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Could EPA regional headquarters move from San Francisco to Phoenix?

Posted by   /  November 4, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Lily Altavena | The Republic Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt discussed moving the agency’s regional headquarters from San Francisco to Phoenix during a meeting with metro Phoenix officials in May. GPEC President and CEO Chris Camacho said the Phoenix-area team pitched the idea. Meeting notes distributed by GPEC to attendees of the meeting […]

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[OPINION] Rick Perry’s strange sex story

Posted by   /  November 4, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Gail Collins | The New York Times (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) h, that Rick Perry. Our secretary of energy was in South Africa recently, for Africa Oil Week. Whenever the word “oil” is mentioned, Perry responds like a dog on the scent of a hamburger. So no surprise there. […]

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O’Halleran amendment fails on forest logging bill

Posted by   /  November 3, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Isaac Windes | Cronkite News A divided House on Wednesday approved a bill that supporters said would boost wildfire prevention efforts, in part by excluding forests from environmental requirements. Streamlining regulations will allow more logging, which removes the forest undergrowth that can feed wildfires, thus reducing the chances of a catastrophic blaze, supporters said. […]

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Sloan looks to bring business background to Arizona Corporation Commission, joins Glassman, Olson, Sears in 2018 race

Posted by   /  November 3, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal Eric Sloan — CEO of Sloan Lyons Public Affairs in Phoenix — is getting into next year’s Arizona Corporation Commission race. The ACC regulates utilities such as Arizona Public Service Co. as well as investment firms and brokerages. Sloan is running as a Republican and joins a potential […]

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Energy regulator may “cast a lifeline” to coal and nuclear

Posted by   /  November 3, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Amy Harder | Axios A top federal energy regulator said Wednesday the federal government may “cast a lifeline” to coal and nuclear power plants while the government conducts a longterm review of America’s electricity grid. “I just think it’s prudent to potentially cast a lifeline to certain assets so they can stay afloat while […]

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$10M case: 9th Circuit to hear appeal on Asarco bonuses

Posted by   /  November 2, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By David Wichner | Arizona Daily Star The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments Nov. 16 on Tucson-based Asarco’s appeal of a judgment requiring the company to pay copper-price bonuses to hundreds of miners. The oral arguments begin at 9:30 a.m. at the San Francisco-based appellate panel’s Pasadena, California, […]

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EPA announces $23.5 million for environmental improvements on tribal lands in Arizona

Posted by   /  November 1, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Sonoran News The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $23.5 million in funding to 15 Arizona tribes, including the Navajo Nation, to invest in environmental programs and water infrastructure. These funds, together with about $2.9 million EPA awarded earlier in the year, brings the total agency investment for tribes in Arizona this year to $26.4 […]

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Trump Administration Targets Uranium Mining Ban Near Grand Canyon

Posted by   /  November 1, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: News releases are published unedited, unless they contain factual errors.) WASHINGTON— The Trump administration wants to roll back a 20-year ban to allow uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, according to a Forest Service report formally released today. Under today’s recommendations the Interior Department would revise an Obama-era mining ban that sought to […]

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Court’s refusal to hear Yarnell Hill fire suit has statewide implications, lawyer says

Posted by   /  October 30, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star The state’s highest court won’t let homeowners burned out by the Yarnell Hill Fire sue the state for negligence. And that, according to an attorney for those affected, has bad implications for others who own property throughout the state. Without comment, the Arizona […]

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REGIONAL NEWS for Oct. 29, 2017: Gov. Jerry Brown declared Saturday a “Day of Remembrance” for the wildfire victims. At least 42 people died.

Posted by   /  October 29, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

  California: Number of buildings lost in wine country wildfires rises to 8,700; years of recovery ahead, officials say Nevada: Historic Death Valley property gets face-lift, new name Colorado Divide: Is hemp the answer for a rural county hoping to rely less on mining? New Mexico: Gary Johnson is back, and he’s never running for […]

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