WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
As President Barack Obama pledges to act on environmental and other matters when Congress doesn't, or won't, opponents of regulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases cast the rule as a power grab of historic proportions.
The court is hearing arguments Monday about a small but important piece of the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to cut the emissions — a requirement that companies expanding industrial facilities or building new ones that would increase overall pollution must also evaluate ways to reduce the carbon they release.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed strengthening 20-year-old standards aimed at protecting farmworkers from toxic pesticides.
"The current rule is not working the way it should," said Jim Jones, head of the agency's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
The changes would bar almost anyone 16 and younger from handling the most toxic pesticides and require no-entry zones around fields to protect workers from drift and fumes. Farms would also have to post no-entry signs to prohibit workers from entering fields until pesticide residues declined to safe levels.
Environmental Law Institute forum, "Resolved: EPA and states can regulate emissions outside the facility fenceline under Clean Air Act Section 111." Speakers include Megan Ceronsky, Environmental Defense Fund; David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council; Jeffrey R. Holmstead and Scott H. Segal, Policy Resolution Group, Bracewell & Giuliani.
The Supreme Court's Sackett ruling hasn't pulled all of the EPA's enforcement teeth, E&E reports, citing Gasco Energy's recent settlement in the case penalizing the gas driller for violating wetland laws.
The departing chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality on Friday said she was confident the administration will meet President Barack Obama's aggressive timetable for limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Nancy Sutley, speaking on her last day on the job, called the push by the Environmental Protection Agency to write the rules a "big undertaking", but one the agency will finalize by 2015 as mandated by Obama in his Climate Action Plan.
The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to offer 1,375 veteran workers buyout and early retirement packages in an effort to bring in lower-paid workers in an effort to deal with the agency's declining budget, E&E reports.
With the rise of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., to lead the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, conservationists and industry are unsure of how she will deal with public lands policy in the West, an area she has rarely been involved with, E&E reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency released an updated guidance on hydraulic fracturing that requires drillers to obtain an underground injection well permit for operations that use diesel fuel, The State Journal reports.
The head of the Energy Department's "clean coal" program asserts in testimony to be delivered to a House hearing Tuesday that President Barack Obama expects coal to remain a big source for electricity generation, even as Republicans contend new environmental regulations are a threat to the fuel.
"Because it is abundant, the clean and efficient use of coal is a key part of President Obama’s 'all of the above' energy strategy," Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal S. Julio Friedmann tells the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight panel in prepared remarks released Monday.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said the panel is close to an agreement on a package of measures to deal with the Ukraine crisis, including aid to Kiev and some targeted sanctions, The Hill reports.
Ambassadors from four central European countries have written to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging them to move Congress to take action to loosen up natural gas exports in the face of the Ukraine crisis that has the potential to affect their gas supplies, The Hill reports.
The harsh winter of 2014 has seen many consumers slapped with higher electricity bills, but the retirement of coal-fired power plants to comply with new carbon regulations may stretch pocketbooks and power supplies further, The New York Times reports.
A report by grid operator the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says a combination of low temperatures, low wind and high demand nearly caused blackouts in the state on Jan. 6, noting the wholesale price for electricity that day hit the regulatory cap of $5,000 per megawatt hour for the first time, FuelFix reports.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ordered Hilcorp Energy Co. to stop drilling operations near Youngstown after three minor earthquakes were felt in the area Monday morning, The Vindicator reports.
Electricity entering California's grid that was generated from solar power hit a high of 4,093 megawatts on Saturday, setting a record for a second day in a row, according to the state's ISO, Reuters reports.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said it intends to investigate an incident Monday at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in northern Calif., where two contract workers received hospital treatment for acid burns, the second time in less than a month that has happened, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The European Union moved to suspend talks with Russia on plans to move ahead with completion of the South Stream natural gas pipeline and a plan to boost supplies flowing through the Nord Stream pipeline, Reuters reports.