EPA's nascent ozone rule under attack from earliest stages

National Journal

Republicans have been attacking the Environmental Protection Agency's next ozone rule from the very early stages of the process, with House Science Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, writing to Administrator Gina McCarthy to complain that the agency's Clean Air Scientific Committee is failing to provide an independent scientific review, National Journal reports.

Business leaders urge global cap on carbon


A group of 70 major corporations, including Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever, have signed a statement urging governments to adopt a carbon emissions cap of 1 trillion metric tons, calculated from the start of the Industrial Revolution, Bloomberg reports.

Coal-state Democrats split from administration over carbon rules


The Obama administration won't be getting backing from Democrats campaigning in coal states for rules limiting power plants' carbon emissions, Bloomberg reports.

Judges pose tough questions as RFS case hits court


Judges hearing arguments in the oil industry's case against the Environmental Protection Agency's 2013 levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard gave both sides a grilling, asking why the EPA was so late in issuing its final rule, but also questioning why some of the companies found complying with it to be so difficult, E&E reports.

McCarthy: Carbon rule will be strict, but flexible and enforceable


EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told utility commissioners Monday that the rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, which has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review, is strict but also flexible and enforceable, Reuters reports.

Senate Environment hearing on McCabe nomination

Washington, April 8, 2014, 10:00 am

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the nomination of Janet McCabe for assistant administrator of EPA Office of Air and Radiation; also Ann E. Dunkin to be EPA assistant administrator for environmental information, and Manuel H. Ehrlich, Jr. to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

Illinois DNR aims to alter coal defender image

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, often criticized as advocating for the coal industry, announced a series of reforms this week meant to help repair the agency's image and make it more responsive to the public.

The changes — from closer inspection of coal-ash ponds to better communication with the public to strengthening ethics rules — underscore the daunting task of balancing environmentalists' concerns about an energy source they view with disfavor and fairly treating coal producers in a state that's among the nation's richest in energy reserves.

Fracking rule to be ready this year: Jewell


Officials at the Bureau of Land Management are going through more than 1 million comments on proposed fracking regulation, but a final rule could be issued by the end of 2014, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told the House Natural Resources Committee, FuelFix reports.

Chem safety bill narrowed to get out of committee

National Journal

Backers of a chemical safety measure pushed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had to narrow the scope of the bill to win Republican approval and move it out of committee, National Journal reports.

Senate trio blocks Flathead River bill

Flathead Beacon

Republican Sens. Pat Toomey of Pa., Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Coburn of Okla., blocked a voice vote on a bill to protect 430,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land around the North Fork Flathead River in Montana from certain types of mining and oil and gas development, angering the state's Democratic lawmakers, the Flathead Beacon reports.


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