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Job: Ecology Program Instructor (Seasonal), MA
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

Kestrel Educational Adventures located in Gloucester, Massachusetts seeks an Ecology Program Instructor. Principal duties and responsibilities will be to evelop and present indoor and outdoor ecology programs for students in preschool through middle school; travel to school sites to instruct programs; lead hikes up to four miles long, and field explorations in local natural areas; collaborate with other education staff to custom-build lesson plans for schools; share captive wild animals with students; attend initial training at training rate, and attend regular staff meetings; prep and clean up for each teaching day, including cleaning equipment; instruct other programs as needed including possibly afterschool programs; and other relevant tasks as needed. For more information, click here.

U.S. House committee considers reigning in EPA's CWA Power Grab
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

By Dorothy Kosich – Mineweb – July 16, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s unabashed power grab under the auspices of the Clean Water Act has got the business sector, regulators and legal experts alarmed and seeking remedies from the legislative branch, specifically, the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment. As Richard O. Faulk, senior director, Initiative for Energy and the Environment of the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, observed during a hearing before the subcommittee Tuesday, “I believe there is an urgent need for a comprehensive inquiry into whether the current statutory structure authorizes – or can be construed to authorize — abusive retrospective and prospective vetoes of legitimate business activities." For full story, click here.

House Hearing on EPA’s Expanded Interpretation of its Permit Veto Authority Under the Clean Water Act
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

Contact: Jim Billimoria – Transportation & Infrastructure Committee – July 15, 2014 – Video

On July 15, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on EPA's application of its 404C veto authority under the Clean Water Act.  A recording of the hearing as well as testimony from the Witnesses is available. To read more about the hearing or to view video, click here.

'I'm going to get this right,' McCarthy says of muddled water rule
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:59

By Annie Snider – E & E Publishing, LLC – July 11, 2014

After weeks of Capitol Hill assaults on a controversial Obama administration water proposal, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy toured Missouri farm country this week, asking everyone she met: Tell us how to fix it. In an interview with Greenwire before her speech to the Kansas City Agribusiness Council yesterday, McCarthy acknowledged that the rule's rollout to farmers and agribusiness has been rough. She committed to doing what it takes to make farmers and ranchers comfortable with the rule proposal, dubbed "Waters of the United States," which is aimed at clearing up years of confusion over which streams and wetlands are federally regulated. Stirring up the most trouble has been the "interpretive rule." Intended to explain the water proposal to farmers and ranchers, the interpretive rule has confused almost everyone. McCarthy was asked if she'd been thinking about withdrawing it. For full story, click here.

Funding cuts, EPA cleanups and the toxins left behind
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:31

By Ariel Wittenberg – South Coast Today – July 13, 2014 

Trout caught in Torch Lake, Mich., are not safe to eat. Groundwater in Baldwin, Fla., is not safe to drink. Six acres of land in Bridgewater, Mass., are not safe to live on. All three locations were once among the most dangerous toxic waste sites in the country and became part of the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund cleanup program. All three are now considered clean by the EPA, though toxins remain. The EPA is responsible for protecting human health at 1,700 hazardous waste sites across the country through the Superfund program. These sites contain chemicals that can cause a range of serious illnesses, from cancer to birth defects to neurological disorders. As is the case at Torch Lake, Baldwin and Bridgewater, an EPA "cleanup" does not mean all toxins are gone. Toxic materials, in many cases, are physically or financially impossible to eliminate. Instead, many Superfund cleanups end with restrictions on how a site can be used because the toxins left behind still pose a danger to human health. For full story, click here.

Midwestern farmers wage war against 'superweeds'
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:19

By Tim Barker – St. Louis Post-Dispatch – July 13, 2014

After driving several miles along a winding rural road west of this Mississippi River town, Denny Mertz finds what he’s looking for. The retired engineer, turned full-time farmer, stops next to a neighbor’s field covered in soybeans — and something sinister. At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary. Until Mertz points out the yellowish cast infiltrating the deep green of the soybean leaves. It’s waterhemp, a fast-growing weed that torments Midwestern farmers. For full story, click here.

NASA launches carbon satellite after 2009 failure
Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00

WHEC Rochester – July 7, 2014

A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming. The Delta 2 rocket blasted off from California at 2:56 a.m. and released the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite in low-Earth orbit 56 minutes later, bringing relief to mission officials who lost a similar spacecraft five years ago. Like the original, OCO-2 was designed to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide from 438 miles above the Earth's surface. Its polar orbit will allow it to cover about 80 percent of the globe. For full story, click here.

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