South Carolina Man Sentenced For Knowing Endangerment by Release of Asbestos
The United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of the federal court in Spartanburg, South Carolina, sentenced Scott William Farmer for Knowing Endangerment by Release of Asbestos.



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Three New Publications Released by WEF
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has announced the release of three new publications.



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Dates for Variable Speed Drives 4-Part Webinar Series Now Available
The Hydraulic Institute (HI) has announced the dates for Variable Speed Drives (VSD), a 4-part webinar series led by industry professionals.



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Land Conservation Council Has Voted to Include Additional Parcel in Florida Conservation Project
The Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) has voted to include Bond Ranch, a 650-acre parcel in Florida, in the Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods Florida Forever Project.



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EPA Announces Winners of Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the winners of the Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards.



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ACEEE Presents Three Champions of Energy Efficiency Awards
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards for 2014.



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Duke Energy Plant Contaminates Ohio River with Fuel Oil
On August 18, 2014, an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Ohio River from Duke Energy’s W. C. Beckjord power plant in Richmond, Ohio, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati.



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Air Quality Index Brochure Updated
In order to help the public understand air quality, the AirNow system has provided a link to the updated Air Quality Index (AQI) Brochure: A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health.



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Kellogg Co. Requiring Suppliers to Reduce GHG Emissions
The Kellogg Company—known for food products like Corn Flakes, Pringles, Keebler cookies, and others—will require that key suppliers measure and publicly disclose greenhouse gas outputs.



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NGWA Announces Award Winners for 2014
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) has announced the winners of its 2014 awards, which will be presented at the NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, December 9-11, 2014.



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Six Students Awarded Scholarships from AWRA Memorial Fund
The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) has announced that six students have been awarded scholarship funds from the Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Fund.



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Pennsylvania DEP Criticized for Too Lenient Smog Control Proposal
The Independent Regulatory Review Commission has advised the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that its plan for smog control is unlikely to be accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because it is “too lax.”



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Bill Clinton to Give Opening Keynote Address at WEEC 2014
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) has announced that its Keynote Speaker for the 37th World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC)—taking place October 1-3, 2014, in Washington, DC—will be former President Bill Clinton.



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Lake Erie Algae Blooms Result in State of Emergency Water Ban
On August 2, 2014, Ohio Governor John Kasich declared a state of emergency after chemists detected the toxin microcystin in Toledo’s Collins Park Water Treatment Plant, which is responsible for the water of Toledo, Ohio



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WEF Announces 2014 WEF Fellows
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced twelve members as 2014 WEF Fellows, who will be recognized during WEFTEC® 2014.



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EPA Solicits Comments on Detailed Approach Document Relating to Lead Paint
In an effort to determine if renovation, repair, and painting activities in public and commercial buildings (P&CBs) create a lead-based paint hazard, the EPA is seeking public comment on its “Approach for Estimating Exposures and Incremental Health Effects from Lead Due to Renovation Repair and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings.”



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City of Raleigh Utilities Department Recognized by Partnership for Safe Water
The Partnership for Safe Water has awarded the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department the “Directors Award of Recognition.”



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Range Resources Issued Violation Notice for Leaking Fracking Wastewater
An article by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Range Resources, owner of nine impoundments in Washington County, Pennsylvania, was issued a violation notice from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for contaminating soil and groundwater.



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EPA and IECA Host Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference
Hosted by the EPA Region 4 and the Southeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One, the Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 18-19, 2014.



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DEP Report Blames Marcellus Shale Well Site Explosion on Improper Supervision
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had concluded that the February 11, 2014 explosion and fatal fire on a Marcellus Shale well site in Greene County, Pennsylvania, was probably caused by an inexperienced gas worker.



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ANSI/NGWA Water Well Construction Standard
The ANSI/NGWA-01-14 Water Well Construction Standard is available to order through the National Ground Water Association’s online bookstore.



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APWA 2014 International Public Works Congress & Expo Will Take Place in Canada
The American Public Works Association (APWA) International Public Works Congress & Exposition will be taking place August 17-20, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Stormwater Summit and Sustainability Conference will be held concurrently with the Congress & Expo.



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Grace Bochenek Appointed as Director of National Energy Technology Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that Grace Bochenek has been named the director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).



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