The administration’s latest move is another example of President Barack Obama taking executive action on environmental and climate issues regardless of whether he has the support of Congress.
By Asher Price, Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — Foretelling a new environmental battle between state and federal regulators, Attorney General Greg Abbott this week demanded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency back down from a proposal to expand the definition of federal waters to include seasonal and rain-dependent waterways. The proposal “is without adequate scientific and […]
By Chris Adams, McClatchy Washington Bureau SMYRNA, Del. — When is a ditch just a ditch? And when is a plot of woodland without a stitch of visible water actually a “water of the U.S.”? For federal officials working on regulations to clarify what the 42-year-old Clean Water Act really means, the debate is more […]
By Jay Price, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, NC — Two federal agencies are investigating whether the managers of North Carolina State University’s massive Hofmann Forest violated the Clean Water Act by illegally draining wetlands. An NCSU foundation is in the midst of selling the 79,000-acre forest to a company headed by a large-scale […]
By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed a long-awaited rule on Tuesday to clarify that the Clean Water Act protects wetlands near rivers, and waterways fed by seasonal thaws and rains — a decision that could particularly shield water sources in the West. Proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the […]
By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times MONCURE, N.C. — While poring over regulatory documents for Duke Energy coal ash ponds, environmentalists at the Waterkeeper Alliance grew suspicious of how the giant utility was handling the toxic ash waste left over from burning coal. They sent a team up in an aircraft to photograph Duke’s retired […]