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Last Build Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:04 -0400


CLIMATE: DOE scientists call out Pruitt in global warming study

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:04 -0400

Scientists fact-checked U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's congressional testimony on global warming in a paper published yesterday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.

REGULATIONS: GAO to review guidance docs as Republicans test CRA's reach

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:08 -0400

The Government Accountability Office is accepting requests from lawmakers to review guidance documents and issue a legal opinion as to whether individual documents constitute rules under the Congressional Review Act, a GAO spokesman confirmed to E&E News.

DOE: Texas official is picked to lead loan office — sources

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:10 -0400

The Department of Energy has selected a Texas official as head of its loan office, according to sources.

INTERIOR: Records, watchdogs raise questions on Zinke's ethics deal

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:13 -0400

When Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke was nominated to lead the Interior Department, he signed an ethics agreement promising to resign "upon confirmation" from leadership posts in three organizations with financial ties to him and his family.

NOMINATIONS: Protests interrupt hearing, but DOE and FERC picks on track

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:15 -0400

Senators appeared to shrug off protester outbursts and anxiety over the Trump administration's budget cuts today to signal smooth sailing for President Trump's energy nominees.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: House Dems warn Zinke against altering sites

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:17 -0400

House Natural Resources ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today cautioned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that only Congress has the authority to reduce the boundaries or revoke the status of national monuments, and asserted that any recommendations to President Trump to do so would be a "misuse of your time and the public's money."

SAGE GROUSE: BLM budget details reveal cuts to conservation positions

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:20 -0400

The Bureau of Land Management's fiscal 2018 budget proposes to reassign potentially dozens of agency staff working on greater sage grouse and sagebrush conservation and restoration efforts into other agency programs.

INTERIOR: Trump budget would end FWS youth programs

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:22 -0400

The budget proposal President Trump released earlier this week would zero out funding for a half-dozen Fish and Wildlife Service youth programs — small cost-saving moves that conservationists believe would have outsized detrimental impacts if lawmakers were to agree to them.

LOBBYING: Ex-DOE official opens firm, signs Exxon

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:24 -0400

Former Department of Energy official David Leiter has opened up a new lobby shop called Plurus Strategies.

TRIBES: 9 challengers take on Archambault for Standing Rock chair

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:25 -0400

Standing Rock Sioux tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II is one of 10 candidates running for tribal leader.

PUBLIC LANDS: Conservationist buys Utah trust parcel for record $2.5M

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:27 -0400

Following a brief bidding war, a Utah trust lands parcel at an entrance to Canyonlands National Park sold for a record $2.5 million yesterday.

BLM: Conservationists protest Nev. lease sale

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:29 -0400

Environmentalists are planning to protest the Bureau of Land Management's planned June 13 online auction for oil and gas leases across about 196,000 acres in central Nevada.

OCEANS: Climate change makes Great Barrier Reef plan obsolete

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:31 -0400

A plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef is no longer viable due to the rapid pace of climate change, according to experts.

FISHERIES: Deadly virus threatens La. crawfish industry

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:32 -0400

A deadly virus is threatening the crawfish industry in south Louisiana.

AIR POLLUTION: Trump DOJ urges justices to pass on equipment-breakdown case

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:34 -0400

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to pass on a case challenging an Obama-era policy requiring industrial facilities to meet air pollution rules even when equipment breaks down.

PARIS AGREEMENT: French president, Senate GOP weigh in on deal

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:36 -0400

French President Emmanuel Macron told President Trump today not to take any swift action on the international climate commitments, as Republicans in the Senate urged Trump to "make a clean break from the Paris Agreement."

NATURAL GAS: 2 killed, 1 injured in W.Va. plant explosion

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:38 -0400

Two people were killed and a third was injured in an explosion at a West Virginia industrial plant yesterday.

PIPELINES: Dakota Access, Rover company under pressure

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:40 -0400

Energy Transfer Partners, the company operating the contentious Dakota Access pipeline, is facing scrutiny from regulators and activists after a series of leaks across the country.

SECURITY: Email breach brought quick updates to Interior — IG

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:42 -0400

A successful hack of at least eight Interior Department email accounts last year lit a fire under the agency's cybersecurity efforts, an internal watchdog reported yesterday.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla sees more injuries at its factories than average

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:44 -0400

Tesla Inc.'s factory in Fremont, Calif., saw far higher injury rates than the industry average, according to a report published yesterday by a workplace safety group.

CHEMICALS: Feds blame corrosion for deadly Mo. explosion

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:46 -0400

Corroded metal contributed to an explosion at the Loy-Lange Box Co. in St. Louis that killed four people and critically injured another, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said today.

CHEMICALS: Groups push for disclosure of tampon, pad ingredients

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:48 -0400

Tampon and menstrual pad makers are not legally required to list their ingredients on boxes.

SOLID WASTE: Scientists scramble to clean up space as debris increases

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:50 -0400

For the past six decades, Earth's orbit has filled with space junk — detritus from satellites and space missions that can reach speeds of 18,000 mph and threaten new launches.

ALASKA: Wells Fargo drops Iditarod sponsorship; officials blame PETA

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:52 -0400

Wells Fargo has pulled its sponsorship of the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska.

FLORIDA: Undercover gator farm nabs 9 for illegal harvest, hunts

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:53 -0400

Undercover officers working in a Florida alligator farm found thousands of illegally harvested alligator eggs and several illegal alligator hunts, leading to the arrest yesterday of nine men.

TEXAS: Legislature OKs hot air balloon hog hunting bill

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:54 -0400

Texas lawmakers approved a measure allowing feral hog and coyote hunts from hot air balloons.