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Apr. 3, 2014

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EPA proposes more protections for streams, wetlands
The Washington Post via The Virginian-Pilot
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule that would give the federal government regulatory authority over millions of acres of wetlands and roughly 2 million miles of streams. The proposal, which is subject to a 90-day comment period slated to begin in a few weeks, would lead to stricter pollution controls on some of these areas and aims to resolve a long-running legal battle over how to apply the Clean Water Act to the nation's intermittent and ephemeral streams and wetlands.More

Experimental Lakes Area research station officially saved
CBC News
A unique freshwater research station in northwestern Ontario that the federal government planned to shut down has officially been saved. Research at the Experimental Lakes Area will continue in the 2014 field season under agreements transferring the facility from the federal government to the Ontario government and the Winnipeg-based non-profit International Institute for Sustainable Development, the groups announced recently.More

IPCC report: Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind
The Guardian
A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood. The report from the UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that climate change was already having effects in real time — melting sea ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic, killing off coral reefs in the oceans, and leading to heat waves, heavy rains and mega-disasters.More

Rob Harrington joins CSI
Compliance Services International
Compliance Services International is pleased to announce the addition of Rob Harrington, Ph.D., D.A.B.T. as Principal Consultant. Rob will provide consulting services on various CSI regulatory initiatives.More

States target toxic chemicals as Washington fails to act
The Center for Public Integrity
In state capitols from Maine to Oregon, environmental advocates are filing bills to identify and ban noxious chemicals and industry groups are fighting back with pointed rebukes and high-pitched lobbying. Toxic reform legislation is either breathing with new life or being extinguished altogether. More

3 surprising sources of oil pollution in the ocean
National Geographic
Of the tens of millions of gallons of oil that enter North American oceans each year due to human activities, only 8 percent comes from tanker or oil pipeline spills, according to the 2003 book Oil in the Sea III by the U.S. National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. Three little-reported sources of oil contribute to oil pollution in North American oceans.More

Chemicals take various routes to Great Lakes
Environmental Health News
Scientists discovered that Toronto exports polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, to Lake Ontario mostly through the air. But its flame retardants and combustion pollutants reach the lake through tributaries. The different routes are important to understand because they could help regulators determine where specific chemicals come from, and the tributary findings inform scientists searching for routes of emerging contaminants. More

How the ocean reins in global warming
MIT News
MIT scientists show how a better understanding of ocean heat uptake can improve long-term climate predictions.More

Extreme precipitation closes beaches, may endanger human health
Great Lakes Echo
A new study by the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan suggests that extreme precipitation is linked to the need for beach closures. Due to runoff from agriculture caused by intense precipitation, officials may close beaches because of bacteria such as E. coli in the water that may harm people through water-borne illnesses.More