By Timothy Cama – The Hill – July 30, 2015
The House Oversight Committee is looking into allegations that two Obama administration agencies had sharp disagreements over the development of a major water pollution rule. The panel released internal Army Corps of Engineers memos Thursday from earlier this year in which officials said the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts on the rule lacked sound scientific basis and the agency did not consult with the Army Corps. The GOP is using the memos to open a new chapter in its fight against the “waters of the United States” rule, released in June to assert federal power over wetlands, streams and other minor waterways that did not have clearly defined pollution protections. For full story, click here.
By Annie Snider – E&E Publishing, LLC – July 22, 2015
With state and industry challenges to the Obama administration's controversial water rule piling up in courts across the country, a number of green groups today brought suits from the opposite end of the spectrum, arguing that the final version does not go far enough in protecting the nation's streams, ponds and wetlands. The Center for Biological Diversity, Waterkeeper Alliance, Center for Food Safety and Turtle Island Restoration Network filed a petition in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco challenging the rule, which is aimed at clearing up years of confusion over the reach of the Clean Water Act. For full story, click here.
Contact: Vanessa Kauffman – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – August 28, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today it will partner with communities, corporations and nonprofits to help restore the natural environment and boost opportunities for residents in six cities to connect with nature. Together, the Service and partners expect to direct more than $1.7 million to community-led habitat restoration projects and engage thousands of volunteers in the efforts. For more information, click here.
Ocean Leadership: Ocean Policy & Legislation - July 10, 2015
The House of Representatives pulled the Interior-EPA FY16 funding bill over a controversial amendment that would have stripped a provision barring the Confederate flag from being displayed in cemeteries and sold in stores operated by the National Park Service. The bill, H.R. 2822, provides approximately $30.17 billion in discretionary budget authority for FY 2016, which is $246 million (0.8%) below FY 2015 levels and $2.038 billion below the President’s request. The bill provides $7.4 billion in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a cut of $750 million below the FY 2015 enacted level and $1.2 billion below the President’s request. For full story, click here.
By Timothy Cama – The Hill – July 14, 2015
House Republicans moved Tuesday to force the Obama administration to disclose certain documents related to the development of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) major water jurisdiction rule. The House Oversight Committee sent a subpoena on the rule to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which is responsible for reviewing all major federal regulations before they are issued. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) alleged in his subpoena that OIRA and its chief, Howard Shelanski, are illegally withholding from Congress documents that lawmakers have requested since a March hearing. For full story, click here.