What You Missed This Week in Environmental Policy News

The Animas River on Aug. 9, four days after the Gold King Mine blowout. Photo credit: EPA 

This was the week that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy talked about pesticides in an orchard, when the Bonn climate talks heated up and when the Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register. 

Here are some of the environmental news stories we covered this week: 

The EPA's plan to open the Gold King Mine in a manner that appeared to guard against blowout instead led directly to the failure, according to a Department of the Interior report. (Free story by Tripp Baltz, Bloomberg BNA’s staff reporter in Denver.)

A vote on legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act is stalled in the Senate because of disputes over how to handle a separate conservation fund issue, according to Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.). (Story by Pat Rizzuto for Bloomberg BNA subscribers.)

The Senate holds a hearing on agricultural biotechnology that addresses whether or not to assert federal authority over the labeling of food containing GMOs. (By Catherine Boudreau for subscribers.)

With the Clean Power Plan now officially published in the Federal Register, the EPA says it has deliberately made it easy for states to apply for a two-year extension to submit their compliance plans. (Story for subscribers by two of Bloomberg BNA’s climate reporters, Anthony Adragna and Andrew Childers)

The EPA is touting its newly finalized farmworker protection rule, but a measure hidden within another recently proposed rules could end up hurting migrant workers who apply pesticides. (The McCarthy story by Joyce E. Cutler is available behind the paywall here, and read the ID story by David Schultz, also for subscribers, here.)

Bloomberg BNA sent staff reporter Dean Scott and international correspondent Eric J. Lyman to the climate talks in Bonn, Germany. (Subscriber preview article here, and a look at decarbonization here.)