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Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:00 -0500


INTERIOR: Cathy McMorris Rodgers is Trump's pick — source

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as his nominee for Interior secretary, according to a source close to the transition.

DOE: Transition document points to major shakeup — sources

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:03 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is pondering wide-scale changes at the Department of Energy and zeroing in on employees who may have helped advance the Obama administration's climate policies, according to a landing team document obtained by E&E News.

TRANSITION: More Obama policy foes tapped for EPA, Interior, DOE teams

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:05 -0500

Another prominent enemy of climate science has been added to the Trump transition's U.S. EPA landing team.

SUPREME COURT: Chevron doctrine on the ropes as Trump era looms

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:07 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for the vacant Supreme Court seat will be entering the court during a crucial moment in the history of the Chevron doctrine, legal experts said this week.

CLIMATE: Trump's meetings with activists overblown — campaign adviser

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:10 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump's recent meetings with former Vice President Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio, who dropped by Trump Tower on Wednesday, have sent mixed signals to some people about his environmental priorities.

CHEMICALS: Ebell-linked website bashes Rachel Carson, promotes DDT

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:12 -0500

A website organized by the libertarian think tank that employs President-elect Donald Trump's U.S. EPA transition leader takes issue with an icon of the environmental movement — the late biologist, conservationist and author Rachel Carson.

NATIONAL PARKS: Why inauguration protesters still lack permits

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:14 -0500

Groups organizing protests of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next month have expressed concerns that officials have not yet issued protest permits.

AGENDA: Manchin punts on Trump meeting; lawmakers plot endgame

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:16 -0500

With a government shutdown looming at midnight, a Senate standoff over miners' health benefits showed no signs of being resolved.

FEDERAL AGENCIES: 'Do not purge, delete or destroy' documents — Chaffetz

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:18 -0500

The House's top watchdog sent a reminder this week to the Obama administration's departing agency leaders: Do not purge your records on your way out the door.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Bill would undo 9th Circuit ruling

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:20 -0500

Members of Montana's congressional delegation today floated draft legislation to discourage Endangered Species Act lawsuits against the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

Q&A: Tom Carper on EPW, 'Tango Charlie,' a first-date proposal

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:23 -0500

Tom Carper is a jokester.

OCEANS: Obama bans drilling in 40K square miles of Bering Sea

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:25 -0500

President Obama has withdrawn 40,000 square miles of Arctic waters from all future oil and gas leasing, releasing an executive order today that creates the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area.

NATIONAL FORESTS: Final Tongass logging plan draws mixed reaction

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:26 -0500

The Forest Service has formally approved a much-debated land-use plan amendment that calls for phasing out clearcutting of old-growth trees over a 16-year period in Tongass National Forest.

WILDFIRES: Smoky Mountains National Park reopens as deadly blaze weakens

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:28 -0500

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Gatlinburg, Tenn., will reopen today, 11 days after a deadly wildfire swept the area.

WEATHER: Polar vortex is coming back

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:30 -0500

The polar vortex will mean a freezing cold blast in various regions of the United States starting in the middle of next week.

NATIONAL PARKS: Millennial adventurer plans to trek to all 413 sites

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:32 -0500

Mikah Meyer is on an epic adventure: The 30-year-old is attempting to visit all 413 National Park Service sites in a single trip.

PEOPLE: New director tapped for Ashley National Forest

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:34 -0500

The Forest Service has appointed a new director for the Ashley National Forest in northeastern Utah and Wyoming.

DAKOTA ACCESS: Judge orders U.S., tribe to respond to developer by Jan. 6

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:36 -0500

A federal judge set a Jan. 6 deadline today for the federal government and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to respond to the Dakota Access pipeline developer's latest legal attempt to gain approval for the controversial project.

AIR POLLUTION: Settlement requires EPA to prod states on ozone plans

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:37 -0500

U.S. EPA has agreed to prod 15 states and the District of Columbia to fully address requirements for meeting the 1997 and 2008 air quality ozone standards, under a tentative lawsuit settlement.

CHEMICALS: Wash. sues Monsanto over PCB pollution

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:39 -0500

Washington state yesterday sued agrochemical giant Monsanto Co. for decades of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) pollution, becoming the first state in the country to do so.

VW SCANDAL: Minn. sues carmaker over emissions cheating

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:41 -0500

The state of Minnesota sued Volkswagen AG yesterday, claiming the German carmaker violated state laws by selling diesel cars with systems designed to cheat U.S. emissions tests.

SUPERFUND: Judge denies newspaper's request to open up talks

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:42 -0500

A federal judge has denied a Montana newspaper's request to publicize confidential negotiations regarding the nation's largest Superfund site.

ARCTIC: North Pole treks become nearly impossible — explorer

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:44 -0500

Climate change is warming the Arctic to such an extent that trekking to the North Pole is now nearly impossible, reports explorer Eric Larsen in his new book, "On Thin Ice: An Epic Final Quest Into the Melting Arctic."

PEOPLE: Former Exxon boss spearheads divestment movement

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:45 -0500

A small town in New York can thank oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. for its homegrown fossil fuel divestment movement.

DAKOTA ACCESS: N.D. oil producers struggle as protesters ponder next move

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:47 -0500

North Dakota oil producers saw the Dakota Access pipeline as a lifeline, a way to get out of their recent slump.

PIPELINES: Blizzards hinder cleanup of N.D. oil spill

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:49 -0500

Winter weather is preventing cleanup of a "significant" pipeline rupture by a company with a long history of oil spills in North Dakota and Montana.

FEDERAL WORKFORCE: Obama bumps 2017 pay raise to 2.1%

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:51 -0500

President Obama has given a parting gift to federal employees — a higher-than-expected pay raise next year.

NOAA: NWS hampered by 'hiring deficit' — report

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:53 -0500

The National Weather Service is losing more employees than it can hire, leading to a "hiring deficit" that has left critical positions unfilled, according to an internal briefing.

DOE: Agency launches $140M hub for 'breakthrough' technology

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:55 -0500

The Department of Energy announced the creation of a new $140 million manufacturing institute today that is part of a larger multiagency network aiming to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Plug-ins could equal 1/3 of sales by 2040

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:57 -0500

Electric vehicles could make up a third of the world's car sales by 2040, according to a study by the research firm IHS Markit.

TOXICS: Cosmetics for black women more likely hazardous — study

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:58 -0500

Black women could be disproportionately affected by toxic chemicals in cosmetic products, a report from the Environmental Working Group warned this week.

KENTUCKY: Governor's plan to cut coal ash oversight met with resistance

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:59 -0500

Environmentalists blasted a Kentucky plan to reduce public and regulatory oversight of coal-ash disposal.

MINNESOTA: Lawsuit charging pollution agency negligence dismissed

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:27:01 -0500

A lawsuit aimed at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency alleging negligence in its pollution oversight has been dismissed.

JAPAN: Radiation reaches U.S. coast as Fukushima costs rise

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:27:03 -0500

Radiation from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown has been found on the West Coast of the United States for the first time.