Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)—the new chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, one of the most important congressional panels for construction—is likely to take a tough stance against environmental regulations and be an advocate for infrastructure, particularly in rural areas, observers say.
In a new report that concludes hydraulic fracturing can taint drinking water in some instances, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pinpoints steps in the fracking process in which better engineering, well construction and monitoring could help to prevent contamination.
A three-judge panel from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a bid by several states, led by Georgia, to have their challenge to the Obama administration’s June 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule heard by the court.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking-water chief said the agency is preparing to issue a comprehensive action plan to address challenges to the nation’s drinking-water systems by the end of the year.