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Angry mothers meet EPA over concerns with Roundup herbicide
Monday, 02 June 2014 13:27

By Carey Gillam – Reuters – May 27, 2014

A group of mothers, scientists and environmentalists met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulators on Tuesday over concerns that residues of Roundup, the world's most popular herbicide, had been found in breast milk. The meeting near Washington D.C., followed a five-day phone call blitz of EPA offices by a group called "Moms Across America" demanding that the EPA pay attention to their demands for a recall of Roundup. Roundup is an herbicide developed and sold by Monsanto Co. since the 1970s, and used in agriculture and home lawns and gardens. The chief ingredient, glyphosate, is under a standard registration review by the EPA. The agency has set a deadline of 2015 for determining if glyphosate use should continue as is, be limited or halted. For full story, click here.

Research bill passes House panel with no Democratic support
Monday, 02 June 2014 13:23

By Katherine Ling – E&E Publishing, LLC – May 29, 2014

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee yesterday on a party-line vote approved a bill to reauthorize the National Science Foundation and other science research and education programs. H.R. 4186 would reauthorize NSF, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It would also support prizes as research incentive tools, set levels of funding at the directorate level for the first time, require additional "national interest" justification for grants and revise the process for public access to federally funded research papers and peer review for grants. For full story, click here.

EPA may ask drillers for info on chemicals in fracking
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 18:27

The Daily Record – May 11, 2014

The Obama administration began a process that may result in the first federal regulation of chemicals used in fracking, a drilling technique that has transformed energy production while eluding oversight sought by environmentalists. After three years of delay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it’s considering rules requiring oilfield service companies such as Halliburton Co. to send it details on the health and safety of the chemicals used. The agency said it may decide to stop short of rules, and use incentives or voluntary steps. For full story, click here.

EPA Announces $335k Available for Integrated Planning
Monday, 19 May 2014 14:05

EPA –  May 9, 2014

On May 9, 2014, EPA announced the availability of $335,000 in technical assistance for communities seeking technical support to develop and implement an integrated planning approach to meeting Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements for municipal wastewater and stormwater management. The primary purpose of the technical assistance is to help EPA develop practical examples of how to implement the different steps in developing an integrated plan in order to provide useful information to communities across the nation who are interested in integrated planning. To read more, click here.

The Great Graywater Debate
Monday, 05 May 2014 13:34

By Laura Martin – Water Online – April 11, 2014

Graywater — domestic wastewater not originated from toilets — constitutes up to 70 percent of total indoor wastewater generation, according to a recent Water Environmental Federation (WEF) report. Widespread nonpotable reuse of graywater could potentially lead to a significant reduction in water demand, and over 8 million people across the United States are already using graywater for landscape irrigation and other outdoor uses, according to the White Paper On Graywater by Bahman Sheikh. Yet most of the graywater reuse currently taking place is illegal. For full story, click here.

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