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Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:43:57 -0400


DOE: Agency offers buyouts to EERE staffers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:43:57 -0400

The Department of Energy today offered buyouts and early retirements for up to 35 people in the agency's renewable energy and efficiency office that's slated for deep funding cuts under President Trump's budget proposal.

UTILITIES: Appeals court greenlights Pepco-Exelon merger

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:43:58 -0400

An appeals court in Washington yesterday greenlighted the merger between utilities Exelon Corp. and Pepco Holdings Inc.

PIPELINES: Atlantic Coast moves step closer to approval

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:43:59 -0400

Federal regulators issued a final environmental impact statement for the controversial Atlantic Coast pipeline today, concluding that the project would result in some adverse effects on the environment but that they could largely be mitigated.

Q&A: DOE's Dan Simmons on his dad, energy 'optionality,' stress

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:00 -0400

Life in the Trump administration has been anything but ordinary for Dan Simmons.

ENERGY POLICY: Sanders comes out against Senate bill

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:08 -0400

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders came out against a bipartisan, comprehensive Senate energy policy reform bill yesterday, saying that it would boost fossil fuels by streamlining the permitting processes for pipelines and natural gas exports.

INVASIVE SPECIES: Appropriators target La. wetland damage in USDA bill

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:09 -0400

An invasive insect that has wiped out more than 200,000 acres of roseau cane in Louisiana's wetlands has drawn the attention of U.S. congressional appropriators.

OBITUARY: Former Rep. Ralph Regula dies at 92

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:12 -0400

Former Rep. Ralph Regula, a Republican who represented northeastern Ohio for 36 years, died Wednesday. He was 92.

CAMPAIGN 2020: Bullock opens new PAC, hinting at presidential bid

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:13 -0400

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) formally created a political action committee for funding travel this week, fanning rumors of a 2020 presidential bid.

WILDLIFE: Where do the big cats prowl when the circus closes?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:15 -0400

The Fish and Wildlife Service is juggling the question of where circus lions should live once their domestic big top days are done.

FISHERIES: 'Eelevators' boost baby eels over dams

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:16 -0400

Baby American eels face a treacherous journey over thousands of miles between their spawning point in the Sargasso Sea and the Hudson River and other East Coast rivers where they mature.

NATIONAL PARKS: 'Still a great time' to see Yosemite, despite fire

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:16 -0400

Tourists could still see Half Dome through the smoky haze in Yosemite National Park yesterday, some seemingly oblivious to the massive fire 30 miles west of the park entrance.

MINING: Is Northern Calif. experiencing a gold rush?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:16 -0400

When Northern California was pelted with record rainfall this year, miners predicted it would turn up gold, and their predictions appear to be spot on.

WOLVES: Wash. pack killing authorized after 4th livestock attack

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:17 -0400

A northeastern Washington wolf pack is now subject to lethal removal protocol as a result of a fourth confirmed livestock killing since September.

CLEAN WATER RULE: Supreme Court sets October arguments in WOTUS fight

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:19 -0400

Lawyers will square off in October in front of the Supreme Court in a hot-button case over which court is the correct legal venue to hear challenges to the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule.

WESTERN WATER: Expert blames state, federal officials for Oroville failure

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:19 -0400

A Berkeley engineer released a scathing report yesterday pointing fingers at state water resources officials and federal regulators for the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway in February.

FLINT CRISIS: Lead whistleblowers to receive MIT award

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:20 -0400

The pediatrician and professor who first created public awareness of the water crisis in Flint, Mich., will receive the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab's first Disobedience Award today.

NORTH CAROLINA: 'Not off our coast' — governor

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:20 -0400

North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper plans to oppose any Trump administration attempt to open the Atlantic Ocean to offshore oil and gas drilling.

CALIFORNIA: Funding source unclear for electric car $3B rebate bill

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:20 -0400

The California Legislature is looking to extend its low-emission vehicle subsidies.

OREGON: State walks back toxic emissions rules

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:21 -0400

Oregon's polluters have successfully pushed back on efforts to strengthen toxic air rules in the state.

AUSTRALIA: Nation plans to dump marine protections

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:22 -0400

Australia would vastly increase commercial fishing operations in the world's largest network of protected marine reserves if it follows through on plans to expand fishing across 80 percent of its protected maritime sanctuaries.