"Aside from brief sessions to pass major funding relief packages, the House and Senate have not met in more than a month. ... Despite all of this, advocates for fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as tackling the massive parks maintenance backlog are confident they can still get the job done in 2020."
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"A common solvent used to dry clean, make refrigerants, and clean muck from industrial equipment appears to have the potential to harm people’s nervous systems, the EPA said on Monday."Source: Bloomberg Environment, 04/28/2020
"On the campaign trail in 2016, President Trump swung into California's agricultural hub and vowed to deliver more water to the drought-ridden state's farmers."Source: Greenwire, 04/28/2020
"House Democrats are questioning the Trump administration over its plan to reopen 'as rapidly as possible' certain national parks that closed amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic."Source: The Hill, 04/28/2020
"The latest front in the war against drilling for oil in Alaska’s rugged wildlife refuge isn’t Washington -- it’s Wall Street."Source: Bloomberg, 04/28/2020
"Property rights advocates today filed one of the first lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's Clean Water Act rule, arguing that the regulation does not go far enough in limiting the law's reach."Source: Greenwire, 04/28/2020
"The developers of a proposed plastics manufacturing plant in Ohio on Friday indefinitely delayed a final decision on whether to proceed, citing economic uncertainties around the coronavirus pandemic."Source: InsideClimate News, 04/28/2020
"The people of California’s Imperial Valley can be as unforgiving as the region’s harsh desert climate. It’s been 16 years since Bruce Kuhn cast the fateful vote to transfer tens of billions of gallons of Colorado River water from the valley’s sprawling farms to thirsty coastal cities, reshaping water politics in California and across the West."Source: LA Times, 04/28/2020
"In cities, human lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic have offered some respite to the natural world, with clear skies and the return of wildlife to waterways. Now evidence of a drop in underwater noise pollution has led experts to predict the crisis may also be good news for whales and other sea mammals."Source: Guardian, 04/28/2020
"A plan being weighed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to steer financial aid to beleaguered oil drillers could set up a clash with Democrats who have warned against any bailout for the industry."Source: Bloomberg, 04/27/2020
"House Democrats are questioning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a March memo in which the agency said it may not seek penalties against companies that don’t monitor their pollution during the coronavirus pandemic."Source: The Hill, 04/27/2020
"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a nationwide program used to approve oil and gas pipelines, power lines and other utility work, spurred by a court ruling that industry representatives warn could slow or halt numerous infrastructure projects over environmental concerns".Source: AP, 04/27/2020
"The Supreme Court’s embrace of a new standard for federal water permitting puts a bull’s-eye on power plant waste sites, environmentalists say."Source: Bloomberg Environment, 04/27/2020
"In the shade of a rust-colored hill, a dozen women gathered on a dusty road to fill buckets from a water tanker truck that pulled up to service their modest community built on a former Mexico City dump."Source: Reuters, 04/27/2020
"The SEC has proposed rules that could reduce shareholder proposals for environmental, social and sustainable governance issues, while providing cover for corporations like Exxon Mobil."Source: The Revelator, 04/27/2020