Over the holidays, the EPA was ordered to update its guidelines on safe lead levels, Kathleen Hartnett-White did not receive unanimous support and will need to be re-nominated for head of the CEQ this coming congressional session, and a new report recommends priority missions for earth and space science with a heavy focus on climate science. In Austin, the Environmental Commission recommended voluntary buy-out of properties within the 100-year flood zone near Onion Creek. Read on for more about what the Heartland Institute is up to, where these cold snaps are coming from, and more.
Plenty of conservation-related news this week: Utah's Senators aim to strip endangered species act protections from their native species, US National Parks considers implementing a reservation policy to curb number of park visitors, the fight to reintroduce wolves continues to have push-back, the deadly salamander fungus is found in frogs, and more.
Conservation and Alternative Energy Oil and mining companies are no longer required to disclose their payments to foreign governments. This rule was part of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, enforced last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and repealed by H.J.Res.41 under the Congressional Review Act on the basis that it would reduce competitiveness … Continue reading Weekly Digest – February 13-20
Conservation Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) introduced a bill (H.J.Res 46) to loosen restrictions on drilling in National Parks and then was selected to chair the Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals. His bill would repeal some of Obama’s updates to “9B” regulations including elimination of a cap on compensation for environmental damage and elimination of exemption from … Continue reading Weekly Digest – Jan 30 – Feb 5