Republicans have been attacking the Environmental Protection Agency's next ozone rule from the very early stages of the process, with House Science Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, writing to Administrator Gina McCarthy to complain that the agency's Clean Air Scientific Committee is failing to provide an independent scientific review, National Journal reports.
A group of 70 major corporations, including Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever, have signed a statement urging governments to adopt a carbon emissions cap of 1 trillion metric tons, calculated from the start of the Industrial Revolution, Bloomberg reports.
Judges hearing arguments in the oil industry's case against the Environmental Protection Agency's 2013 levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard gave both sides a grilling, asking why the EPA was so late in issuing its final rule, but also questioning why some of the companies found complying with it to be so difficult, E&E reports.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told utility commissioners Monday that the rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, which has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review, is strict but also flexible and enforceable, Reuters reports.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the nomination of Janet McCabe for assistant administrator of EPA Office of Air and Radiation; also Ann E. Dunkin to be EPA assistant administrator for environmental information, and Manuel H. Ehrlich, Jr. to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, often criticized as advocating for the coal industry, announced a series of reforms this week meant to help repair the agency's image and make it more responsive to the public.
The changes — from closer inspection of coal-ash ponds to better communication with the public to strengthening ethics rules — underscore the daunting task of balancing environmentalists' concerns about an energy source they view with disfavor and fairly treating coal producers in a state that's among the nation's richest in energy reserves.
Officials at the Bureau of Land Management are going through more than 1 million comments on proposed fracking regulation, but a final rule could be issued by the end of 2014, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told the House Natural Resources Committee, FuelFix reports.
Republican Sens. Pat Toomey of Pa., Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Coburn of Okla., blocked a voice vote on a bill to protect 430,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land around the North Fork Flathead River in Montana from certain types of mining and oil and gas development, angering the state's Democratic lawmakers, the Flathead Beacon reports.
Critics complain that proposals to increase security of the nation’s power grid, drafted by the industry in the wake of an attack on a California substation last year, won’t do enough to stop anyone intent on sabotage, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Voters are getting a break from unrelenting negative ads by interest groups as the 2014 campaign cranks up, The New York Times reports, noting that 16 percent of the ads run by the Koch brother’s Americans for Prosperity thus far have been positive.
Lawmakers coming under attack for opposing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will get support for their campaigns from Tom Steyer, according to an open letter the activist published Thursday, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, under court order to issue a regulation protecting fish from water temperature changes caused by power plants, is delaying doing so by another month, pushing the move back until May, The Hill reports.
It’s “tragic” that “so little has been done” to advance chemical safety in the year since the deadly ammonium nitrate blast in West, Texas, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday, The Hill reports.
The Energy Information Administration found that natural gas stockpiles last week increased only 24 billion cubic feet, much less than expected, which triggered the biggest price jump in more than two months on fears that what was depleted during a frigid winter may not be replenished, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A spokeswoman for outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she is not interested in the Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, dispelling talk that she might run, The New York Times reports.
A solar summit at the White House, headlined by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and senior advisor John Podesta, brought an announcement of $15 million set aside for state, local and tribal authorities to use to develop solar and other projects that could help the fight against climate change, The Hill reports.