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Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:27:45 -0500

 



INTERIOR: Survey strips bare a fearful culture

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:27:45 -0500

The Interior Department's stunning new employee survey reveals depths of cynicism, distrust and other systemic woes that go beyond the allegedly widespread harassment and discrimination.



EPA: Agency signs Republican PR firm to $120K contract

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:27:48 -0500

U.S. EPA has signed a hefty contract with a Republican-run public affairs firm to keep track of its press coverage.



PUBLIC LANDS: Bundy mistrial possible after ex-BLM agent alleges misconduct

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:27:50 -0500

A memorandum written by the Bureau of Land Management's former chief agent in charge of the investigation of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy alleges federal agents purposely withheld evidence they felt could help attorneys defending Bundy and his son Ammon Bundy in their criminal trial.



DOE: Major reshuffling splits science and energy divisions

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:27:52 -0500

The Department of Energy announced a major reorganization this morning, including the split of its chief science and energy divisions.



AIR POLLUTION: EPA to weigh rollback of oil and gas smog guidelines

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:27:54 -0500

U.S. EPA is mulling the repeal of guidelines to curb smog-forming emissions from existing oil and gas operations, potentially signaling the latest in a series of steps that would benefit fossil fuel producers.



CLEAN POWER PLAN: White House starts march to replacement

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:27:56 -0500

U.S. EPA has initiated the process for replacing the Clean Power Plan, former President Obama's signature climate regulation.



OFF TOPIC: At Anheuser-Busch, she's putting 100% renewables on tap

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:27:59 -0500

Attention, beer drinkers: There's a good chance your beverage of choice will soon be made with wind or solar power.



COAL: Forest Service advances Colo. mine expansion

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:01 -0500

A controversial proposal to expand Colorado's largest coal mine this week took one step forward with a green light from the Forest Service.



CHESAPEAKE BAY: Cleanup data show improved water quality — report

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:04 -0500

Almost 40 percent of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries met water quality standards for clarity, dissolved oxygen and algal growth for the last three years, according to a preliminary report released yesterday by an intergovernmental cleanup program.



WILDFIRES: Firefighter dies in massive Calif. blaze

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:05 -0500

A firefighter died yesterday while battling the fourth largest wildfire in California's history.



ENDANGERED SPECIES: Sudden cold in Gulf stuns green sea turtles

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:07 -0500

The cold weather that came through Texas last week delighted some human residents who saw their first snow in years, but the endangered sea turtle population was not as happy.



REGULATIONS: Group sues over secrecy of Trump's rule cutting

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:09 -0500

Shortly before President Trump's speech on regulations yesterday, a grass-roots group filed suit against the Office of Management and Budget over the alleged secrecy of the administration's rule-cutting efforts.



AGRICULTURE: Warming may help Northeast wineries if they shrug off floods

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:11 -0500

Longer growing seasons could give Northeast wineries something to toast: better merlot and zinfandel.



MINING: If the world wants cobalt, it needs Congo — special envoy

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:13 -0500

The world wants smartphones and electric cars, and the country supplying most of the required cobalt needs the support of the United States.



SOLAR: Blame Tesla for slowdown — analysis

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:14 -0500

Tesla Inc. is the primary culprit in sliding rooftop solar installations in the U.S., according to an analysis of installation data.



NUCLEAR WASTE: More Hanford workers may have breathed in radiation

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:16 -0500

More workers at the Department of Energy's Hanford nuclear reservation might have breathed in radioactive particles.



SCIENCE: DOD integrity policy remains, but some say it's too vague

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:17 -0500

The Department of Defense plans to keep the scientific integrity policies it issued under President Obama in place for the foreseeable future, but some advocates say it doesn't go far enough.



EPA: IG to probe hurricane response

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:19 -0500

U.S. EPA's internal watchdog is set to examine the agency's response to this year's hurricane season.



WILDFIRES: Smoke might be surprisingly deadly — scientists

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:21 -0500

Air pollution from big wildfires like the ones in California could be one of the deadliest effects of the blazes, according to scientists.



RENEWABLE ENERGY: Baltimore's biggest polluter gets green subsidies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:22 -0500

Baltimore's single biggest polluter has racked up about $10 million in state green energy subsidies over the last six years.



WATER POLLUTION: N.Y. threatens to sue EPA over Hudson River cleanup

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:24 -0500

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said yesterday that the state will sue U.S. EPA if necessary to force continued cleanup of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the Hudson River.



HURRICANE MARIA: Puerto Rico drowns in garbage as public health crisis brews

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:25 -0500

Puerto Rico's landfills were already overflowing before Hurricane Maria, and almost half had been ordered to shut down. Now the island has to figure out what to do with 6.2 million cubic yards of additional waste.



ZIKA VIRUS: Some of the most affected toddlers can't sit up, chew

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:27 -0500

Some of the toddlers who were among the first born with brain damage from the Zika virus have major developmental difficulties and will need a lifetime of care, according to a new study.



WASHINGTON: Gov. Inslee revives carbon tax push

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:28 -0500

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said yesterday he will again propose a carbon tax as part of plans to fully fund public education.



MICHIGAN: Bill proposes nation's toughest limit for water contaminants

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:29 -0500

A Michigan legislator is proposing that the state adopt the most stringent drinking water contamination limits in the country for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), chemicals found in everything from shoes and cookware to firefighting foam.



NEW YORK: Schumer blames rule for keeping Christmas trees from troops

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:31 -0500

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York criticized a federal rule change that he says prevents Christmas trees from being sent to U.S. troops overseas.



SOUTH DAKOTA: Park known for bison plans impromptu roundup after wildfire

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:32 -0500

Custer State Park in South Dakota will perform an emergency bison roundup to study how a recent historic wildfire affected the population.



CHINA: Acid rain could be causing deadly landslides

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:33 -0500

Air pollutants, in addition to threatening public health, may be causing fatal landslides in China, according to a new study published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.



PALAU: Want to visit? Sign this environmental pledge first

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:35 -0500

The Pacific island nation of Palau has a request for all visitors: Please sign a pledge saying you won't harm the environment.