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.
As workers this week started moving contaminated soil from houses in the neighborhood around the Exide battery recycling plant in suburban LA, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control has ordered lead testing in a two-square mile area that includes more than 140 homes, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Federal auditors called on the Environmental Protection Agency to do a better job of estimating the costs and benefits of its major regulations, a recommendation two Republican lawmakers said backs up their complaints about Obama administration transparency.
In a report to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that the lawmakers released on Monday, the Government Accountability Office said EPA used a 20-year-old study to estimate job impacts.
The oil industry's major trade group will push this fall against tougher ozone air pollution limits under consideration by the Obama administration, officials told reporters Friday.
The American Petroleum Institute's regulatory affairs director, Howard Feldman, said the economy is still too fragile to tighten ozone standards below current levels, which API argues are not yet being reached.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is promising an extensive review of how the water supply for 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan became tainted with a toxin over the weekend while a high-ranking state lawmaker is planning hearings on the blooms of algae fouling Lake Erie.
The water problems that led to a state emergency in Ohio's fourth-largest city and forced thousands to avoid drinking tap water for more than two days is certain to come under intense scrutiny in the coming months.
Environmental groups have submitted a petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, charging an Environmental Protection Agency rule that sets a new deadline for states to submit plans to reduce fine particle pollution violates the Clean Air Act and asking for a review, E&E reports.
The National Association of Manufactures said Thursday that the toughest ozone pollution limits being considered by the Obama administration could cost the economy up to $270 billion in year in lost output and higher energy costs.
NAM issued the figure based on a study it commissioned on the potential costs of a potential major reduction in allowable ground-level ozone, a key component of smog.
A spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Agency, Liz Purchia, said officials had not seen the study. She stressed that it is still reviewing technical information and that any projection of economic impacts is premature before it unveils an ozone proposal in December.
TransCanada has filed an application running more than 30,000 pages with the country’s National Energy Board, seeking approval of the Energy East pipeline which would carry Alberta oil sands crude east, a process likely to take some 18 months, The Canadian Press reports.
A poll conducted for news organizations in South Dakota found that voters in the state –- which is in the process of renewing an expired permit for it -- overwhelmingly back the Keystone XL pipeline, although the issue does not appear on the November ballot, Gannett’s Argus Leader reports.
A Hart research poll commissioned by three environmental groups finds that 54 percent of voters surveyed in five swing states would be more likely to cast a ballot for a candidate who wants to take action against climate change, and 68 percent back one looking to expand renewable energy, The Hill reports.
Delta Airlines subsidiary Monroe Energy has written to the Surface Transportation Board -- in a letter posted online Wednesday -- complaining that delays to crude-by-rail deliveries are severely disrupting its operations, E&E reports.
Wednesday’s Federal Reserve decision to finish its asset-purchase program pumped up the dollar Thursday, which sent oil prices down. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell $1.08 to finish trading on the Nymex at $81.12 a barrel, while in London Brent lost 1 percent, or 88 cents to settle at $86.24, Bloomberg reports.
U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino has rejected a request from the Tokyo Electric Power Company to throw out a class action lawsuit filed against it by U.S. Navy sailors exposed to radiation after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, Bloomberg reports.
Net income in the third quarter for midstream operator Enterprise Products Partners was 18 percent higher, at $699 million, compared to the year-ago period, on bigger fees and a larger volume of crude flowing through its pipelines, FuelFix reports.
In a consent decree filed in District Court in Texas, Superior Crude Gathering Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million for violations of the Clean Water Act for spilling 2,200 barrels of crude into a wetland four years ago, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, UPI reports.
James Famiglietti, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has written a commentary published in the journal Nature Climate Change, backed by new satellite data, which warns that groundwater supplies in the world’s most arid places are continuing to dry up, E&E reports.