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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The nuclear industry believes the six percent output from nuclear plants that could be credited towards emissions reduction goals under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is an arbitrary number that should be changed, The Hill reports.
Gains in the dollar were putting pressure on oil prices early Monday, despite continued fighting in Yemen. U.S. benchmark crude was down 33 cents to $56.82 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 47 cents to $64.81 a barrel, Reuters reports.
Antitrust charges filed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette against Chesapeake Energy Corp., as well as allegations the company misled landowners over leases, will be settled by a $25 million payment, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Santa Catalina Island is sinking slowly and gradually, according to a study from a Stanford University researcher, who also suggests that the situation could pose a tsunami threat for the Los Angeles area in the far distant future, the Los Angeles Times reports.