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A decade later, the state still hasn’t enforced laws curbing mercury.

Comments Print Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff The Massachusetts State House. More than a decade after Massachusetts lawmakers passed sweeping legislation to reduce the amount of mercury released into theenvironment, state regulators have yet to enforce the law. As a result, the manufacturers of millions of fluorescent light bulbs, one of the main sources of the toxic metal, have avoided millions of ...

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Why the fate of a tiny Rio Grande fish is so important.

Heavy winter snows and a wet spring have filled the Rio Grande River through New Mexico with more water than it has seen in years, and water managers predict the river could stay up well into the summer. That’s good news both for people who rely on the river and for one of the river’s most threatened tiny inhabitants: Hybognathus ...

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Trump Interior pick faces contentious fight.

President Trump’s pick for the No. 2 position at the Interior Department is facing a contentious confirmation hearing on Thursday.  David Bernhardt, a Bush administration veteran and energy industry lobbyist, will testify before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, with Democrats promising to probe the deputy secretary nominee’s history both in government and on K Street.  Republicans appear likely ...

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Will this land still be your land?

In this week’s episode of the Trump on Earth podcast, we explore Trump’s plans for our public lands. (Photo: BLM via Flickr) Public lands can be National Parks, forests, or protected areas like the ones designated as National Monuments. All together, about one-third of the United States is federally owned. And that means it belongs to all of us — the public. ...

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Blankenship wants Trump MSHA to re-examine UBB report.

Don Blankenship Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship said Friday he wants the Trump administration’s Department of Labor to revisit its investigation and report on the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine, in Raleigh County. Blankenship said Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration should dig into the matter as soon as President Donald ...

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Critics say Minnesota omnibus bill sets back clean energy.

Clean energy and environmental advocates are concerned that several provisions in a Minnesota Jobs and Energy Omnibus bill would remove regulatory oversight of programs, shift power from experts to legislators and potentially kills jobs in a growing sector. The legislature is still debating the omnibus bill as the official adjournment of the session approaches on May 22.  A floor vote is expected as ...

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Incredible pictures of 27 national monuments under threat.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is touring a pair of controversial national monuments in Utah on horseback this week at the behest of President Trump, who is reconsidering their merits. Zinke’s four-day visit will take in Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah, the main targets in a review of 27 large monuments Trump ordered last month. The president assigned ...

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Trump takes aim at Western monuments that may hold oil riches.

Bears Ears National Monument in Utah boasts stretches of red-and-yellow sandstone so brilliant they appear to be ablaze and rock structures so precarious they appear to defy gravity.  The rugged terrain south of the Colorado River also has reserves of oil and natural gas that are currently off limits to new leasing — restrictions that may end as the Trump ...

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