Tuesday, April 08, 2014

WIMS Environmental HotSheet 4/8/14

 National / International News


<> Annual Energy Outlook 2014: Staged Roll-out Begins 4/7/14, Ends 4/30/14 - The projections in the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA's) Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) focus on the factors that shape the U.S. energy system over the long term.

<> EPA's Report on the Environment (ROE): External Review Draft – U.S. EPA's Report on the Environment (ROE) presents the best available indicators of national trends. . . The draft ROE 2014 website is available for public comment through April 27, 2014. For additional details see the Federal Register Notice.

<> Department of Energy Releases 2014 Strategic Plan - April 7, 2014Department of Energy Releases 2014 Strategic Plan Washington, D.C. - The Department of Energy today released its 2014 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission. .

<> Cable News Networks Portray Climate Science with Varying Accuracy - The scientific accuracy of climate change coverage varies significantly across the three major cable news networks, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

<> Rio Tinto Pulls Out Of Alaska Bristol Bay Pebble Project - Rio Tinto announced it will gift its 19.1 per cent shareholding in Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd (Northern Dynasty), owner of the Pebble Project, to two local Alaskan charitable foundations.

<> DOE Publishes Notice of Public Meeting for Smart Grid-connected Buildings - April 8, 2014DOE Publishes Notice of Public Meeting for Smart Grid-connected Buildings The physical characterization of smart and grid-connected commercial and residential buildings end-use equipment and. . .

<> Sen. Hearing: Advanced Biofuels: Creating Jobs and Lower Prices at the Pump - Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, will convene the Committee hearing today to examine the role domestically-produced, advanced, non-food based biofuels are playing in creating jobs and strengthening the rural economy.

<> NRDC Report: Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health - (April 7, 2014) Federal protections to keep potentially unsafe chemicals out of our foods are woefully inadequate. . .

<> Environmental Groups Question Unexamined Impacts in Federal Evaluation of Constitution Pipeline Project - Ask for revisions subject to second round of public scrutiny A coalition of environmental groups will file comments today with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, taking issue with the Commission's draft 

<> Coast Guard report: Reckless behavior caused grounding of Shell's drill rig - Coast Guard report: Reckless behavior caused grounding of Shell's drill rigApr 7, 2014 The U.S. Coast Guard has spoken, and its message is clear: The Kulluk drill rig ran aground in Alaska because Shell recklessly. . .

<> Report: Four Years after BP Oil Spill, Wildlife Still Struggling - Dolphins and Sea Turtles Still Dying in High Numbers. A new report from the National Wildlife Federation looks at how fourteen species that depend on a healthy Gulf are faring in the wake of the BP oil spill.


U.S. Appeals Court Environmental Decisions


<> Supreme Court: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects U.P. Eagle Mine Appeal - The High Court declined to hear the case of Huron Mountain Club v. Army Corps of Engineers, et al, without comment letting stand the 6th Circuit decision

 Federal Register Highlights 

The following is an alert of Environmental Federal Register announcements that may be of interest for: Tuesday, April 8, 2014.  (Click here to access today's complete Federal Register index with links to complete announcements).


1. Nothing We're Tracking Today