Tag Archives: EPA

EPA Grants to Improve Wetland Stewardship

On Jan. 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $1 million in National Wetland Program Development Grants, which provide interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and non-profit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal, and local wetland programs. EPA announced the award of six proposals including the first on leveraging hazard mitigation buyouts […]

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EPA, NOAA Disapprove Oregon’s Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program

On Jan. 30, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) disapproved of Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution control program. All states participating in the National Coastal Zone Management Program are required to develop a program describing how they will prevent and control polluted runoff in coastal waters. The agencies […]

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EPA Releases Reports on Paying and Planning for Green Infrastructure

In early February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds Natural Estuary Program released two green infrastructure resources for municipalities. The first is a funding resource entitled “Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers.” The report summarizes various funding sources for supporting stormwater management programs […]

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EPA and NOAA Release Storm Surge Resources

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), storm surge is one of the most dangerous parts of a hurricane and one of the main causes of coastal inundation. It also can cause damage and flooding many miles inland. Approximately 22 million people in the U.S. are vulnerable to storm surge, and it is […]

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EPA Testifies at Waters of the U.S. Hearing, Final Connectivity Report Released

On February 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy testified at a Joint Senate and House hearing, defending the agencies’ jointly proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The agencies’ rulemaking attempts to clarify uncertainty over the Clean Water Act’s reach following […]

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EPA, States and Automotive Industry To Reduce Copper in Motor Vehicle Brake Pads

On Jan. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, automotive industry representatives, and the Environmental Council of the States signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5% by 2021 and to 0.5% […]

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EPA Releases Guidance on Microbial Risk Assessment and Recreational Water Quality Criteria

In mid-January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it published “Microbial Risk Assessment Tools, Methods, and Approaches for Water Media” to aid the development of robust and scientifically defensible risk assessments for waterborne pathogens. EPA’s document describes a human health risk assessment framework for microbial hazards in water media, such as pathogens in treated […]

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Obama Administration Announces Water Finance Center, New Municipal Bond

On Jan. 16, the Obama Administration launched the new Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and announced a new municipal bond to encourage public private partnerships. The announcement took place at the Anacostia River Tunnel Project Site in Washington, D.C., where DC Water is working to reduce the 2 […]

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Environmental Groups Charge EPA with Ignoring Past Court Decision

On Dec. 19, The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) announced that they sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen standards to prevent pollution from stormwater. The suit, filed Dec. 18 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, charges EPA has failed […]

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FY15 Omnibus Bill Becomes Law

On Dec. 16, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations package that will fund the federal government for the remaining nine and a half months of Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). The $1.1 trillion package funds all of the federal agencies except the Department of Homeland Security. The FY15 omnibus appropriations package will fund the […]

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