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EPA: No changes to federal lead water rule until next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency’s top water regulator said Wednesday that officials are working urgently to strengthen a federal rule limiting lead and copper in drinking water — a key focus in the ongoing lead-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. But Joel Beauvais, acting chief of the EPA’s water office, said proposed changes will not be released until next ...

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Washington State Senate passes oil train safety bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state Senate passed a measure Monday night to improve the safety of oil transportation, one of two competing bills that deal with the increasing shipments of crude oil through the state. Senate Bill 5057, sponsored by Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, passed 26-23 after extended debate. The House passed a competing bill last week. “This ...

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Editorial: Dig deeper into Enbridge pipeline with impact statement

“Everybody is concerned about the safety of their communities, and Enbridge is, too. We definitely want to work with communities so they feel safe with the pipeline and understand that Enbridge is working to protect that community.” –Becky Haase, Enbridge spokeswoman Janesville Councilman Jim Farrell is right. The state Department of Natural Resources should back up and do an environmental ...

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Marcellus info to be provided by online tool


A new online mapping tool promises to make it simpler for residents in areas with Marcellus Shale activity to see facilities near them, report pollution incidents and file complaints about site activity. It will also help ensure accountability for the state agencies responsible for rectifying mishaps, developers of the digital mapping system said. The newly unveiled shale infrastructure map from ...

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Shale gas report due date debate

ALBANY — The end-of-the-year due date for the completion of the Health Department’s report on the potential impacts of hydrofracking isn’t Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deadline. Clarifying what the governor said in last week’s gubernatorial debate, his office on Tuesday said that acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker was the one who determined the timeline for the submission of his agency’s work ...

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