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Outfitters seek exemption from new federal minimum wage
Outfitters seek exemption from new federal minimum wage
Bill would allow recreation businesses to operate on federal land without paying staff $10.10 an hour.
Senate committee votes to block Obama's clean water rule
Senate committee votes to block Obama's clean water rule
Republicans say new rule would give the federal government too much authority over waterways and wetlands.
EPA says fracking could contaminate drinking water
EPA says fracking could contaminate drinking water
Feds identify no widespread problem but concede to insufficient data.
Senate approves major reform of the chemical safety law
Senate approves major reform of the chemical safety law
The biggest bipartisan environmental legislation to pass the Senate in decades.
Senate considers legislation to help the West store and conserve water
Senate considers legislation to help the West store and conserve water
Twelve Western states have declared drought emergencies.
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
The controversial Clean Water Act rule protects tributaries with any sign of water, no matter the flow.
Feds move to protect birds from oil pits and power lines
Feds move to protect birds from oil pits and power lines
Planned regulations come as many Western migratory species experience steep declines.
John Podesta: Legacy maker
John Podesta: Legacy maker
This Washington insider’s ‘hidden hand’ has guided the environmental achievements of presidents for two decades.
The Latest: Lake Mead hits a record low of 1,078 feet
The Latest: Lake Mead hits a record low of 1,078 feet
Water cutbacks would start if the reservoir reaches 1,075.
Obama's preemptive strike to reform Endangered Species Act
Obama's preemptive strike to reform Endangered Species Act
The administration's proposal is aimed at warding off a GOP overhaul of the law.
Courts force feds to consider climate impacts of mining coal
Courts force feds to consider climate impacts of mining coal
A Colorado mine sees the latest in a string of rulings that may threaten the industry.
Western states wrestle with Obama’s Clean Power Plan
Western states wrestle with Obama’s Clean Power Plan
Closed-door sessions on the EPA's proposal to cut coal-fired power plant emissions.
Congress considers treating wildfire like other natural disasters
Congress considers treating wildfire like other natural disasters
The proposal to use emergency funding faces a key obstacle: Sen. Murkowski.
Tom Udall tries to fix the nation's toxic chemicals law
Tom Udall tries to fix the nation's toxic chemicals law
Greens oppose the bill, though it's brokered by a champion of the environment.
The Latest: Feds consider uplisting northern spotted owl to endangered
The Latest: Feds consider uplisting northern spotted owl to endangered
Only about 4,000 owls remain, despite logging cutbacks.
Feds opt not to list Mono Basin sage grouse
Feds opt not to list Mono Basin sage grouse
Conservation efforts persuaded officials that the Nevada-California population will fare well.
Interior considers hike in oil and gas royalty rates
Interior considers hike in oil and gas royalty rates
Industry opposes reforms at a time when low oil prices deter drilling.
Political sparring over the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Political sparring over the Land and Water Conservation Fund
A Wyoming canyon is the focal point of the dispute over the program’s future.
EPA loophole allows streams of wastewater in Wyoming
EPA loophole allows streams of wastewater in Wyoming
Environmentalists challenge permits that result in dumping of toxic chemicals on tribal land.
Forest Service sticks up for coal mining on roadless lands
Forest Service sticks up for coal mining on roadless lands
The agency will calculate climate impacts of mine expansions in western Colorado.
Supreme Court wrestles with air-pollution rule
Supreme Court wrestles with air-pollution rule
Should the EPA have considered how expensive the new regs would be for operators?
BLM seeks Congressional OK for new fees, private donations
BLM seeks Congressional OK for new fees, private donations
Agency woes range from too many wild horses to not enough drilling inspectors.
Does Obama’s order on climate overlook a major source of greenhouse gases?
Does Obama’s order on climate overlook a major source of greenhouse gases?
Energy extracted from federal lands accounts for nearly one-quarter of all energy-related emissions.
Jewell vows to make energy development on public lands cleaner
Jewell vows to make energy development on public lands cleaner
A long-delayed fracking rule will be announced within days.
Sportsmen’s bill aims to open inaccessible public lands
Sportsmen’s bill aims to open inaccessible public lands
The bill’s prospects appear bright despite congressional gridlock.
States give Senate an earful on EPA greenhouse gas plan
States give Senate an earful on EPA greenhouse gas plan
Wyoming critiques federal coal plant cleanup at Senate hearing.