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.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the path for seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey that will blast the floor of the Atlantic Ocean with loud noises as part of a climate change research project.
The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected New Jersey's request to block the testing off Long Beach Island, which aims to use acoustic research to examine sediment dating back tens of millions of years. The barrier island stretches along the central New Jersey coast for about 18 miles.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is not set to launch a new polar-orbiting satellite until 2017, creating potential for a blind spot in forecasting as several satellites approach the end of their lifespans in 2016, E&E reports.
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea. For the young, the lake and the land around it were a wonderland.
Buffalo's grandfather, though, looked at the lake with pained eyes. Created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' building of the Garrison Dam in the 1940s and '50s, it flooded out a significant portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and swallowed his town of Elbowoods. Families were forced to leave their homes for higher ground.
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.
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.
State Rep. Dick Anderson, a Republican farmer from Willow City, said he plans to revisit legislation the state Legislature rejected last year that would mandate flow meters and cutoff switches on such lines.
The National Weather Service is retreating from a forecast made by some of its offices that suggested the U.S. would experience a polar vortex next week, though unseasonably cool weather is expected, The Washington Post reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency does have the authority to reject a state’s air pollution plan, according to an appeals court ruling in a case brought by Kansas challenging authorities under the Cross-State Air Pollution rule, The Hill reports.
The Western Energy Coordinating Council has agreed to pay a $16 million penalty to FERC for its role in a 2011 power outage that left more than 5 million people in California, Arizona and Mexico without electricity, The Hill reports.
If a measure approved by the California Assembly last week becomes law, the state could have the toughest restrictions in the country on manufacturers of microbeads, which are used in products like toothpaste and cleansers, The New York Times reports.
Taking advantage of its target’s financial problems in the face of low crude prices, oil driller Crescent Point Energy Corp. is picking up Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. for around 563 million Canadian dollars in an all-stock deal, The Globe and Mail reports.
Jefferies Bache had hoped to find a buyer, but instead Societe General SA is picking up only pieces of the business for a small amount, as well as skimming off hundreds of the troubled commodities dealer’s top clients, while its brokers are fleeing to other firms, The Wall Street Journal reports.