It was unclear Monday what practical effect would come of the Supreme Court's ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken cost into account before deciding to regulate power plant mercury emissions, as the agency said the ruling didn't contest its authority to regulate the emissions and the rules are already having their intended effect anyway.
But legal experts, while calling the ruling a setback for the agency, were divided on what it might mean for the agency's imminent rule to limit carbon emissions from existing plants.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments.
"After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative," Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said in announcing the decision. "High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated."
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The president of Armenia on Saturday suspended hikes in household electricity rates in an effort to end the protests that have blocked the capital's main avenue for six straight days. The demonstrators, however, didn't disperse.
President Serzh Sargsyan said the government would bear the burden of the higher electricity costs until an audit of the Russian-owned power company could be completed. At least some of the money appeared to be coming from Moscow, where the protests have caused great concern.
Environmental lawyers are combing the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the subsidies under the Affordable Care Act for hints on how the court might rule in future challenges to the Clean Power Plan, and specifically the administration's scope to interpret conflicting language in the Clean Air Act, E&E reports.
The newly proposed blending levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard “protect the deep pockets of big oil” at the expense of farmers, two Midwestern governors charged Thursday.
At the Environmental Protection Agency's Kansas City, Kansas field hearing on the proposals for 2014, 2015 and 2016, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, tore into the agency's decision to use its waiver authority to set blending volumes for ethanol and other biofuels below the levels set by Congress.
Defying a White House veto threat, House Republicans moved forward Wednesday with a plan to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, approving the Ratepayer Protection Act by a vote of 247 to 180.
Lawmakers approved the bill, introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., which would allow states to opt out of the Obama administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants if the state's governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability of service.
The bill also would delay the climate rule until all court challenges are completed.
The White House on Wednesday renominated two stalled candidates to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's offices of Air and Radiation and Water, tasked with overseeing the most controversial of the agency's regulations.
Obama tapped Janet McCabe, currently serving as acting administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, to serve as full assistant administrator. She was first nominated in 2013.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence threatened to make his state the second to boycott the Obama Administration's pending power plant carbon regulations, unless “demonstrable and significant” changes are made.
In a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday, Pence, one of the country's most conservative Republican governors, said the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule for existing power plants would “fundamentally change the way electricity is dispatched," sacrificing affordability and reliability for the sake of emissions reduction.
Dropping allowable ozone levels would choke off economic growth, according to a letter 269 business groups sent to President Obama Wednesday, in a move organized by the National Association of Manufacturers, The Hill reports.
The reported decline in U.S. crude inventories helped oil prices reverse a recent slide Wednesday. Light, sweet crude for September delivery gained 81 cents, or 1.7 percent, to settle at $48.79 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent inched up 8 cents to $53.38, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Continued problems at the clean coal project in Kemper County, Mississippi moved Southern Co. to book a $14 million charge in the second quarter, although the utility’s profit grew by more than 2 percent overall, helped by warmer weather, The Wall Street Journal reports.
To power some of its delivery fleet, UPS is buying as much as 46 million gallons of renewable diesel—made from palm oil, waste oil and animal fat, among other sources—that's coming from three different suppliers, The New York Times reports.
Stocks of ultra-low-sulfur diesel, or ULSD, rose about two million barrels last week, to reach nearly 124 million barrels—the highest since the Energy Information Administration began collecting data on it 11 years ago, Platts reports.