The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has backed the Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to adopt secondary carbon monoxide standards, dismissing a suit by environmental groups including the Sierra Club, The Hill reports.
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.
Environmental groups protested the Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday to strike down limits on aggregate contributions to candidates, committees and parties, saying the move opens the door for heavy polluters to have more influence on the nation's electoral process, The Hill reports.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups stepped up pressure Tuesday on Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to push a state agency to reject permit applications for a proposed coal-export facility on the Columbia River.
The Sierra Club said it has launched radio ads and billboards highlighting health concerns about the Morrow Pacific project. Several hundred activists recently rallied in Portland.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Sierra Club has filed an intent-to-sue notice against Minnesota Power, alleging violations of soot standards at three coal-fired power plants in northeastern Minnesota.
The environmental group says the utility's own data show that its Boswell, Taconite Harbor, and Laskin plants have violated standards for particulate emissions more than 10,000 times over the last five years.
The Sierra Club also alleges Minnesota Power has violated various other permit requirements related to its operation of pollution control equipment hundreds of times since 2009.
A coalition of environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund announced they would spend $5 million in 11 states and three races to counter election spending from Americans for Prosperity, a group funding by the conservative Koch brothers, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu's, D-La., reluctance to answer questions on climate change has alienated her among large environmental donors, but she has continued to raise considerable campaign donations from the oil and gas industry, National Journal reports.
The Sierra Club, trying to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency into tightening rules on coal ash, has launched an ad campaign that warns of potential drinking water contamination, The Hill reports.
Finding solar imports from China and Taiwan were being sold too cheaply on the U.S. market, the Commerce Department has imposed a new round of duties, more than doubling for some Chinese products while Taiwanese producers face having to pay an extra 44 percent, Reuters reports.
The proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants includes an incentive for development of regional systems for carbon trading, and top air regulators from Western states held a closed-door meeting last week to discuss the idea, Bloomberg reports.
A district court has rejected a ban on fracking imposed by the city of Longmont, in a ruling celebrated by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, but a coalition of environmental groups says it will appeal, E&E reports.
Pemex said it lost more than $4 billion in the second quarter on higher costs and taxes, despite an increase in revenue, Reuters reports, noting that the Mexican state-run oil company anticipates 2014 will see its lowest output in more than 20 years.
Representatives from the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management were not invited to a House Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing Thursday where complaints were aired about their “bullying” tactics across the West, most recently in New Mexico, where ranchers charge their water rights are being violated by moves to erect fences to protect the habitat of the meadow jumping mouse, E&E reports.
At the current rate of work, it would take 30 years to repair and replace utilities’ aging natural gas pipelines around the country, but compressing that to 10 years would create more than 300,000 jobs and slash methane emissions, according to a report from the BlueGreen Alliance, FuelFix reports.
The U.S. produced more than 149 million gallons of biomass-based diesel in June, up more than 4 million from May, and the six month level was more than 70 million higher compared to last year, according to Environmental Protection Agency data, although average monthly production was down following the expiration of a tax credit at the end of December, Platts reports.
Ontario-based Algonquin Power & Utilities, following a rejection of its bids for Gas Natural, has written to the board warning that it will present its case to the company’s shareholders, Gannett’s Great Falls Tribune reports.