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State Agencies Concerned About Carrying Out EPA’s ‘Aggressive’ Air Pollution Plan

State environmental and utility regulators on Thursday said it would be a struggle to accomplish carbon dioxide reduction goals outlined in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan.” The EPA’s proposal, first outlined in June, “would mean carbon dioxide reductions of more than 40 percent from Oklahoma power plants by 2030,” The Oklahoman‘s Paul [...]

Other States Have Outsized Influence in Oklahoma’s Scenic River Protection Policy

Tom Myers, superintendent of the new wastewater treatment plant in Siloam Springs, Ark., holds a sample of treated water that will be discharged into Oklahoma's Flint Creek.

This is part two of StateImpact Oklahoma’s four-part series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the environmental threats they face. Part one is available here. Bob Deitrick checks the snaps on his bright orange life vest, crouches and checks all the gear one last time. The Owasso father’s son and his two friends [...]

Third Salt Fork River Fish-Kill in Three Years Fits Mysterious Pattern


For the third year in a row, a large-scale fish-kill has been reported on the Salt Fork River in north-central Oklahoma. “Hundreds and maybe thousands” of catfish, carp, buffalo and other bottom-feeding fish were likely killed, says Skylar McElhaney, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. The cause of these fish-kills is mysterious, but [...]

U.S. Wildlife Authorities Join State in Investigation of Owl Deaths at Oil Field Site

Federal authorities have joined state officials in an investigation of bird deaths at a neglected oil field site in northwestern Oklahoma. Two oil-covered barn owls were found along with several other dead birds. The owls were taken in by a Fairview caretaker licensed to handle non-migratory birds, but both owls later died, the Enid News [...]

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