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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
The rebound in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump was wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.