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EPA to Publish Proposed Guidelines Clarifying Waters of the United States Rule

EPA to Publish Proposed Guidelines Clarifying Waters of the United States Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is about to publish its proposed guidelines to clarify the Waters of the United States rule so that it mirrors the language used before 2015, which is when the Obama administration broadened the scope of the law.

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Farm Data Means Big Bucks for Big Data Firms

Big Data companies such as Deere & Co and Monsanto’s Climate Corporation, which have partnered with farmers, retain ultimate control over growers’ field data they collect that could be worth billions — and that doesn’t sit well with farmers, Reuters reports. The companies’ tools help with precision planting, improved fuel … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Exxon Charged, NY Green Bank, EIA Data ‘Flawed’

Exxon Mobil unit XTO Energy has been charged with five counts under the Clean Streams Law and three counts under the Solid Waste Management Act, related to the alleged illegal dumping of over 50,000 gallons of wastewater from shale drilling in Pennsylvania in 2010. State inspectors found a plug removed from a … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Farmer Data Concerns, Honeywell Uranium Plant

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council are suing the Obama administration over concerns that the agency, responding to environmental groups’ information request on water pollution, may release thousands of farmers and ranchers’ personal information. In April the EPA released data on about 80,000 farmers and ranchers, including … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU Carbon Surplus, Solyndra, Biofuel Mandate

A European Commission draft document urges the Climate Change Committee make a decision before the end of the year on a temporary fix to the short-term surplus of carbon credits in the EU ETS. The draft report also mentions the need for more lasting changes to the trading scheme, despite … Read more »