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Congress Looks to Slash EPA Funding, Block Environmental Regulations

US Senate Republicans are looking to slash EPA funding and block some of the agency’s climate rules and environmental regulations that would manufacturers and other industries.

Rio Tinto Abandoning Pebble Mine

Rio Tinto will divest its 19 percent stake in the Pebble Mine project in Alaska and donates its shares to two state charities. The proposed gold, copper and molybdenum mine is under review by the federal government for its impacts on the nearby Bristol Bay watershed and its sockeye salmon breeding … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Diesel Grants, DOT Slams Oil Sector, Bombardier Fails to Report

Republicans and Democrats are criticizing EPA proposals to cut funding for programs that have strong bipartisan backing. The agency proposes to completely eliminate the $20 million Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants, which help trucking companies with engine retrofits and replacements. And the EPA has proposed cutting state water quality revolving loan … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Henry Waxman, Colorado Solar, FERC Nominee, Keystone XL, Oil Shipments

Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), a senior Democrat and prominent voice in environmental, climate and other legislation, is retiring at the end of the year. The 20-term representative  from California was first elected in 1974. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a motion from the Colorado Energy Office that will … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: California Fracking Rules, Tax Breaks, John Podesta

US Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the Mekong River in Vietnam for the first time since 1968 to discuss the impacts of climate change on the region. He also expressed concerns about plans by China to build four more dams along the Mekong to generate power for its … Read more »

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EPA Raid on Gold Mining Town Under Investigation

Small-scale miners in an remote Alaskan gold mining town were surprised by an environmental task force of federal regulators decked out in full body armor, who swarmed the area to check for clean water violations. The tactics of the federal regulators, who descended on Chicken, a town of 17 full-time … Read more »