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Stink Bugs May Be Reunited With Old Nemesis

Stink Bugs were introduced from Asia to Allentown, Penn., in the '90s and have been spreading outward, including to the D.C. region. They're a nuisance in homes, but for farmers they're a dangerous pest that can destroy crops. The USDA is looking to control the insects by importing their natural predator: parasitic Asian wasp.

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Md. Official: Natural Gas 'Fracking' Should Be Reviewed

Maryland’s environment secretary is urging Congress to take a more active role in regulating the mining process known as hydraulic fracturing.

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Md. Officials Argue For Fracking Regulation At Hill Hearing

Congress is taking a closer look at the issue of hydraulic fracturing and Maryland's cautious approach to it.

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Shutdown Would Hamper D.C. Environmental Work, Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

The D.C. area's local environmental stewards are among those bracing for a federal government shutdown. A shutdown would have environmental consequences for D.C. and the entire Chesapeake Bay region, officials say.

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Power Breakfast: Assessing Earthquake Risk Reduction In The U.S.

From Capitol News Connection:

Democrat David Wu represents an Oregon district that includes a swath of Pacific coastline. In the last Congress, he got a bill through the House that would have stepped up federal efforts to study and prepare for natural disasters.

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Stink Bug Threat Has States Asking For Expanded Pesticide Options

Scientists representing seven states, including Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to change rules on certain pesticides to allow farmers to better fight stink bugs.

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