A top oil industry group and the American Association of Railroads want up to seven years to retrofit or retire rail cars used to haul flammable crude oil from the booming Bakken Shale region of North Dakota and Canada.
The head of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard, told reporters Tuesday that his group and the association are jointly calling on the Transportation Department to allow an initial four years to retrofit the oldest, weakest cars, and three more years to tackle newer cars. That's far longer than the two-year timetable the industry would face under a safety rule proposed by Secretary Anthony Foxx in July.
The public comment period on a new Transportation Department rule to boost the safety of oil shipments by rail ends Tuesday, with industry groups set to reiterate their stances that Bakken crude can be safely transported if properly classified and handled.
The American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers were to file their comments by the deadline, and both planned to hold conference calls planned with reporters to highlight their views.
The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t due to make any rulings on high profile environmental cases this term, although it could still decide to take up a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air standards for hazardous pollutants, and several cases involving other agencies have the potential to affect EPA’s rulemaking, E&E reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday accused opponents of a proposed streams and wetlands pollution rule of spreading "crazy" ideas about its reach, in her latest defense of the action.
"As with everything EPA does these days, there are a variety of -- how shall I say it -- crazy misunderstandings," McCarthy said at the Water Environment Federation annual conference of water managers in New Orleans.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.
Regulators are proposing heavy restrictions — but not an all-out ban — on chlorpyrifos, used to treat crops like grapes and almonds. The pesticide, in use since 1965, has sickened dozens of farmworkers in recent years. Traces have been found in waterways, threatening fish, and regulators say overuse could make targeted insects immune to the pesticide.
A rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would require some dentists to use amalgam separators in their offices to remove mercury, which is used in fillings, before any wastewater is disposed of, The Hill reports.
A bill introduced by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., to protect the coal industry by putting restrictions on Environmental Protection Agency water regulation would cost $97 million because it would make EPA’s reviews more expensive, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office, The Hill reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy vowed to meet a June deadline to complete a controversial power plant carbon rule, even as she deals with complaints that it holds some states to tougher emissions targets.
"We've received a lot of suggestions that really fall within the category of fairness," she told reporters on Thursday, adding that states are questioning: "Are we being asked too much, is somebody else not being asked enough?"
"We'll take a look at those comments and we think there are some adjustments that could be made," McCarthy said.
Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy on Thursday is to come out swinging in declaring that President Barack Obama is rallying the international community to address global warming, based on the United Nations Climate Change Summit this week.
"I was at the climate summit this week, and one thing is clear: U.S. climate action is changing the game," McCarthy is to say to the Resources for the Future group in Washington, according to advance excerpts of her speech. "Our leadership is spurring action and commitments from government and business leaders from around the world."
The head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Cynthia Quarterman, is leaving her post and an announcement is likely to come next week, people familiar with her intentions told Reuters.
A greater-than-expected increase in crude inventories, coupled with falling stock prices and a strong dollar, sent oil prices tumbling again Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude for December delivery slid 2.5 percent, or $1.97, to settle at $80.52 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost $1.51 to end the trading day at $84.71, Reuters reports.
A lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -– or CREW -– alleges that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request to release documents relating to the biofuels mandate in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, The Hill reports.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good told NPR in an interview that she is focusing on making sure that the company is taking the right steps to address the Dan River coal ash spill, but she hopes that in a year or two the utility can move beyond the matter.
Three states in New England and two on the West Coast headed the list when it came to energy efficiency in 2014, while North Dakota, home to the Bakken shale, brought up the rear, in a survey published Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Insurance companies are covering less but losing more money as a result of natural disasters, and sustainability advocate Ceres found in a survey that many “show a profound lack of preparedness” when it comes to the impact of climate change, The New York Times reports.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has cruised waters off the Rhode Island coast to view the impact of climate change on marine life, and now Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is visiting his colleague’s home state to learn first-hand about the impact of government policy on the lives of coal miners, the Los Angeles Times reports.
An analysis of state environmental data by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 5 million people in California already live within a mile of an active oil or gas well, and expanding drilling could expose them to greater health risks, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Four major corporations announced Wednesday they will offer employees discounts on buying or leasing home solar systems through Geostellar, in what's called the Solar Community Initiative program, The New York Times reports.
In order to cope with Western sanctions, the state-owned oil giant Rosneft is asking the Russian government for more than 2 trillion rubles, the equivalent of nearly $50 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.