and engage residents in stormwater management and pursue community-based plans to address pollution in waterways. Projects will address trash in...

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EPA Honors WaterSense 2016 Partners on 10th anniversary.

U.S. EPA is honoring 20 businesses, municipalities, utilities, and organizations for their commitment to protecting the environment through water efficiency. Winners were chosen from nearly 1,700 WaterSense partners who have helped produce and promote water-efficient products, programs, and homes. In addition to Delta Faucet Company, 2016 Sustained Excellence Award Winners included Kohler Co.,...

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EPA Files Complaint, Details Settlement regarding RFS violations.

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice filed complaint against NGL Crude Logistics, LLC and Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC and announced settlement with Western Dubuque to address allegedÂ- Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) violations. Complaint alleges NGL entered into transactions with Western Dubuque in 2011 that resulted in generation of ~36 million invalid renewable...

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EPA awards $1.2 million in cooperative agreements.

As part of its Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement program, EPA announced agreements with 10 community-based organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Each recipient will receive up to $120,000 to support 2-year projects that are aligned with EPA’s priorities of protecting America’s waters, taking action on toxics and...

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EPA to Help Rural Communities revitalize downtowns.

With letters of interest due by November 6, U.S. EPA invites rural communities to apply for planning assistance to develop strategiesÂ- intended to help grow the economy and revitalize downtown neighborhoods. Assistance is being offered by EPA via Rural Advantage – federal economic development planning assistance programs for rural communities. Communities may apply for assistance...

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EPA and DOJ Reach Settlement with Southern Coal Corporation.

U.S. EPA and DOJ announcedÂ- settlement with Southern Coal Corporation and 26 affiliated mining companies that requires upgrades to coal mining and processing operations to prevent discharges of polluted wastewater from Appalachian mines. Estimated cost of said measures is $5 million. Also, settlement requires establishment of $4.5 million letter of credit and standby trust...

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