Thursday, June 05, 2014

WIMS Environmental HotSheet 6/5/14

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National / International News


<> Reddit "Ask Me Anything" with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy -

Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, took to Reddit yesterday to answer questions about the EPA's proposed rules to cut carbon pollution in our power plants. During the "Ask Me Anything. . .

<> FACT SHEET: The 2014 G-7 Summit in Brussels - The leaders of the G-7 met in Brussels on June 4-5 after the previously scheduled G-8 Summit in Sochi, Russia, was cancelled when G-7 leaders suspended Russia's. . .

  • G-7 Leaders Statement – Foreign Policy - Brussels, Belgium June 4, 2014 Ukraine We welcome the successful conduct under difficult circumstances of the election in Ukraine on 25 May. The strong voter turnout underlined the determination of Ukraine's citizens to determine. . . 
  • The Brussels G-7 Summit Declaration - Brussels, Belgium June 5, 2014 1.       We, the Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission. . .

<> EPA: This white board video explains the details of our Clean Power Plan - This white board video explains the details of our Clean Power Plan. 

<> API: EPA proposal not consistent with 'all of the above' energy strategy, harms American jobs and economy

<> EPA Seeks To Expand Use of Toxic Pesticide 2,4-D - The U.S. EPA has proposed to permit Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company to sell an extraordinarily potent weed-killer called Enlist® Duo, a new formulation that contains both 2,4-D and glyphosate, the herbicide in Monsanto's notorious weed-killer RoundUp.

<> Obama Administration Agrees to Stronger Protections for Salmon From Pesticides - The agreement restores reasonable no-spray buffer zones to protect salmon and steelhead from five broad-spectrum insect killers – diazinon, chlorpyrifos, malathion, carbaryl, and methomyl.

<> Report Finds Successful Efforts to Reduce Deforestation - Programs and policies to reduce tropical deforestation are seeing broad success in 17 countries across four continents, according to UCS. . .

<> Transforming the climate conversation through social video - Choice video is a powerful medium to influence consumer beliefs on climate change, especially when the message is shared from a trusted. . .

<> EPA's Response on Pesticide Drift and Children's Health Challenged -

(Beyond Pesticides, June 5, 2014) Environmental advocacy groups filed an Administration Objection and a court appeal last week in order to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) refusal to quickly correct errors. . .

<> Ontario County, Canada, Takes Stand Against Pesticides Linked to Bee Decline - (Beyond Pesticides, June 4, 2015) A county in southern Ontario has become the first Canadian municipality, according to reports, to temporarily ban a controversial class of insecticides linked to be bee deaths in Canada and. . .


U.S. Appeals Court Environmental Decisions


<> In Re: Deepwater Horizon - 6/4/14. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Case No. 12-30883. Defendants BP Exploration & Production, Inc. (BP) and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko) appeal summary judgment in favor of the government on the question of their liability for civil penalties, which imposes mandatory penalties upon the owners of facilities "from which oil or a hazardous substance is discharged." The Panel ruled:"we affirm the grant of partial summary judgment with respect to the well owners' liability for civil penalties. . ."


Federal Register Highlights 

The following is an alert of Environmental Federal Register announcements that may be of interest for: Thursday, June 5, 2014.  (Click here to access today's complete Federal Register index with links to complete announcements).


1. Air – Proposed Rule. U.S. EPA - Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations PDF | Text |

2. Air – Proposed Rule. U.S. EPA - Managing Emissions From Oil and Natural Gas Production in Indian Country PDF | Text | 

(click for the complete Energy & EPA announcements)