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"Hurricane Harvey Looms, and So Do Trump Cuts to Weather Research"

"Hurricane Harvey is strengthening as it approaches the Texas coast, and the massive storm is underscoring another big disturbance on the way: the battle over President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the National Weather Service."

Source: Newsweek, 08/28/2017

"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

Dam Removal Helps American Shad Return After Disappearing For Centuries

"For the first time in centuries, the American shad entered the Musconetcong River during its spring spawning migration upriver this year. The Musky, as it’s known to locals, is a tributary of the Delaware in Northwestern New Jersey. The Hughesville Dam, standing 18 feet tall and 150 feet wide, had blocked its way."

Source: StateImpact Pennsylvania, 08/17/2017

SEJ President's Report: Our Mission to Call Out Threats to the Press

SEJ President Bobby Magill, in his latest report, outlines the organization's efforts to fight back against restrictions on freedom of the press, as well as a new push to build a more diverse SEJ and a special fellowship in tribute to recently deceased board member and freelancer Lizzie Grossman.

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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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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

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