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Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:48:42 -0500


EPA: Buyout stories: 'We are kind of being hollowed out'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:48:42 -0500

Three hundred seventy-two U.S. EPA employees took buyouts this year, with the enforcement and research offices among the hardest hit, according to agency data obtained by E&E News. "We are going to be able to hang a shingle on the outside of the building and still call it EPA," a union official said, "but we're not going to be able to still do what EPA used to do."

BLM: Potential chief vows to push local input, reduce monuments

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:48:45 -0500

Wyoming-based property rights attorney Karen Budd-Falen recently vowed that if she is confirmed to lead the Bureau of Land Management, she will "advocate for local government involvement," criticizing an inside-the-Beltway mindset that she said currently pervades land-use planning.

INTERIOR: Right and left wings battle over migratory bird treaty

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:48:47 -0500

Federal officials might be grounded from pursuing companies whose operations incidentally kill migratory birds, under a two-pronged maneuver now advancing publicly on Capitol Hill and quietly inside the Interior Department.

OFF TOPIC: 'Rising star' helped ice the Clean Power Plan. Now what?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:48:50 -0500

Shelving President Obama's signature climate rule remains a crowning moment in Elbert Lin's meteoric rise in the legal world.

INTERIOR: FEC wants more info from Zinke's former PAC

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:48:52 -0500

The Federal Election Commission is looking into discrepancies and other potential problems on the campaign filings of a political action committee formerly affiliated with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

PENTAGON: Trump taps veteran DOD official for Navy enviro spot

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:48:54 -0500

The Navy has a candidate to lead its energy and environment wing.

ADVOCACY: Greens target 3 GOP senators to vote against ANWR drilling

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:48:56 -0500

The Sierra Club announced a new digital ad campaign in Arizona and Tennessee opposing the Republican tax plan, joining a recent spate of environmental ad spending condemning the GOP plan to open drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

ARCTIC: Ex-Sen. Byron Dorgan lobbying on ANWR

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:48:59 -0500

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) has jumped into the battle over whether or not to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

REGULATIONS: Federalist Society project hunts for burdensome rules

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:01 -0500

The Federalist Society has launched a project to identify regulations whose costs exceed the benefits.

INTERIOR: Dems urge Zinke to formally end elephant trophy imports

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:03 -0500

Senate Democrats are urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to officially reverse course on the Fish and Wildlife Service's move to allow elephant trophy imports.

APPROPRIATIONS: Bill would fund border wall, boost Jones Act enforcement

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:05 -0500

Senate appropriators yesterday released fiscal 2018 defense and homeland security spending bills that will face Democratic resistance over proposed hikes to Pentagon spending and dollars for a controversial border wall.

ARCTIC: Voters in 8 Republican districts oppose ANWR drilling — poll

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:07 -0500

A new poll shows an average of 62 percent of respondents surveyed in eight Republican-held congressional districts oppose oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

FINANCE: Democrats urge Mnuchin to save oil, mining transparency rule

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:08 -0500

Senate Democrats yesterday called on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to drop his push to scrap the remaining global transparency requirements for oil, gas and mining companies.

HOUSE: Ethics Committee opens Conyers probe after harassment claims

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:10 -0500

Leaders of the House Ethics Committee announced an investigation yesterday into Michigan Rep. John Conyers (D) after an explosive BuzzFeed article reported a pattern of sexual harassment of his staff.

EVERGLADES: Egg-loving invaders lead scientists on a mad chase

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:13 -0500

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. — Invasive lizards have been running rampant across South Florida since March, eating every egg they can find, and there's nothing stopping people from buying more of them as pets.

FOREST SERVICE: Judge blocks Idaho sheep grazing to protect bighorns

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:15 -0500

After an outcry from environmental groups, a federal judge yesterday issued an order to prevent thousands of domestic sheep from grazing on a parcel of land in eastern Idaho.

FISHERIES: NOAA comes down hard on fishermen after Codfather's crimes

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:16 -0500

Federal officials hit Massachusetts commercial fishermen with an unprecedented penalty yesterday, ordering scores of boats back to shore, after the New England fishing mogul known as the "Codfather" evaded fishing quotas in a massive fraud.

KEYSTONE XL: Court keeps enviros' pipeline challenge alive

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:18 -0500

A federal lawsuit from environmentalists and tribal advocates opposing the Keystone XL pipeline will continue.

WILDLIFE: Global warming makes lizards dumber, study suggests

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:20 -0500

A new study suggests climate change makes bearded dragons less intelligent.

PIPELINES: S.D. regulators say they could revoke Keystone permit

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:21 -0500

If an investigation finds TransCanada Corp. violated its license in the Keystone spill last week, South Dakota could rescind its operating permit for the pipeline, state regulators said yesterday.

URANIUM: NRC doubles maximum length of in-situ license

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:23 -0500

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission this month quietly extended the maximum license term for in-situ uranium recovery operations from 10 to 20 years.

HURRICANE HARVEY: Wastewater plant spilled 100M gallons in storm, records show

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:24 -0500

A wastewater plant operated by BASF Total Petrochemicals LLC in Port Arthur, Texas, was responsible for the largest single wastewater spill during Hurricane Harvey, with more than 100 million gallons released. But the spill did not hurt the environment, according to the company.

AIR POLLUTION: Minorities face health risks near oil facilities — study

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:26 -0500

More than 1 million African-Americans face a higher risk of developing cancer because of toxic emissions from nearby oil and gas facilities, according to a recent report that also links the industry to higher asthma rates for black children and urges stepped-up advocacy efforts to close or remove such infrastructure.

AIR POLLUTION: Particulate matter could change the shape of sperm — study

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:28 -0500

A new study has found that air pollution could affect sperm quality, potentially damaging male fertility.

PESTICIDES: Terminix fined $9M after banned chemical poisoned family

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:29 -0500

The pesticide company Terminix International Co. LP will pay $9.2 million in criminal fines for using a banned pesticide that nearly killed a Delaware family on vacation on the Caribbean island of St. John in 2015, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

SOUTH CAROLINA: County to sue Scana over failed nuclear project

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:32 -0500

South Carolina's Fairfield County plans to sue Scana Corp. over its cancellation of two nuclear reactors, claiming breach of contract.

UTAH: Animal rights activists burst into governor's turkey pardon

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:33 -0500

Chaos was lurking in the bushes at this year's annual pre-Thanksgiving turkey pardoning party in Utah.

VENEZUELA: Citgo executives detained on embezzlement suspicions

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:35 -0500

The Venezuelan government has detained the acting president of Citgo Petroleum Corp., along with five vice presidents of the U.S. subsidiary of the country's state-run oil company, officials said yesterday.

IRAQ: GE signs $400M deal to boost electricity

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:36 -0500

General Electric Co. has signed a $400 million deal with Iraq to build up its power infrastructure, a major boon as the country struggles with shortages.