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Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:24 -0500


INAUGURATION: Trump takes reins, lays out energy plan

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:24 -0500

President Trump painted a grim portrait of the United States today during his inaugural speech as he pledged to "start winning again" and insisted, "I will never, ever let you down."

CLIMATE: Dusting for Trump fingerprints on agency websites

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:26 -0500

As President Trump placed his hand on Lincoln's Bible today, activists convened on the West Coast for a workshop on political action to sustain access to essential climate data.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER: Exiting Obama hamstrings hot-button flood project

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:28 -0500

The Army Corps of Engineers won't proceed with a contentious Mississippi River flood-control project unless it can mitigate its potential environmental damage under an interagency agreement released late yesterday by the outgoing Obama administration.

TRANSMISSION: BLM approves massive project's route despite Idaho objections

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:29 -0500

The outgoing Obama administration announced today it formally approved routing the final two stages of a massive Wyoming-to-Idaho power line project mostly outside the boundaries of a federal raptor sanctuary and across more private property and greater sage grouse habitat than critics say is necessary.

WHITE HOUSE: Obama's farewell: 'You made me a better man'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:30 -0500

Outgoing President Obama has penned his final farewells to the public via social media.

CONGRESS: Senate Democrats somberly attend inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:32 -0500

Somber Senate Democrats sought to put aside bitter policy fights and political skirmishing for another day, as they headed into the swearing-in of Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States this morning, choosing to emphasize respect, comity and tradition for the democratic process.

ADVOCACY: Climate activists block inaugural gate for hours

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:34 -0500

As President Trump was taking the oath of office today, a contingent of climate activists were barricading one of the main entry gates to the inauguration. Chanting and waving signs, the demonstrators blocked the gate for about four hours.

LAW: Clean Water Act guru, WOTUS defender retiring

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:36 -0500

As President Trump rolls down Pennsylvania Avenue today toward the White House, the government's foremost expert and defender of the Clean Water Act is heading for the exit.

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Trump Treasury pick backs wind credit — for now

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:37 -0500

Treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin voiced support yesterday for keeping the federal tax credit for wind intact during the first several years of the Trump administration.

Q&A: Clinton confidante Granholm isn't moving to Canada

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:38 -0500

Die-hard Hillary Clinton supporter Jennifer Granholm helped lay the plans for an administration that never happened.

FORESTRY: Pruitt 'very concerned' about sustainable lumber policy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:39 -0500

The federal government may look to loosen restrictions on where it buys lumber, ending a conflict over which sustainable forestry programs it favors.

CLIMATE: Gore pushes action at Sundance documentary premiere

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:41 -0500

Former Vice President Al Gore called for a continued push on climate change yesterday at the premiere of his new documentary, which opened this year's Sundance Film Festival.

FISH AND WILDLIFE: Ashe goes to zoo, aquarium group; Kurth named acting chief

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:43 -0500

Dan Ashe is headed to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, after more than five years of directing the Fish and Wildlife Service through periods of controversy, budget cuts and landmark decisions.

COAL: Pizarchik laments 'pure propaganda' against Obama regs

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:45 -0500

Joe Pizarchik heads back home to Pennsylvania this week as the longest-serving director ever at the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

BLM: Kornze urges staff to keep engaged despite 'pendulum' swings

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:46 -0500

Neil Kornze, who yesterday ended more than two years as director of the Bureau of Land Management, told the agency's staff in a farewell email that they have much to be proud of, and he urged them to "continue to tackle the nation's most exciting and complicated natural resource issues."

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Battle over Ore. lands winds down, for now

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:47 -0500

The battle over new national monuments in Oregon seems to be winding down.

WILDLIFE: Conservation groups sue feds over farming in waterfowl refuge

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:48 -0500

Three environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that a plan for five southern Oregon and Northern California wildlife refuges does not sufficiently protect or restore critical habitat for tens of thousands of migrating waterfowl.

WILDLIFE: Circus shutdown raises concern for animals' future

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:49 -0500

The largest circus company in the nation will strike its tents this spring, leaving dozens of animals in limbo.

SCIENCE: Researchers enter dome to simulate living on Mars

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:50 -0500

Six scientists will live in a dome on a remote Hawaii volcano for a NASA study on human behavior designed to help the agency plan for trips to Mars.

OBITUARY: Woman who battled river development dies at 94

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:52 -0500

A Texan woman who halted development along a Houston river in the 1960s and kick-started the city's environmental movement has died.

AIR POLLUTION: EPA offers 2-pronged legal attack on MACT rule critics

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:53 -0500

U.S. EPA sought yesterday to fend off a two-sided attack on its emission standards for brick and ceramic manufacturers, arguing in a newly filed court brief that the new limits are strong enough to satisfy public health requirements, yet not skewed against industry.

YELLOWSTONE: Jail time, fines for pranksters who trespassed on hot spring

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:54 -0500

Three Canadians accused of walking on an ecologically fragile hot spring yesterday pleaded guilty.

WILDLIFE: Forest Service, Idaho illegally collected environmental data

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:55 -0500

A judge yesterday ordered the state of Idaho to destroy data collected illegally from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves.

WATER POLLUTION: Reclamation settles over Columbia River oil discharges

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:56 -0500

The Bureau of Reclamation yesterday settled allegations over pollution in the Columbia River by obtaining a pollution permit.

PUBLIC LANDS: Man admits making meth after BLM rangers find waste

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:57 -0500

A caretaker of a Montana ranch admitted to making methamphetamine but denied throwing from a truck and onto public land a backpack with a bottle actively cooking the substance.

PIPELINES: PHMSA rules to speed up spill-response time

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:58 -0500

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Wednesday issued a rule to boost pipeline safety by improving notification-response time after a spill.

EPA: Deputy looks to next generation of environmental leaders

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:22:59 -0500

Stan Meiburg, U.S. EPA's acting deputy administrator, had his retirement party last week. His second one.

EPA: Exiting enforcement chief defends 'new generation' strategy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:23:00 -0500

U.S. EPA enforcement chief Cynthia Giles has been there from the beginning of the Obama administration.

AIR POLLUTION: EPA delays Del. ozone compliance petition response

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:23:01 -0500

U.S. EPA is giving itself another six months to address Delaware's complaint that a coal-fired power plant in southwestern Pennsylvania is contributing to ozone compliance problems.

COLORADO RIVER: Ariz. cities could face severe cuts without deal — report

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:23:03 -0500

Central Arizona cities and their suburbs will be hit hardest if Lake Mead water levels continue to fall, according to a new report from Western Resource Advocates.

GULF OF MEXICO: Feds attempt to stem leaking La. pipeline

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:23:04 -0500

Natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons are leaking into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, according to federal regulators.

CHEMICALS: EPA limits companies' ability to keep trade secrets

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:23:05 -0500

U.S. EPA rejiggered its chemical reporting guidelines yesterday, forcing manufacturers to provide justification when they request that information on certain compounds be kept secret.

CHEMICALS: Legacy of pesticide testing taints Apache reservation

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:23:06 -0500

The San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona continues to struggle against the aftereffects of a decades-long pesticide spraying regime fronted by the U.S. government from 1961 until 1972.

OREGON: Study finds gaps in DEQ transparency

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:23:07 -0500

Transparency is a problem at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, according to a new Portland State University study.

TEXAS: San Antonio joins endangered species habitat plan

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:23:07 -0500

San Antonio plans to join a plan to allow the destruction of habitat used by endangered species in Bexar County, Texas, while working to preserve more land in other areas.

ITALY: Crews rescue 6 people buried in avalanche

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:23:08 -0500

Six people have been found alive under the avalanche that covered an Italian hotel about two days ago, according to officials.