"Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's pick for the No. 2 job at the Interior Department on Wednesday in a dispute over oil and gas development on federal lands, but Democrats vowed they would soon make a second attempt to win confirmation."
"The Senate confirmed Craig Fugate as administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday, hours after Sen. David Vitter, R-La., dropped his hold on the nominee."
A secret White House memo said a single federal agency complained about the cost of regulations that could result from an EPA finding that greenhouse emissions endanger health and the environment.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) has placed a "hold" on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead EPA's Air Office, saying EPA's proposed finding that greenhouse gases endanger human health and welfare would lead to costly regulations of small business.
The natural gas industry yesterday launched a campaign against rules to control a drilling technology called 'hydraulic fracturing.'
A U.S. Chemical Safety Board public hearing, delayed for a month due to Bayer's pleas for secrecy, finds lack of safety to be contributing factors to the 'accident' that killed two at an Institute, WV, plant in August 2008.
EPA is awarding $800,000 in grants to organizations working with communities throughout the country that struggle with environmental justice issues. Under the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, 40 grants, up to $20,000 each, are going to community organizations and local and tribal governments in 28 states for projects aimed at addressing environmental and public health issues." Environment News Service had the story March 24, 2009.
The House Science Committee is investigating charges that a White House political arm with no scientific expertise is suppressing EPA information about the toxic risks of commercial products.
EPA on March 26, 2008, delivered a report Congress had demanded on its plan to reopen the agency's shuttered libraries.
EPA has begun a "National Dialogue" about what information the public needs from the agency and how the agency can better provide that information.