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The Environmental Protection Agency is an independent agency of the U.S. government that coordinates programs that aim to reduce pollution and protect the environment.

California adds invasive-species prevention fee

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will levy a quagga and zebra mussel infestation prevention fee on state vessel registrations. The funds from the registration fee will go toward a grant program for the implementation and administration of dreissenid mussel infestation, inspection and prevention programs, according to the Recreational Boaters of…more

New York lake struggles with invasive species

Two years and $1.5 million later, efforts to rid a New York lake of a harmful invasive clam seem to have failed. With fast-breeding Asian clams now spreading in Lake George, the best hope is to keep their numbers in check — a costly fight that could last for years — and wait for a…more

Environmental group to mark Clean Water Act anniversary

Peconic Baykeeper will host a triple-play gathering for the press and the public Tuesday to honor the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. The group will announce the release of Baywatch 2012, addressing the extent of pollution in Long Island waters and unveil an important legal initiative, Peconic Baykeeper said in a statement. “Whether…more

Feds declare fishery disaster in the Northeast

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Thursday issued fishery disaster determinations in the Northeast. The declarations open the door for tens of millions of dollars in funds to relieve struggling fishermen and their ports, but the finding offered no immediate and certain assistance, according to The Gloucester Times. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s analysis…more

Cape Wind developer signs deal for Massachusetts marina

Cape Wind said it will purchase a Falmouth, Mass., marina to serve as the base of operations for its wind farm, the most powerful signal yet that the decade-long proposed wind farm is likely to be built. East Marine on Falmouth Harbor will serve as the maintenance hub for the 130 turbines once they are…more

EPA seeks dismissal of Cape Cod pollution lawsuit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by environmental groups that say the agency is not doing enough to protect Cape Cod’s coastal waters. The EPA said in its motion to dismiss filed Monday that the plaintiffs’ grievance is with the state and local agencies that oversee water-quality issues,…more

Minnesota dealer offers invasive-species removal

Minnesota Inboard Water Sports is partnering with the Christmas Lake Homeowners Association to provide an invasive species decontamination site for boaters using Lake Minnetonka, Lake Minnewashta, Christmas Lake and other lakes in the area. Minnesota Inboard established the decontamination service in Excelsior in an effort to stop the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive…more

Cape Cod wind farm gains FAA clearance

Cape Wind, the company that wants to build 130 large wind turbines off the coast of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, cleared its last bureaucratic hurdle Wednesday when the Federal Aviation Administration decided that the project poses no hazard to planes. The finding came after a court-required re-evaluation of possible safety hazards to planes and a Republican…more

NOAA names new chief hydrographer

After his promotion this week from captain to rear admiral, Gerd Glang was named director of the NOAA Office of Coast Survey and the nation’s chief hydrographer, responsible for the mapping and charting of all U.S. coastal waters. Glang will be responsible for overseeing NOAA’s hydrographic services, vital to the nation’s $1.9 trillion maritime economy.…more

NOAA reports July as hottest on record

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed that July was the hottest on record in the contiguous United States, causing massive fish kills across the country and uncontrollable wildfires that consumed 2 million acres. The drought expanded to cover 63 percent of the lower 48 states in July, according to NOAA data. The warm July…more

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