West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey criticized EPA air quality rules for industrial sites and called for their withdrawal, The Associated Press reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, citing the budget sequester, has rejected a petition to review potential health hazards from coal mining air pollution, environmental groups said Wednesday.
In a letter to the groups sent Tuesday, Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe said EPA would not determine whether air emissions from the mines were a threat, nor subject them to new source rulemakings, which the groups had sought in their 2010 petition.
Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations have turned to the Supreme Court to hear their pleas.
Industry groups, states and trade associations filed a number of petitions with the court by Saturday's deadline to appeal the rejection of challenges by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last year.
Mark West Liberty Midstream & Resources and Laurel Mountain Midstream Operating agreed to an Environmental Protection Agency compliance plan to settle Clean Air Act violation allegations, The Associated Press reports.
Gina McCarthy, President Obama's nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, assured senators at her confirmation hearing Thursday that she would move cautiously on new regulations that would impose greenhouse gas limits on power plants.
Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said a vote to send McCarthy's nomination to the Senate floor could happen this month, and one senior Republican said he expected her to be confirmed.
A senior Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Thursday predicted Gina McCarthy will be confirmed by the Senate to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said at McCarthy's confirmation hearing that he wanted her to consider Clean Air Act rule impacts on small businesses when she takes the job. "I just hope that if you are selected for this position and confirmed, and it looks like you will be, then I think...you need to consider this, some other similar situations as we go forward," Sessions said.
McCarthy, the EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation, has been nominated to succeed former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An order for Exxon Mobil to pay $236 million in damages for groundwater contamination is by far the largest verdict in New Hampshire history, but an industry analyst says it represents only about two days' worth of profit for the energy company.
Dominion Resources on Monday agreed to settle Clean Air Act violations alleged by the Environmental Protection Agency through the prior retirement of one coal-fired power plant and the addition of $325 million in pollution controls at two others that it has agreed to sell.
The utility giant also pledged to pay a $3.4 million penalty and contribute $9.8 million for pollution mitigation projects. The company denied the allegations, spokesman Jim Norvelle said, but agreed to the settlement to avoid going into court.