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VA, HUD AND JON BON JOVI ANNOUNCE 'PROJECT REACH' GRAND PRIZE WINNER

HUD Updates - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the winner of a mobile application competition designed to make local assistance resources accessible to people helping homeless Veterans and others in need. The winner of the $25,000 prize was Reston, Va.-based Qbase, which developed 'Homeless REACH.' VA's Center for Innovation (VACI) sponsored the competition, called Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and Homeless), in collaboration with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services.

HUD SETTLES DISCRIMINATION CLAIM WITH COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE AND HOME SELLER

HUD Updates - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today a $90,000 Conciliation Agreement with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and the seller of a home in Worcester, Massachusetts, settling allegations they violated the Fair Housing Act by preventing the sale of a house to be used as a group home for persons with disabilities. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in rental or sales transactions based on disability, including preventing a home sale because the home is going to be used by persons with disabilities.

DONOVAN ANNOUNCES EXPANDED EFFORTS TO HELP HOMEOWNERS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

HUD Updates - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - In an effort to expand relief to homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, who also chairs the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, today announced a series of additional measures to allow families to get back on their feet without having to face the prospect of foreclosure.

EPA Settles Hazardous Waste Cleanup Costs at Site of Former Dry Cleaner in Nelsonia

Hazardous Waste - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 20:44
PHILADELPHIA (April 11, 2013) Jay-Cee Cleaners, a former dry cleaning business at 16163 Lankford Highway in Nelsonia, Accomack County, Va., and its former owner John L. Darby, have agreed to reimburse the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for costs the agency incurred while responding to the release of hazardous substances once used at the site. Mr. Darby has also agreed to resolve his failure to comply with EPA’s information gathering efforts by paying a penalty

HUD ALLOCATES $21 MILLION TO HELP TENNESSEE COMMUNITIES TO RECOVER FROM SEVERE STORMS AND FLOODING IN 2011

HUD Updates - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 09:33
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today allocated more than $21 million to help to the State of Tennessee and Shelby County recover from severe storms in 2011. These grants, part of $514 million allocated among nine states nationwide, are provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of 'unmet need.'

HUD ALLOCATES $47 MILLION TO HELP PENNSYLVANIA COMMUNITIES TO RECOVER FROM HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM LEE IN 2011

HUD Updates - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 09:33
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today allocated more than $47 million throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to help local communities to recover from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in the summer of 2011. These grants, part of $514 million allocated among nine states nationwide, are provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of 'unmet need.'

HUD ALLOCATES NEARLY $107 MILLION TO HELP LOUISIANA COMMUNITIES TO RECOVER FROM HURRICANE ISAAC

HUD Updates - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 09:33
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today allocated nearly $107 million throughout the State of Louisiana to help local communities to recover from Hurricane Isaac last year. These grants, part of $514 million allocated among nine states nationwide, are provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of 'unmet need.'

HUD ALLOCATES $41.6 MILLION TO HELP NORTH DAKOTA COMMUNITIES TO RECOVER FROM 2011 FLOODS

HUD Updates - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 09:33
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today allocated $41.6 million throughout the State of North Dakota to help local communities to recover from severe flooding in 2011. These grants, part of $514 million allocated among nine states nationwide, are provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of 'unmet need.'

EPA To Hold Second Budget Call Due to Earlier Technical Difficulties

Hazardous Waste - Wed, 04/10/2013 - 19:23
WASHINGTON – Due to technical difficulties on the 2 p.m. call, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduling another call for credentialed reporters to ask questions about President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget for EPA, at 3:15 p.m. EST today, Wednesday. Members of the media interested in participating should dial in ten minutes prior to the beginning of the call at (877) 317-0679 and give the conference ID number 35962514

EPA’s FY 2014 Budget Proposal Maintains the Strength of Federal, State, and Tribal Core Environmental and Human Health Protections/FY 2014 Request Focuses on Transforming the Way EPA Does Business

Hazardous Waste - Wed, 04/10/2013 - 17:33
WASHINGTON – Today the Obama Administration proposed a Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014) budget of $8.153 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This request is $296 million below the EPA’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012

DONOVAN ANNOUNCES HUD'S 2014 BUDGET

HUD Updates - Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today released details of the Obama Administration's proposed Fiscal Year 2014 HUD Budget, a plan that seeks to protect the rental housing and homeless assistance for millions of extremely poor Americans while increasing investments in key initiatives to serve some of the nation's most distressed neighborhoods.

Dudley, Mass. Packaging Plant to Pay Nearly $485K Penalty for Environmental Violations

Hazardous Waste - Mon, 04/08/2013 - 20:01
(Boston, Mass. – April 8, 2013) – A packaging company has agreed to pay $484,900 in penalties to settle EPA claims that it violated numerous federal and state environmental regulations at its liquid and aerosol packaging facility in Dudley, Mass. According to EPA’s complaint, filed in Sept. 2012, Shield Packaging Company, Inc

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RELEASES MARCH HOUSING SCORECARD

HUD Updates - Fri, 04/05/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the March edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard - a comprehensive report on the nation's housing market. The latest data shows important progress across many key indicators-as home prices continue to show strong annual gains and purchases of new homes and sales of existing homes sustained their upward trajectory-although officials caution that the overall recovery remains fragile.The full Housing Scorecard is available online at www.hud.gov/scorecard.

HUD KICKS OFF FAIR HOUSING MONTH WITH LAUNCH OF NATIONAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

HUD Updates - Wed, 04/03/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) today launched a national media campaign to educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. The campaign, titled 'Fair Housing Is Your Right. Use It,' includes English, Spanish, and Chinese radio and print public service advertisements (PSAs) that feature examples of actions which violate the Fair Housing Act and let the public know what to do if they experience housing discrimination. In addition to radio and print public service announcements, the campaign will use the latest digital and social me-dia to amplify the outreach effort.

HUD ANNOUNCES STEPS TO HELP END AVOIDABLE RADON-INDUCED LUNG CANCER DEATHS IN HOUSING

HUD Updates - Wed, 04/03/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has taken significant steps towards eliminating radon exposure in renter-occupied homes by issuing two new policies that will incorporate radon testing and mitigation into HUD programs to help prevent some of the estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths radon causes in the United States every year.

Collis Inc to Pay $31,379 Civil Penalty for Hazardous Waste Violations in Clinton, Iowa

Hazardous Waste - Tue, 04/02/2013 - 16:42
Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., April 2, 2013) - Collis Inc, a manufacturer of metal racks and shelving brackets for refrigerators, has agreed to pay a $31,379 administrative civil penalty to settle several Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations in Clinton, Iowa

U.S. Air Force 611th Air Support Group Closes Banned Motor Vehicle Waste Wells at Three Alaska Sites

Hazardous Waste - Mon, 04/01/2013 - 22:10
(Seattle—April 1, 2013) The U.S. Air Force 611th Air Support Group operating out of Alaska has closed four motor vehicle waste disposal wells that violated federal laws that protect the nation’s sources of drinking water, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Air Force used these wells to dispose of fluids generated in the maintenance shops at several sites across the state

HUD ALLOCATES NEARLY $18 MILLION TO HELP VERMONT TO RECOVER FROM HURRICANE IRENE IN 2011

HUD Updates - Wed, 03/27/2013 - 12:07
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today allocated nearly $18 million to the State of Vermont to help local communities to recover from the lingering effects of Hurricane Irene in the summer of 2011. This grant, part of $514 million allocated among nine states nationwide, is provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of 'unmet need.'

Federal Court Approves Settlement of Environmental Claims Against Weylchem US, Inc. Facilities in Elgin and Lugoff, South Carolina

Hazardous Waste - Tue, 03/26/2013 - 04:00
COLUMBIA – U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that United States District Court Judge Cameron Currie approved a consent decree with Weylchem US, Inc. to resolve alleged violations of federal and state air, water, and solid waste pollution laws at Weylchem’s specialty chemical manufacturing facility in Elgin and its wastewater treatment plant in Lugoff

Spray Products Corp. Settles Hazardous Waste Violations at Montgomery County, Pa. Facility

Hazardous Waste - Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:49
PHILADELPHIA (March 25, 2013) -- Spray Products Corp. has agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its manufacturing facility in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. EPA cited Spray Products for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste
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