Opposition from the furniture industry, the Chinese government and even some Democratic lawmakers has been affecting the effort by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate formaldehyde, The New York Times reports.
Republicans and Democrats found themselves on the same side against the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, hammering officials over slow response times to punish employees accused of sexual harassment and other inappropriate conduct.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, assailed the agency for how it handled several prominent cases of misconduct as highlighted by the agency's Office of the Inspector General.
The House is expected to vote this week on a $35.4 billion funding bill for federal energy and water programs, even as the White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the package, saying it “underfunds critical investments that develop American energy sources” and contains “highly problematic ideological riders.”
While the bill increases funding for Energy Department programs, the Army Corps of Engineers and national nuclear defense initiatives by $1.2 billion over enacted fiscal 2015 levels, it shorts the Obama administration’s proposal by $633 million.
Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are pressing the majority to pull the Secret Science Reform Act from tomorrow's mark-up session, calling the bill too "partisan" to be considered without a legislative hearing.
The bill, which would require the agency to use only publicly available scientific data and research in crafting regulations, is not a "bipartisan consensus work product", and so should be handled through regular order, the Democratic committee members said in their letter to chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.
A unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit leaves in place Environmental Protection Agency regulations on heavy truck efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, The Hill reports.
In the latest back-and-forth over the Interior Department’s proposal for offshore oil and gas development, a coalition of 163 Republican lawmakers urged the federal government to expand its horizons and open more waters to development, a day after Democrats pressed for more restrictions offshore.
Sending a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Thursday, the GOP group -- led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and House Natural Resources Chair Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah -- took issue with the department’s draft five-year plan for offshore oil and gas development from 2017 to 2022.
The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to slash power plant carbon emissions won't threaten electric reliability but will drive economic growth, Administrator Gina McCarthy is set to tell an energy industry conference in Houston on Thursday.
At IHS CERAWeek, McCarthy plans to stress that she won’t allow any plan that would hurt grid reliability to take effect, according to advance excerpts of her remarks.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Environmentalists are contesting the federal government's decision to allow more widespread use of a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.
Motions filed Monday in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940s. It's aimed at use with seeds that are engineered to resist the herbicide, so farmers can spray the fields after the plants emerge and kill the weeds while leaving crops unharmed.
Plants would no longer be exempt from air pollution regulations when they’re starting up, shutting down or malfunctioning, under a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency, The Hill reports.
A series of major energy and environmental regulations will be published by federal agencies between June and August, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules limiting power plant carbon emissions, the Interior Department’s rule protecting streams from mountaintop removal coal mining, and the Obama administration strategy for cutting methane emissions, The Hill reports.
A group of senators - 17 Democrats and Independent Bernie Sanders - has written to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, asking her to stop Royal Dutch Shell or anyone else from drilling in the Arctic, Reuters reports.
The reaction in Washington to this week’s oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara has been muted, National Journal reports, despite wishes expressed by environmentalists that the incident generate backing for policies moving the country away from fossil fuels.
A website set up by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to collect grievances about federal regulation and bureaucracy has received complaints about a wide variety of the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending regulations, E&E reports.
Mississippi electric power cooperatives are backing away from a deal in which they would take 15 percent ownership of the Kemper County coal plant that will use carbon capture technology, because they said the power it generates would end up being too expensive, E&E reports.
A stronger dollar combined with the drop of only 1 oil rig in Baker Hughes’ weekly count sent crude prices sliding Friday. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude lost 1.6 percent, or $1, to settle at $59.72 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was $1.17 , or 1.8 percent, lower, at $65.37, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Standard & Poor’s thinks oil companies that have managed to survive the slide in crude prices by borrowing more money may start running into trouble in the coming months, particularly if the price stays in the $50 range, FuelFix reports.
A new analysis concludes that wells in Mountrail and McKenzie counties in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale are productive enough to remain profitable even with oil prices around $60 a barrel, FuelFix reports.
With oil prices dramatically lower than a year ago, AAA predicts that more than 37 million people will travel more than 50 miles over the Memorial Day weekend - the most since 2005, The New York Times reports.