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Valerie Volcovici

Most U.S. states have cut environmental budgets and staffing since 2008 - study

05 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON Most U.S. states have cut funding and staffing at their environmental agencies over the past decade, according to a study by a green advocacy group, raising questions about the Trump administration's policy to shift more enforcement of federal environmental laws to states.

Florida senator blocks Trump Interior nominee over offshore drilling

05 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio has placed a hold on the Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's pick to become the deputy secretary of the Interior Department over concerns about the agency's plans to expand offshore drilling, his office said on Wednesday.

U.S. Republican senators ask Treasury for any reports on Hunter Biden

26 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON The Republican chairmen of two U.S. Senate committees have asked the Treasury Department, in a letter, for possible reports of money laundering or fraud on the business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden's son with a Ukraine energy firm.

U.S. Republican senators ask Treasury for any reports on Hunter Biden

23 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON The Republican chairmen of two U.S. Senate committees have asked the Treasury Department, in a letter, for possible reports of money laundering or fraud on the business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden's son with a Ukraine energy firm.

Industry groups urge White House to finish overhauling U.S. environmental review process

22 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON More than 30 industry groups on Friday called on the Trump administration to finish a regulatory overhaul that would make it easier to clear federal environmental approval for big infrastructure projects such as pipelines and road expansions.

Exclusive: Trump administration to miss 2019 target for Alaska refuge oil lease sale - official

21 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON The Trump administration will miss its target of holding the first-ever oil drilling lease sale in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this year due to delays in the environmental review process, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told Reuters.

Over 60% of environmentally contaminated U.S. sites vulnerable to climate change: report

19 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON Nearly 60% of a group of contaminated sites in the United States earmarked for environmental clean-up are located in areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a congressional watchdog report released on Monday.

Montana lawmakers seek more time for Keystone XL public, tribal input

15 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON Montana lawmakers representing Native American tribal members called on the state's congressional delegation and the U.S. State Department on Thursday to extend the public comment period for the environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying tribes were not properly consulted.

Montana lawmakers seek more time for Keystone XL public, tribal input

15 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 Montana lawmakers representing Native American tribal members called on the state's congressional delegation and the U.S. State Department on Thursday to extend the public comment period for the environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying tribes were not properly consulted.

Navajo leader vows no financial backing for tribal coal mines deal

14 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON The leader the Navajo Nation said it would offer no financial backing for a deal under which a tribal energy company recently bought three coal mines, citing the tenuous future of coal and the tribe's desire to expand its use of renewable energy.

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