The EPA wants to release a list of 'chemicals of concern' for public comment, but the list remains locked up with the White House Office of Management and Budget for the last three years, the Center for Public Integrity reports.
Senate Democrats this week will try to get three of President Barack Obama's Cabinet appointees past Republican delaying tactics, including his picks to lead the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Action on both of those nominations could come as soon as Thursday. That day Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer will try for a second time to send to the full Senate the nomination of EPA administrator nominee Gina McCarthy. Republicans blocked a committee vote last week.
Senate Republicans on Thursday forced the postponement of a committee vote on President Barack Obama's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, making Gina McCarthy the third cabinet nominee to be slowed by the GOP in recent days.
Republicans on Wednesday also blocked a committee vote on Labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez, and have for now kept Energy secretary nominee Ernest Moniz from a final confirmation vote by the full Senate. Top Democrats insisted, however, that they will get Obama's nominees confirmed in the coming weeks.
HOUSTON (AP) — Convicted ex-Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling's more than 24-year prison sentence for his role in the once mighty energy giant's collapse could be reduced by as many as 10 years if a federal judge approves an agreement reached Wednesday between prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are waiting to the last minute to decide whether to try to delay a vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., was among Republicans on the panel who have sought to get McCarthy to their demands for greater rulemaking transparency and to give industry a role in lawsuit settlements between EPA and environmental groups.
A group of those senators met late Wednesday to discuss their plans for the committee vote, but Boozman said no conclusions were reached and that they would talk again before the voting session Thursday.
HOUSTON (AP) — Convicted ex-Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling's more than 24-year prison sentence for his role in the once mighty energy giant's collapse could be trimmed by as many as 10 years if a federal judge approves an agreement reached Wednesday between prosecutors and defense attorneys.
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal regulators are investigating whether workers at a factory that supplies parts to nuclear plants broke quality control rules and falsified records, according to regulatory filings.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.