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Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on EPA power plant carbon rule

Washington, July 23, 2014, 9:30 am

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, "EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants." EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to testify.

Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on international energy issues and security

Washington, July 22, 2014, 3:00 pm

Senate Foreign Relations International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee hearing,"U.S. Security Implications of International Energy and Climate Policies and Issues." Witnesses include Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Amos Hochstein, Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator Eric Postel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Daniel Chiu. 

Senate Energy & Natural Resources hearing on Interior Department revenues

Washington, July 22, 2014, 10:30 am

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, "Leveraging America's Resources as a Revenue Generator and Job Creator." Interior Department Office of Natural Resource Revenue Director Gregory Gould to testify.

California homeowners warned about brown lawns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some homeowners following the state's new drought-conscious motto that brown is the new green are being warned by local governments that they could be slapped with fines because of those dried up lawns.

In an attempt to get Californians to take the drought seriously, the state water board voted this week for mandatory outdoor watering restrictions that carry the threat of $500 fines.

EPA: Duke done dredging coal ash from NC river

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River months after a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant, federal environmental officials said Thursday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's on-scene coordinator, Myles Bartos, said Duke had dredged up about 2,500 tons of ash and contaminated sediment that settled against a dam in Danville, Virginia. Another 500 tons was recovered from other pockets in the river and settling tanks at two municipal water treatment plants in Virginia.

Risk of earthquake increased for about half of US

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.

The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.

Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads, bridges and highways as he criticized Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of transportation funding.

The new program is designed to encourage collaboration between state and local governments and private-sector investors, expand the market for public-private partnerships and make greater use of federal credit programs.

Obama's second-in-command at EPA resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday announced the resignation of Bob Perciasepe. He was appointed deputy administrator in 2009 as the Obama administration tapped the EPA to tackle pollution blamed for global warming.

Putin: US sanctions hurt bilateral ties, US firms

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.

Russia's benchmark MICEX was down 2.9 percent in late afternoon trading Thursday upon news of the sanctions while Russia's biggest oil company, Rosneft, was nearly 5 percent down and second-largest oil producer was trading 9 percent lower.

US trying to determine why jet down in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration scrambled Thursday to determine what brought down a passenger jet in Ukraine and whether any Americans were killed in an incident that could worsen the already tense conflict near the Ukraine-Russia border.

President Barack Obama made no mention of who might be responsible for the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people, but said the incident appeared to be a "terrible tragedy."

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