Arizona Will Halt Some New Phoenix Home Approvals As Water Supplies Tighten

"The groundwater aquifers currently serving 4.6 million people across metro Phoenix are lagging behind growth on a trajectory that would run just short of projected needs in 100 years, according to a new state groundwater model released Thursday by Gov. Katie Hobbs. As a result, the state's water agency will stop approving new development that relies solely on groundwater."

Source: Arizona Republlic, 06/02/2023

"Debt Deal Pares Federal Role in Environmental Permitting Reviews"

"Permitting changes included in the deal to suspend the debt limit are drawing concern from environmentalists who say many projects would escape federal review under the proposal making its way through Congress."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 06/02/2023

"US Debt Ceiling Bill Passes House With Broad Bipartisan Support"

"A divided U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to suspend the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling on Wednesday, with majority support from both Democrats and Republicans to overcome opposition led by hardline conservatives and avoid a catastrophic default."

Source: Reuters, 06/01/2023

"‘An Egregious Act’: Debt Ceiling Deal Imperils The Environment, Critics Say"

"The deal to raise the US debt ceiling will have significant ramifications for the climate and nature, by fast-tracking a controversial gas pipeline in West Virginia and limiting the scope of environmental reviews for future developments, environmentalists have warned."

Source: Guardian, 05/31/2023

"America’s Big Shift To Green Energy Has A Woolly Mammoth Problem"

"America’s renewable energy drive needs more than a million miles of new transmission lines but emerging resistance includes opponents worried about building them in one of the country’s richest areas of ice-age fossils."

Source: Guardian, 05/24/2023

Plans for I-55 Expansion in Chicago Raise Concerns Over Community Health

"Environmental advocates and community groups already exposed to high levels of air pollution fear that additional lanes will exacerbate health risks in Southwest Side neighborhoods."

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, 05/24/2023

How To Power Through Your EPA Power Plant Rule Coverage

The new proposed limits on climate pollution from existing power plants will be a significant story for years to come, but one with many moving parts and numerous complications. The new Issue Backgrounder explores the larger context and history of the proposed rule, and provides six key developments to watch as you track its evolution.

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