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EPA criminal enforcement suffers from sequestration

May 8, 2013

When a jury last week found a former suburban Chicago water department chief guilty of 11 charges related to mixing contaminated well water into a town's drinking water supply, the verdict represented an important victory for U.S. EPA's criminal enforcement efforts.

EPA officials hope the...

Drought, development drying up Ariz. river, says USGS

May 8, 2013

One of Arizona's longest free-flowing rivers could dry up within a few decades if development continues to deplete groundwater that sustains the waterway, a report released yesterday by an environmental group warns.

The report, which is based on information collected by a volunteer team...

Spread of hydrofracking could strain water resources in West, study finds

May 8, 2013

The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing to retrieve once-inaccessible reservoirs of oil and gas could put pressure on already-stressed water resources from the suburbs of Fort Worth to western Colorado, according to a new report from a nonprofit group that advises investors about companies’...

Interior head promises fracking rule within weeks

May 6, 2013

The Obama administration plans to unveil new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing and drilling on public lands within the next few weeks, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a teleconference with reporters.

The drilling rule will impose stricter standards on oil and...

EPA to change the way it handles environmental justice complaints

May 6, 2013

U.S. EPA plans to change the way it investigates environmental justice complaints, recently releasing two policy papers that address long-standing criticism of the agency's Office of Civil Rights.

The papers target so-called Title VI complaints, which are named after a provision in the...

Navajo Nation OKs coal plant extension

May 6, 2013

The Navajo Nation’s approval of a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant on the reservation came after hours of contentious debate and a slew of amendments.

The legislation signed by tribal President Ben Shelly on Tuesday extends the lease from 2019 to 2044 and boosts yearly...

Report recommends steps for managing scarce water in parched N.M.

May 6, 2013

New Mexico will need to manage its increasingly scarce water supplies more carefully and more collaboratively if the state is to have a sustainable future, according to a report commissioned by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and released today.

The report details the need to restore New Mexico's...

Mont. ranchers take stand against coal

May 1, 2013

A battle is brewing over the future of energy development in a Montana region laced with coal.

A consortium headed by BNSF Railway Co. plans to build a rail line to take some of that Montana coal to market. But the Tongue River Railroad and a proposed coal mine at Otter Creek have...

Proposed Mont. copper mine raises hopes and concerns

April 29, 2013

White Sulphur Springs--Tintina Resources Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, have a plan for a mine called Black Butte. They say there’s more than 1 billion pounds of high-grade copper deposits in the ground, enough for a modest-sized copper mine that could employ as many as 200 workers with...

Bipartisan bill would help preserve watershed in Colo. national forest

April 29, 2013

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) are joining forces on a bipartisan effort to help protect a pristine watershed inside the San Juan National Forest.

Bennet yesterday introduced the "Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act of 2013," S. 841, which would designate...

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