Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

'War on coal'

Md. opposes federal mining rules seen as threatening


Baltimore Sun

Amid a long decline in coal production and a shift toward cleaner sources of energy, communities in Appalachian Maryland are bracing for a new challenge: a sweeping federal proposal intended to limit the environmental impact of coal mining on streams. Some are concerned the plan will deliver another blow to a once-vital local industry now teetering on the edge of extinction.


Obama signs bill to keep plastics out of water


President Barack Obama signed legislation last week banning the use of microbeads in face wash, soap, toothpaste and other personal care products beginning in 2017. The Senate cleared the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 before going home for the Christmas holidays, after the House passed the legislation earlier in the month.


Barebones water quality program in S.C. seeks help

The State

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is seeking nearly $1 million next year to expand its water-quality monitoring program, which critics say has become so threadbare that regulators are having trouble determining how clean rivers and lakes really are.

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