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Pump it Up: U.S. Increases Natural Gas Exports Pump it Up: U.S. Increases Natural Gas Exports
  The United States will start exporting more of its energy bounty, which is making gas and oil companies very happy, American manufacturers skeptical, and the majority of environmentalists enraged.
Sean Parker Slapped with $2.5 Million Fine for Dream Wedding Sean Parker Slapped with $2.5 Million Fine for Dream Wedding
  Napster co-founder and Internet bad boy Sean Parker dished out $10 million for his fantasy wedding in Big Sur, and now, he is being slapped with $2.
Caught in the Act: WalMart Fined $110 Million for Flouting Environmental Laws Caught in the Act: WalMart Fined $110 Million for Flouting Environmental Laws
  The world’s largest retailer has been fined for flouting the United States’ Clean Water Act; WalMart has been issued this fine by U.
President Obama: “The Jersey Shore is Back in Business” President Obama: “The Jersey Shore is Back in Business”
  Today, President Barack Obama took a trip to the Jersey Shore, where he visited with local business owners and families who are preparing for the 2013 beach season.
Oklahoma Tornado Loss Estimate between $3 Billion to $5 Billion Oklahoma Tornado Loss Estimate between $3 Billion to $5 Billion
  The string of brutal tornadoes that ripped through the center of the United States last week brought forth at least $3 billion in damage, according to estimates from a catastrophe risk modeler known as Eqecat.
President Obama Responds to Devastating Tornados in Oklahoma President Obama Responds to Devastating Tornados in Oklahoma
    At least 24 people, including nine schoolchildren, were killed when a massive tornado hit an area outside Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon.
Environmental Protection Agency to Award $569 Million in Funding to Areas Impacted by Hurricane Sandy Environmental Protection Agency to Award $569 Million in Funding to Areas Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that will provide grants of $340 million to New York and $229 million to New Jersey for improvements to drinking water treatment facilities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
U.S. Carbon Emissions Fall to Nearly 20-Year Lows U.S. Carbon Emissions Fall to Nearly 20-Year Lows
New figures show that, energy-saving technologies and a concerted effort in renewables have led to the overall reduction in climate pollution.
 Grand Jury Indicts Driller for Dumping Fracking Waste Grand Jury Indicts Driller for Dumping Fracking Waste
The controversial hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” technique for natural gas drilling came under fire again last week as a driller from Poland, Ohio was indicted by a jury in Youngstown.
U.S. Military Goes Green: Eco Projects Soar U.S. Military Goes Green: Eco Projects Soar
With a new emphasis on sustainable and renewable technological development, the 21st century military has been developing inventions that will help make the armed forces of the future have less of an impact on our planet.
 New Heads Nominated for EPA, Energy New Heads Nominated for EPA, Energy
President Obama nominated new heads for the EPA and the Department of Energy on Monday, triggering flurries of speculation about what the White House's energy and environmental policy will look like over the next four years.
 Judge Halts Sales From Wind Turbine Company Judge Halts Sales From Wind Turbine Company
According to documents filed in Minnesota courts last week, a renewable energy company in Minnesota told farmers that wind turbines would pay for themselves in a few months or years through a combination of grants and energy credits.
Report: Climate Change and its Impact on Wildlife Report: Climate Change and its Impact on Wildlife
From moose in Minnesota to caribou in Alaska to birds in the Great Plains, new studies say that animals are struggling to adapt with new climate conditions caused by the burning of fossil fuels and the subsequent penetration of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
 Obama Administration Working to Predict Arctic Changes Obama Administration Working to Predict Arctic Changes
Climate changes in the Arctic have led to results that so far have been at times chaotic and unpredictable.
 Man Sentenced in $9M Renewable Energy Fraud Scheme Man Sentenced in $9M Renewable Energy Fraud Scheme
Investigative work by federal, state, and local agencies led to the conviction of Rodney Hailey, a man who ran a fraudulent bio-diesel company in order to collect renewable energy credits from the government.
The End of Unlined Landfills in New Hampshire The End of Unlined Landfills in New Hampshire
  On November 9, 2012, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services declared that the last unlined landfill in the state stopped operations.
Renewable Fuel Levels Remain in Place Despite Drought Renewable Fuel Levels Remain in Place Despite Drought
  Following one of the worst droughts in history, several states asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waiver the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)—which requires a certain amount of renewable fuel in standard fuels—in order to provide economic relief.
New International Standards for Tobacco Sales New International Standards for Tobacco Sales
  On November 12, 2012, the World Health Organization announced new measures to combat illegal trading of tobacco products throughout the world.
DARN Properties in Milford Fined for Asbestos Violations DARN Properties in Milford Fined for Asbestos Violations
  On November 8, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) fined DARN Properties, LLC in Milford for violating state asbestos regulations.
Conservation Groups File Suit Against Kill-at-Will Wolf Policy Conservation Groups File Suit Against Kill-at-Will Wolf Policy
  On November 14, 2012, conservation groups filed a suit against the federal government for lifting protection of wolves in Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act.
Australia Creates World’s Largest Network of Marine Reserves Australia Creates World’s Largest Network of Marine Reserves
  On November 16, 2012, Australia’s Environment Minister, Tony Burke, announced requirements to protect over 2.
60 Percent of Biggest Cities in US are Smoke-Free 60 Percent of Biggest Cities in US are Smoke-Free
  On November 15, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 60 percent of the largest US cities are now covered by laws that prohibit smoking in indoor areas like restaurants, workplaces, bars, and similar areas.
56 Small Business Awarded Pollution-Prevention Grants in PA 56 Small Business Awarded Pollution-Prevention Grants in PA
  On November 8, 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $418,049 of grants to 56 small businesses throughout the state to help them become energy efficient or prevent pollution.
17 States Guarantee Hunting and Fishing as Constitutional Right 17 States Guarantee Hunting and Fishing as Constitutional Right
  In November of 2012, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) reported that 17 states now guarantee its citizens the constitutional right of hunting and fishing.
Tennessee Now Owns Virgin Falls State Natural Area Tennessee Now Owns Virgin Falls State Natural Area
  On November 15, 2012, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced that the state acquired the Virgin Falls State Natural Area located in White County.
Significant Steps for Quanta Resources Superfund Site in NJ Significant Steps for Quanta Resources Superfund Site in NJ
  On November 19, 2012, the Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a significant step for the cleanup of the Quanta Resources Superfund site located in Edgewater, New Jersey.
Settlement Requires the Restoration of Chickley River Settlement Requires the Restoration of Chickley River
  On November 19, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) reached a settlement with the town of Hawley and the contractor E.
Route 66 State Park Safe for Works and Visitors Route 66 State Park Safe for Works and Visitors
  On November 19, 2012, Region 7 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that soil sampling data on Route 66 State Park in Eureka, Missouri, proves the park is not hazardous to workers or the public.
Nutrient Standards Adopted for Major Estuaries in Florida Nutrient Standards Adopted for Major Estuaries in Florida
  On November 13, 2012, the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission (ERC) approved new nutrient standards for the six major Panhandle estuaries.
New York Waters Adopt Mandatory Lobster V-Notch Rules New York Waters Adopt Mandatory Lobster V-Notch Rules
  As of November 13, 2012, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) now requires lobster permit holders in Lobster Conservation Management Area (LMA) 4 to perform V-notching of legal, egg-bearing female lobsters.

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