GAO: EPA transparency can improve

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.

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API to wage fight this fall against tougher ozone standards

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.

Ohio water crisis: Threat isn't going away soon

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The threat of toxins contaminating water supplies along western Lake Erie is far from over even after Ohio's fourth-largest city declared its water safe again.

That's because the algae leaving behind the dangerous toxins each summer aren't supposed to peak until September.

The chances of another water emergency over the next few months will depend a lot the winds, rains and temperatures that dictate how large the algae grow and where algae blooms end up.

Tainted Ohio water coming under increased scrutiny

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.

China to ban all coal use in Beijing by 2020

BEIJING (AP) — China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.

Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau posted the plan on its website Monday, saying the city would instead prioritize electricity and natural gas for heating.

Green groups challenge EPA in court over soot deadlines


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.

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NAM says toughest ozone rule would cost $270B annually

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.

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.

Puerto Rico to get $60K grant to clear channel

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has pledged $60,000 to help reduce water pollution in an urban wetland in Puerto Rico's capital.

Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi said Friday the grant will be used to create a plan for a new stormwater drainage system for the Martin Pena Channel.

Minnesota posts carbon reduction through incentives, renewable plans

The New York Times

The New York Times examines a carbon-emissions-reduction plan in Minnesota that is making significant progress at a limited cost.


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