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Southern States Split in Response to EPA’s Coal Ash Rule Rollbacks Environment
Southern States Split in Response to EPA’s Coal Ash Rule Rollbacks

WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration scales back federal regulation of the waste from coal-fired power plants known as coal ash, a handful of Southern states have passed laws forcing utilities to clean up or contain the toxic mess. Other... Read More

GOP Has a Generational Split Over Climate Change Climate
GOP Has a Generational Split Over Climate Change

PHILADELPHA — There’s a generational divide between older and younger Republicans when it comes to climate change, but overall, most Americans agree that the science — and the problem — are real, according to a national Pew survey released Monday.... Read More

Minnesota Says New Federal Pollution Rules Would ‘Kneecap’ Water Protections Environment
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 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 Health
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, 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 California
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 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 Environment
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 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 Supreme Court
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 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 Environment
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 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 In The News
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 yellow-orange fruit soon to split open with red berries, lending a holiday look to the woods. But this invasive plant... Read More

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

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

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

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

Historic Rains Ravaged Illinois Farms. Now The race Is On to Harvest Before It’s Too Late. Agriculture
Historic Rains Ravaged Illinois Farms. Now The race Is On to Harvest Before It’s Too Late.

Mark Tuttle cuts straight to the point when describing the field and weather conditions he has faced this year on his farm in southern DeKalb County. “In one word, I’d say: ‘miserable,’ ” said Tuttle, who grows corn, soybeans and... Read More

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