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2021-02-16 21:20:17
by TWN Staff
BOEM Cancels Planned Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday cancelled an oil and gas exploration lease sale for a sizable swath... Read More

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday cancelled an oil and gas exploration lease sale for a sizable swath of the Gulf of Mexico. Lease Sale 257, which was scheduled to be live-streamed from New Orleans on March 17,... Read More

2021-02-16 15:42:03
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Researchers Highlight the Need to Build Data to Tackle Marine Debris

WASHINGTON - The Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, on Wednesday morning hosted an event explaining the complexities of... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, on Wednesday morning hosted an event explaining the complexities of measuring the presence of marine debris in the environment, focusing on the need to collect more data.  Measuring the problem... Read More

2021-01-29 17:38:26
by Sara Wilkerson
Rep. Peters Reintroduces Water Recycling Legislation for City of San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - This week, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., reintroduced the bipartisan Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II, legislation that... Read More

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - This week, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., reintroduced the bipartisan Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II, legislation that simplifies the city of San Diego’s required permitting process to operate the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. The legislation will... Read More

2021-01-08 17:38:20
by Reece Nations
Environment Efficacy: Biden to Undertake Robust Climate Change Agenda

WASHINGTON —President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to address man-made climate change appears poised to benefit from a bicameral party majority. Biden’s... Read More

WASHINGTON —President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to address man-made climate change appears poised to benefit from a bicameral party majority. Biden’s plan, outlined on his campaign website, proposes $1.7 trillion in new “federal investments” over the next 10 years that would... Read More

2020-12-30 14:57:31
by Tom Ramstack
EPA Keeps Ozone Pollution Standard at Level Opposed by Environmentalists

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency last week finalized plans to keep ozone air pollution standards at a... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency last week finalized plans to keep ozone air pollution standards at a level that environmentalists say is too high to prevent respiratory and other health problems.  In 2015 the EPA lowered the... Read More

2020-12-23 17:41:23
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Contribute to Lawsuit To Block EPA’s Water Quality Rule

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress who handle environmental issues are adding their voices to a federal court case that threatens... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress who handle environmental issues are adding their voices to a federal court case that threatens to roll back protections of the 1972 Clean Water Act. They are siding with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that... Read More

US Gives Florida Wider Authority Over Wetland Development

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government granted Florida’s request for wider authority over wetland development, a move announced Thursday... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government granted Florida’s request for wider authority over wetland development, a move announced Thursday that came under immediate fire by environmentalist who worry that the country's largest network of wetlands could be at risk... Read More

Trump Rushes Action on Environmental Issues That Could Handcuff Biden

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalize major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalize major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill for oil in Alaskan wilderness before Inauguration Day in a push that could complicate Joe Biden's climate and conservation agenda. The eleventh-hour regulatory race... Read More

Is The Country Ready for a Single-Passenger Electric Vehicle?

There's a new kid on the zero-emissions vehicle block — and it has three wheels. The Solo, from Canadian designer... Read More

There's a new kid on the zero-emissions vehicle block — and it has three wheels. The Solo, from Canadian designer and manufacturer ElectraMeccanica, is a single-passenger all-electric vehicle with a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 80... Read More

2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a... Read More

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

2020-10-09 14:45:58
by Sean Trambley
Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced $300,000 is available for grants to shellfish growers impacted... Read More

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced $300,000 is available for grants to shellfish growers impacted by declining exports and restaurant sales due to COVID-19.  Local and global market demand for Washington’s world-renowned shellfish has dropped... Read More

2020-10-05 20:18:12
by Sean Trambley
Conservation Enhancement Act Set to Be Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - This week, the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act achieved final passage in the U.S. House of Representatives with support... Read More

WASHINGTON - This week, the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act achieved final passage in the U.S. House of Representatives with support from a wide swath of bipartisan lawmakers.  The ACE Act helps conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat, including by reauthorizing the... Read More

2020-10-02 15:05:12
by Sean Trambley
O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D- Ariz., criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a recent House hearing on the... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D- Ariz., criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a recent House hearing on the western wildfires, saying “forest management has long been on the backburner at the federal level.” Halleran made his observation during... Read More

Native Americans Feel Double Pain of COVID-19 and Fires ‘Gobbling Up the Ground’

When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg... Read More

When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa’s fire chief and its pandemic team leader, Moon feared the impact of the blaze... Read More

2020-09-24 18:19:29
by Reece Nations
Delgado Receives Perfect Score From Environmental Group

WASHINGTON – In its second report ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives for their votes on legislation related... Read More

WASHINGTON – In its second report ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives for their votes on legislation related to toxic chemicals, the Environmental Working Group Action Fund presented Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., with a perfect score. Much of... Read More

Big Problems for Smallest Great Lake: More Precipitation, Warmer Temperatures and Regulation Plan Upend Life Along Lake Ontario

SODUS POINT, N.Y. — On Mother’s Day three years ago, Tom Frank was at his bayside restaurant, Captain Jack’s Good... Read More

SODUS POINT, N.Y. — On Mother’s Day three years ago, Tom Frank was at his bayside restaurant, Captain Jack’s Good Time Tavern, when a brimming Lake Ontario surged onto the back patio. Water spilled across the wooden deck, a sun-soaked... Read More

2020-07-31 13:10:21
by Jacob Pederson
Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19

Disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Hanna’s arrival on the coast of Texas last week are going well despite the challenges... Read More

Disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Hanna’s arrival on the coast of Texas last week are going well despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, according to the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  Hurricane Hanna hit Texas with winds... Read More

2020-07-27 19:44:47
by Gaspard Le Dem
Ocean Plastic Could Triple By 2040 Without ‘Rapid And Concerted’ Action

WASHINGTON - The amount of plastic entering the world’s oceans could nearly triple within the next two decades, according to... Read More

WASHINGTON - The amount of plastic entering the world’s oceans could nearly triple within the next two decades, according to a report by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C., called “Breaking the Plastic... Read More

2020-07-24 17:26:29
by TWN
At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability

WASHINGTON - It has been an eventful summer for Philip Morris International, the company perhaps best known for its Marlboro... Read More

WASHINGTON - It has been an eventful summer for Philip Morris International, the company perhaps best known for its Marlboro and Chesterfield cigarette brands. First, Chief Executive Officer André Calantzopoulos declared in the company’s recently released integrated report that he... Read More

2020-07-21 19:50:21
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - Bipartisanship ruled the day Monday when several amendments were added to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY... Read More

WASHINGTON - Bipartisanship ruled the day Monday when several amendments were added to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 to better regulate a class of cancer-linked chemicals on military bases and surrounding communities. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also... Read More

2020-07-20 19:43:19
by Jacob Pederson
Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does... Read More

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does not violate the U.S. Constitution, shooting down the last surviving element of a challenge by the Trump administration. In 2006,... Read More

2020-07-20 14:44:12
by Jacob Pederson
2020 Could be the Hottest Year Ever

The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration has proclaimed 2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record. This... Read More

The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration has proclaimed 2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record. This past June was the 44th in a row that saw hotter than average temperatures, the agency said last week. It... Read More

2020-07-16 15:23:46
by Jacob Pederson
Interior Department to End Grizzly Bear Restoration in the North Cascades

The Interior Department is dropping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington State, citing the concerns... Read More

The Interior Department is dropping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington State, citing the concerns of people who live and work in the area. The move has alarmed environmentalists who say the decision threatens the... Read More

2020-07-15 21:16:32
by Jacob Pederson
Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits

President Donald Trump announced he is loosening the National Environmental Policy Act in a bid to speed up permitting of... Read More

President Donald Trump announced he is loosening the National Environmental Policy Act in a bid to speed up permitting of federal infrastructure projects ranging from highway upgrades to the construction of oil and natural gas pipelines. The president announced the... Read More

2020-07-15 19:37:17
by Dan McCue
Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill

WASHINGTON - Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., have introduced legislation that would create Centers of Excellence on... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., have introduced legislation that would create Centers of Excellence on Harmful Algal Bloom research, prevention, response, and mitigation to aid in the fight against harmful outbreaks of red tide and... Read More

2020-07-15 19:27:14
by Jacob Pederson
EPA Close to Completing Review of Air Quality Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to complete a review of air quality standards against a backdrop of ozone... Read More

The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to complete a review of air quality standards against a backdrop of ozone concentrations dropping nationwide. The EPA, by rule, endeavors to complete regular air quality standard reviews within a five-year time frame,... Read More

2020-07-15 15:30:51
by Reece Nations
Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia agreed to work collaboratively on hastening the switch to all-electric fleet vehicles in... Read More

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia agreed to work collaboratively on hastening the switch to all-electric fleet vehicles in an effort to suppress toxic air pollution Tuesday. Their goal, according to a joint memorandum signed by the states’ governors,... Read More

2020-07-14 19:46:32
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan PFAS Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Introduced

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is leading a bipartisan coalition that wants to add a comprehensive solution to PFAS... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is leading a bipartisan coalition that wants to add a comprehensive solution to PFAS contamination to the Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment -- originally proposed by Dingell and passed with bipartisan... Read More

Chicago Air is Dirtier This July Than Smog-Choked Los Angeles

CHICAGO — After missing out on cleaner air during the coronavirus lockdown, the Chicago area just suffered its longest streak... Read More

CHICAGO — After missing out on cleaner air during the coronavirus lockdown, the Chicago area just suffered its longest streak of high-pollution days in more than a decade. Nine consecutive days of bad air swept through the region amid an... Read More

2020-07-07 19:08:51
by Gaspard Le Dem
Environmentalists Say Chesapeake’s Blue Crab Population Healthy Despite Significant Drop

The Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population is going strong despite shrinking significantly this year, according to a report issued last... Read More

The Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population is going strong despite shrinking significantly this year, according to a report issued last week by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The environmental watchdog found no signs of overfishing in the bay in 2020, though... Read More

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