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EPA Kicks Off Website Updates

Categories: Environment,Govt Information,Headlines

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-kicks-website-updates

Language used on the EPA website to explain the removal of information about climate change and the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.  Some information from the Obama Administration is still available at https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Reclamation Water Information System

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources

https://water.usbr.gov/

Provides historical and current data on water quality and levels for streams and reservoirs in the western part of the U.S.  View and download data from the site.  From the Bureau of Reclamation

 

New Executive Order Directs Agencies to Revise or Rescind Climate Change Rules and Policies

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/eo-rescind.pdf

Analyzes recent presidential executive order that establishes policy to promote energy independence, primarily through actions favorable to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy producers.  The order also withdraws guidance on assessing climate change effects when making regulations about energy policy.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

(climate change     energy     environment     laws/regulations     presidency)

Water Quality Changes in the Nation’s Streams and Rivers

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

https://nawqatrends.wim.usgs.gov/swtrends/

Interactive map product which allows users to get a long-term look at water quality changes in U.S. rivers and streams over time.  Covers 1400 sites from 1972 to 2012.  From the Geological Survey

 

Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/28/presidential-executive-order-promoting-energy-independence-and-economi-1

Presidential order which requires executive agencies to identify and propose ways to eliminate any regulations that encumber energy production, constrain growth, or prevent job creation.  From the White House

 

2015 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2015 Industry Reports

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/SARATitle3/2015_TRI_Report.pdf

Annual report on releases of toxic chemicals by industry in Virginia.  In 2015 Virginia facilities reported the release, transfer, or on-site management of 858.6 million pounds  of TRI-related  chemicals, a 6% decrease from 2014.  Appendices F, G, and I cover detailed information by facility, county, and city.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Department of State Record of Decision and National Interest Determination

Categories: Canada,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Transportation

https://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/documents/organization/269323.pdf

Text of the document which approves construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as being in the national interest of the U.S.   The Trump administration decision reverses the decision of the State Department under Obama’s administration. From the State Department

 

States Perform

Categories: Business/Economics,Crime/Justice,Education,Energy,Environment,Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Transportation

http://www.statesperform.org/

Offers access to performance measurement data for the 50 states in 6 areas: fiscal and economic, public safety and justice, energy and environment, transportation, health and human services, and education.  From the Council of State Governments

 

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