Sen. James Inhofe late Wednesday pushed back against the Obama administration's plan to pursue a new strategy to cut methane releases from oil and gas drilling and processing, the latest indication of concerns by industry and its backers with the prospect of direct regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the White House, Inhofe, R-Okla., said the agency "lacks a fundamental understanding of the industry’s practices and inner workings" as shown in the five white papers on methane sources and potential solutions that it issued earlier this year for peer review and public comment.
Costco will pay $335,000 in civil penalties and spend nearly $2 million over the next three years to cut releases of ozone-depleting refrigerant chemicals at 274 stores nationwide, under a settlement of alleged Clean Air Act violations, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.
The head of EPA's enforcement office, Cynthia Giles, said the popular warehouse chain failed from 2004 to 2007 to repair leaks of the hydroflurocarbon refrigerant R-22, and did not keep repair records for its refrigerators during that time, as required under the law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.
In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA's outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A city official who was in charge of Toledo's water treatment plant has resigned just three weeks after toxins contaminated the water supply for about 400,000 people.
Toledo's mayor said he asked for David Leffler's resignation because he no longer had confidence in him.
Leffler was on vacation during the water emergency in early August, but Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins told the Blade newspaper that the do-not-drink advisory would have been issued even if Leffler had returned to the city.
Any Environmental Protection Agency move to tighten ozone rules would put a “brake” on the economy without offering positive health benefits, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said on KPLC Friday, the day he and Louisiana GOP Reps. Bill Cassidy and Charles Boustany hosted a hearing on the issue, The Hill reports.
Texas led the nation in energy-related carbon emissions in 2011, according to new data from the Energy Department, but was also the leader among dozens of states where emissions fell since 2000.
In an annual Energy Information Administration report on state emissions from all sources of energy used, released last week, Texas in 2011 accounted for 655.5 million metric tons of carbon. It easily outpaced second-ranking California, at 345.8 million metric tons.
Although Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy hasn’t yet moved to lower limits on ozone levels following a recommendation from EPA's scientific advisers to do so, the National Association of Manufacturers is ramping up its campaign against the prospect with ads in the election battleground states of Kentucky, North Carolina and Colorado criticizing what it calls “unrealistic new ozone regulations,” The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said its latest status report on urban air pollution finds significant reductions in benzene, mercury and lead, among other toxics, but that additional reductions are needed, especially in low-income and minority communities.
Administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters that the data contained in its second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report, sent to Congress as required under the Clean Air Act, showed "considerable gains in improving our air quality across the country."
She declined to say, however, whether EPA is leaning toward a tougher ozone standard proposal, a prospect that has business and industry sounding alarms over what they say would be huge economic costs.
Exide Technologies, long the target of regulators looking at pollution from its suburban L.A. battery recycling plant, reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission last week that the company is being probed by a federal grand jury, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The window for public comment on a proposal to restrict pollution from refineries has been extended until Oct. 28, the Environmental Protection Agency says in a notice to be published in the Federal Register Friday, The Hill reports.
Release of the Interior Department’s mountaintop mining stream buffer rule is to come in April instead of December, and the Security and Exchange Commission’s rule on mandatory foreign disclosure won’t be published until October 2015, according to latest edition of the Unified Agenda, which lays out a timeline for Obama administration regulations, The Hill reports.
Saying the Texas regional clean air plan doesn’t go far enough to reduce haze, the Environmental Protection Agency is ordering 15 coal-burning generating units at eight power plants in the state to do more to limit sulfur dioxide emissions, The Dallas Morning News reports.
With investors uncertain about whether OPEC will agree on production cuts at this week’s meeting, oil resumed its decline Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery lost 1 percent, down 73 cents to settle at $75.78 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell 68 cents to $79.68, Bloomberg reports.
Even as the Environmental Protection Agency delayed a decision on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, scientists and ethanol producers are moving ahead with efforts to produce more of the fuel from agricultural waste, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In a campaign against extending the wind energy Production Tax Credit, Americans for Prosperity has published ads in the hometown districts of 15 Republican lawmakers urging readers to contact them and suggest they oppose any reauthorization, The Hill reports.
A scientific analysis released by the World Bank finds that climate change impacts will harm the most vulnerable countries around the globe by mid-century even if an international accord is reached limiting greenhouse gas emissions, because of the effect of what’s already been released into the atmosphere, E&E reports.
American University’s board may have decided Friday against fossil fuel divestment, but major pension funds in Sweden and Norway have taken the step, and New London, Conn. is among 36 cities and countries that have done so, E&E reports.
Jerrel Hancock, 24, was the man who died in Thursday’s blast in the Gulf of Mexico, according to officials in Louisiana, in an explosion that took place when he and other employees of Turnkey Cleaning Services were working on a heater-treater on a platform operated by Fieldwood Energy, FuelFix reports.
The battle in U.S. court over the ownership of a tanker full of Kurdish crude has been continuing, with attorneys for Kurdistan arguing Friday that the case shouldn’t be decided in the American judicial system, FuelFix reports.