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Trump Says To Halt Aid To Calif. Wildfire Victims; Law Says He Can't

"U.S. President Donald Trump cannot withhold disaster relief once an emergency has been declared, federal statutes show, despite the Republican’s tweet on Wednesday that he had ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cease helping victims of last year’s California wildfires."

Source: Reuters, 01/10/2019

"Shutdown Means E.P.A. Pollution Inspectors Aren’t on the Job"

"The two-week-old shutdown has halted one of the federal government’s most important public health activities, the inspections of chemical factories, power plants, oil refineries, water treatment plants, and thousands of other industrial sites for pollution violations."

Source: NY Times, 01/10/2019

"House: How New Chairmen Will Shape Energy And Environment Policy"

"The last time Democrats were in charge of the House, the first iPad had just been released and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was fresh on everyone's minds.

Since then, there has been significant turnover, not the least of which was the 40-seat blue wave that propelled Democrats into the majority this Congress.

New chairmen and chairwomen are taking the gavels controlling the legislative and oversight agendas for the next two years, at least."

George Cahlink reports for E&E Daily January 8, 2019.

Source: E&E Daily, 01/09/2019

"Coastal States Link Arms to Oppose Trump Offshore Drilling Plan"

"State lawmakers from nine states introduced bills Jan. 8 aimed at blocking oil and gas drilling off their coasts, and a group of House Democrats meanwhile unveiled measures that would ban drilling in federal waters off much of the country."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 01/09/2019


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