Ohio regulators urge legislature not to interfere with carbon rule

Midwest Energy News

Despite opposition in the state to federal carbon regulations, Ohio utility regulators are urging the Legislature not to pass any laws that interfere with their ability to comply with EPA's Clean Power plan, Midwest Energy News reports.

Associated Press

Analysis: After attacks on carbon rule, GOP legislative strategy emerges

The first chapter of the 114th Congress under GOP control has featured plenty of attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. But after three months, it appears Republicans have finally settled on a state-focused legislative strategy to challenge it.

Last week, Republicans in both chambers introduced legislation, in the form of a discussion draft and budget amendments, that would give states protections against complying with the proposed plan, which would slash power plant carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

Jessie Kalbfeld

EPA crows as automakers outperform emission standards

For a second consecutive model year, light-duty vehicles bested federal standards for greenhouse gas emissions. Top Environmental Protection Agency officials say the development shows climate-focused regulations can aid economic growth, efficiency and innovation.

In a report released Thursday, EPA said the auto industry outperformed greenhouse gas standards for the 2013 model year, emitting 12 fewer grams per mile than required. That means that vehicles were 1.4 miles per gallon more efficient than the agency requested.

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Interior fracking rule takes bipartisan beating

Calling it “frustrating,” “terrible” and “distressing,” Democrats and Republicans on Thursday ripped into the Interior Department's new rule on hydraulic fracturing as they heard testimony from the director of the Bureau of Land Management.

At a hearing of a House Natural Resources subcommittee, there was bipartisan dissatisfaction as lawmakers told BLM Director Neil Kornze that the rule was misguided – with Republicans calling the rule a unnecessary burden to industry and Democrats decrying it as too weak on environmental protection.


Dems' crude-by-rail safety bill would pull 37,000 tankers from service

Four Senate Democrats proposed Wednesday that many of the railroad cars that carry crude oil be taken out of service immediately, that new cars be required to have electronically-controlled pneumatic brakes, and that there be new rules requiring that crude be made less volatile before shipment.

The proposal would immediately pull about 37,000 tanker cars from service as a "market signal" to get safer tankers manufactured, the senators said. The oil and rail industries were quick to raise doubts about the proposal.

Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

The court appeared to be divided over a challenge brought by industry groups and 21 Republican-led states to the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to take action against coal- and oil-fired power plants that are responsible for half the nation's output of mercury.

Studies show EU continues to overfish

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two studies from environmental groups show European Union nations continue to overfish their Atlantic waters despite commitments to fish sustainably and stay within safe scientific limits.

Justices to hear arguments over EPA mercury limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge by industry groups and Republican-led states that want to roll back Obama administration environmental rules aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

USDA changing definition of 'farmer' in bid to change subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some people who receive farm subsidies but don't do any of the work would receive less government cash.

Feds reopen comment period for mountain caribou protections

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened for comment a proposed plan to change the protected status of a herd of caribou in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington from endangered to threatened.


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