Environmental Protection


Ringling Bros. Removing Elephants from Traveling Circuses

Feld Entertainment Inc.'s announcement said the decision will allow the company to focus on its Asian elephant conservation programs, both here in North America and through its partnership with Sri Lanka, and continue collaborating with other conservation organizations.

Researchers Capturing Moose, Elks, Mule Deer, Bighorn Sheep This Month

Personnel from the University of Wyoming-headquartered Wyoming Migration Initiative and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department plan to live tweet throughout approximately three weeks of research activity and write Facebook posts about the animal captures, so the public can follow along.

Kutai to Become Model Smart City in Indonesia

The Kutai Kartanegara district in Indonesia will be the first smart city model in Indonesia.

Interior Proposes New Requirements for Some Alaska Offshore Drilling

The agency's proposed rule focuses solely on the Outer Continental Shelf within the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas (Arctic OCS).

Washington Fish and Wildlife Sets Meeting on Dike Repairs

WDFW partnered with Ducks Unlimited in 2013 to begin the Leque Island Alternatives Analysis and Design Project.

Kuwait Plant to Set Global Benchmark After Water Reuse Upgrade

Production capacity of the plant is to be increased from 375,000 to 600,000 cubic meters per day to become world’s largest membrane-based wastewater treatment facility. GE will provide advanced ZeeWeed 1000 Submerged Hollow-Fiber Membranes and AG LF Low-Fouling Reverse Osmosis Membranes.

State of Emergency Declared in West Virginia Due to Derailed Oil Train

The train was carrying Bakken crude oil when it derailed, causing a fire as well as a spill into the Kanawha River, which threatened a municipal drinking water supply.

Industry Group Calls for Action to Prevent Plastic Marine Pollution

William R. Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, said ocean litter "is a global problem that threatens our health, our marine wildlife, and the livelihoods of millions who depend on a healthy ocean."

EPA, Hawaii Health Department Tracking Jet Fuel Cleanup

As of Feb. 2, more than 18,640 gallons of spilled jet fuel had been recovered as the spill cleanup continues at the Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corp. facility on Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu.

Ancient Snow Patches in Norway are Melting

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have discovered that snow patches that have been in Norway for more than 5,000 years are beginning to melt at a rapid pace due to climate change.

PA DEP Sets Hearing on Noll Lane Cleanup Plan

The state agency found battery casings that appeared to have been used decades earlier had been used as fill material, causing elevated lead levels in the soil.

FEMA to Test Virginia Nuclear Plant's Readiness

We will assess state and local emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone, as well as the adjacent support jurisdictions within the Commonwealth of Virginia," said MaryAnn Tierney, regional administrator for FEMA Region III.

New Chief Appointed for Arizona Department of Water Resources

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Thomas Buschatzke as director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Texans Urge EPA to Set Strong Smog Pollution Safeguards

Doctors call for life-saving protections at federal EPA hearing in Arlington.

Kerr-McGee, Anadarko Pay $5.15 Billion in Record Settlement

U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest had approved the settlement in November 2014, saying the case arose from a "series of transactions by the Kerr-McGee Corp. that resulted in the spin-off of Tronox, which Kerr-McGee left saddled with the massive environmental and tort liabilities it had accumulated over the course of decades of operating in the chemical, mining, and oil and gas industries, but without sufficient assets with which to address these liabilities."

Louisville Unveils All-Electric Buses for Public Transportation

Earlier this week, Louisville began ZeroBus service, an all-electric, zero emissions fleet of buses that will be providing free rides downtown. The new buses have replaced diesel-powered trolleys.

Texas Commission Appoints New Oil and Gas Division Chief

Based in Austin, the Oil and Gas Division regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas.

January is National Radon Action Month

The EPA has assigned January as National Radon Action Month and recommends radon testing to help protect you and your family in your home from the toxic gas.

Adopting High-Tech Innovations Pays Off, but Can Have Glitches

Despite setbacks at earlier communities, Mutual Housing California chose many innovative technologies for their latest addition, a 62-home community for agricultural workers on 3.28 acres in Woodland, Calif.

Fort Smith, Ark. Agrees to Sewer System Upgrades

The city government has pledged to come into compliance with the Clean Water Act after years of releasing untreated sewage from its municipal sewage system.

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