While Republican lawmakers have been the vocal about their alarm over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to update Clean Water Act pollution regulations over rural streams and other waterways that affect public health, farm-state Senate Democrats are also raising their own concerns.
In a letter sent to EPA, the Agriculture Department and the Army Corps of Engineers just before senators left Washington last week, Agriculture Committee chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and 12 Democratic colleagues, said the proposal may have "unintended consequences" that undercut conservation practices supported by the 2014 Farm Bill.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation.
That's a problem.
Thinking plenty of water was available at the start of summer, residents along a coastal area doused their lawns and filled their pools, while elsewhere in the state farmers fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres.
Lawmakers agree that wildfire funding policy needs to be changed, but are split on how to fix it: A bipartisan group is proposing that money to fight wildfires be allowed to come from disaster funds, while a Republican Senate trio has proposed a measure that would require spending to thin forests on federal lands, Gannett's The Desert Sun reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.
The action by the State Water Resources Control Board came after its own survey showed that conservation measures to date have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The University of California, Davis's Center for Watershed Sciences projected California's drought will inflict a total $2.2 billion in losses and expenses for the state's agriculture industry and cut more than 17,000 farm jobs, The Wall Street Journal reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians increased water consumption this year during the severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.
The new figures surfaced as state water regulators prepared to vote later in the day on fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
As California continues to experience severe drought, some residents in Cabazon are questioning why there are few restrictions on a Nestle-owned bottled-water plant, even as the rest of the state is facing pressure to conserve resources, The Desert News reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
The rules would prohibit the watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks, driveways and other hard surfaces would be banned along with washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle.
Ecosystem Investment Partners, a private equity group, is looking to profit from its restoration of marshlands in Louisiana by selling the environmental restoration credits it earns to developers and agencies looking to offset their projects' environmental damage, The New York Times reports.
Businesses pledging to do their part to fight climate change see “the logic” of a strong international agreement on the issue, adviser Brian Deese said Monday after the White House unveiled the plans, The Hill reports.
The Bureau of Land Management and the Agriculture Department have taken major steps to protect the sage grouse and its habitat ahead of a decision on whether to list the bird as endangered, and environmental groups tell E&E it's because of a couple of settlements they reached with the Obama administration four years ago.
The price of gasoline at the pump would rise as much as 14.5 cents per gallon if the U.S. lifted its ban on crude exports, according to a study commissioned by Consumers and Refiners United for Domestic Energy, which wants to see the ban stay in place, The Hill reports.
Plunging Chinese stocks took oil prices with them Monday, as crude continues to plumb depths not seen since March. Light, sweet crude for September delivery lost 75 cents to settle at $47.39 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent slumped $1.15, or 2.1 percent, to $53.47, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Oilfield services companies Halliburton and Baker Hughes are cutting up to 7,500 more more jobs than they had projected in April, in moves to help the companies cope with the continued slide in oil prices, FuelFix reports.
Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission on Thursday will review the agreement to keep Switch as a customer of NV Energy in exchange for providing the data firm with electricity from a solar project, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
A proposal before Iowa regulators to allow MidAmerican Energy to add 552 megawatts of energy generated by wind would mean the utility would be getting 57 percent of its capacity from renewable sources, CEO Bill Fehrman told The Des Moines Register,
Alstom is cutting the purchase price for its energy assets by nearly $330 million to help buyer GE cope with the concessions the European Union is demanding to approve the deal, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A new study says education, an understanding of how human activity can affect the environment, and whether local temperatures have changed are three of the biggest factors driving people’s awareness of, and concern about, climate change, The Washington Post reports.