Senate Republicans on Thursday fired multiple broadsides at President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency over his climate agenda, accusing them of taking steps to delay a planned greenhouse gas rule on new coal-fired power plants past the November elections and ignoring federal energy law.
Republicans also announced their intent to force a pre-emptive Senate floor vote on the proposed new plants rule under the Congressional Review Act, which gives lawmakers an avenue to overrule agency regulations, though one that faces long odds of success.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. introduced the resolution, co-signed by 40 Republican senators.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The company responsible for the chemical spill in West Virginia moved its chemicals to a nearby plant that has already been cited for safety violations, including a backup containment wall with holes in it.
As a result, state officials may force the company to move the chemicals to a third site.
Inspectors on Monday found five safety violations at Freedom Industries' storage facility in Nitro, about 10 miles from the spill site in Charleston. The spill contaminated the drinking water for 300,000 people, and about half of them were still waiting for officials to lift the ban on tap water.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It's a nightmare scenario that became all too real in West Virginia: a chemical seeped into the water supply and threatened to sicken hundreds of thousands of people.
While no one became seriously ill from last week's chemical spill, some homeland security experts said the emergency was proof the United States has not done nearly enough to protect water systems from accidental spills or deliberate contamination.
Officials found out about the spill when people started calling in complaints about a strong licorice-type smell in the air. West Virginia American Water, which supplies 300,000 people with water in the central part of the state, said it would not have detected the chemical because it's not a substance utilities test for. Before the spill, no standards existed for measuring the chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, in water, the utility said.
It's time for the Federal Reserve to finally take action to limit banks' involvement in commodities trading, blamed for boosting prices including energy prices, said lawmakers at a Senate hearing Wednesday, The New York Times reports.
The appearance by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley on Thursday at a Senate hearing is being billed as a review of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan.
But their time before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is more than that. It represents an alliance between liberal Senate Democrats and Obama that will see each depend on the other as he imposes new greenhouse gas regulations on power plants and takes other climate actions.
House Natural Resources Committee meets to consider authorizing subpoenas for documents sought by the committee on Secure Rural Schools sequestration, stream buffer rule drafting, enforcement of wildlife and endangered species laws and suspected conflicts of interests among current and former Interior Department employees.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before next fall's election steamed through the battle-weary House on Wednesday over tepid protests from tea party conservatives, driven by a bipartisan desire to restore painful cuts in domestic and defense programs and show disaffected voters that Congress can do its job.
The bill swept through the House on a 359-67 vote and was on track for a big Senate vote by week's end. Republicans voted for the bill by a 2 1/2-1 margin, and just three Democrats were opposed.
The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday pledged to make the inaction on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline "an embarrassment" for the Obama administration, as part of the lobby's push for greater production and use of fossil fuels.
"That is the most blatant political decision that has been made in this country in a long time and it is going to turn out to be an embarrassment for the people that made it, and that's because we plan to keep talking about it," the chamber's president Tom Donohue told an audience in Washington.
A day before arguments were due to be heard in court on the issue, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox handed over documents an environmental group had requested about the state’s decision to join in a protest over proposed fracking regulation on federal land, the Great Falls Tribune reports.
A new ethane export facility along the Gulf Coast in Texas could handle 240,000 barrels per day and help relieve the growing glut of the liquefied gas, according to Enterprise Products Partners, which plans to build it, FuelFix reports.
With just over six months to go until November elections, a poll commissioned by The New York Times finds Senate incumbents vulnerable in four important Southern states, with Republicans having the edge but victory not out of reach for Democrats.
Rancher Cliven Bundy, in his well-publicized dispute with the Bureau of Land Management, has tapped into long-held Western resentment over extensive federal land ownership in the region, The New York Times reports.
Japan is protesting that limiting ships to 49 meters wide in the expanded Panama Canal would exclude the giant Q-Flex carrier, which would affect possible U.S. LNG export deals, The Wall Street Journal reports
U.S. ethanol stocks last week gained 566,000 barrels to more than 16.5 million, a seven-week high, according to the Energy Information Administration, despite a slip in production that was anticipated as plants went offline for maintenance, Platts reports.
“Nobody knows” about Barack Obama’s thinking on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a White House spokesman tweeted Wednesday night, disputing a report in Rolling Stone that the president was likely to decide against the controversial project, National Journal reports.
Support for a review of any proposal to send Canadian oil sands crude through the Portland Montreal Pipe Line by Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has environmentalists wondering if she will rethink her support for the Keystone XL project, E&E reports.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits an electronics manufacturer against North Carolina landowners over groundwater pollution and whether a state statute takes precedence over federal law that exempts toxic waste cases from deadlines, E&E reports.