Economy & Business

EPA Staff Forced to Work on Energy Industry’s Wish List: Ex-Official

"EPA staffers are spending their days addressing an industry wish list of changes to environmental law, according to Elizabeth Southerland, a former senior agency official who issued a scathing public farewell message when she ended her 30-year career there on Monday."

Source: The Intercept, 08/04/2017

US To Reject Biofuel Program Tweaks In Blow To Refiners, Icahn: Sources

"The Environmental Protection Agency will reject a proposed overhaul of the U.S. biofuels program that would have shifted blending responsibility away from refining companies further down the fuel supply chain, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday."

Source: Reuters, 08/04/2017

Pipeline Payday: How Builders Win Big, Whether Gas Is Needed or Not

"The real fight over America's energy future isn't in coal, despite the Trump administration's public focus on a mining revival. Rather, dozens of pipeline projects, making up one of the largest expansions of natural gas infrastructure in U.S. history, are where the fossil fuel action is."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/04/2017

"U.S. Nuclear Comeback Stalls as Two Reactors Are Abandoned"

"In a major blow to the future of nuclear power in the United States, two South Carolina utilities said on Monday that they would abandon two unfinished nuclear reactors in the state, putting an end to a project that was once expected to showcase advanced nuclear technology but has since been plagued by delays and cost overruns."

Source: NY Times, 08/01/2017

Court Strikes Down “Ag-Gag” Law; plus a Journalist’s Legal Guide; State Shield for Climate Research and More

A federal court has ruled unconstitutional a Utah law that made undercover filming of livestock operations illegal. What's it mean for similar laws elsewhere? The latest WatchDog has the story, plus news on protecting whistleblowers, a digital journalist's legal guide, shielding of climate info and leaked government reports.

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"Michael Dourson Tapped To Lead U.S. EPA Chemical Program"

"Michael Dourson, President Donald J. Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s office that oversees commercial chemicals and pesticides, is a board-certified toxicologist with decades of experience in risk assessment. Dourson’s close ties to the chemical industry, however, have some environmental groups raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest."

Source: C&EN, 07/19/2017

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