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OREGON STANDOFF: The legal bulldog who might just free Bundy

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:14 -0400

PORTLAND, Ore. — One person has eclipsed even Ammon Bundy and the other defendants in the courtroom theatrics playing out over the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. It's Bundy's attorney, Marcus Mumford.

CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump 'looking very hard' for farmer to lead EPA

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:18 -0400

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants a farmer or rancher to be his U.S. EPA administrator, according to the campaign's co-chairman and policy adviser.

NATIONAL PARKS: Yosemite chief resigns in wake of harassment charges

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:18 -0400

The leader of Yosemite National Park submitted his resignation yesterday following charges that he created a hostile work environment for women.

Q&A: Dorgan on eco-thrillers, DOE rumors, basketball in Rayburn

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:19 -0400

Since energy guru Byron Dorgan left the Senate five years ago, he's penned two action-packed eco-thriller novels.

WEATHER: NWS seeks to turn staff into communicators

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:20 -0400

Six days before torrential rain flooded Baton Rouge, La., the National Weather Service released a hazardous weather outlook.

CAMPAIGN 2016: FOE Action endorses Upton's challenger

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:20 -0400

Environmentalists are lining up behind the Democratic challenger to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, but without a significant cash infusion, the Michigan Republican remains the heavy favorite for re-election.

WATER POLLUTION: Political debate over Fla. sinkhole deepens

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:20 -0400

A sinkhole that emerged at a Florida phosphate plant and is estimated to be deeper than 300 feet is opening up a political debate in the Sunshine State.

LOBBYING: Former Sen. Lincoln signs up for energy company

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:20 -0400

Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) is now lobbying for power giant NextEra Energy Inc.

DAKOTA ACCESS: Rural towns uneasy over protests

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:20 -0400

In North Dakota's rural Morton County, people grow uneasy at the sight of private security officers for the Dakota Access pipeline patrolling the roads.

DAKOTA ACCESS: House Dems call for do-over of federal review

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:21 -0400

Nineteen House Democrats called on President Obama yesterday to rescind federal permits for the controversial $3.7 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline and embark on a new environmental review of the project.

REGULATIONS: Rep. Sessions floats new limits on agency guidance documents

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:21 -0400

Legislation introduced by House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) this week would impose new requirements on federal agencies' use of "economically significant" guidance documents.

EPA: House watchdogs push forward on sexual harassment probe

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:26 -0400

The House's top watchdogs have asked for U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's help in their investigation into sexual harassment allegations at the agency's Chicago-based office.

COAL ASH: Permitting provision may complicate WRDA talks

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:26 -0400

When the Senate recently passed a water projects bill that would authorize state permitting of coal ash disposal programs following a new U.S. EPA rule, it looked like a breakthrough on an issue that has vexed Congress for more than a year.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Kirkpatrick backs Grand Canyon proposal

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:27 -0400

Arizona Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick pledged her support yesterday for legislation to turn 1.7 million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon into a national monument.

CHEMICALS: Boxer targets asbestos with new TSCA bill

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:27 -0400

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation targeting asbestos.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: House bill would provide grades for homes on energy use

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:27 -0400

Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) introduced legislation yesterday to give individuals more detailed information about the energy efficiency of their homes.

PEOPLE: Bipartisan bill would honor former DOT chief Norm Mineta

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:27 -0400

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House this week would award the Congressional Gold Medal to former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.

ADVOCACY: Enviro group that spars with ranchers hires leader

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:28 -0400

The Western Watersheds Project, a group reviled by some ranchers for its battles against grazing on public lands, has hired Erik Molvar, a wildlife biologist at WildEarth Guardians, to become its new executive director.

TRIBES: Native Americans to sign treaty to protect grizzlies

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:28 -0400

Native American tribes in the United States and Canada are expected today to sign a treaty to protect grizzly bears around Yellowstone National Park.

NATIONAL PARKS: Despite pledge, Yellowstone cell service reaches backcountry

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:28 -0400

Despite a pledge from park administrators to minimize cellphone access in backcountry lands, Yellowstone National Park is more connected than ever.

WILDLIFE: Rangers turn to video games to track down poachers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:28 -0400

Technology used in online poker and computer games is now being used to protect endangered species by tracking down poachers.

EPA: Court rules IG findings shared with agency lawyers are private

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:29 -0400

The attorney-client privilege extends to investigative findings by U.S. EPA's watchdog office that are used to secure legal advice, a federal court ruled today.

DRINKING WATER: Utility sues 'Law & Order' creator for selling ranch's supply

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:29 -0400

A California water utility has sued the creator of famed television show "Law & Order" on charges of selling water from his property to neighboring cities.

OREGON STANDOFF: Franklin Graham testifies he flew to refuge to save occupiers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:29 -0400

The Rev. Franklin Graham testified yesterday that he flew his private plane from North Carolina to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in February in an attempt to save the lives of the four occupiers who were still holed up inside.

WILDFIRES: Man gets prison, $61M fine for igniting Sequoia blaze

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:29 -0400

A Mexican citizen has been ordered to pony up $61 million for setting a blaze that scorched over 45 square miles in Sequoia National Forest earlier this year.

CONSERVATION: Public lands, climate change could motivate Latino voters

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:30 -0400

Lawmakers and Latino political activists are looking to energize Hispanic voters to turn the tide on environmental policy in the 2016 election.

ADVOCACY: Carbon tax group takes root in Texas

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:30 -0400

A national advocacy group for implementing a carbon tax has taken root in the heart of the U.S. oil and gas industry: Houston.

OCEANS: Pacific 'blob' of warm water fueled algal bloom — study

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:30 -0400

A heat shock in the Pacific Ocean led to an enormous toxic algal bloom last year, a new study has found.

BIOFUELS: EPA move to protect small engines draws fire

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:30 -0400

U.S. EPA has revived an effort to keep high-ethanol fuels out of small engines, but critics of the agency's renewable fuel policies seized on the move to bolster their case.

WILDFIRES: Duke to pay $1.7M for blaze that burned Cherokee forests

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:30 -0400

Duke Energy Corp. has said it will dole out $1.7 million as part of a settlement for a 2009 fire that scorched traditional Cherokee lands.

GULF SPILL: BP shoots back at 'Deepwater Horizon' film

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:31 -0400

"Deepwater Horizon," a film recapping the deadly 2010 BP PLC rig explosion and oil spill that poured over 3 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, has BP outraged.

ELECTRICITY: 2 crows cut power for 100,000

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:31 -0400

Two crows caused about 100,000 customers to lose power in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana in mid-July, according to Rocky Mountain Power.

EPA: Longtime water regulator gets promotion

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:31 -0400

U.S. EPA has promoted Senior Water Policy Adviser Ellen Gilinsky to associate deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Water.

AIR POLLUTION: EPA set to publish 'exceptional events' guidelines

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:31 -0400

U.S. EPA is scheduled to publish revisions to its "exceptional events" guidelines in Monday's Federal Register, giving potential challengers 60 days to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

CALIFORNIA: State restricts pesticide spraying near schools, day cares

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:31 -0400

California regulators are finalizing rules that will prohibit the spraying of pesticides near schools and child care facilities.

LOUISIANA: Governor plans to keep pushing for flood recovery money

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:31 -0400

Louisiana expects to receive about $420 million in funding for flood recovery in the next few weeks, but Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) does not want funding to stop there.

JAPAN: Country may scrap $10B 'fast' reactor

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:17:32 -0400

Japan indicated this week that it may shutter a burdensome nuclear reactor that has operated for around a year out of 20 years of existence.