The White House on Monday leveled a veto threat against a bill backed by House Republicans to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's "Waters of the U.S." rule, which is intended to clarify federal water pollution jurisdiction over streams and wetlands.
The threat is not likely to be carried out, as the bill is expected to get no attention by the Democratic-led Senate after being passed this week in the House. It was the latest sign of pre-election sparring, however, between the GOP and Obama administration over the rulemaking and its broader environmental policies.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $328 million in funding Monday to protect and restore farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country.
The initiative, using money provided in the new five-year farm bill, will buy conservation easements from farmers to protect the environment, help wildlife populations and promote outdoor recreation, the USDA said in its announcement. The agency selected 380 projects nationwide covering 32,000 acres of prime farmland, 45,000 acres of grasslands and 52,000 acres of wetlands.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian authorities say an outspoken opponent of illegal logging and three other Ashaninka community leaders have been slain in a remote region bordering Brazil.
The activist, Edwin Chota, had received frequent death threats from illegal loggers he tried to expel from traditional Ashaninka lands for which his community was seeking title.
Ashaninka regional leader Reyder Quiltiquari said by phone Monday that Chota and the others were killed and dismembered a week ago while returning to their community, Saweto, on the Upper Tamaya river.
Attempting once again to defuse opposition to its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule clarifying its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency Monday released a 7-page explanation in a question-and-answer format, The Hill reports.
Environmentalists who were planning to use a climate change defense against charges in Massachusetts stemming from their use of a lobster boat to block a coal barge won’t have to, as the prosecutor in the case -- Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter -- has reached a deal with them, motivated by the climate change threat, National Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to curb power plant carbon emissions will be challenged on multiple fronts by state regulators who are scheduled to testify before a House subcommittee on Tuesday, with Texas and Indiana calling the plan unfair and impractical, given the nation's current portfolio of existing power plants.
The proposal "raises substantial questions about fairness," because Texas will be responsible for up to a quarter of the nation's total carbon cuts and the state has concerns that greater natural gas efficiency and renewable generation will work at cross purposes, says Kenneth W. Anderson, Jr., a member of the Texas Public Utility Commission, in written testimony made public Monday.
The Senate has voted to end debate on the nominations of Jeffery M. Baran and Stephen G. Burns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with a final confirmation vote expected Tuesday afternoon, The Hill reports.
A study being published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America makes specific links between wastewater injection and earthquakes in the area of the Raton Basin using seismic monitors and fluid-injection data, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A combination of growing supply from Libya at a time when statistics are indicating weaker demand from the world’s big economies was continuing to pressure oil prices Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery was 22 cents lower to $92.70 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London November Brent dropped 8 cents to $97.80, Reuters reports.
Under terms of its initial public offering announced Monday, Vantage Energy -– an oil and gas company operating in the Barnett and Marcellus Shale plays -– hopes to sell 23,550,000 at $24 to $27 a share, the Denver Business Journal reports.
The California Independent System Operator has directed its participants to limit maintenance in the Southern California region, as well as marshalling extra electricity generation throughout the state in response to additional demand caused by this week’s heat wave, Platts reports.
Two Nevada fire chiefs say they are concerned that smart meters may have been responsible for nine recent fires over the past two years, even though NV Energy has installed 1.1 million of them, The Associated Press reports.
A proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to collect fines and other debts by garnishing people’s wages would be blocked under legislation introduced by Sens. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., and John Thune, R-S.D., The Hill reports.
A patch of algae bloom in the north Atlantic converted 24,000 tons of CO2, nearly two thirds of it in a week, before it was killed by a virus that then helped it sink to the ocean floor, according to researchers – including some from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute -- who published their findings in Current Biology, E&E reports.
Data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies released Monday showed that 2014 saw the warmest August since records began 130 years ago, although director Gavin Schmidt said statistically the difference is slight and the significance is to be found in long-term trends, The Weather Channel reports.