Environmental Politics

"EPA: Pruitt Assigns Political Appointee To Vet Grant Requests"

"In a sharp break with tradition, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has inserted a senior political appointee into the role of vetting competitive grant solicitations collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year, according to a memo obtained by E&E News."

Source: Greenwire, 08/18/2017

Records: EPA Coordinated Effort To Slow Herbicide Review With Monsanto

"Newly released government email communications show a persistent effort by multiple officials within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to slow a separate federal agency’s safety review of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide. Notably, the records demonstrate that the EPA efforts came at the behest of Monsanto, and that EPA officials were helpful enough to keep the chemical giant updated on their progress."

Source: U.S. Right To Know, 08/18/2017

"Governor Urges Trump To Drop Virginia From Offshore Drilling Plan"

"Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday."

Source: Reuters, 08/18/2017

Trump Environmental Rule Rollback — Tracking the Trackers

The Trump administration has moved aggressively to roll back environmental and energy-related rules, so much so that keeping tabs on all the developments has become a major challenge. To help reporters get the lay of the land, this week's TipSheet has a roundup of more than a dozen regulatory tracking reports. Track the trackers.

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"Sierra Club Sues U.S. Energy Department Over Power Grid Study"

"Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid."

Source: Reuters, 08/15/2017

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