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Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:04 -0500


EPA: Mum's the word on high-level 'war on lead' summit

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:04 -0500

With fanfare, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt convened top officials from across the government last week to discuss a coordinated federal effort to combat lead poisoning. What did they do? Hard to say.

INTERIOR: Two USGS scientists leave after data clash with leadership

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:07 -0500

The protest departures of two top U.S. Geological Survey officials put a spotlight on how the Interior Department employs scientific data and on the sometimes strained relations between political appointees and professional staff.

DOE: Appointee who led divisive grid study to exit

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:09 -0500

Travis Fisher, a Trump political appointee at the center of a contentious Department of Energy study on coal and nuclear plant closures, is leaving DOE.

MINING: Industry sees gold in Trump's infrastructure push

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:11 -0500

The mining industry wants to turn the infrastructure push at the White House and on Capitol Hill into achieving its top goal: making permitting move faster.

EPA: Chemical lawyer joins waste office

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:15 -0500

A former top lawyer at a global petrochemical company is now the political deputy in U.S. EPA's waste office.

SUPERFUND: Pruitt adviser agreed to bank ban, fine after joining EPA

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:13 -0500

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's top aide for the Superfund program was already working at the agency last year when he agreed to a lifetime ban from banking, the business where he'd spent most of his career.

INFRASTRUCTURE: White House economists take dim view of gas tax hike

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:17 -0500

The White House Council of Economic Advisers has a few suggestions for how to pay for President Trump's infrastructure plan, and they don't include raising the gasoline tax.

AGRICULTURE: Perdue defends cuts to insurance, conservation

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:19 -0500

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today defended a budget request that would slash crop insurance and conservation programs in the next fiscal year — but hinted he resisted some of the proposed cutbacks.

PESTICIDES: Senate Democrats offer EPA a deal on chlorpyrifos

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:21 -0500

Democratic senators who have been holding up the renewal of a pesticide registration program over worker protections and the potential dangers of chlorpyrifos are ready to make a deal.

INVASIVE SPECIES: National parks battle alien troublemakers

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:24 -0500

At Biscayne National Park in Florida, workers have removed over 7,700 lionfish since the species was discovered there in 2009.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Mexican wolf numbers increase by 1

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:26 -0500

The Mexican wolf population in New Mexico and Arizona gained just one individual from 2016 to 2017, raising the total from 113 to 114 in the wild.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Utah lawmaker hit hard by conflict-of-interest concerns

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:27 -0500

Utah state Rep. Mike Noel has come under increasing scrutiny for his failure to disclose land holdings worth $1.2 million inside and near the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

YELLOWSTONE: Wyo. resolution would push park fee to protect wildlife

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:29 -0500

A plan to support a fee at Yellowstone National Park to generate money for conservation is moving through the Wyoming Legislature.

OBITUARY: Clean Water Action founder dies at 75

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:30 -0500

David Zwick, a founder and president of the environmental advocacy group Clean Water Action, has died at age 75.

EXTREME WEATHER: Deadly flooding inundates Midwest

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:32 -0500

Buffered by heavy rain and melting snow, rivers have risen to dangerous heights across a large section of the central and southern United States. Several people have died, including a 1-year-old girl.

WILDLIFE: So, are flamingos native to Fla.? Study says maybe

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:33 -0500

When Conchy the flamingo sauntered onto Florida's Naval Air Station Key West two years ago, little did he know he would become central to a debate about his species' fate in the Sunshine State.

EPA: Judge skeptical of ex-employee's age discrimination suit

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:35 -0500

U.S. EPA appears poised to beat back a yearslong legal campaign by a former manager who alleges he was skipped over several times for promotions in favor of younger candidates.

PENNSYLVANIA: GOP leaders ask Supreme Court to block redrawn House map

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:36 -0500

Pennsylvania's new congressional map may yet go before the U.S. Supreme Court.

KEYSTONE XL: Judge orders White House to review docs on pipeline decision

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:37 -0500

A federal judge yesterday ordered the Trump administration to review documents related to President Trump's March approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

OCEANS: Companies cut down on plastic as public alarm grows

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:39 -0500

Big companies are making changes to their plastic use as consumers grow increasingly alarmed about plastic pollution that gets into marine ecosystems.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Enviro agency's profane tweet insults Trump

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:40 -0500

The Twitter account of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control yesterday released a profane message directed at President Trump, criticizing his response to the shooting of 17 people at a Florida high school last week.

CALIFORNIA: Worries about water rights delay drought restrictions

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:41 -0500

California regulators this week delayed a decision on a plan to bring back California's water use restrictions after complaints from water district representatives.

UTAH: Far-reaching bill would fully legalize self-driving cars

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:42 -0500

Lawmakers are paving the way for Utah to become the first state to fully legalize self-driving cars.

MASSACHUSETTS: Transit officials take heat for $100K private bathroom

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:44 -0500

Massachusetts transportation officials are taking criticism for installing a $100,000 bathroom in a state building.

SEYCHELLES: Trading conservation for debt relief? Island nation gives it a shot

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:45 -0500

The East African island nation of Seychelles has struck an unusual deal with the Nature Conservancy to protect coastal areas in exchange for debt relief.

MEXICO: Illegal avocado farms found in monarch reserve

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:46 -0500

Officials in Mexico have found illegal avocado farms in the middle of the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds.

CHINA: Surprisingly lush flora hide inside caves' 'moonscape'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:47 -0500

New research has uncovered hundreds of species tucked away in China's caves, including 31 plants that do not exist anywhere else.