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Last Build Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:51 -0400


SOLAR: ITC backs U.S. panel makers, sends case to Trump

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:51 -0400

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled today that imported solar panels and modules are causing "serious injury" to U.S. manufacturers, giving President Trump the final say about tariffs in a high-profile case that could unravel the American solar industry.

SUPREME COURT: Justices to weigh environment petitions as term begins

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:51 -0400

Summer is over for the Supreme Court.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Millions of acres of grouse habitat opening to mining

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:52 -0400

The Interior Department is set to reopen millions of acres of sensitive greater sage grouse habitat across six Western states to mining activity when a two-year moratorium on new mining claims ends Sunday.

FORESTS: Greens win big battle in 16-year war over roadless rule

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:52 -0400

Environmentalists won a major battle this week in a long legal war over the Clinton administration rule that limited road construction and logging in national forests.

EPA: Cummings requests file on Pruitt's Superfund adviser

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:53 -0400

The Democrats' top watchdog in the House has requested a financial regulator's file on a former banker who is now advising U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

EPA: Pruitt plans to release schedule

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:54 -0400

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is planning to release his public calendar, long sought by his critics on Capitol Hill and in the environmental movement.

Q&A: API chief Gerard on climate 'challenge,' being a father of 8

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:55 -0400

On paper, American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard is a Washington lobbyist straight from central casting.

PUBLIC HEALTH: With corporate lawyer pick, CPSC set to turn right

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:55 -0400

Since January, Republicans have been in control of the White House and Congress and added a conservative justice to the Supreme Court, but one independent agency — the Consumer Product Safety Commission — has remained stubbornly Democratic.

EXTREME WEATHER: NOAA's underwater 'gliders' dare to go where no one will

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:56 -0400

Autonomous, mini-submarines are daring to face down fierce winds and dangerous waves this hurricane season to send real-time data back to the states.

HURRICANE MARIA: Puerto Rico reels as storm batters Turks and Caicos

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:56 -0400

The remains of Hurricane Maria continued to deluge Puerto Rico yesterday, bringing up to 3 feet of rain in some places.

WILDLIFE: Fallen power line kills 9 elephants in Botswana

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:56 -0400

Nine elephants were electrocuted by a fallen power line near water in eastern Botswana, according to officials.

HURRICANE IRMA: Storm knocked down 'Moon Tree' that journeyed in space

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:57 -0400

Hurricane Irma knocked over a tree that was once sent into space to orbit the moon and later planted at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

YOSEMITE: Trademark case continues, with no end in sight

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:57 -0400

A slow-motion legal collision between the former Yosemite National Park concessionaire and the Justice Department could be keeping attorneys busy for a long time to come.

NEVADA STANDOFF: Cliven Bundy wants a new lawyer

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:58 -0400

Rancher Cliven Bundy is seeking to fire his attorney Bret Whipple less than three weeks before he is set to face trial on charges stemming from his 2014 armed standoff with federal agents near Bunkerville, Nev.

COAL ASH: Enviros press D.C. Circuit to keep waste rule litigation alive

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:59 -0400

Environmental groups are firing back at U.S. EPA's eleventh-hour push to indefinitely freeze litigation over the agency's 2015 coal ash regulations, saying in a new court filing that any such open-ended delay would leave public health at risk.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Navajo prepared to sue Trump over Bears Ears changes

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:59 -0400

The Navajo Nation said it will sue the Trump administration if it tries to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

DRINKING WATER: Mich. official admits early knowledge of bacteria in water

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:14:59 -0400

A Michigan official said yesterday that he knew about bacteria in the Flint, Mich., water supply a year before state officials announced an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

ENERGY MARKETS: Japanese engineer makes case for U.S. coal exports

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:00 -0400

A Japanese power plant engineer this week backed a controversial coal export terminal proposal in Washington state to supply fuel for helping replace nuclear power since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi meltdown.

OIL AND GAS: Colo. landfills bury radioactive waste illegally

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:01 -0400

Unauthorized landfills in Colorado have been burying low-level radioactive waste from the state's booming oil and gas industry, state health officials said this week.

NUCLEAR: Uranium program could exceed budget by $1B, GAO warns

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:01 -0400

The National Nuclear Security Administration's uranium program is at risk of surpassing its budget by as much as $1 billion due to improper management, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

GULF SPILL: Dispersants sickened Deepwater Horizon responders — NIH

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:01 -0400

The chemicals used to mitigate the Deepwater Horizon oil spill sickened the workers who responded to the disaster, a new federal study confirmed.

CHEMICALS: DowDuPont fires up massive Texas ethylene plant

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:02 -0400

DowDuPont Inc. has turned on its massive new ethylene and plastics operation in Freeport, Texas, the company said yesterday.

ARKANSAS: State advances herbicide ban, setting up Monsanto fight

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:02 -0400

Arkansas officials have advanced a plan to ban farmers from using the controversial herbicide dicamba next summer, likely setting up a legal battle between the state and Monsanto Co., the maker of the chemical.

OREGON: Wildfires raise threat of major landslides, study warns

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:02 -0400

Parts of Oregon's Columbia River Gorge that were burned by wildfires last year are now susceptible to major landslides, geologists warn.

TEXAS: After Harvey, experts worry about climate, dam safety

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:03 -0400

As the oceans warm and extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey become more common on the Gulf Coast, climatologists are warning that Texas' dams might not be up to the test.

JAPAN: Court finds utility liable for Fukushima disaster

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:03 -0400

A Japanese court has ruled that Tokyo Electric Power Co. is liable for the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster and must compensate a group of people who evacuated Fukushima.

INDONESIA: Thousands evacuate as active volcano rumbles in Bali

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:03 -0400

Smoke rose from an active volcano above the island of Bali in Indonesia today as seismic tremors rumbled. Thousands of people evacuated the area, in one of the most popular tourist spots in the world.

MEXICO: Dozens of quake survivors rescued as search continues

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:15:04 -0400

Survivors in Mexico City's rubble are still being saved as rescue operations continue after Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake.