A day after reports of a proposal to potentially sell off public land that was once under federal protection inside a national monument, the Interior Department reversed the decision. Officials said it contradicted Secretary Ryan Zinke's vow to not sell or transfer federal land.
The interior secretary told senators at his confirmation hearing that he would never transfer or sell federally owned land. But a bureau he controls is considering doing exactly that.
The proposal would strike language that guides officials to ignore economic impacts when determining how wildlife should be protected.
Waves have always pounded the California coast. But as seas rise over the remaining century, they will become stronger and more frequent.
The proposal would essentially end a 30-year effort to reestablish critically endangered American red wolves in the wild.
Even other federal agencies questioned USDA Wildlife Services' justification for trapping, poisoning and shooting wild animals targeted as a nuisance.
Obama's national ocean policy, created during the Deepwater Horizon disaster, called on the federal government to work with states and local governments to enhance and protect oceans.
China's ban on importing most of the scrap material that it accepted for a quarter-century could overwhelm recycling programs in the U.S.
After years of failing grades, the latest report card shows each of the bay's 15 regions “is holding steady or significantly improving.”
Nearly half a million dollars had already been spent when the study was halted, the Interior Department's inspector general found.