Environmental Politics

Texas GOPers Helped Arkema Lobby Against Safety Rules

"The French company that says its Houston-area chemical plant is spewing "noxious" smoke — and may explode — successfully pressed federal regulators to delay new regulations designed to improve safety procedures at chemical plants, according to federal records reviewed by International Business Times."

Source: International Business Times, 09/04/2017

"Trump Nominates Former Coal Exec To Run MSHA"

"President Donald Trump on Saturday indicated he has chosen as the nation’s top mine safety official the former chief executive of Rhino Resources, a coal company that repeatedly clashed with federal regulators when the Obama administration Labor Department tried to step up industry-wide enforcement in the wake of the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in a generation."

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail, 09/04/2017

"Trump Could Seek Billions In Harvey Recovery Aid Next Week"

"President Trump could request a package of emergency funding to deal with the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey as soon as next week, a senior administration official said, reshuffling the political agenda as the White House scrambles to deal with devastation left by the storm."

Source: Washington Post, 09/01/2017

"Senators' Silence Kills Probe Into Zinke's Alleged Alaska Threats"

"The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is closing its investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s alleged threats against an Alaska senator during an ObamaCare fight last month after the lawmaker and her in-state colleague refused to participate in the probe."

Source: The Hill, 08/31/2017

"Federal Agency OKs Gas Pipeline Project Fought By Residents"

"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved construction of a high-pressure pipeline that will carry natural gas from the shale fields of Appalachia, across northern Ohio and into Michigan and Canada, a decision likely to be a death blow for project opponents concerned about safety and property rights."

Source: AP, 08/30/2017

Flood Insurance: Harvey Plays Into Partisan Divide On National Program

"Devastation caused by Tropical Storm Harvey will only exacerbate congressional debate over flood insurance reform, likely forcing lawmakers to pass a short-term extension before the federal program expires at the end of September."

Source: Greenwire, 08/30/2017

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