White House proposes cutting EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs

Read the full story in the Washington Post. The Office of Management and Budget has suggested deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce its staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate several programs, according to multiple individuals briefed on the plan.

The Value of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Read the full post from the Northeast Recycling Council. To see what things looked like in EPA's earliest years, see pictures from EPA's DOCUMERICA project. The year 1970 was a turning point for our nation’s environment. On January 2 of that year, President Richard Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act into law; and on …

A variety of bee species down on the farm leads to juicier fruits

Read the full story in Science. There are more than 2500 bee species around the world that pollinate plants, and research has shown that having a variety of pollinators can boost crop yields and naturally control pests. Yet in many farm environments, there’s only one bee to be found: Apis mellifera, the European honey bee. …

Great Lakes Scientist says, “If We Lose The EPA, We Lose Lake Erie”

Read the full story from Great Lakes Now. At the 8th Binational Meeting of the Lake Erie Millennium Network, 125 scientists gathered at the University of Windsor in Ontario to hear experts weigh-in on the health of the southernmost, warmest and shallowest of the Great Lakes. They presented research on everything from climate change, water …

Flint residents must start paying for water they still can’t drink without a filter

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Residents in Flint, Mich., are about to start paying the full cost of their water again, even though what’s flowing from their taps has yet to be declared safe to drink without an approved filter. On Wednesday, state officials will end a program that has helped pay residents’ bills …

2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) data now available

The first data from the 2015 RECS are now available. These housing characteristics tables, featuring estimates of fuel use, structural characteristics of homes, heating, appliances, electronics, and more, can be found at http://www.eia.gov/ consumption/residential/data/ 2015/. EIA expects to release an overview of the 2015 data, a methodology report, and the preliminary public use microdata file …