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  • Swamp Draining: More on Waters of the United States Rule

    05/27/2017 7:14:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies ^ | 5/27/2017 | Dale Leuck
    On May 25, Rick Moran detailed the plight of California-located Duarte Nursery, being sued by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) for ploughing a small portion of a recently-purchased 450-acre farm for the purpose of planting wheat. Mr. Duarte purchased the land in recognition that significant portions were to remain fallow because they were wetlands protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA). But, after planting wheat for harvest in 2013 on a portion determined by a paid consultant not to be such protected wetlands, Mr. Duarte was sued by the Corps for “…not obtaining a permit to discharge dredged or...
  • Nipping a Legal Problem in the Bud

    05/27/2017 6:49:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | May 27, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    One of my recent articles predicted that the Fish & Wildlife Service’s endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee would lead to its being used to delay or block construction projects and pesticide use on hundreds of millions of acres of US farmland. The abuses have already begun. Projects in Minnesota and elsewhere have been delayed, while people tried to ascertain that no bees were actually nesting in the areas. Now a federal district court judge has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to consult with the FWS before approving 59 products containing neonicotinoid pesticides that are used...
  • Duarte hopes Trump’s order will ease harrowing experience against feds in court

    05/26/2017 8:57:17 AM PDT · by ptsal · 17 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | 05-24-2017 | Jeff Jardine
    When President Trump signed an executive order in February to review President Obama’s “Waters of the United States” rule, Hughson farmer John Duarte finally felt like the government’s case against him could be, well, plowed under. I wrote about Duarte in January 2016 as his legal fight with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intensified and headed into federal court. But the feds won that round. A judge in June 2016 sided with the Army Corps, and now the case will proceed to the penalty phase in August. The government wants Duarte to pay $2.8 million in fines and up...
  • Trump budget message: Don't clean up America's waters

    05/23/2017 10:37:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 22, 2017 | By Joel Connelly
    The budget proposed by President Trump, set for release Tuesday, is clear from coast to coast to coast: Don't clean up the water. The budget not only zeroes out the Puget Sound cleanup, but programs from Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain to New England's Lake Champlain to the Great Lakes. The information on axing of cleanup money was obtained by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, and comes directly from an administration document. Overall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget would be slashed from $8.2 billion to $5.6 billion, a 30 percent-plus cut.
  • EPA setting aside millions for buyouts and early retirement. Wait… what?

    05/22/2017 8:04:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/22/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Remember when the President set a target of reducing staffing at the EPA by thousands of people? It was one of his first initiatives upon taking office and while the process is taking some time it’s definitely moving forward. But I’m not sure he was anticipating the way these reductions are being rolled out. Government Executive reports this morning that there are indeed plans being put in place, but much of the work thus far seems to involve setting aside millions of dollars to fund early retirement plans and buyouts. The Environmental Protection Agency has set aside $12 million...
  • President's fiscal 2018 budget would slash EPA spending by 30%

    05/20/2017 8:24:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | May 20, 2017 | Miranda Green and Rene Marsh
    President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget request would slash EPA spending by almost a third, according to a copy of the President's proposal obtained by CNN. The budget blueprint, which the White House plans to submit to Congress next week, would cut the EPA's total budget by more than 30% and its operational budget by 35% compared to current funding levels.
  • EPA creates illegal Superfund site to hide liability in Gold King Mine spill

    05/08/2017 6:22:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Free Range Report ... Mountain States Legal Foundation ^ | May 4, 2017 | William Perry Pendley
    Shortly after the EPA triggered the release, to obscure and limit its own liability, the EPA created the Bonita Peak Mining District—around the Gold King Mine—and made the Superfund designation. Past EPA studies found the area did not merit inclusion on the National Priorities List. ... EPA’s Attempt to Bury its Colorado Gold Mine Disaster is Illegal. ... Mountain States Legal Foundation for its clients ... advised the three-judge panel that the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund statute), designated what it erroneously called the Bonita Peak...
  • Delingpole: And So It Begins, Trump’s Great Climate Purge

    05/08/2017 12:44:10 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 May 2017 | James Delingpole
    Finally the Trump administration is starting to get serious about taking on the Green Blob. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt – perhaps stung by criticisms that he was turning into a squish – today reaffirmed, in an interview with CNBC, that he is not a believer in catastrophic man-made global warming. “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. But we don’t know that yet…”...
  • Trump’s war on science continues with EPA firings

    05/08/2017 10:17:44 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 63 replies ^ | 5/8/17 | Gersh Kuntzman
    President Trump's war on basic facts continues — but this time, you'll literally end up choking on it. Late last week, the President and his Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott "Coal Belchin'" Pruitt quietly fired half of the 18-member Board of Scientific Counselors, a panel that evaluates research done by EPA scientists to help government regulators create the rules that protect clean air, water and soil, among many other things. It's part of a larger war on science that includes a House bill that would require more industry representatives on another EPA science panel so that it's oversight of industry...
  • The EPA just buried its climate change website for kids

    05/06/2017 5:35:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/6/2017 | Juliet Eilperin
    The Environmental Protection Agency has sidelined a website aimed at teaching schoolchildren about climate change, a public watchdog group has determined, as part of the agency’s efforts to align online content with the new administration’s values.When the EPA announced on April 28 that its site was “undergoing changes that reflect the agency’s new direction under President Donald Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt,” it pointed to a snapshot of the website as it looked on Jan. 19, the day before Trump took office.While it made it clear that this snapshot would not be updated, the idea was to allow the public to see...
  • Refocusing a Chicago Water Summit

    05/06/2017 5:19:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | May 6, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    President Trump’s proposal to reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1-billion budget by $1.6 billion was cut to an $80-million trim in the omnibus spending bill. However, the EPA funding and staff controversy will undoubtedly resume during the next budgetary battles in September. That’s fueling consternation and con jobs in the heartland. According to press releases, funds for cleaning up the Great Lakes, eliminating lead poisoning, stopping oil pollution and ensuring justice for affected groups are “on the chopping block.” Community leaders, government officials, academics and activists will therefore meet May 10-11 in Chicago for a Freshwater Lab Summit, to “engage...
  • Stunner: EPA's CO2 'hot spot' 'simply does not exist'

    05/01/2017 6:21:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 4/29/2017 | Unknown
    The theory of human-caused global warming is straightforward. The level of the so-called “pollutant” carbon dioxide, or CO2, is rising in the atmosphere, causing a worldwide increase in temperatures that ultimately will have a catastrophic effect on the planet. To prevent this catastrophe, a vast regulatory infrastructure needs to be created, even if it means sacrificing jobs, economic efficiency, personal freedoms or national sovereignty itself. But what if CO2 isn’t a pollutant? That’s precisely the shocking finding of a new report from statistician Jim Wallace, climatologist John Christy and meteorologist Joe D’Aleo, who contend the Environmental Protection Agency erred when...
  • Fully Compliant in Bringing Down VW: What Ultimate Good did the Volkswagen Whistleblower do?

    04/29/2017 7:19:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 04/27/2017 | Eric Peters
    Late last week, it was revealed who squealed. The guy responsible for making it impossible for any of us to buy a diesel-powered Volkswagen henceforth — and a lot more — is Stuart Johnson, the former head of VW’s Engineering and Environmental Office in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He was outed in a book written about the VW “cheating” business by New York Times reporter Jack Ewing. Johnson, of course, is about to get everything short of a ticker-tape parade. A bust of him will likely be cast and placed in the Hall of Mirrors — or whatever the equivalent is...
  • EPA Settles with Westward Seafoods for Violating Federal Clean Air Rules in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

    04/20/2017 8:12:40 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies ^ | April 20, 2017 | Suzanne Skadowski
    Westward Seafoods will conduct two mitigation projects to offset its excess emissions of nitrogen oxides or NOX pollution. EPA estimates that the company’s failure to operate pollution controls for two years resulted in nearly 105 excess tons of harmful NOX emissions. NOX is composed of highly reactive gasses which form quickly from fuel burning emissions from cars, trucks and buses, and power plants. Breathing air with high levels of NOX can cause or aggravate respiratory diseases, particularly asthma.
  • EPA offering early buyouts, retirement as it lays out agency reorganization plan

    04/19/2017 9:14:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    WTOP ^ | April 19, 2017 | Meredith Somers
    The White House proposed a $5.7 billion budget for EPA in fiscal 2018. That’s a 31 percent cut from 2017 numbers. A 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget would force it to eliminate at least 50 individual programs and nearly 4,000 full-time equivalents in 2018, according to internal EPA documents that describe funding levels and policy decisions that support the President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget request.
  • California Dems vs. Congressional Republicans over Endangered Species Act

    04/17/2017 9:54:04 AM PDT · by Nateman · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr 20 2017 | Adelle Nazarian
    California Democrats are readying themselves to battle Republicans in Congress over potential attempts to roll back regulations under the Endangered Species Act. Last month, the Oroville Dam’s spillway malfunctioned, sending gallons of water rushing through an area affecting nearly 200,000 residents. The damage — beyond the spillway itself — is estimated to be in the millions.
  • EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Calls for ‘Exit’ of Paris Climate Agreement

    04/15/2017 10:46:53 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/14/2017 | Ben Kew
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, has called for America to “exit” the Paris Climate Agreement signed by Barack Obama last November. In an interview with FOX and Friends, Pruitt said that “Paris [agreement] is something that we need to really look at closely. It’s something we need to exit in my opinion.” “It’s a bad deal for America,” he continued. “It was an America second, third, or fourth kind of approach. China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030. We front-loaded all of our costs.” During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump was a...
  • Weekly Update: JW Sues To Expose Anti-Trump Deep State

    04/15/2017 10:28:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 14, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Deep State Watch – JW Sues EPA for Records from Encrypted App We Warn 11 States to Clean Voter Registration Lists or Face a Lawsuit JW Sue the ATF for Records on AR-15 Ammo ‘Armor-Piercing’ Ban Gorsuch Confirmation a Victory for Constitutional Government Deep State Watch – JW Sues EPA for Records from Encrypted App The administrative deep state – the legions of unelected, entrenched bureaucrats in Washington – thinks it doesn’t have to answer to an elected president, the rule of law, or the American people. We are now seeking to uncover the truth about the particularly notorious...
  • Trump Takes on the Obama “Climate Change” Agenda

    04/14/2017 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/17 | Roger Aronoff
    Trump is dismantling another of Obama’s key legacy items, a policy that the media desire to protect from the new Republican president The leftist mainstream media are outraged that President Donald Trump appears to be sticking to his campaign promise to “cancel” U.S. participation in the Paris climate accord. The headline in The Washington Post is “Trump’s energy review blocks Group of Seven from consensus.” Politico’s headline is “Trump’s climate demands roil U.S. allies.” This follows Trump’s recent actions to rescind the foundation of Barack Obama’s climate change obsession.
  • US government asks public which departments to ax

    04/13/2017 6:58:13 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 117 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 13, 2017
    Washington (AFP) - Not much about Donald Trump's administration has followed presidential tradition, and here's another example: it is asking the American people what government departments and agencies they would like to see reformed or even axed. Options include the CIA, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and even the Executive Office of the President. A website created by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (itself among the choices) allows people to make suggestions as Trump moves to make good on a pledge to streamline a bureaucracy he derides as bloated and inefficient. A questionnaire...