A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals


Ranchers, conservation groups unhappy with the new clean water rule, but for different reasons – NM Political Report

Buffett-backed giant solar project near Las Vegas wins Trump’s blessing – Los Angeles Times

Green Groups Ask D.C. Circuit to Uphold Pollution Safeguards for Freight Trailers – Environmental Defense Fund (Press release)

Lawsuit: US plan for Indiana forest could taint water supplyDaily Independent

Trump Administration Waives Environmental Safeguards to Fast-Track 69 Miles of Border Fence Construction – Government Executive


Proposed Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief Bill Contains $15B for State DOTs – AASHTO Journal

More People Turning to Cars Because of Fears of Coronavirus Infection on Public TransitWeather Channel

COVID-19 Will Exacerbate Rural Transportation Funding Needs, TRIP FindsTransport Topics

How Will Americans Commute After Lockdowns End?CityLab

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Approves FEMA Section 106 Emergency Procedures for COVID-19 Emergency/Disaster Response Undertakings – Insurance News Net


Public Strongly Opposes CEQ’s National Environmental Policy Act Proposal – EHS Daily Advisor


Illinois to ‘Fast Track’ $25M in Infrastructure Grants – AASHTO Journal

Transformative solar power agreement will help Emory reduce greenhouse gas emissions – Emory News Center

New Jersey Makes Significant Commitments to Transportation Electrification – ActNews.com

Changes for 2020 Atlantic hurricane season: New storm surge map, 60-hour forecast message – Times-Picayune


Many cities around the globe saw cleaner air after being shut down for COVID-19. But not Chicago. – Chicago Tribune

Cleaner Air Is Actually Hobbling California’s Climate FightBloomberg Green

Lawsuit Targets Arch Coal’s Illegal Air Pollution at Colorado Coal MineCenter for Biological Diversity (Press release)

Has the pandemic cleaned up our air? Answers could lie on your doorstep – WHYY


House Dems’ stimulus bill aims to fight coronavirus with ‘environmental justice grants’ – Fox News

Restarting Florida’s economy by weakening water quality and growth management is a bad idea | Column – Tampa Bay Times (Opinion)


Reusing wastewater at Minnesota’s truck stations could help conserve state’s water resources – Catalyst

In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S.New York Times (account required)

Utah Inland Port Authority signs deal with Rocky Mountain power for renewable energy – Salt Lake Tribune

Navigable Waters Protection Rule (formerly the Clean Water Rule) – JD Supra

Panel to consider petition seeking Pecos River protections – KOB

For the first time, Washington will regulate Columbia-Snake River dams if they violate federal pollution rules – Inlander


What’s a historic district, anyway? – Greater Greater Washington

How Historic Preservation Shaped the Early United States – Smithsonian Magazine


Coronavirus News: 58 days since last pedestrian killed in NYC; longest stretch ever recorded: Officials – WABC

Transportation Ushers In A New Age Of Agile Experimentation – Forbes

Ten Cities Recognized with “Walk Friendly” Designation – Walk Friendly Communities

Uncharted Territory: Building New Pathways To E-Mobility Resilience – Forbes

Boston is planning to repurpose streets for pedestrians during the coronavirus outbreakBoston.com


Paths to biking, walking improvements supported by wealth of research – TRB

TRB Webinar: Traffic Trends and Safety in a COVID-19 World – TRB


National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Partial Deletion of the Omaha Lead Superfund Site – EPA (Proposed Rule)

Withdrawal of Certain Federal Water Quality Criteria Applicable to Washington – EPA (Final Rule)

Final Flood Hazard Determinations (LA & WA) – FEMA (Notice)

Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations (MI) – FEMA (Notice, correction)

Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations (AR, CO, CT, FL, KY, GA, MA, MS, OK, NC, TX, VA) – FEMA (Notice)

Emergency Management Priorities and Allocations System (EMPAS) – FEMA (Interim Final Rule)

National Wetland Plant ListArmy Corps of Engineers (Notice)

Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances From New Unit Set-Asides for 2020 Control Periods – EPA (Notice of Data Availability)