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Interior Secretary Pledges Advocacy for Tribes

Tribal sovereignty should mean something, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said today at a session at the National Tribal Energy Summit today in Washington, D.C.

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New Administration, New Environmental Priorities - EPA Requests Stays in Litigation

Predicting the weather a week from today often involves a high degree of uncertainty. The likelihood of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency being taken to court upon issuance of a major final rule, however, does not hold the same level of uncertainty.

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After Michigan Tragedy, What is State of Carbon Monoxide Detector Laws?

The carbon monoxide poisoning of 11 children in Niles, Michigan over the weekend led to questions of how serious is carbon monoxide? How common are such poisonings? Do states require carbon monoxide detectors?

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WOTUS to Stay at SCOTUS

The Supreme Court has denied a request by hold “in abeyance” litigation over whether a federal district court or a federal court of appeals has jurisdiction to rule whether the current 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definitional rule violates the Clean Water Act.

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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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