New draft regulations governing oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania ban the use of temporary waste storage pits and require drillers to improve or shut wastewater impoundment ponds, NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Wednesday pushed back against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's op-ed piece urging states not to file plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan, once it is finalized.
She told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at a budget hearing that she hopes the states will submit plans to cut carbon emissions from power plants, but if they don't, "there will be a federal system in place to allow us to move forward.”
The White House on Tuesday issued veto threats against a pair of bills that it said would put limits on the scientific research the Environmental Protection Agency could use in writing new regulations, and who it could select to serve on its panel of scientific advisers.
The Office of Management and Budget issued two statements of administration policy opposing both the Secret Science Reform Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, arguing they would impede the agency’s ability to use scientific research in its rulemaking.
A lawsuit by beekeepers charging that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to use pesticide label regulations to protect the bee population, will be heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in April, E&E reports.
The administration of Pennsylvania’s new Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, is set to release plans to update drilling rules to address concerns about the health and environmental impact of natural gas drilling, The Associated Press reports.
The confrontation over the Obama administration's energy and environment policies enters week two as top Obama administration officials. including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. face off against Senate Republicans over their departments' budget requests.
The four sitting commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission also are set to testify on the NRC’s proposed 2016 budget.
The California state senate has announced it will hold three days of public hearings to examine the operations of the Public Utilities Commission, already in the spotlight for its closeness with the companies it regulates, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Salary increases, including one for CEO John Watson that brings his base pay to $1.9 million, were approved by Chevron’s board despite the decline in oil prices that has dragged down the value of the company’s shares, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A voluntary agreement that spells out a timetable to clean up the site of a chemical spill that contaminated the Elk River last year has been worked out between Freedom Industries and West Virginia regulators, The Associated Press reports.
Negotiators from six world powers and Iran resumed nuclear talks Wednesday despite passing a deadline for an agreement, with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hamond telling the BBC that there was “a broad framework for understanding” but some key points remain to be worked out, Reuters reports.
In a fresh sign of deepening drought intensity, the water content of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is at 6 percent of normal levels, the lowest amount since record-keeping began in 1950, according to the California Department of Water Resources, USA Today reports.
Oil company Samson Resources, suffering from poor performance that has also helped to drag down backers Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, says in a regulatory filing that it has hired advisers to help it investigate possible reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, The New York Times reports.