"A bipartisan group of 19 Western governors said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did not consult with them about major plans for reorganizing the agency, and have asked him to delay implementing the proposal until he speaks with them."
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- Source: AP, 02/09/2018
"The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday released annual data about how it is enforcing the nation’s environmental laws, saying it had racked up nearly $5 billion in criminal fines and civil penalties, as well as significant commitments from companies to clean up contaminated sites around the country."Source: Washington Post, 02/09/2018
"House Democrats on Thursday called for $1 trillion in federal dollars for an infrastructure overhaul, a proposal that comes just days ahead of the announcement of President Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure proposal."
"The budget deal that [passed early Friday morning] includes the one-year, retroactive renewal of a host of expired tax breaks." They included extension of tax breaks for renewable energy.
"The two-year budget deal reached by congressional leaders would set up the biggest sale in history from the nation’s emergency oil stockpile."
"Forestry experts have a dire warning for California: the conditions are ripe for more catastrophic fire seasons like the one last fall. And an arcane federal funding arrangement is making it a lot harder for forestry officials to do something about it. Instead of fixing the problem, however, Congress just punted — again."Source: McClatchy, 02/09/2018
"Federal prosecutors yesterday filed an appeal that seeks to reinstate a criminal indictment against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and two of his sons, arguing the case's dismissal last month "increases the risk of danger to federal officers executing their duties" on public lands."Source: Greenwire, 02/09/2018
"Oakland Unified [school district] estimates it will cost $38 million to address high lead levels in water taps at its schools."Source: East Bay Times, 02/09/2018
"When oil companies drill offshore, they still need to build infrastructure onshore, things like pipelines and helicopter pads. And it's cities who control the zoning and building permits that allow that, not the federal government." That gives state and local governments a way to say no."Source: NPR, 02/09/2018
After taking office in 2017 as a top Interior Department official, Doug Domenech bought stock in a mining company that does business with the agency.Source: Think Progress, 02/09/2018
"As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has repeatedly questioned the scientific consensus that rising levels of carbon dioxide from human-fueled activity are warming the planet. He’s now taking a different tack: Even if climate change is occurring, as the vast majority of scientists say it is, a warmer atmosphere might not be so awful for humans, according to Pruitt."Source: Washington Post, 02/08/2018
"A group of Democratic senators is demanding that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt recuse himself from repealing one of President Obama's signature environmental rules, which is intended to curb the release of greenhouse gases from the nation’s power plants."Source: Washington Post, 02/08/2018
"Governments are slowly advancing efforts to reduce climate and health impacts of soot."
"Governments are poised this week to begin discussing rules to curb black-carbon pollution from ships, after nearly seven years of preparation. The sooty emissions, which are produced by diesel engines, warm the climate and harm human health.Source: Nature, 02/08/2018
"276 Michiganians were ushered or barred from homes and other sites due to possible cancerous fumes. People were relocated from sites in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Sturgis, according to the state."Source: Detroit News, 02/08/2018
"The U.S solar industry, after at least six years as a sizzling job creator, lost almost 4 percent of its jobs last year, according to a survey out today. Most business owners said they expect growth to resume this year."Source: EnergyWire, 02/08/2018