STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Union parliament on Wednesday pushed for a drastic reform of fishing policy in a landmark vote seeking to end decades of overfishing that have decimated many of the stocks in Atlantic and Mediterranean EU waters.
Sally Jewell appeared Wednesday to face few immediate obstacles to Senate confirmation as the next head of the Interior Department, potentially giving President Barack Obama a chance to add the first woman to his second-term cabinet without controversy.
Obama announced his nomination of Jewell at the White House with praise for her background in the oil industry, banking sector and as the president and CEO of influential outdoors gear retailer Recreational Equipment, Inc.
Bruce Babbitt stirred up a hornet's nest on Tuesday by attacking one of the oil industry's top goals in Washington -- access to public lands.
His proposal to set aside one acre of land for every acre leased to drillers was a direct shot at industry and Republicans who say President Barack Obama has kept the drillers out of new public areas. But it was also the latest effort from the left to pressure Obama to do more in his second term to protect the environment.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, "Oversight Hearing on Implementation of Corps of Engineers Water Resources Policies." Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy, Corps Commanding General and Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick to testify.
The Environmental Protection Agency's "Bay Barometer" report found the Chesapeake Bay still faces problems meeting restoration goals but is regaining resilience against natural and man-made threats, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe switched his position on offshore drilling of the state's coast, supporting a pro-drilling bill introduced by Virginia's Democratic senators, The Washington Post reports.
Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer urged NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane to complete an investigation and hold a public hearing before allowing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to restart, Southern California Public Radio reports.