Tag Archives: Environmental News

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — The U.S. Department of State (State Department) has been “illegally” stashing away key documents pertaining to the slated path of the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) for years, while concealing contracts the Department entered into with private consultants, opponents of KXL…

(EnviroNews Nature) — On May 10, 2017, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), led a committee oversight hearing called, “Conservation, Consultation and Capacity: State Views on the Need to Modernize the Endangered Species Act.” Green groups decry Barrasso’s desire…

(EnviroNews Nature) — Washington D.C. — On May 10, 2017, six imperiled marine species were granted protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The daggernose shark (Isogomphodon oxyrhynchus), the Brazilian guitarfish (Rhinobatos horkelii), the striped smoothhound shark (Mustelus fasciatus), the Argentine…

(EnviroNews USA Headline News Desk) — The North Carolina forest conservation group Dogwood Alliance published a report called, “The Great American Stand: U.S. Forests and the Climate Emergency,” in late March 2017. In the analysis, the authors evaluate the effects of U.S. logging on carbon emissions and climate…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — EDITORIAL: A repeated theme in the legendary and utterly hilarious cult classic film The Big Lebowski features the character of a belligerent Vietnam veteran, Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), yelling at his bowling mate and buddy Theodore Donald Kerabatsos (Steve Buscemi), “Shut the fuck…

(EnviroNews Nevada) — Washington D.C. — On April 26, 2017, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), held a hearing to examine a “discussion draft” called, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (the 2017 Act). This measure…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — ExxonMobil (Exxon) has applied to the Treasury Department’s (Treasury) Office of Foreign Assets Control for a waiver from sanctions that currently prevent its collaboration with Russia’s state-run oil company Rosneft. Exxon’s former CEO Rex Tillerson is now Secretary of State.…

(EnviroNews California) — The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report April 11, 2017, that found 94 water systems serving eight million Californians are contaminated with 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP). TCP is a toxic pesticide byproduct that has also been used as a solvent and paint remover. While Shell Chemical…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — President Trump’s preliminary 2018 budget proposal was released in March and along with many cuts to environmental programs, it includes $120 million to restart licensing operations for the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository (Yucca Mountain). This currently unused underground facility…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administrators have drafted a “Priority Work List” that reveals BLM’s focus on oil, gas and coal development on federal land as well as the security of the U.S.-Mexico border. E&E News obtained the internal documents,…

(EnviroNews USA Headline News Desk) — Washington D.C. — On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA) filed a lawsuit challenging the State Department’s approval of a Presidential Permit to construct and open the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL). If completed,…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — EDITORIAL: At a town hall meeting at the White House for CEOs and business leaders on April 4, 2017, President Donald J. Trump repeated a claim he’s been making a lot these days: “I have won awards on environmental protection” (of course he…

(EnviroNews Nature) — Washington D.C. — On April 4, 2017, four wildlife and conservation groups filed suit against the Trump Administration in an effort to regulate lethal poisons used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services (WS). Wildlife Services uses the two poisons in question, Compound…

(EnviroNews Nature) — Washington D.C. — Nearly 14,000 documents related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) have been preserved and made available for improved conservation efforts under a new initiative launched March 30, 2017, by Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders). “The Endangered Species Act is the strongest conservation law…