Environmental Protection

Ecosystems


Gardeners BeeWare

EPA issues new label guidelines for pesticides and "bee-friendly" plants kill more bees.

New Zealand Files Illegal Oil Dumping Charge

Maritime New Zealand filed a total of three charges against Sanford Limited after investigating allegedly illegal dumping of oil into the sea of New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone from the Korean foreign charter fishing vessel Pacinui.

NOAA Adds 82 Sites to Marine Protected Areas List

Eighty of them were nominated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the other two by the National Park Service.

New Zealand Raises Oil Pollution Levy

The levy has been increased for the first time in 15 years to ensure the country has sufficient resources and equipment to respond to a major oil spill.

EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

EPA has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming.

How Vulnerable are Public-Supply Wells?

The USGS has conducted a new study to determine the contaminant vulnerability of public-supply wells around the country, and also to discover which pollutants in an aquifer will make their way into those wells.

EPA Updates Oil and Gas Standards for Storage Tanks

EPA updates oil and gas storage tank standards, requiring tanks that emit six or more tons of VOC annually to reduce emissions 95 percent between April 2014 to 2015 and further allows control removal on tanks that demonstrate emitting less than four tons of VOC annually.

Council to Vote on Gulf Restoration Plan

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will meet Aug. 28 to vote on what's called the "Initial Comprehensive Plan."



Radioactive Leaks: Confirmation, Effects & Untested Solutions

TEPCO admits Fukushima leaking contaminated water into the Pacific while scientists anticipate radioactive particles to reach US shores in three to five years.

NREL Transforming Agricultural Waste into Biofuel

The NREL is partnering up with Ecopetrol, an oil company in Colombia, to use residue from palm oil and sugar cane harvesting to make fuel ethanol for blending with gasoline.

Plant Disease and Fungi Experts to Present Research Findings at Meeting

Plant pathologists and mycologists from around the world will gather in Austin, Texas, August 10–14, 2013, for the joint meeting of The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and The Mycological Society of America (MSA).

NOAA Assistant Secretary for Conservation Appointed

Dr. Mark Schaefer's responsibilities including overseeing fisheries management and preserving coastal resources.

Adapting to Climate Change through Local and Regional Approaches

Adapting to Climate Change Through Local and Regional Approaches

Coastal communities need to know just how vulnerable they are to sea level rise. Once they understand the risks, they are in a better position to develop strategic solutions. Battelle, for example, has conducted such assessments on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense to determine regional vulnerabilities in areas where the U.S. Navy has a strong presence.

Gulf Gas Well Ignited Tuesday Evening, BSEE Confirms

All 44 workers were safely evacuated from Well A-3 after they lost control of it Tuesday morning, and it began leaking natural gas. The gas ignited at 10:50 p.m.

Jet Fuel Made from Invasive Tree Species

Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service in multiple locations across the country are participating in the Accelerated Renewable Jet Fuel project to find new ways to create jet fuel from certain invasive trees such as juniper and pine trees.

U.S. Senate Confirms McCarthy as EPA Administrator

The 59-40 vote confirmed her as the newest chief of the powerful agency.

A kayaker negotiates the Cache la Poudre River near Fort Collins, Colo. (Matt Inden/Miles photo downloaded from the Colorado Tourism Office website)

Recreational In-Channel Diversions In Colorado

An RICD helps to protect the investment Colorado communities make in whitewater parks and the economic benefits associated with those parks.

Invasive Species Program Launched at UT Austin

To combat and manage invasive species such as fire ants and Cactoblastis moths, the Texas Invasive Species Program has been established at The University of Texas at Austin with a $2.7 million donation from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation.

Nesting Gulf Loggerheads Face Offshore Risks

The long-range nesting patterns of loggerhead sea turtles reveal their new habitats and the risks involved.

Illinois River Gets Protected for Another 20 Years

The Interior Department has given a 20-year extension on protecting Oregon’s National Wild and Scenic Illinois River from mineral withdrawal.

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