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The Kansas chapter of the Sierra Club has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to step in and order Kansas to impose tighter controls on grass burning to protect air quality in the Flint Hills.

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A federal court has sided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and against environmental groups in a case the groups had hoped would hasten water clean-up efforts.

The Gulf Restoration Network and environmental groups from Mississippi River watershed states argued the EPA needs to enforce more specific water quality standards. But, on appeal, a U.S. District Court ruled the Clean Water Act leaves that authority to the states.

Iowa Environmental Council’s Susan Heathcote says that’s going to put more pressure on local efforts.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Federal regulators shut down more wastewater disposal wells in response to a record earthquake that hit northern Oklahoma and caused damage in Wichita over the weekend.

Oklahoma officials announced on Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency has shut down 17 wells in Osage County, in the northeastern part of the state.

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Thirteen states including Kansas are asking a federal appeals court to review the Environmental Protection Agency's recent regulations on the oil and gas industry.

The EPA made a final ruling on emission standards affecting new, reconstructed and modified oil and gas operations. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked for judicial review of one of the three new rules, specifically the rule that relates to regulating emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas.

National Resource Defense Council

A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says more than 5,000 public water systems—including 68 in Kansas—are in violation of EPA rules meant to protect the public from lead in the water they drink. But as Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson reports, that may be just the tip of the iceberg.

The NRDC’s Erik Olson says those are just the systems that have been flagged. Many others—like Flint, Michigan—don’t show up in the federal data base.

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Clean diesel technology is coming to some older school buses in the Maize School District.

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded $120,000 in rebates to the Maize district to retrofit or replace engines on six buses made before 2006.

The engine overhauls are needed because the EPA says many older diesel school buses pre-date new emission standards. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that are linked to numerous health problems, including asthma and lung damage.

Federal Court Puts Hold On 'Waters of the US' Rule

Oct 9, 2015
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Recent regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency that would extend the organization’s power to protect water resources have been put on hold. A number of states, including Kansas, have asked the EPA to reconsider the new rules.

The "waters of the U.S." rules were announced back in May. They would significantly broaden the definition of what water sources the federal government can deem protected from pollution and development. The EPA says the regulations are necessary to ensure clean drinking water.

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A new environmentally friendly stormwater demonstration and training project is coming to Kansas State University.

Faculty and students at Kansas State will create “living laboratories” to monitor wet weather runoff at two campus sites… the rain garden at the university's International Student Center and a meadow near the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

The idea is to treat stormwater as a resource rather than a waste.

This “green infrastructure” project will use vegetation, soils, and natural processes to create sustainable stormwater management.

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Some Midwest farmers are cheering a legal ruling that delays new water pollution rules. As Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports, the regulations had been slated to go into effect on Friday.

The rules give the EPA power to regulate some streams and tributaries under the Clean Water Act. A federal judge issued an injunction, which will put the rules on pause in thirteen states…including Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and North and South Dakota.

Sean Sandefur

Energy experts say that alongside wheat, cattle and basketball, one of Kansas’ top commodities is a strong breeze.

To date, billions of dollars have been spent on wind turbines throughout the state, and there are more are coming online each year. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the turbines could help with compliance of strict new carbon regulations announced earlier this month.

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