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UNC dorm wins first EPA National Building Competition

October 27th, 2010

Morrison Residence Hall at UNC reduced its energy use by 35.7 percent in one year.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program has announced that Morrison Residence Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has won the first EPA National Building Competition. The competition, launched on April 27, 2010, challenged teams from 14 buildings across the country to measure their building’s energy use and reduce waste with help from the Energy Star program.

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EPA regional office recommends veto of permit for WV’s Spruce No. 1 mine

October 20th, 2010

An Environmental Protection Agency regional office in West Virginia has recommended that the Spruce No. 1 mine be denied a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers.

If upheld by the national office, the decision to veto that permit would prohibit Spruce No. 1 from disposing of mining waste in the state’s streams. If the project is scrapped, it will cost Logan County, W.V., an estimated 250 jobs and $250 million in revenue, based on earlier commitments made by mine owner Arch Coal.

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EPA will focus on drinking water infrastructure

October 5th, 2010

The EPA says communities across the country are facing challenges in making costly upgrades and repairs to their aging water infrastructure.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will issue a Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy with the goal of increasing the sustainability of water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States. Communities across the country are facing challenges in making costly upgrades and repairs to their aging water infrastructure, which include sewer systems and treatment facilities.

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EPA threatens tougher measures on Chesapeake pollution

October 1st, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to hit five mid-Atlantic states with new rules that could raise sewer bills and limit construction in a large-scale crackdown on pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

The move represents the most aggressive action in the 27-year history of the Chesapeake cleanup. When states previously failed to meet deadlines in 2000 and 2010, the agency did nothing. The new deadline is 2025, but the EPA served notice that it will not tolerates states lagging behind in improvements.

Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware and New York are in the EPA crosshairs. Those states combine to account for more than 70 percent of the pollution that causes “dead zones” in the bay. The agency informed those states that their cleanup plans “serious deficiencies” and threatened to force them to make up the difference with costly new measures.

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Public health leaders send Congress a message: Let EPA regulate carbon pollution

September 28th, 2010

America’s public health leaders have raised their voices against Congressional waffling over climate action, releasing a letter today signed by 120 top public health groups that urges Congress not to interfere with the EPA’s plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The EPA’s mandate to regulate carbon emissions has been a lightning rod in Washington, with some in Congress saying the agency does not have the authority to set carbon guidelines and penalize violators. States, such as Texas, have sued over the issue, also trying to stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.

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EPA fines facilities across LA, San Fernando Valley for hazardous waste violations

September 24th, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pursuing enforcement against California metal finishing companies for violations of federal hazardous waste laws discovered during inspections conducted in Los Angeles, Rosemead, Sun Valley, Compton, Van Nuys, South El Monte and Santa Clara during the current fiscal year. Nine companies paid fines ranging from $2,000 to $48,500 and have returned to compliance with federal law, EPA officials said.

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Administration prefers legislation over EPA action in climate fight

September 15th, 2010

EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

If lawmakers are unwilling to deal with climate change legislation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will roll out more regulations on greenhouse gases and other pollution issues, but those will not be as strong as actions by Congress, a senior administration official says. The agency “has a huge role to play in continuing the work to move from where we are now to lower carbon emissions,” said the official, who did not wish to be identified.

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Jefferson City, Mo., to receive green design assistance

September 8th, 2010

EPA has selected Jefferson City, Mo., for green design assistance that includes cleaning up and recycling vacant lands, providing greater housing and transportation choices, reducing energy costs and improving waterways.

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EPA will hold public hearings on proposed coal ash regulations

August 19th, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host seven public hearings on the agency’s proposal to regulate the disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. EPA’s proposal is the first-ever national effort to ensure the safe disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants.

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Florida fertilizer plant agrees to fines in hazardous waste case

August 13th, 2010

A Florida fertilizer manufacturer will invest $12 million to reduce and manage hazardous wastes at its Plant City phosphoric acid and ammoniated fertilizer manufacturing facility in the first case settled under the Environmental Protection Agency’s national enforcement push into the mining and mineral processing industries. CF Industries will pay a civil penalty of $701,500, accelerate $55 million of funding for future closure, maintenance and monitoring activities, and provide $163.5 million in financial guarantees to assure appropriate closure and long-term care of the facility.

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EPA fines Monsanto $2.5 million for misbranded genetically engineered pesticide

July 9th, 2010

Monsanto Company Inc. has agreed to pay a $2.5 million penalty to resolve misbranding violations related to the sale and distribution of cotton seed products containing genetically engineered pesticides. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said this is the largest civil administrative penalty settlement ever received under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

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Government gives BP a new directive on oil spill waste management

July 2nd, 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a new directive to BP on how the company should manage recovered oil, contaminated materials and liquid and solid wastes recovered in cleanup operations from the BP oil spill. The Coast Guard, along with the Environmental Protection Agency — in consultation with the states — said it will hold BP accountable for the implementation of the approved waste management plans and ensure that the directives are followed in the gulf coast states.

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