"Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to slam into the Florida Panhandle about mid-afternoon Monday, and wallop parts of the southeastern United States with drenching rains, blasting winds and possible tornadoes, officials said."
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- Source: Reuters, 05/28/2018
"Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and promote Administrator Scott Pruitt’s stewardship of the agency."Source: AP, 05/28/2018
"Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, spent roughly $3.5 million in taxpayer funds on his personal security detail during his first year in office, 1.7 times what his predecessors spent each year on average, according to records made public Friday by the agency."Source: NY Times, 05/28/2018
On April 27, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would free the Federal Aviation Administration from longstanding requirements that commercial airports use firefighting foam that contains the PFAS chemicals that pollute drinking water.Source: The Intercept, 05/28/2018
The huge amounts of local revenue generated by tourism on the Jersey Shore may well outweigh the Trump administration's push for oil company profits from offshore drilling.
"The major financial investor in the Pebble Mine project has pulled out, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. announced Friday, dealing a serious blow to the firm’s plan to build a controversial gold and copper mine near rich salmon fishing grounds at Alaska’s Bristol Bay."
"Last week, a bipartisan group of House members made a demand of congressional leaders: Block any provisions curtailing the federal government’s ability to deal with climate change from the next spending bill."
"The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday expanded the opportunity for vocal critics to object to a controversial proposal that would restrict the types of scientific research the agency can draw on when writing regulations."Source: InsideClimate News, 05/28/2018
"Coyotes are newly established in every state and several Canadian provinces and are rapidly moving south of Mexico into Central America, the study released Tuesday says."
"Rep. Dan Kildee, who represents Flint, Mich., the site of the 2014 lead water crisis, asked the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general on Thursday to conduct an investigation into the agency’s decision to limit public access to a summit this week on dangerous chemicals that have contaminated water supplies."Source: Washington Examiner, 05/25/2018
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from the chemical industry, has delayed release of a study detailing cancer risks from formaldehyde, according to internal communications seen by Reuters, potentially keeping important health information from the public."Source: Reuters, 05/25/2018
"Environmentalists flocked together today to file suits against the Interior Department over a controversial narrowing of Migratory Bird Treaty Act protections."
"U.S. forecasters expect the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near-normal to above-normal in number and intensity of storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday."Source: Reuters, 05/25/2018
"EPA leaned heavily on input from Republican politicians and advocacy groups in devising membership standards last year for its sprawling network of advisory committees, according to more than 700 pages of records released late yesterday in response to a federal court order."
"The top career EPA official responsible for safeguarding the nation's drinking water supply couldn't say yesterday how Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial move to restrict the types of scientific studies the agency can use might affect its efforts to protect the public from toxic nonstick chemicals."