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Climate activists from coast to coast urge Pres. Biden to stop fossil fuel extraction in activist week

June 6, 2023  Climate activists, frontline leaders, and environmental justice organizations are joining together from June 8–11th for a national week of action to send a strong message to President Biden: no more fossil fuels. President Biden has the power right now, without Congress, to direct agencies to reject new fossil fuel projects and phase out federal fossil fuel production on public […]

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 Housing initiative will speed up creation of 3,000 new, carbon-neutral, affordable homes in NYC

 Housing initiative will speed up creation of 3,000 new, carbon-neutral, affordable homes in NYC This spring, Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams launched the Future Housing Initiative, a new partnership investing $15 million to fast-track the creation of 3,000 energy-efficient and all-electric affordable homes in New York City. The new effort is a significant step toward goals outlined in the state Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act — including reducing greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050 and delivering 35-40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments to disadvantaged communities — as well as the city’s green building goals under Local Law 97. “With the Future Housing Initiative, we’re taking a major step forward in our commitment to ensure a more sustainable, affordable, […]

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The EPA’s new environmental justice initiatives – like IRA funding – explained for California

From the Public Policy Institute of California May 14, 2023 Martha Guzman is the regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 9 office in San Francisco. She’s leading EPA efforts to protect public health and the environment for a region that includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the US Pacific Islands territories, and 148 tribal nations. We spoke with […]

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$3M EPA grant from Inflation Reduction Act for New Jersey

April, 2023 This spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Garden State will receive $3 million through a grant program established by the Inflation Reduction Act that was signed into law in August of 2023. “Now more than ever, it’s clear that we must confront the urgency of the worsening climate crisis by leveraging every resource and tool at our […]

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EOPA, A Network Of Thousands Of Elected Officials, Says Any Debt Ceiling Deal That Cuts IRA Climate Change Funding Must Be Rejected By The Administration

May 19, 2023 Elected Officials to Protect America is a network of thousands of current and former elected officials who care deeply about protecting the planet and people. EOPA is committed to solving the climate crisis, ensuring environmental justice, and protecting our lands, waters, and democracy. The following is the statement from EOPA on the debt ceiling: In our history, […]

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Atlantic City partners with offshore wind developer Orsted, local organizations for workforce development program

Posted May 02, 2023 Mayor Marty Small, Sr. joined representatives from Orsted, Rowan College of South Jersey and other local organizations to announce the launch of a  first-of-its-kind wind farm job readiness program. The workforce development program, called Wind Power Ready, recruits and trains individuals and Atlantic City and nearby areas to become wind farm technicians on Orsted projects. “The […]

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BOEM seeks public input on draft environmental analysis for proposed wind energy project offshore New Jersey  

05/15/2023 In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced the availability of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for two wind energy projects offshore New Jersey. If approved, the two projects could generate about 2,800 megawatts (MW) of electricity, enough to […]

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Dept. of Energy selected projects to demonstrate how solar, wind, and storage can protect and strengthen America’s power grid

May 11, 2023 WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $26 million for eight selected projects to demonstrate how solar, wind, storage, and other clean energy resources can support a reliable and efficient U.S. power grid. Funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the projects will deploy innovative clean energy technologies […]

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New Mexico’s law, SB 53, disregarded as Nuclear Regulatory Commission grants license to Holtec to store nuclear waste in state

New Mexico communities respond to Nuclear RegulatoryCommission license for Holtec   May 9, 2023 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been considering a proposal by Holtec International, a private U.S.-based company, to build a massive consolidated interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel on that patch of desert. It could eventually hold up to 100,000 metric tons of the material, storing […]

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$4 Billion available or clean port upgrades and clean heavy-duty vehicles to improve air quality and protect public health with IRA

EPA announces initial steps to invest new Inflation Reduction Act resources for zero-emission trucks and port upgrades to reduce pollution and advance environmental justice May 5, 2023 WASHINGTON –On May 5, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the initial steps in the development of programs that will invest $4 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act in our nation’s port […]

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Applications for First Year of $400M Competitive Grant Program to Reduce Truck Air Pollution at America’s Ports opens today

Reducing air pollution at ports is key for truck drivers, port workers, and surrounding communities May 3, 2023 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration today opened applications for the first round of a new $400 million grant program under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that focuses on port electrification and efficiency improvements. This program is one […]

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President Biden Signs Executive Order to revitalize USA commitment to environmental justice for all

April 21, 2023 During his first week in office, President Biden launched the most ambitious environmental justice agenda in our nation’s history. To continue delivering on that vision, today the President will sign an executive order further embedding environmental justice into the work of federal agencies to achieve real, measurable progress that communities can count on. On April 21, 2023 […]

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EPA’s proposed strongest-ever pollution standards for cars and trucks to accelerate clean-transportation future

Building on rapid advancements and investments in clean vehicle manufacturing, including investments in domestic manufacturing in the Inflation Reduction Act, EPA’s proposed standards would deliver on President Biden’s agenda to tackle the climate crisis April 12, 2023 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new proposed federal vehicle emissions standards that will accelerate the ongoing transition to a clean vehicles […]

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EPA announces $4 million for Washington to tackle climate pollution

Funds from EPA’s new Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Program were made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act April 6, 2023 Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $3 million to develop innovative strategies to cut climate pollution and build clean energy economies across Washington. Additionally, the Seattle metro area was allotted $1 million.  “This funding sends a clear message that everyone […]

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BOEM’s proposed reforms to modernize offshore wind regulation

March 23, 2023 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has unveiled a major effort to reform and reduce administrative burdens and developer costs while increasing flexibility. Since its establishment in 2010, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has been responsible for managing the development of energy activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The first OCS renewable energy […]