Post Tagged with: "EPA"

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Leaked EPA documents expose decades-old effort to hide dangers of natural gas extraction

NEW YORK, NY — “Efforts by lawmakers and regulators to force the federal government to better police the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ have been thwarted for the past 25 years, according to an exposé in the New York Times. Studies by scientists at the […]

What will Obama’s 2nd term bring for coalfields?
Coal / Energy

What will Obama’s 2nd term bring for coalfields?

CHARLESTON, WV — “…There’s  been a lot of commentary in the last few days and weeks about what President Obama could, should, or might — or might not — do about climate change. I linked previously to Jeff Goodell’s Rolling Stone piece, but there were others out there, including this […]

Coal ash bills could undercut regulations
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Coal ash bills could undercut regulations

WASHINGTON D.C. — “A congressional effort to rein in federal regulation of coal ash could result in  little or no regulation at all, a new report from the Congressional Research  Service warns. The bills, H.R. 2273 and S. 3512, would set up a plan for states to regulate  coal ash […]

‘If it’s 80 on one, and I’m the one, bet on me’ — Ohio EPA chief
Ohio Citizen Action / Uncategorized

‘If it’s 80 on one, and I’m the one, bet on me’ — Ohio EPA chief

COLUMBUS — “Ohio EPA’s relationship with environmentalists and U.S. EPA, though, has had a long and troubled history in large part because of its coal production and manufacturing history. Tensions came to a boil starting in 1997 when Ohio Citizen Action, along with other environmental groups, filed a petition calling […]

Court strikes down EPA rule on coal pollution
Coal / Energy

Court strikes down EPA rule on coal pollution

WASHINGTON D.C. — “A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday overturned a key Obama administration rule to reduce harmful emissions from coal-burning power plants, sparking a rally in coal company shares and relief among utility firms. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in a 2-1 decision that […]

White House weakened EPA soot proposal, documents show
Coal / Energy

White House weakened EPA soot proposal, documents show

WASHINGON D.C. — “The White House recently modified an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit soot emissions, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post, inviting public comment on a slightly weaker standard than the agency had originally sought. The behind-the-scenes tweaking of the proposed soot standards, which affect particles […]

Keep mercury rule …
Coal / Energy

Keep mercury rule …

WASHINGTON D.C. — ” The Senate is set to vote today on a proposal that would kill America’s first rule governing mercury emissions, imposing tighter controls on coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources. Ohio and other Great Lakes states, in particular, need the rule to stay intact. Mercury, a […]

U.S. EPA proposes stricter standards for soot pollution
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U.S. EPA proposes stricter standards for soot pollution

WASHINGTON D.C. — ” Risking an election-year backlash from Republicans, the Obama administration is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. The move by the Environmental Protection Agency won immediate support from environmental groups and public health advocates, who […]

Market factors, not the EPA drive coal-fired power plant closures
Coal / FirstEnergy

Market factors, not the EPA drive coal-fired power plant closures

WEST VIRGINIA — “A study released Thursday points primarily to market factors, not environmental regulation as the driving force behind coal plant closures. While environmental regulations have received the bulk of attention when it comes time to close a coal-fired plant, closure are generally known to be a result of […]

A double-edged sword: EPA vs. AEP
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy

A double-edged sword: EPA vs. AEP

BEVERLY — “According to EPA data, last year the Beverly plant emitted 98,515 tons of sulfur dioxide, the third-highest total in the country, according to the EPA data. The EPA wants limits on sulfur dioxide emissions under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. To do that, the plant must install enormous […]