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Six Questions After Trump's Environmental Executive Order

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued the Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order  “promoting [the] clean and safe development of our nation’s vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth and prevent job creation

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What's Next for the Clean Power Plan Litigation?

While President Donald Trump’s executive order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth merely calls for the “review” of the Clean Power Plan, it has been widely viewed as the president’s first step to dismantle President Obama’s signature climate change measure.

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Trump's Executive Order Puts WOTUS on Notice

Fulfilling one of his major campaign promises, on Feb. 28, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to begin the process of reviewing, and possibly rescinding, the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States.

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SCOTUS to Rule on Which Lower Court May Rule on WOTUS

We are one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court deciding the ultimate question regarding the “waters of the United States” regulations, which is, of course: "Are they lawful?"

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Redefining Biotechnology Three Decades Later

Biotechnology, or biotech, as it is sometimes referred to, isn’t the easiest word to define.

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How to Protect the Energy Grid from Cyberthreats

“Preparing for that day when something bad happens is something we take very seriously. (President Dwight) Eisenhower said ‘Plans are useless but planning is everything.’ We have to be right 100 percent of the time, the adversary only has to be right once. Given those odds we have to prepare for the inevitable.”

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States May Find Themselves in Driver's Seat for Environmental Policy

Those consulting a crystal ball for guidance on environmental and energy policies under the incoming Trump administration may find a cloudy picture.

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Roles For States, Tribes in Nuclear Weapons Site Cleanups

Many of the sites were located on or near tribal lands, and today, a number of American Indian tribes work directly with federal and state governments to ensure safe and protective environmental remediation and determine future use at the sites. 

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Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group: Collaborating for Policy Solutions

What to do with the nation’s 76,000 tons of nuclear waste may not be on short list of pressing policy issues for everyone. But that issue is on the front burner for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy, as well as affected tribes, states and local communities.

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EPA Unveils Potential Response to Protect Drinking Water

Over the past 18 months, America’s drinking water has garnered significant national attention as various Safe Drinking Water Act violations, primarily from lead contamination, have gained prominent media exposure.

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