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Coal on the rise in China, U.S. and India after major 2016 drop

- Associated Press

The world’s biggest coal users — China, the United States and India — have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline for the heavily polluting fuel and a setback to efforts to rein in climate change emissions.

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Gov. Burgum hails Trump move to withdraw clean-water rule

Associated Press

North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum is applauding the Trump administration's steps to roll back an Obama administration policy that expanded protections for some state streams, tributaries and wetlands.

This billboard design using an undated photo provided by Montana Wilderness Association of fly fishing television host Hilary Hutcheson, shows one of five billboards that are being installed Friday, June 23, 2017 and Monday, June 26, that will greet U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke when he returns to his hometown in Whitefish, Mont. Zinc will speak next at the Western Governors Association annual conference. (Eric Ian/Montana Wilderness Association via AP)

Zinke calls for fewer barriers to development on public land

- Associated Press

Removing bureaucratic obstacles to development on federal land can create jobs and offer hope to nearby communities, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday in hinting at long-term changes in store for federal agencies including the Interior Department.

State OKs $4M more to defend workers in Flint water cases

Associated Press

The state of Michigan has authorized spending $4 million more to defend its environmental agency and current and former regulators against criminal charges and lawsuits related to Flint's water crisis.

Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule

- Associated Press

The Trump administration moved Tuesday to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation's streams from pollution but drew attacks from farmers, fossil fuel companies and property-rights groups as federal overreach.

FILE--In this June 28, 2016, file photo, a sign welcomes people to the gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light in Mount Tabor, Vt. Federal prosecutors and judges are setting up a temporary court in remote eastern Oregon to handle citations against any attendees at the Rainbow Family of Living Light annual counter-culture gathering. The get-together in the Malheur National Forest set to begin later this week is expected to attract up to 20,000 campers and has already created tensions in this rural community. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, file)

US sets up court in Oregon forest for major gathering

- Associated Press

The U.S. government has sent federal prosecutors to a "pop-up" court in eastern Oregon to process citations against people attending a massive counter-culture peace gathering on public land that could draw up to 20,000 people.

Clouds hover over the Lake Champlain waterfront in Burlington, Vt., on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday signed into law the Vermont Clean Water Act, designed to clean up the lake by reducing pollutants that run into it. Shumlin said the law is an effort to correct a problem that has been centuries in the making. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

EPA moves to kill Waters of the U.S. rule

- The Washington Times 43 minutes ago

The Trump administration on Tuesday began the process of formally rescinding the highly controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule, an Obama-era regulation that gave Washington broad powers over streams and other small bodies of water across the country.

EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban

- Associated Press

The Trump administration's top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency's push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children's brains, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

With wind farm moratorium, renewable energy deal in doubt

- Associated Press

The future of legislation agreed upon by renewable energy interests and Duke Energy to extend the utility's requirements to use more alternative power in North Carolina is in doubt as a key senator repeats his attempts to delay wind energy permits through 2020.