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McCarthy stresses balance in wake of Pebble Mine visit

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says she will take a deliberate approach to any minerals mining permit reviews in Alaska's Bristol Bay area, following a trip to the area.

In a blog post Thursday titled "Finding Balance in Alaska", McCarthy did not sway from her insistence that she went to the state on a fact-finding trip in connection with President Barack Obama's climate agenda.

Senate Environment subcommittee hearing on Chesapeake Bay restoration

Grasonsville, Md., September 3, 2013, 11:00 am

Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee field hearing, "Chesapeake Bay Restoration: Progress and Challenges." EPA Director, Chesapeake Bay Program Director Nicholas DiPasquale to testify. 

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Moniz, McCarthy, Jewell take to the road this week

While lawmakers remain in their states during the congressional recess, top Obama administration officials are heading outside the Beltway this week to press the president's energy and environment agenda.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is to kick off the travel with events in New Jersey and New York on Monday. Later in the week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are both expected to go to Alaska.

Yosemite fire 'poses every challenge there can be'

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) — At Ike Bunney's dude ranch near the Sierra community of Tuolumne City, all creatures have been evacuated as firefighters brace for an intense battle to keep a wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of mountain communities.

"We've already evacuated the horses," said Bunney, who was keeping an eye on his Slide Mountain Guest Ranch on Sunday. "I think they're worried about the fire sparking over these hills."

Desert tortoise faces threat from its US refuge

LAS VEGAS (AP) — For decades, the vulnerable U.S. desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence.

Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It's been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas.

But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it.

Puerto Rico to build $54M water treatment plant

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor says construction has started on a $54 million water treatment plant that will serve the U.S. territory's central eastern region.

BLM makes first water reduction from Colo. reservoir

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Bloomberg

The Bureau of Land Management moved last week to implement the first water-release reduction from Colorado's Lake Powell reservoir amid heavy drought, Bloomberg reports.

Flap continues over Lejeune health assessment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Centers for Disease Control to complete a new, comprehensive report on the health effects of toxic tap water at the Camp Lejeune Marine base.

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Ecuador's president abandons no-drilling plan

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Rafael Correa said Thursday that he has abandoned a unique and ambitious plan to persuade rich countries to pay Ecuador not to drill for oil in a pristine Amazon rainforest preserve.

Corps runs out of sand for Miami-Dade beaches

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Some of South Florida's most popular beaches will be particularly vulnerable to erosion and major damage if the state experiences a series of hurricanes, as it did in 2004 and 2005, because officials have run out of an important material: sand.

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