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Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:12 -0400


INTERIOR: Inside the Trump admin's favorite conservation coalition

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:12 -0400

A little-known consortium of sportsmen's groups is poised to wield considerable influence in the Interior Department in the coming years.

KEYSTONE XL: Trump approves 'incredible' pipeline as greens prep lawsuit

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:15 -0400

President Trump announced federal approval for the Keystone XL oil pipeline this morning and signaled he will push Nebraska to grant the last permit TransCanada Corp. needs to finish the deeply controversial project to connect Canadian oil sands crude with Gulf Coast refineries.

POLITICS: Is Pruitt eyeing Inhofe's Senate seat?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:17 -0400

U.S. EPA boss Scott Pruitt has been on the job only a little over a month, but rumors about his political plans are already swirling.

Q&A: Carol Browner on bees, 'czars,' stale popcorn

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:19 -0400

Carol Browner is an aspiring beekeeper.

EPA: Bush-era air chief may return under Trump

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:22 -0400

Bill Wehrum, whose nomination to be U.S. EPA's top air official was blocked during the George W. Bush administration, may get another shot at the job.

EPA: Beachhead member joins agency's legal team

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:23 -0400

Justin Schwab, a member of President Trump's beachhead team for U.S. EPA, is now a senior attorney for the agency.

PUBLIC LANDS: Senator says BLM should move West

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:25 -0400

The Bureau of Land Management should move to Colorado to be closer to the areas it manages, says Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

CLIMATE: Skeptics urge grass-roots activism targeting CO2 finding

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:27 -0400

The most important message to send the Trump administration and Capitol Hill right now: The 2009 finding that carbon dioxide endangers public health "must go."

REGULATIONS: Enviro law group releases blueprint for life under Trump

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:28 -0400

The Environmental Law Institute has released a guide for navigating the Trump administration and Congress' deregulatory push.

CAMPAIGN 2017: GOP super PAC doubles ad spending in Georgia special

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:30 -0400

The Congressional Leadership Fund is doubling down on its opposition to Jon Ossoff, the leading Democrat in a special House election in Georgia.

NATURAL RESOURCES: Interior to repeal Obama fossil fuel royalty rule

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:32 -0400

The Interior Department is working on repealing Obama-era changes to how coal, oil and natural gas are valued to calculate federal royalties.

MINING: Labor Dept. moves to delay Obama-era safety rule

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:33 -0400

The Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today it wanted to delay new examination requirements at non-coal mines.

WILDFIRES: In Colo., fire season is now a yearlong problem

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:35 -0400

When the grass fire was first spotted in a vacant field early Sunday morning in Boulder County, Colo., it didn't come as much of a surprise to state and local fire officials, who quickly mobilized hundreds of firefighters to battle the blaze.

POLLINATORS: Group disputes USDA claims of improved bee colony health

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:37 -0400

Honeybees in the United States aren't getting any healthier, despite a Department of Agriculture report that showed 115,000 more honey-producing colonies in 2016, a pollinator protection group said today.

COAL: W.Va. officials investigating slurry leak

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:39 -0400

Officials in West Virginia are investigating a coal slurry leak into a stream in Boone County.

YELLOWSTONE: More than 1.2K bison killed this winter — park

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:41 -0400

More than 1,200 bison were killed this winter in Yellowstone National Park.

COAL ASH: U.S. imports ash even as domestic utilities produce it

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:43 -0400

Massive containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India come to the United States through the Port of Virginia. Companies use it in road projects, concrete and wallboard.

HAZARDOUS WASTE: Judges want more info on standing in recycling case

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:44 -0400

Federal judges this week asked for more information on whether industry litigants have legal standing to challenge U.S. EPA's 2015 hazardous waste recycling rule.

AUTOS: Industry drops lawsuit to reconsider standards

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:45 -0400

Automakers have dropped their lawsuit to make U.S. EPA reconsider lowering emissions and mileage requirements.

PEOPLE: Top industry climate litigator lands new corporate gig

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:48 -0400

Roger Martella, a former U.S. EPA attorney who helped lead the legal fight against the Obama administration's signature climate rule, is leaving his law firm for a corporate job.

SCIENCE: Harvard researchers to launch geoengineering experiment

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:50 -0400

Harvard University scientists are planning an experiment to test aspects of geoengineering, a method of artificially cooling the climate by purposely altering the atmosphere and natural ecosystems.

BUSINESS: Chevron chief acknowledges warming, dismisses renewables

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:52 -0400

John Watson, the CEO of Chevron Corp., said climate change is real and should be addressed, but downplayed any scientific consensus about the issue.

OIL AND GAS: Drilled wells sit untapped in Permian shale boom

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:54 -0400

The U.S. shale drilling rate has reached an 18-month high, but the spike has left a record number of unfinished wells in the country's largest oil field, the Permian Basin in West Texas.

OIL AND GAS: Revised estimates make Dec. spill one of largest in N.D. history

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:56 -0400

An oil pipeline spill in a tributary of the Little Missouri River in December is three times larger than originally estimated, making it one of the largest pipeline spills in North Dakota history.

PEOPLE: LaHood to lead review of D.C. Metro

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:59 -0400

Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will lead an independent study of Washington, D.C.'s troubled Metro.

CALIFORNIA: State approves controversial SoCal smog plan

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:08:01 -0400

Regulators strengthened Southern California's 15-year anti-smog regime yesterday.

MARYLAND: 'Addams Family' star backs fracking ban

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:08:03 -0400

John Astin, the actor who played the patriarch of the "Addams Family," is voicing a radio ad supporting a proposed Maryland hydraulic fracturing ban.

FLORIDA: Manatee reclassification causes rift in city

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:08:04 -0400

Residents in Crystal River, Fla., the "home of the manatee," have found themselves fighting over the 1,200-pound marine mammals.

LOUISIANA: 'Christmas in March' as tree drop combats bayou erosion

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:08:06 -0400

National Guard helicopters dropped thousands of Christmas trees into wildlife refuge marshlands in New Orleans this week as part of a decadeslong restoration effort.

CHINA: Climate change may reinforce smog, air pollution

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:08:07 -0400

Climate change may be hindering China's attempts to curb its air quality crisis, according to new studies.

CHINA: In tourist hot spot, polluted river runs green

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:08:09 -0400

In one of China's most beautiful cities and a popular tourist destination, scenic rivers are overflowing with garbage and residents are worried about the increasing pollution.