Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

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EPA bill amendment threatens Chesapeake cleanup

Amendment to EPA funding bill would strip agency of power to enforce Chesapeake cleanup plan

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun & Congress.gov

A bill to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal programs would strip the agency of its power to enforce a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, under a provision Congress approved Friday. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said stripping EPA of the authority would threaten the viability of an agreement that was reached by consensus and is working. A final decision is months off, and the Senate will have a chance to weigh in.

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Vermont asks court to approve PFOA deal

NPR, Vermont.gov & Union Leader

Vermont has asked the Bennington Superior Court to approve the agreement that it reached with Saint-Gobain over water that's contaminated with the chemical PFOA. Gov. Phil Scott announced the agreement in July, with six people opposing the deal during a 30-day comment epriod. Meanwhile, in Bedford, local lawmakers are urging Saint-Gobain to connect more than 100 properties to municipal water from Manchester Water Works.

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East Coast threatened by more frequent flooding

Phys.org

More frequent flooding is what the future holds for the East Coast, according to a recent study by the Universities of Bonn, South Florida, and Rhode Island. According to the researchers, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are most at risk. The findings pointed not to rainfall from hurricanes, but to sunny-day "nuisance flooding."

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