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Environment Water

  • FLINT, Mich.— Flint residents could still be a few years away from drinking unfiltered tap water as the city makes incremental progress on an ambitious— if not overly optimistic— timeframe to replace old water service lines that leached lead into homes and businesses. "We wanted to replace 1,000 service lines in the city of Flint in 2016 and we are still working on...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, as the White House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim initiatives to protect air and water quality. The EPA would sustain the biggest cut of any federal agency in the White House 2018 budget, as...

  • The plan involves building ponds on the northern and southern ends of the Salton Sea, a salty, desert lake that has suffered a string of environmental setbacks since the late 1970 s. San Diego agreed in 2003 to contribute water through 2017 under a landmark deal to buy Colorado River water from the Imperial Valley, which includes the lake. The Imperial Valley...

  • CHICAGO, March 16- President Donald Trump has proposed halting funding for rural clean water initiatives and reducing county-level staff, for a 21 percent drop in discretionary spending at the Department of Agriculture, according to a White House budget document. The $4.7 billion in cuts would leave USDA with a budget of $17.9 billion after cutting some...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, as the White House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim initiatives to protect air and water quality. The proposed cuts are a starting point in negotiations with Congress, and could be tempered.

  • CANBERRA, Australia— Australia will put 2 billion Australian dollars into expanding a hydroelectric project in its latest measure to avoid looming gas and electricity shortages across the nation's densely populated southeast, the government said Thursday. A bitterly partisan political debate over Australia's energy security has intensified in the...

  • CHICAGO, March 16- President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating an international food aid program, halting funding for clean water initiative in rural areas and reducing county-level staff for a 21 percent drop in discretionary spending at the Agriculture Department, according to a White House budget document. Other USDA areas targeted for cuts to reach...

  • The Interior Department issued the rule in March 2015, the first major federal regulation of fracking, the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination and even earthquakes. Michael Saul, an attorney with the Center for Biological...

  • *Argentina among world's biggest corn, soy exporters. BUENOS AIRES, March 13- It was not just the heavy rains that left the streets of the Argentine town of Pozo del Molle flooded for three months last year. Nearby farmers built small canals without authorization to drain their fields of surface water, redirecting flows toward urban areas and worsening the impact...

  • HARARE, March 13- Zimbabwe is negotiationg a new deal to continue importing power from South African utility Eskom to make up for shortfalls in generating capacity at its Kariba hydropower station, the energy minister said on Monday. In January last year Eskom agreed a one-year deal to sell up to 300 megawatts of capacity to Zimbabwe, which was facing biting...

  • After decades-long streak of strong growth, bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States in 2016, according to research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp.. Bottled-water consumption in the United States reached 39.3 gallons per capita last year, while carbonated soft...

  • EPA takes aim at CAFE standards

    We can be both pro-growth, pro-jobs and pro-environment, says Scott Pruitt, EPA administrator, discussing the agency's new agenda and plans to roll back regulations and tackle fuel standards.

  • Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the tribes' request for an injunction to withdraw permission issued by the Army Corps for the last link of the oil pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The tribes had argued that the pipeline would render water they use for religious ceremonies spiritually impure even if...

  • SAO PAULO, March 6- Electricity costs for companies and individuals in Brazil are likely to further increase in the second half of the year due to insufficient water in hydroelectric plants' reservoirs after below average rains, power sector experts said on Monday. Brazil's power trading chamber projects summer rains to reach only around 70 percent of normal...

  • Expect more money to be spent in the water space

    Matthew Sheldon, senior portfolio manager in water strategy at KBI Global Investors, discusses investing in the space alongside new regulations from Trump.

  • *Water, waste margins in Europe remain under pressure. PARIS, March 1- General Electric's industrial water treatment business which is up for sale would be a good strategic fit for Suez, the French group's chief executive said on Wednesday. Core earnings at the Water Europe division were down 3.2 percent as a lack of inflation in Europe kept a lid on prices, with...

  • The executive order will kick off what could be a lengthy process to undo the Waters of the United States or WOTUS rule, finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2015 to clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act. "A few years ago the EPA decided that navigable waters can mean nearly every puddle or...

  • Freeport's Grasberg mine holds more gold and copper reserves than any other in the world, but has frequently been a source of controversy over the revenue share Indonesia and Papua get from the mine and the impact of its tailings on local water systems. Here are some facts on the Grasberg mine in Papua:. Freeport-McMoRan began mining in Papua in 1967, the first...

  • The number of demonstrators had dwindled from the thousands who poured into the camp starting in August to oppose the pipeline that critics say threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The 1,170- mile line, built by Energy Transfer Partners LP, will move crude from the shale oilfields of North Dakota to Illinois en route to...

  • Freeport's Grasberg mine holds more gold and copper reserves than any other in the world, but has frequently been a source of controversy over the revenue share Indonesia and Papua get from the mine and the impact of its tailings on local water systems. Here are some facts on the Grasberg mine in Papua:. GRASBERG MINE Freeport-McMoRan began mining in Papua in...