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Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:15 -0400


INTERIOR: Lolita Zinke makes her mark outside the Cabinet

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:15 -0400

Meet Lolita Zinke, the woman dubbed a "real trooper" by her husband.

BIOFUELS: Refiners seethe over Trump's bow to King Corn

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:24 -0400

The Trump administration has roiled allies in the oil sector after bending a knee to Corn Belt senators and backing off biodiesel reforms.

EPA: Agency defends enforcement as cops return from Pruitt detail

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:28 -0400

BALTIMORE — Most of the U.S. EPA criminal investigators who had been assigned to Administrator Scott Pruitt's security detail are back at work on cases, according to an agency official.

OFF TOPIC: Ex-CEQ boss on 'highly qualified' Trump pick, climate action

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:32 -0400

Jim Connaughton — President George W. Bush's top White House environmental official — talks a lot these days about needing a "serious" response to global warming.

DOE: 'I'm not going to run for public office again' — Perry

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:34 -0400

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said this week he won't run against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) despite earlier supportive comments from President Trump.

WATER POLICY: Industry groups want EPA out of dredge-and-fill permitting

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:36 -0400

Mining and energy companies are asking the Trump administration to get U.S. EPA out of Clean Water Act permitting for dredge-and-fill projects.

WILD HORSES: BLM panel urges aggressive action to cull herds

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:26 -0400

The Bureau of Land Management's national advisory panel on wild horses and burros is once again recommending the agency take definitive steps to remove — and destroy if necessary — thousands of excess animals that federal officials concede the vast Western rangelands can no longer sustain.

GULF OF MEXICO: Oil spill much larger than first reported

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:38 -0400

HOUSTON — An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is larger than the company initially reported, the U.S. Coast Guard is now saying.

OCEANS: NOAA links climate change to shifts in food web

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:40 -0400

The marine food web structure in the open sea has long been considered stable by researchers, but two decades worth of data from Southern California dolphins now prove them wrong.

WILDLIFE: Birds might be evolving to fit bird feeders — study

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:42 -0400

Great tits in the United Kingdom have slightly longer beaks than their counterparts in the Netherlands, and it may be due to British bird feeders.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Search team snags a rare vaquita calf but has to release it

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:44 -0400

Researchers trying to save the last surviving vaquita porpoises captured one for the first time but released it after determining it was too young to survive without its mother.

FOREST SERVICE: Court upholds Idaho, Mont. wilderness plans

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:46 -0400

A federal judge has knocked down snowmobile advocates' challenges to land-use plans for two national forests in northern Idaho and western Montana.

WILDFIRES: 15-year-old boy charged in Eagle Creek blaze

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:48 -0400

A 15-year-old boy is facing charges after being accused of igniting the Eagle Creek Fire, which has scorched large parts of the Columbia River Gorge since it began last month.

COAL: Group takes on emissions from Colo.'s largest mine

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:50 -0400

Coal's "keep it in the ground" critics today demanded regulators curb air pollution from Colorado's largest coal mine.

ARCTIC: Navy, Coast Guard take first step toward a new icebreaker

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:53 -0400

The Navy and the Coast Guard are taking the first steps toward adding a new ship to the dwindling fleet of U.S. polar icebreakers, as the military looks to bolster its presence in the melting Arctic.

PEOPLE: BP chairman to step down after 8 tumultuous years

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:55 -0400

BP PLC Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg will step down after a chaotic eight-year tenure leading the company's board.

NUCLEAR WASTE: DOE will dig out tons of salt to expand N.M. dump

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:56 -0400

Workers will expand a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico — the first mining operation at the site in three years, after a radiation release contaminated parts of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

CHEMICALS: Plant that exploded during Harvey could face state penalty

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:16:59 -0400

Texas environmental regulators are likely to file an enforcement case against the company that burned tons of hazardous chemicals when Hurricane Harvey flooded its Houston-area plant.

SUPERFUND: EPA's Gold King cleanup workers find lead contamination

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:17:01 -0400

U.S. EPA workers have found contamination levels 100 times higher than is safe for wildlife along the Animas River near the site of the Gold King mine spill, prompting questions about the agency's plans for long-term cleanup in Colorado's former mining communities.

WESTERN WATER: Oroville Dam repair costs nearly double

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:17:03 -0400

The repair costs at Oroville Dam's flood control spillway will cost nearly double the previous estimate, California officials said yesterday.

SCIENCE: Pollution is deadlier than war, world hunger — study

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:17:04 -0400

Environmental pollution is deadlier than all the world's wars, and it kills more people every year than a plethora of other ills, from smoking and hunger to natural disasters, according to a new study.

PESTICIDES: WHO's cancer review of glyphosate left out evidence — report

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:17:06 -0400

One of the world's most influential cancer research agencies omitted evidence in its review of glyphosate — a weedkiller used in Monsanto Co.'s signature product — that went against its conclusion that the chemical likely causes cancer in humans, according to a Reuters report.

DOE: 31 Hanford workers inhaled radioactive material

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:17:08 -0400

Thirty-one workers inhaled small amounts of radioactive material after a take-cover order in June at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

HYPERLOOP: Musk to dig Md.-D.C. tunnel, says governor: 'So, get ready'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:17:09 -0400

Elon Musk's Boring Co. will break ground in Maryland on a Hyperloop tunnel to Washington, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said yesterday.

INDIA: Despite festival firework ban, toxic haze blankets capital

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:17:11 -0400

A smoky, toxic haze fell over New Delhi today as air pollution climbed to 18 times the healthy limit after residents launched fireworks late into the night to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali.