epa http://kvpr.org en Valley Air District Celebrates Cleanup Milestone, More Work Remains http://kvpr.org/post/valley-air-district-celebrates-cleanup-milestone-more-work-remains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the decades-long effort to clean up the San Joaquin Valley's notoriously poor air, 2013 might be a milestone. For the first time, the air basin had zero violations of the hourly federal ozone standard. &nbsp;</span></p><p>That news prompted the governing board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to vote Thursday to formally request that the EPA lift a required a $29 million annual penalty.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:35:57 +0000 Joe Moore 24522 at http://kvpr.org Valley Air District Celebrates Cleanup Milestone, More Work Remains Bill To Move Drinking Water Program Has Governor's Support http://kvpr.org/post/bill-move-drinking-water-program-has-governors-support <div><p>A California Senate Committee will hear a bill Monday that would move the state’s Safe Drinking Water program away from the Department of Public Health. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the department has come under fire for failing to distribute money to communities that need it.</p></div><p>The Department of Public Health has been criticized by both the EPA and some lawmakers for failing to distribute nearly a half billion dollars to communities for clean drinking water.</p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 01:07:12 +0000 Amy Quinton 19815 at http://kvpr.org Bill To Move Drinking Water Program Has Governor's Support Department of Public Health to Distribute Unspent Clean Water Money http://kvpr.org/post/department-public-health-distribute-unspent-clean-water-money <p>The California Department of Public Health released its plan today on how it intends to use some $455 million in unspent federal funds that are supposed to go to pay to clean drinking water programs.</p><p>The agency was the subject of a highly critical report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in April over the failure to spend the federal funds.</p><p>The Department of Public Health plans to distribute $84 million from that fund to local water agencies by the end of the week, and nearly $200 million in the next fiscal year.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:00:05 +0000 Joe Moore 17296 at http://kvpr.org Department of Public Health to Distribute Unspent Clean Water Money California in Violation Of Safe Drinking Water Act http://kvpr.org/post/california-violation-safe-drinking-water-act <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says California is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.</p><p>The federal government has provided the state one-point-five billion dollars to make loans and grants to water systems across the state. But since October 2012, about a half billion dollars remains unspent.</p><p>EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld says in many cases the money has been committed, but the projects are not “shovel-ready”. As a result, other communities’ drinking water needs remain unmet.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:05:58 +0000 Amy Quinton 13968 at http://kvpr.org California in Violation Of Safe Drinking Water Act