National (U.S.)

Trump Seeks Clean Energy Cuts, $2 Billion Nuclear Spending Boost at DOE

"The Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget might never become law, but it’s a declaration of intent, and it would reshuffle priorities at the Energy Department, boosting outlays on nuclear security and slashing spending on renewables and energy efficiency."

Source: Washington Post, 02/15/2018

Scientist Stands Between Pruitt and Destruction of EPA Science Panels

"On January 26, after serving as a scientific advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency for about two years, Robyn Wilson received her first note from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt thanking her for her service—which was officially over. She had one year left in her term."

Source: Mother Jones, 02/15/2018

EPA: Pesticide Company’s Penalty Cut From A Proposed $4.8M to $150K

"A settlement agreement between U.S. EPA and Syngenta Seeds LLC to resolve violations of pesticide regulations at a Hawaii farm includes a civil penalty that's significantly lower than what the Obama administration had sought."

Source: Greenwire, 02/15/2018

Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet Rules on Safe Drinking Water

"To ensure that tap water in the United States is safe to drink, the federal government has been steadily tightening the health standards for the nation’s water supplies for decades. But over and over again, local water systems around the country have failed to meet these requirements." An illuminating data visualization maps where the problems are.

Source: NY Times, 02/14/2018

"Public Lands: Zinke 'Supportive' of LWCF But Gives Budget The Ax"

"While the Trump administration offered a tepid vision for the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in its fiscal 2019 budget proposal — slashing the program's acquisition budget by 95 percent — the Interior Department insisted Secretary Ryan Zinke remains a steadfast supporter."

Source: E&E Daily, 02/14/2018

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