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California Lawmakers Vow To Protect Federal Environmental Laws

February 23, 2017 | Amy Quinton

Amidst fear that President Donald Trump’s administration could rollback key federal environmental laws, California state senate Democratic leaders have unveiled a package of environmental protection bills.

Brett K. Snow, Pool / AP Photo

Environment

Air Quality Advocates Worry EPA Waivers At Risk

February 23, 2017 | Steve Milne

California's ability to make its own air quality rules comes from waivers granted by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Some people are afraid those could be coming to an end. The EPA's new chief has not committed to continuing waivers.

State Government

Despite Oroville Crisis, California Has The "Cadillac" Of State Dam Safety Programs

February 21, 2017 | Ben Adler

California missed one of its two annual Oroville Dam inspections last year. It has one field engineer for every 57 dams it must inspect. And there’s a potential conflict of interest in how the state inspects dams. Yet its program draws praise.

Dale Kolke / California Department of Water Resources

Environment

Simulation Shows Oroville Dam Spillway Failure

February 17, 2017 | Amy Quinton

A computer simulation of a potential emergency spillway break at Oroville dam paints a scary picture.

Environment

Erosion, High Flows From Storms Benefit Native Species

February 16, 2017 | Amy Quinton

Winter storms are causing mudslides and erosion, but it's not all bad news.

California Department of Water Resources

State Government

Back In 2005, Environmental Groups Worried About The Oroville Emergency Spillway

February 15, 2017

A report from the San Jose Mercury News claims federal and state officials ignored warnings as far back as 2005 about problems with the Dam's emergency spillway. Journalist Paul Rogers talked with Beth Ruyak about the report.

Rennett Stowe, flickr

State Government

Obama EPA Head Says Calif. Must Lead Climate Change Action

February 8, 2017 | Ben Bradford

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy flew to California to discuss environmental action with Democratic lawmakers.

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