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Minnesota Says New Federal Pollution Rules Would ‘Kneecap’ Water Protections

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal proposal to streamline water-quality laws would “kneecap” Minnesota regulators and effectively remove their authority to protect... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal proposal to streamline water-quality laws would “kneecap” Minnesota regulators and effectively remove their authority to protect drinking water, rivers, streams and wildlife from dozens of new projects each year, state officials have warned in a letter... Read More

Pentagon Warns That Number of Military Bases With Contaminated Water Likely to Rise

WASHINGTON — The number of known military installations with water sources contaminated by cancer-linked firefighting foam is likely to rise,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The number of known military installations with water sources contaminated by cancer-linked firefighting foam is likely to rise, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. In 2018, the Pentagon reported that 401 sites — including wells, on-base drinking sources and groundwater... Read More

Why California Still Isn’t Safe a Year After the Camp Fire

PARADISE, Calif. — Chainsaws were humming and backhoes were beeping. Wood frames were being hammered into place. It was the... Read More

PARADISE, Calif. — Chainsaws were humming and backhoes were beeping. Wood frames were being hammered into place. It was the sound of Paradise rebuilding, one nail at a time. “I love it up here — it’s beautiful,” said Holly Austin,... Read More

New Drone, Underwater Footage of Orcas Stuns Researchers, Gives Intimate Look at Killer Whales’ Family Life

SEATTLE — Who knew orcas were so playful, so full of affection, so constantly touching one another? New footage taken... Read More

SEATTLE — Who knew orcas were so playful, so full of affection, so constantly touching one another? New footage taken by drone as well as underwater stunned researchers who spent two days with the southern resident orca J pod off... Read More

Supreme Court Leans Toward Expanding Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices, both conservative and liberal, appeared skeptical Wednesday of a Trump administration argument that the federal... Read More

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices, both conservative and liberal, appeared skeptical Wednesday of a Trump administration argument that the federal Clean Water Act should not apply to sewage plant wastewater that flows into the ground and eventually seeps into federally... Read More

Bats Live Mostly Out of Sight and Out of Mind. But Their Falling Numbers Are a Reason to Look Up and Worry, Scientists Say

CHICAGO — It’s the time of year when ghouls and goblins, mummies and monsters are out in force. But unlike... Read More

CHICAGO — It’s the time of year when ghouls and goblins, mummies and monsters are out in force. But unlike many Halloween creatures, bats live in more than the imagination, making their homes in caves and hollowed-out trees in Illinois... Read More

How 2 Goats Are Helping to Protect Indiana Dunes National Park

CHICAGO — Scattered throughout the fiery autumn foliage at Indiana Dunes National Park are green patches of Asiatic bittersweet, its... Read More

CHICAGO — Scattered throughout the fiery autumn foliage at Indiana Dunes National Park are green patches of Asiatic bittersweet, its yellow-orange fruit soon to split open with red berries, lending a holiday look to the woods. But this invasive plant... Read More

2019-10-22 17:31:31
by Dan McCue
GAO Report Says US Public Land Workers Face Assaults, Threats

WASHINGTON - Federal employees overseeing public lands in the U.S. were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a... Read More

WASHINGTON - Federal employees overseeing public lands in the U.S. were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period ending in 2017, a sign of increased tensions between the employees and anti-government groups, the Government Accountability Office... Read More

2019-10-18 20:14:49
by Dan McCue
House Committee Headed to Florida for Field Roundtable on WRDA

WASHINGTON - A House Panel that deals with water resource and environmental issues will travel to South Florida this weekend... Read More

WASHINGTON - A House Panel that deals with water resource and environmental issues will travel to South Florida this weekend for a roundtable on infrastructure projects to be considered for inclusion in the next Water Resources Development Act. Rep. Grace... Read More

2019-10-11 18:33:41
by Dan McCue
House Panel Advances Bipartisan Plan to List PFAS Chemicals on Toxics Inventory

WASHINGTON - A House subcommittee has advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., that would require the EPA... Read More

WASHINGTON - A House subcommittee has advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., that would require the EPA to list a dangerous class of compounds known as PFAS chemicals on its Toxics Release Inventory. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances,... Read More

2019-10-10 20:27:27
by Dan McCue
Sherrill Convenes Meeting With Army Corps and Local Officials to Address New Jersey Flooding

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., convened a meeting last week with officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., convened a meeting last week with officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and several local mayors to address the issue of repeat and intensifying flooding in... Read More

2019-09-20 21:58:47
by Dan McCue
23 States Sue Trump Administration to Keep California's Auto Emission Rules

WASHINGTON — California and 22 other states sued the Trump administration Friday to stop it from revoking the authority of... Read More

WASHINGTON — California and 22 other states sued the Trump administration Friday to stop it from revoking the authority of The Golden State to set emission standards for cars and trucks. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the lawsuit against... Read More

2019-09-20 20:40:21
by Dan McCue
Candidates Expound On Climate Change Fight at Georgetown/MSNBC Forum

WASHINGTON - Andrew Yang could hardly contain himself. A day after he surprised a group of Georgetown University students by... Read More

WASHINGTON - Andrew Yang could hardly contain himself. A day after he surprised a group of Georgetown University students by joining their pick-up basketball game, Yang had taken just three steps onto the stage at the university's Healy Hall Thursday... Read More

2019-09-19 12:43:50
by TWN Staff
New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy

WASHINGTON -  The New Democrat Coalition released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change Wednesday, seeking to "address... Read More

WASHINGTON -  The New Democrat Coalition released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change Wednesday, seeking to "address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands" and further their belief the U.S. is best positioned to be... Read More

2019-09-17 21:41:45
by Sean Trambley
Booker, Haaland Release Climate Bill Focused on Farm Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration

Freshman U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, D-N.M., joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., in introducing a climate change bill focused on... Read More

Freshman U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, D-N.M., joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., in introducing a climate change bill focused on voluntary farm and ranch conservation practices, massive reforestation, and wetlands restoration.  The lawmakers say the Climate Stewardship Act of 2019... Read More

2019-09-17 21:39:28
by Dan McCue
Federal Appeals Court Tosses Clean Power Plan Challenges

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday threw out legal challenges to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, ending a long-running... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday threw out legal challenges to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, ending a long-running legal battle involving multiple states and scores of other parties. In a brief order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

2019-09-17 20:03:48
by Dan McCue
List of Military Installations Dealing With PFAS Chemical Contamination Expected to Grow

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. military installations contaminated with potentially cancer-causing chemical compounds found in firefighting foam is expected... Read More

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. military installations contaminated with potentially cancer-causing chemical compounds found in firefighting foam is expected to rise as a Defense Department task force continues to assess the problem, the Pentagon said last week. During a... Read More

2019-09-13 21:21:09
by Dan McCue
Appeals Court Upholds Strengthened Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

WASHINGTON -  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld an Obama-era update of the Cross-State... Read More

WASHINGTON -  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld an Obama-era update of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule designed to protect downwind states from coal plant air pollution that blows across their borders. Congress enacted... Read More

2019-09-13 19:51:40
by Dan McCue
White House Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Rule

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Thursday that it is repealing an  Obama-era clean water rule that had placed limits... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Thursday that it is repealing an  Obama-era clean water rule that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water. According to the Environmental Protection... Read More

2019-09-11 23:43:20
by Dan McCue
House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP

WASHINGTON - Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., couldn't be happier that the House Wednesday passed a pair of bills blocking offshore... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., couldn't be happier that the House Wednesday passed a pair of bills blocking offshore oil drilling in almost all waters around the United States. But in an interview with The Well News, he acknowledged... Read More

2019-09-06 21:08:34
by Dan McCue
House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters around the United States. In a letter to House members, Democratic House Leader... Read More

2019-08-30 18:32:09
by Dan McCue
EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Methane Leaks From Oil and Gas Fields

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it intends to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it intends to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a decision even some oil industry giants oppose. In announcing the plan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposal... Read More

2019-08-27 19:38:21
by Dan McCue
Australia Could Play Bigger Role In Supplying U.S. Military With Rare Earth Minerals

WASHINGTON - With trade tensions between U.S. and China still on a high boil, Australia stands poised to become the... Read More

WASHINGTON - With trade tensions between U.S. and China still on a high boil, Australia stands poised to become the Defense Department's primary supplier of Rare Earth metals, a department official said Monday. Rare Earth metals are a collection of... Read More

2019-08-13 22:58:16
by Dan McCue
Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to... Read More

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to prevent it from dismantling an Obama-era regulation that established national limits on the carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. In... Read More

2019-08-07 21:13:15
by TWN Staff
L.A. County Supervisors Adopt Ambitious Regional Sustainability Plan

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously adopted the Our County Sustainability Plan, which they are calling... Read More

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously adopted the Our County Sustainability Plan, which they are calling “the most comprehensive regional approach to sustainability ever issued by a county in the United States.” The plan was drafted... Read More

2019-08-07 20:12:46
by Dan McCue
New Dems Climate Change Task Force Releases Principles for U.S. Climate Policy

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday released a statement of principles aimed at reasserting the United States’ role as a... Read More

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday released a statement of principles aimed at reasserting the United States’ role as a global leader in addressing climate change. A statement outlining the principles says they are intended to combat climate change “with... Read More

2019-06-19 21:31:15
by Dan McCue
EPA Rolls Back Obama-era Rules Meant to Rein In Power Plant Pollution

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday replaced Obama-era rules intended to tamp down on carbon emissions from coal-fired... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday replaced Obama-era rules intended to tamp down on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants with new regulations that allow states to decide whether such steps are needed. The new rule will go... Read More

2019-05-28 21:22:44
by Dan McCue
Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House

For the second time in five days, a conservative Republican member of the House has blocked a long overdue $19... Read More

For the second time in five days, a conservative Republican member of the House has blocked a long overdue $19 billion disaster bill. Representative Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said that if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had thought the... Read More

2019-05-16 21:44:37
by Dan McCue
Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in... Read More

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in the United States, the Brookings Institution reported Wednesday. The paper underlying the report attributes this remarkable development to U.S. municipalities... Read More

2019-05-16 21:32:15
by Tom Ramstack
House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands

WASHINGTON - Democratic members of Congress said Wednesday that environmental policies of the Trump administration are threatening the nation’s outdoor... Read More

WASHINGTON - Democratic members of Congress said Wednesday that environmental policies of the Trump administration are threatening the nation’s outdoor recreation industry. During two House Natural Resources Committee hearings, a Trump administration official defended the Interior Department’s record, but environmentalists... Read More

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