Ohio Lawmakers Reintroduce Legislation To Protect Water from Algal Blooms
Representative Marcy Kaptur and Representative Bob Latta have reintroduced legislation into the U.S. House concerning toxic algal blooms in drinking water sources.



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Football Playoff National Championship Goes Green
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the first College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and AT&T Stadium for fostering environmental sustainability with the Playoff Green program.



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To Improve Water Infrastructure and Climate Resiliency, EPA Launches Finance Center
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the launch of the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center.



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International Society of Automation Accepting Applications for Educational Scholarships
The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced that it is accepting applications for its 2015 educational scholarships. The application deadline is February 15, 2015.



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Environmental Information Association 32nd Annual Conference & Exposition
The 32nd Annual Conference & Exposition of the Environmental Information Association (EIA) will take place on March 22-25, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.



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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Fines Company for Gasoline, Oil Spills
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined Leighow Oil Co. Inc. $63,351 for violations at two of its facilities in Mahoning and Valley townships in Pennsylvania.



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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petitions by California Farms, Water Utilities
The U.S. Supreme Court announced that the federal plan to protect California’s Bay-Delta estuary ecosystem will be upheld.



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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Fines Man for Asbestos Violations
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has fined an Oregon man $16,000 for allowing unlicensed workers to perform an asbestos abatement project at a Portland residential property.



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Former Shell Employee Pleads Guilty to Violating Pipeline Safety Act
Former corrosion coordinator for Shell Pipeline Company L.P. plead guilty to charges of violating the Pipeline Safety Act (PSA) and making a false statement to the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA).



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Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Competition Deadline Announced
The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists® (AAEES) has announced the deadline for its Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Competition (E3S).



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EPA Announces Actions to Cut VOC and Methane Emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a series of steps it plans to take to address methane and smog-forming volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from the oil and gas industry. Its goal is to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40-45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025.



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Illinois Water Environment Association Clean Water Scholarship
The Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA) has announced the January 31, 2015 deadline for the IWEA Clean Water Scholarship.



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The National Toxicology Program to Conduct Further Tests on Chemicals in Elk River Spill
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) will conduct additional toxicity studies on the chemicals involved in the Elk River spill.



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EPA Releases Health Risk Assessment for Pesticide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an assessment for public comment on the potential for human health risk of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.



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January Designated as National Radon Action Month
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as national Radon Action Month, reminding everyone to test homes and schools for radon.



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Illinois Water Environment Association Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
The Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA) will host its 36th Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition at the iHotel in Champaign, Illinois, on February 23-25, 2015.



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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Challenges to EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear challenges about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants.



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Funding Announced for 50 New Climate Change Studies
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has announced that the Department of the Interior and the United States Geological Survey are awarding funding to 50 new research projects.



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Settlement with Natural Gas Extraction Company For Clean Water Act Violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced a settlement with XTO Energy, Inc. for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act during hydraulic fracturing operations.



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Air and Waste Management Association and EPA to Hold Webinar Series
The Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced the production of a new, four-part webinar series devoted to Condensable Particulate Matter (CPM).



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National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Receives Funding For Data Collection
In mid-December, Congress approved spending that contains $2.6 million for the implementation of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN).



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European Environmental Agency Releases Report on Air Quality in Europe
A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that air pollution is a main environmental health hazard in Europe.



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EPA Announces National Regulation for Safe Disposal of Coal Ash
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities final rule.



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2015 Arthur C. Stern Award Winner Announced
The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) has announced the winner of the 2015 Arthur C. Stern Award.



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International Desalination Association Announces Fellowship Program
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has extended the application deadline for its 2014-15 Fellowship Program to January 31, 2015.



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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to Utilize Advanced Emission Control Technology
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) have announced a pollution control agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.



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Water Educator Dr. Kenneth Kerri Died in Mid-December
Dr. Kenneth D. Kerri—founder of the Office of Water Programs, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Life Member, and Water Environment Federation (WEF) Fellow—has passed away.



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EPA Holding Three Public Hearings on Proposed Air Quality Standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold three public hearings on the proposed updates to National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, or smog.



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National Safety Council Releases Traffic Fatality Estimates for Holiday Periods
The National Safety Council (NSC) has released its traffic fatality estimates for the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holiday periods.



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EPA Announces Water Utilities Participating in Climate Ready Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance to help water utilities in more than 20 communities bolster their climate change readiness.



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Solid Waste Association of North America’s Executive Director and CEO Announces Retirement
John H. Skinner, Ph.D. has announced his retirement as the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Executive Director (ED) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).



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FBI Charges Former Company Executive for Fraud and Lying Under Oath
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has filed a criminal complaint against Gary Southern, former president of Freedom Industries, Inc., the company responsible for the Elk River chemical leak.



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EPA Announces Updated Draft for Flame Retardants in Electronic Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an updated draft of the report “Partnership to Evaluate Flame Retardants in Printed Circuit Boards” for public comment.



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Texas Commission of Environmental Quality Awarded $2.5 Million
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) $2.5 million to prevent and respond to petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks (UST).



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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Revises Rulemaking
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced that it has revised its Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) final rulemaking in order to impose more stringent requirements.



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EPA Cleanup of Asbestos at Libby Superfund Site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the release of health risk assessments for Libby Amphibole Asbestos (LAA) in the towns of Libby and Troy, Montana.



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