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.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials posted online a hefty plan Tuesday to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain from stormwater runoff, and now await word on whether it goes far enough in addressing federal concerns.
Decades of runoff have contributed to dirtying Vermont's signature lake and causing excessive algae growth. The pollution has turned the water murky, hurt tourism, depressed property values and increased water treatment costs.
Cleaning up the lake has been a longstanding state goal, but lawmakers and officials say the state is under more pressure now to meet federal targets. If the latest plan doesn't measure up, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could impose expensive regulations on sewage plants in the state.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday delivered an angry broadside at Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for her rejection of an emergency access road through a national wildlife refuge to the King Cove community in her state, intensifying the friction between the two.
"I will not get over this issue," said Murkowski, a Republican, to Jewell during a 15-minute statement on the King Cove stalemate at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on the department's budget.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met Tuesday with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in a bid to smooth strained relations before an expected public showdown on Wednesday between the two.
Aides to Jewell and Murkowski confirmed the meeting. It was their first since Jewell in December rejected an emergency access road through a portion of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge sought by the remote Aleutian Islands fishing village of King Cove, a move that angered Murkowski.
The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday proposed a rule to narrow the reach of federal regulation of intermittent streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
The move comes after years of court rulings that have led to concerns that EPA and corps will stop or slow development of lands through a broad interpretation of the law.
EPA and the corps said in the proposed rule that they want to reduce total permit reviews and give more certainty to landowners. It would eliminate from potential coverage seasonal or intermittent waters that the federal government has not regulated under the law or are exempted, including farmlands and waste treatment systems.
It would leave for case-by-case determinations so-called "other waters" for potential protection under the law, beyond navigable waterways, wetlands and tributaries that the law explicitly sets out for regulation.
SEATTLE (AP) — So much rain and snow has fallen across Washington state in recent weeks that experts say there's little chance of a statewide drought being declared this year.
Department of Ecology spokesman Dan Partridge says the worries are over for now. He says snowpack and streamflow measurements as well as other indicators have alleviated concerns about a possible statewide drought.
The agency convened a group of federal and state officials in February after a dry winter start raised concerns about a possible statewide drought.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama will expand the California Coastal National Monument to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, a White House official said Saturday.
Expected Tuesday, the action will permanently protect some 1,665 acres of federal lands on the Mendocino County coast, just north of Point Arena in northern California. It will expand a national monument created in 2000 by President Bill Clinton to include coastal bluffs and shelves, tide pools, onshore sand dunes, coastal prairies, riverbanks and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River.
Obama's designation would follow recent action by the Environmental Protection Agency to block development of Pebble Mine, a massive copper and gold deposit in Alaska's treasured Bristol Bay region.
TransCanada –- the company that would build and operate the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – has filed a request with South Dakota to have the state reissue certification for the project since the original has expired, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued greenhouse gas permits to Castleton Commodities subsidiary CCI Corpus Christi for its planned condensate splitter plant and bulk petroleum terminal in the Texas city, FuelFix reports.
With the dollar down ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting this week, U.S. benchmark crude recovered from intraday losses. West Texas Intermediate gained 65 cents to settle at $92.92 a barrel on the Nymex in active trading, while in London the October contract for Brent crude wrapped up 46 cents down at $96.65, Bloomberg reports.
In a letter Monday posted in full as an ad in The International New York Times, 160 activists urged foundations to use their financial muscle to avert climate change by investing in low-carbon energy, divesting from fossil fuels and, as shareholders, pressuring companies from pursuing new reserves, E&E reports.
The Obama administration has consistently refused to put a moratorium on leasing public land to mining firms, as well as taking other steps at odds with Republican claims it has waged a war on coal, The Boston Globe reports.
Severe black lung disease was back up to 3.2 percent of the population of miners in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky in 2012 compared to a low of 0.4 percent in 1998, according to a study published Monday in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Duke Energy is committing to installing three solar facilities in North Carolina as well as signing power purchase deals with five other new solar projects in the state, for a total of 278 megawatts of capacity at a cost of $500 million, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
The United Nations-sponsored climate summit in New York next week will play host to 125 heads of state including President Barack Obama, but not the leaders from Russia, China, Canada, India and Australia, according to a document the UN released over the weekend, The Hill reports.
Successful tests – in Canadian Maritime Provinces and in the U.S. as well -- point to the use of electric water heaters and space heaters linked to the grid through wireless controllers as a cheap method of storing excess energy like that generated from wind power, E&E reports.
Texas Board of Education member David Bradley will be pushing a skeptical position on climate change when new textbooks are due to be adopted in November, and he’ll apparently have a lot of material to choose from, National Journal reports.