Pollution

EPA fines car crushing company in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A car crushing company in Puerto Rico has agreed to pay a $29,000 fine and buy equipment aimed at minimizing pollution as part of an agreement with a U.S. federal agency.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that W.R. Recycling also will make several improvements at its site in the southwest town of Cabo Rojo to control runoff.

The EPA said Wednesday that it issued a legal complaint against the scrap recycling business after inspecting its site three times from 2009 to 2012.

McCarthy heads to Missouri to sell farmers on water rule

Source: 
McClatchy

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in Missouri on Wednesday and Thursday to sell farming interests on a proposed rule that would clarify the agency's jurisdiction over bodies of water under the Clean Water Act, McClatchy reports.

California lawmaker looks to delay inclusion of transport fuel in cap-and-trade

Source: 
Valley Public Radio

California Assemblyman Henry Perea, a Democrat, has introduced legislation that would delay the part of the state's cap-and-trade program that would put a price on transportation fuel emissions that exceed state limits, Valley Public Radio reports.

Oxford group says U.S. carbon plan won't meet EU goals

Source: 
Bloomberg

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies said in a report that EPA's proposals to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants likely won't meet European Union goals to slash emissions by 40 percent by 2030, Bloomberg reports.

Clean Water Act proposal draws farmers' ire

Source: 
Argus Leader

The EPA's proposed rule to clarify what bodies of water it regulates under the Clean Water Act is drawing scrutiny from farmers concerned that the move is a land grab that would hike prices and limit control of their farms and ranches, the Argus Leader reports.

Thousands protest Mexico City vehicle driving ban

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of people are marching and blocking roads in Mexico City to protest a new anti-pollution measure that would ban them from driving on Saturdays.

New anti-smog rules that went into effect Tuesday ban cars and trucks more than 15 years old from operating on Saturdays.

While Mexico City has long had one-day-a-week driving ban for older cars, the older vehicles were allowed to drive on most Saturdays.

EPA sets sights on landfill methane

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed new rules to lower emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from new municipal landfills, in its latest step to implement President Barack Obama's climate action plan.

EPA also called for comment on whether it should move to cut methane emissions from existing landfills, though it said it would decide later whether to go forward with any new standard.

Lawmakers urge court to block Chesapeake Bay cleanup

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 39 lawmakers is urging a federal court to block the Obama administration's plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, describing it as an unjustified power grab.

The filing in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia puts the lawmakers alongside 21 attorneys general who already oppose the cleanup, a case testing the Environmental Protection Agency's authority under the Clean Water Act. The filing was submitted late last week.

Republican Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and David Vitter of Louisiana, the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, signed onto the opposition brief, as well as Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary and Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture.

Feds aren't inspecting 4 in 10 higher-risk wells

NEW CASTLE, Colo. (AP) — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.

Roughly half or more of wells on federal and Indian lands weren't checked in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, despite potential harm that has led to efforts in some communities to ban new drilling.

In New Castle, a tiny Colorado River valley community, homeowners expressed chagrin at the large number of uninspected wells, many on federal land, that dot the steep hillsides and rocky landscape. Like elsewhere in the West, water is a precious commodity in this Colorado town, and some residents worry about the potential health hazards of any leaks from wells and drilling.

EU official says carbon reform decision likely in 2015

Source: 
Bloomberg

Jos Delbeke, the European Union's director general for climate, said member states likely wouldn't decide on a plan to implement automatic supply controls to the EU carbon market until next year, Bloomberg reports.

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