Clean Start: June 22, 2011

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Like “an F3, F4 tornado made of fire,” an “unstoppable” wildfire is scorching through drought-ravaged Grimes County, Texas. [KHOU]

HR 872, a bill allowing pesticide manufacturers and users to avoid the Clean Water Act permitting process for chemical runoff, was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. [Greenspace]

Four Republicans and four Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee will unveil legislation today to delay the EPA rule to curb air pollution from industrial boilers. [E2]


“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed increasing the amount of renewable fuels used in U.S. vehicles next year,” to 15.2 billion gallons in 2012 from 13.95 billion gallons this year. [Bloomberg]

Long-time energy executive John Bryson, President Obama’s nominee to head the Commerce Department, pushed back Tuesday against Republican claims that he is an “environmental extremist.” [E2]

“The sea level is now rising faster along the U.S. Atlantic coast than at any time in the past 2,100 years, and this surge is linked to increasing global temperatures,” an international research team reports. [USA Today]

“Thousands of Minot residents face a Wednesday deadline to evacuate their homes for a second time this spring as the rising Souris River moves closer to swamping the North Dakota city with what’s predicted to be its worst flood in four decades.” [AP]

Emergency response to rising climate disasters represent “growth opportunities” for military defense contractors, “particularly as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down.” [Baltimore Sun]