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West's largest coal-fired plant on track to close

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners of the Navajo Generating Station could either shut down one of the plant's 750-megawatt units or reduce power generation by an equal amount by 2020. The owners would have until 2030 to install pollution controls that would cut nitrogen-oxide emissions by 80 percent.

FERC testifies at House Energy and Commerce hearing on EPA carbon rule

Washington, July 29, 2014, 10:00 am

House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, "FERC Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan and other Grid Reliability Challenges." Members of the commission, and incoming member Norman Bay, to testify.

Craig Hooks leaving EPA

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E&E

Within days of the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency’s second ranking official, Bob Perciasepe, was leaving, Craig Hooks, the agency’s top human resources official who has come in for increasing scrutiny in the wake of the John Beale scandal, has sent out an email to staff announcing his own departure, E&E reports.

NY, Pa., Texas have communities that regulate fracking

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The Denver Post

As Colorado wrestles with how to regulate oil and gas drilling, The Denver Post examines the way states and communities handle the issue in other parts of the country.

EPA carbon rule public comment meetings Day 2

Washington, July 30, 2014, 9:00 am

EPA holds second of two days of public comment forums on its Clean Power Plan carbon rule for power plants. Concurrent meetings to be held in Atlanta and Denver.

EPA carbon rule public comment meetings Day 1

Washington, July 29, 2014, 9:00 am

EPA holds first of two days of public comment forums on its Clean Power Plan carbon rule for power plants. Concurrent meetings to be held in Atlanta and Denver. 

McCarthy news briefing on Clean Power Plan public meetings

Washington, July 28, 2014, 9:00 am

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy holds a news teleconference to discuss the agency's public comment meetings on its carbon rule for existing power plants.

McCarthy sticking by waters rule

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National Journal

Despite ongoing concerns from the farming community – where her outreach efforts have had mixed success -- and continuing opposition from Republicans, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is refusing to back down from WOTUS, or Waters of the United States, the EPA’s proposed rule outlining which bodies of water it has jurisdiction over, National Journal reports.

Sanctions will make Russia stronger: Lavrov

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Reuters

Russia will overcome any economic difficulties caused by Western sanctions over Ukraine, but also won’t respond with “hysterics” that descend into tit-for-tat impositions of retaliatory measures, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists Monday, Reuters reports.

Global carbon emissions hopes dashed by Australia

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The Wall Street Journal

International efforts to control emissions ahead of the next round of climate talks have been hit hard by Australia repealing its pioneering carbon tax, which has left Europe isolated in its efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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