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Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:51:48 -0400


SUPERFUND: County fears EPA listing brings notoriety but no cleanup cash

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:51:48 -0400

SILVERTON, Colo. — After nearly 30 years of negotiations with U.S. EPA -- and then a 3-million-gallon gush of arsenic-laden sludge into a tributary of the Animas River -- San Juan County officials finally agreed last year to seek Superfund status for an area laden with former mines. But residents here worry their community has gained a stigma without getting the cleanup money they need.

PUBLIC LANDS: BLM paves way for contested hydro project near Joshua Tree

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:51:53 -0400

The Bureau of Land Management has given preliminary approval for a transmission line and water pipeline across federal lands needed to operate a hydroelectric project in the Southern California desert that is strongly opposed by some conservation groups.

WHITE HOUSE: Theories, rumors abound on FERC vacancies

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:51:56 -0400

Companies and lawmakers have been wondering what's taking the White House so long to fill three vacancies at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Q&A: Earl Devaney on blunt talk, thick skin and picking up trash

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:00 -0400

Earl Devaney has a way with words.

INTERIOR: Memo outlines exceptions to Trump's hiring freeze

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:03 -0400

The Interior Department has only partially thawed the hiring freeze imposed by President Trump.

DOE: Trump admin overhauls webpages for wind, vehicles

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:06 -0400

The Trump administration has removed language on the Department of Energy website that emphasized wind as an emissions-free replacement for fossil fuels.

DOE: Agency touts 'good governance' by withholding ARPA-E money

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:09 -0400

The Department of Energy said today it is "applying good governance principles" in response to a report that it is already starting to withhold funds for a major research program targeted for elimination by President Trump.

NUCLEAR: Perry could intervene in loan guarantee default — CRS

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:12 -0400

Energy Secretary Rick Perry could intervene should a group of Southern utilities default on $8.3 billion worth of federal loan guarantees underpinning the construction of new reactors in Georgia, according to a new report.

AUTOS: Calif. doesn't rule out emission standards talks with Trump

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:16 -0400

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration has not reached out to California to negotiate vehicle emissions standards, a top state official said yesterday, though she did not rule out the possibility of such talks taking place.

USDA: Some scientists say their work has been altered

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:19 -0400

Nearly 10 percent of scientists at the Agriculture Department say their research has been tampered with or altered by superiors "for reasons other than technical merit," according to a recent survey by the agency's inspector general.

OBITUARY: Former lawmaker — Md. governor's dad — dies at 88

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:21 -0400

Lawrence Hogan Sr., a fiery former lawmaker from Maryland who was the first Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee to call for President Nixon's impeachment, died yesterday at age 88.

FEDERAL AGENCIES: House Dem introduces bill to move jobs away from D.C.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:24 -0400

Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan is toying with the idea of moving federal agencies outside Washington.

CAMPAIGN 2018: Volcanologist runs for House seat as scientists protest

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:26 -0400

Volcano scientist Jess Phoenix announced a bid for Congress this week, part of a new trend of scientists entering politics.

ENERGY POLICY: Nevada senator vows focus on renewables

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:29 -0400

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto will introduce legislation aimed at motivating individuals and businesses to use renewable energy, she told reporters yesterday.

HYDROPOWER: Alaska dam project canceled after opposition

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:32 -0400

An Alaska utility canceled its study of a proposed hydroelectric dam yesterday after public opposition rose up in meetings this week.

HURRICANES: Normal season predicted as rare storm forms in April

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:35 -0400

The 2017 hurricane season looks like it will be close to normal, likely with fewer named storms than last year, according to most forecasters.

FISHERIES: Salmon farms move to open waters

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:37 -0400

A radical shift is taking place in the Atlantic salmon farming industry.

AUTOS: EPA asks court for time to review truck emission rules

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:40 -0400

U.S. EPA asked an appeals court yesterday to pause litigation over emission curbs for large trucks so it can review the industry request for rule changes.

AIR POLLUTION: Company to pay $1.3M for turned-off emission controls

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:42 -0400

A Seattle-based seafood company will pay $1.3 million in fines and undertake other remedies to make up for employees' decision to turn off generator emission controls at an Alaska processing plant, under a tentative settlement with federal regulators announced late yesterday.

MARINE MAMMALS: Alaska men involved in walrus deaths get probation

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:45 -0400

Four Alaskan men who shot several walruses without keeping the meat, starting stampedes that killed two dozen more animals, have been sentenced to probation, restitution and community service.

EPA: Agency could move from UNLV campus before lease expires

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:47 -0400

U.S. EPA may move its laboratories and other facilities off the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus sooner than its lease is up on the suggestion of the federal government.

GULF SPILL: Study values damage at $17.2B

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:50 -0400

The 2010 BP PLC oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused damage to beaches, animals, fish and coral worth $17.2 billion to the public, according to a new report that surveyed thousands of Americans.

WATER POLLUTION: Ohio pipeline crew spills 2M gallons of drilling mud

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:52 -0400

Two million gallons of drilling mud was dumped into Ohio wetlands by crews installing the Rover pipeline, according to a violations notice from Ohio EPA.

PESTICIDES: High levels linger in honeybee food stores

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:55 -0400

Pesticides can be found in the beebread — or food stores made from gathered pollen — of honeybee hives when they aren't in use at nearby farms, a study has found.

TEXAS: Senate panel advances pipeline CEO for parks, wildlife post

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:52:57 -0400

A Texas Senate committee narrowly approved Kelcy Warren, the billionaire pipeline CEO, to the state Parks and Wildlife Commission yesterday.

MASSACHUSETTS: Greens score governor as mediocre on environment

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:53:00 -0400

For the second year in a row, a coalition of environmental groups has given Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) a C rating.

CHINA: Government asks for NGO, media help after 2 cesspits found

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:53:02 -0400

Two untreated cesspits filled with hazardous industrial waste were discovered by activists in China this week, prompting officials to ask the country to work more closely with journalists and nongovernmental organizations to hold water polluters accountable.

NIGERIA: 30 soccer fans killed by falling electrical wire

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:53:05 -0400

At least 30 people died when a live electrical wire fell on a crowd watching a soccer match on TV in southern Nigeria yesterday.