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Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:00 -0400


CLEAN WATER RULE: Big legal question: Is Trump's WOTUS repeal 'reasoned'?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:00 -0400

The Trump administration's 42-page proposal for repealing former President Obama's Clean Water Rule largely builds its case on a 2009 split decision by the Supreme Court on federal regulation of swear words on television.

POLITICS: Voters want Trump to protect land, keep monuments — poll

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:03 -0400

Sportsmen and women say the Trump administration needs to protect public lands, maintain the "number and size" of national monuments, and support efforts to save the greater sage grouse, according to a wide-ranging poll released today that was conducted by a GOP polling firm.

DOE: Appropriators agree to cut renewables, efficiency, ARPA-E

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:05 -0400

A House appropriations subcommittee advanced a $37.5 billion energy and water bill that would slash funding for renewable and efficiency programs and eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

WHITE HOUSE: Trump vows to help tribes 'unleash' energy reserves

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:09 -0400

President Trump kicked off a meeting with four governors and other state and tribal leaders today by vowing to unlock "vast treasures of energy reserves."

ENERGY POLICY: House panel approves Yucca, EPA bills

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:12 -0400

The House Energy and Commerce Committee today advanced a number of high-profile energy bills, including language to advance the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada that's emerging as a key priority for the Trump administration.

APPROPRIATIONS: House subcommittee rejects most of Trump's USDA cuts

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:15 -0400

A $20 billion spending plan for agriculture programs cleared its first hurdle in the House today, with lawmakers rejecting most — but not all — of the Trump administration's moves to sharply cut farm and rural programs.

HOUSE: McCarthy mad as cap and trade keeps new member in Calif.

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:16 -0400

U.S. Rep.-elect Jimmy Gomez has not been sworn in since his special election win 21 days ago.

CLEAN POWER PLAN: White House meets with greens, unions on rollback

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:19 -0400

The White House has begun meetings to discuss pulling back on U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan.

EPA: Pruitt met with Dow CEO before rejecting pesticide ban

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:21 -0400

U.S. EPA chief Scott Pruitt met privately with the CEO of Dow Chemical Co. just before reversing the agency's ban on a pesticide that studies show can harm children's brains.

BORDER WALL: Solar panels possible on U.S.-Mexico barrier, official says

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:23 -0400

President Trump surprised many stakeholders this month when he suggested solar panels could be mounted on his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. Solar power, he said, could cover the expected multibillion-dollar cost of the wall.

PUBLIC LANDS: Western governors call for revamping Forest Service

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:25 -0400

WHITEFISH, Mont. — Pointing to "significant dissatisfaction" with the management of national forests, the Western Governors' Association yesterday approved a resolution that calls in part for overhauling the Forest Service.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Some in Calif. support Interior's public lands review

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:28 -0400

California lawmakers have emerged as staunch opponents of President Trump's proposal to eliminate or downsize national monuments across the country, but some local leaders near Giant Sequoia National Monument are taking a different approach.

MARINE MAMMALS: Endangered right whale deaths stump scientists

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:30 -0400

Six North American right whales have washed up dead in recent weeks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada, alarming conservationists.

SALMON: Dams, pipelines threaten tribal traditions

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:32 -0400

Chinook salmon are disappearing after years of drought, threatening ancient ways of life for tribes along California's Klamath River.

FISHERIES: Md. ends crab season early, citing population losses

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:40 -0400

Maryland will end the commercial crabbing season in the Chesapeake Bay 10 days early and impose late-season bushel limits in response to blue crab population losses, the state Department of Natural Resources said yesterday.

OCEANS: Island emerges off Outer Banks

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:41 -0400

A new island has emerged off North Carolina's Outer Banks beyond the tip of Cape Point.

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Court backs Conn. bid to boost clean power

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:43 -0400

A federal court today upheld Connecticut's program to promote the use of renewable sources of electricity.

REGULATIONS: Group sues EPA over Trump adviser documents

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:45 -0400

The watchdog group American Oversight sued U.S. EPA in federal court yesterday, hoping to force the agency to release all communications with billionaire investor and White House regulatory adviser Carl Icahn.

OREGON STANDOFF: FBI agent faces obstruction charges in LaVoy Finicum shooting

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:47 -0400

An FBI agent will face obstruction of justice charges for making false statements about firing at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, one of the leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation last year.

NATURAL GAS: Industry group wants DOE to hit pause on exports

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:49 -0400

An industry group that represents large domestic consumers of natural gas is calling on the Trump administration to halt exports while developing new criteria for shipments to nations that lack free-trade deals with the United States.

COAL: Companies want workers with PlayStation skills, not shovels

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:52 -0400

Coal jobs are rebounding, but mining companies are looking for workers who can crunch data or use a joystick in a move away from the traditionally labor-intensive work in the industry.

NOAA: Agency may relocate Miami fisheries office

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:54 -0400

Miami's research hub could face a double whammy if the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration moves its National Marine Fisheries Service office from Virginia Key to St. Petersburg and if proposed budget cuts to the agency's climate science program come to fruition.

NATIONAL LABS: Warnings, other problems preceded 2011 Idaho incident

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:56 -0400

A 2011 incident that led to 16 workers inhaling plutonium dust at Idaho National Laboratory was preceded by other serious instances of contamination and pointed warnings from the chairman of the lab's safety committee, according to a Center for Public Integrity investigation.

NATIONAL LABS: Multibillion-dollar Los Alamos contract up for renewal

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:57 -0400

The National Nuclear Security Administration posted online yesterday applications for the multibillion-dollar management contract for the troubled Los Alamos National Laboratory.

CHEMICALS: Paint stripper threatens ozone layer

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:26:59 -0400

Efforts to restore the Earth's ozone shield could be pushed back by decades if chemical emissions from paint strippers are not curbed, according to new research.

WATER POLLUTION: Ford chemical spill leaks into Lake Erie

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:27:01 -0400

A chemical spill from a Ford Motor Co. plant near Avon Lake, Ohio, leaked into Lake Erie but isn't considered a health hazard, officials said.

SUPERFUND: EPA grants nearly $10M for DDT cleanup in Mich.

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:27:03 -0400

A Superfund site in Michigan will get nearly $10 million from U.S. EPA this year to begin cleaning up a chemical plant that made now-banned pesticides and fire retardants.