Friday, July 10, 2015

What We Learned This Week - "You're too late in asking"

Green River, Paradise, Kentucky, circa 1900
The U.S. House was set to pass a bill loaded with policy riders to fund the EPA and Interior Department next year, but the Confederate flag got in the way and the vote was cancelled.  An Appeals Court decided that the USEPA's approach to Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction is legal.  Several organizations and the Oklahoma Attorney General filed U.S. District Court challenges to the Obama administration's new water rule. High water nitrate levels plague 60 Iowa cities. Wisconsin decided to do away with microplastics in cosmetics. Runoff in the Missouri River Basin remained above average, including in the Little Platte River and Fishing River in Kansas City.   The Lower Mississippi River is rising.  A Colorado state water plan proposes moving more water from west of the Rockies into the Platter River Basin. Corn refiners think "Big Sugar's" federal subsidies are an unsustainable political burden. Invasive zebra mussels were found in Fish Trap Lake, Minnesota. A new Grafton, Illinois Asian carp processing plant passed its first tests.  Wisconsin's state budget gave an environmental insurance "free pass" to an energy company's pipeline running through Dane County. "Refracking" is the new fracking. The amount of coal produced from Appalachian mountaintop-removal mining has dropped over 60 percent since 2008.  Peabody Energy Corp. really doesn't like a 34-year-old John Prine protest song about Peabody's Kentucky coal mining practices.  And last but not least, Wyoming regulators will let Peabody Energy provide its own financial assurances for three mining operations in state.

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