MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had the legal authority to retroactively veto a water pollution permit for one of West Virginia's largest mountaintop removal coal mines years after it was issued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Wisconsin utilities agreed to spend $1.2 billion on upgrades to coal-fired power plants and pay a fee to settle Environmental Protection Agency allegations of violating air pollution rules, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The American Public Health Association voiced approval for the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed measures to reduce water pollution from power plants, saying the rules will protect American health, UPI reports.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Friday that a new Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit disclosure policy will help it and other groups intervene in lawsuits intended to force new regulations.
Bill Kovacs, a chamber senior vice president, said the EPA's decision to post weekly updates of notices to sue the agency came after multiple Freedom of Information Act requests by the chamber for the information.
Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe is tying his vote to support Environmental Protection Agency administrator nominee Gina McCarthy's confirmation to a reversal of policies he calls a "war on fossil fuels."
Inhofe, a Republican who sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, on Thursday released a letter he sent earlier in the week to McCarthy asking for responses questions on pending greenhouse gas regulations, EPA's hydraulic fracturing study and two other Clean Air Act issues. He said the answers would determine if he would support her nomination.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell told the Interior Department his administration is willing to invest up to $50 million in an assessment of oil reserves of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomberg reports.