WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a rare instance of congressional compromise, President Barack Obama signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill Tuesday, financing improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to flood control in Iowa and North Dakota.
Obama praised the work of Democrats and Republicans and said he hoped it set a pattern for agreement for more spending on capital works projects across the country.
"Right now we should be putting a lot more Americans back to work rebuilding our infrastructure," he said. "There are a lot of guys with hardhats sitting at home."
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivers 1:15 pm address to Capitol Hill Ocean Week conference. BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank, BSEE Director Brian M. Salerno, Center for Offshore Safety Executive Director Charlie Williams speak on afternoon panel. Conference continues Thursday.
White House adviser John Podesta delivers morning keynote to Capitol Hill Ocean Week conference Day 1. State Department Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli to speak on afternoon panel. Conference continues through Thursday.
FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — Before Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees.
It was the kind of pristine woodland that was mostly wiped out by settlers in their rush to clear land and build communities. Now one of the nation's largest chemical companies and one of its oldest conservation groups have forged an unlikely partnership that seeks to recreate some of that forest to curb pollution.
The plan drafted by Dow Chemical and the Nature Conservancy is only in its infancy and faces many hurdles. But it envisions a day when expensive machines used to capture industrial pollutants might be at least partially replaced by restoring some of the groves of native trees that once filled the land.
Senate Environment and Public Works Green Jobs and the New Economy Subcommittee hearing, "Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting in an Era of Changing Climate." U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe among witnesses.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Tuesday called for federal research to reduce the billions of gallons of water used in oil and gas drilling and in electricity generation, as droughts and population growth put new demands on water sources.
Murkowski also backed new research to cut the energy devoted to transport and treatment of water supplies, according to a policy white paper she released and prepared remarks she was to deliver to the Atlantic Council on the so-called energy-water nexus.
Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee hearing, "Finding Cooperative Solutions to Environmental Concerns with the Conowingo Dam to Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay." Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives to testify.
BEIJING (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.
Tests at 4,778 monitoring sites across China showed a slight increase in polluted sites over last year, from 57.4 percent to 59.6 percent, according to the report, released late Tuesday.
Beijing has been responding to public demands for transparency in environmental data. Last week, the government released a summary of a years-long survey that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated, most of it with toxic metals.
The computer model the Environmental Protection Agency uses to test the effects of its Clean Power Plan on grid reliability will likely face challenges from states as well as GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, E&E reports.
Ethanol and biodiesel RIN generation each dropped more than 1 percent in November, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, and advanced biofuel RIN generation plummeted while no RINs were generated at all for cellulosic biofuel during the month, Platts reports.
Response to President Barack Obama’s move to continue a ban on drilling in Bristol Bay was muted, but he may face much more serious opposition from oil companies if he moves to do anything similar in the Beaufort or Chukchi Seas, National Journal reports.
The U.S. should “consider the serious consequences” from its move to impose steep tariffs on Chinese solar panels, the country’s Commerce Ministry said Wednesday, but in a hint that Beijing might be interested in settling a long-running dispute over the issue, the statement urged the U.S. to “appropriately manage trade frictions,” The New York Times reports.
Solar panels and engineering services to build a 131-megawatt facility in Georgia will come from First Solar, according to an announcement from Southern Co., which says the farm should come online in the fourth quarter of 2016, Bloomberg reports.
Grupo Fermaca is to build a 262-mile pipeline -– to come online in 2017 -- that will bring U.S. natural gas to northern Mexico, now that the firm has won construction rights in an auction, state power company CFE announced late Tuesday, Platts reports.
Solar generation is poised to take off in Texas, NPR reports, noting that the state is unlikely to follow Spain’s example of heavily subsidizing the industry, and also is likely to use panels rather than the solar towers and mirrors of thermal technology.