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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.

New Federal Report Highlights Job Creation and Economic Impact of Habitat Restoration and Conservation Efforts
Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00

Contact: K. Diane Hoskins – Restore America's Estuaries –  April 22, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a new economic analysis highlighting the impact of coastal and private lands restoration on local economies. The analysis, Restoration Returns: The Contribution of Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program Project to Local U.S. Economies, documents how federal investments in local restoration projects stimulate local economies by creating jobs, supporting local businesses, and supporting local tax revenues. Restore America’s Estuaries joins this announcement by releasing a highly visual executive summary of the analysis, Coastal Restoration Returns. For full press release, click here.

Keystone XL pipeline decision postponed by Obama administration
Monday, 28 April 2014 13:00

By Steven Mufson – The Washington Post – April 18, 2014

The Obama administration has — again — postponed a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline by giving eight different agencies more time to submit their views on whether the pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the Texas Gulf Coast would serve the national interest. The 90-day period for interagency comments was supposed to end May 7, but the State Department extended that deadline, citing “uncertainty” created by a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that could lead to changes in the pipeline route. For full story, click here.

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