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EPA head acknowledges climate change, but says most threats ’50 to 75 years out’

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler appeared on CBS for the first network interview since his confirmation, and while he acknowledged the human contribution to climate change, he also said most threats are “50 to 75 years out.”

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Louisiana Braces for New National Flood Insurance Program Rules

As FEMA works out new NFIP rules, residents and officials look forward to more accurate mapping, but worry that the price of flood insurance for some property owners may significantly increase.

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$3 Billion Deal: BMT to support US ocean and atmospheric agency

BMT has been named a prime awardee on ProTech Oceans Domain, a $3bn multiple-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract serving the National Ocean Service (NOS), part of US-based scientific agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Summary And Analysis Of The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act

Over the last several decades, cities and other municipal entities (such as water reclamation districts) that own and operate wastewater treatment plants and sewer systems have been subjected to additional and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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THEY PUT MONEY ON IT: The Trump administration could finally recognize climate change—for flood insurance

Economists have found that when money is at stake, companies whose future depends on the weather are more likely to tie their decisions to the scientific consensus on climate change.

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‘This program is sick.' Fight brews over flood insurance

Efforts in Congress to overhaul an embattled insurance program that covers millions of properties against flood damage were jolted yesterday by a plan to make taxpayers pay $20 billion in cost overruns.

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Victims of 2016 Louisiana Flooding Sue Trump Administration Over Aid

Two Louisiana homeowners have sued President Donald Trump’s administration for policy change delays that have kept thousands of victims of a massive 2016 flood from receiving federal aid.

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FEMA denies St. Lucie County's $9.5 million claim for beach repairs after Hurricane Irma

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — County officials are scrambling to find $14.8 million to repair erosion damage to south- county beaches after Federal Emergency Management Agency rescinded $9.5 million it had promised for the project.

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Trump budget falls short on Everglades work and omits planning for a new reservoir

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget slashes spending by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by 31 percent and fails to include money for an Everglades reservoir aimed at reducing polluted water flushed from Lake Okeechobee to coastal estuaries.

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Trump budget seeks cuts in science funding

NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Energy Department are among the agencies affected. The Trump budget proposes to eliminate three environmental programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Jacobs replaces Gaullaudet as interim head of NOAA

Neil Jacobs, an atmospheric scientist, has taken the helm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), replacing Timothy Gallaudet in the interim leadership role, in case you missed it.

Southeast
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Corps looking to lower Lake O this rainy season to avoid fouling Florida coasts

To avoid another summer of slime, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may drain the lake blamed for polluting Florida coasts even lower than usual as the start of the wet season draws near.

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Virgin Islands Storm Repairs May Be Jeopardized by FEMA, Contractors Dispute

Companies rebuilding storm-damaged homes in the U.S. Virgin Islands under a federally funded program say they haven’t been paid in months and are threatening to place liens on the houses.