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7/17/2018

The new acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency echoed predecessor Scott Pruitt in his conviction that current regulations and standards amount to economy-damaging overkill. In an initial meeting with EPA employees, Andrew Wheeler said he would prioritize Superfund industrial waste sites and water infrastructure.

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Voice of America
7/17/2018

San Diego County residents will be able to access advice on how to deal with the erosion consequences from the West and Building fires at a new facility. The Erosion Control Center will also offer free sand, sandbags and other items to help stabilize and protect properties ahead of the rainy season.

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Times of San Diego
7/17/2018

A reservoir proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers designed to divert water from Florida's Lake Okeechobee linked to algae blooms has won backing from the White House. A funding request for the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to be included in the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.

7/17/2018

Detroit residents unused to flooding but who now face the possibility are looking for green solutions. The Detroit Greenways Coalition is educating neighborhoods on options that could absorb stormwater while also enhancing areas with greenery, such as bioswale.

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Michigan Radio
7/17/2018

Erosion severe enough to wash away stairs to the sand has forced officials to close access to the beach at Sea Oats Lane in Carolina Beach, N.C. The closure is indefinite, although federal beach renourishment set for winter or early spring should help.

7/17/2018

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has certified that East Liverpool has adequately addressed all the stormwater violations it was warned about in May. The city has applied for and been granted a Small MS4 permit.

7/17/2018

Nearly 9,000 feet of streams have been fouled by the failure of the builder of Virginia's Mountain Valley Pipeline to install and maintain erosion control, state regulators say. The builder has been given 10 days to respond to the allegations, which may lead to fines and repair mandates, although construction is being allowed to continue.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline
7/17/2018

A Chinese study used a computational process of soil water content and runoff prediction combining an analytical solution with numerical approaches to produce a flow model of unsaturated soils. Using three cases of rainfall intensity, the model yielded good agreement with both experimental results and other infiltration solutions.

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MDPI (Switzerland)
7/16/2018

A device powered by the sunlight in the desert is designed to extract water from the air. MIT researchers are working on the potable water solution using organic, three-dimensional frameworks built of metallic clusters that capture airborne water, much like a sponge.

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ASME
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MIT
7/16/2018

A near-infrared laser is the key to a new method to accurately target cancer cells in the body. Georgia Tech researchers say the device can be used to activate cancer-fighting T-cells precisely where they're needed.

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Georgia Tech