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Corbett approves bills on stream buffers and carbon plan

Governor Corbett signed a pair of bills Wednesday dealing with two hot-button environmental issues. The first would eliminate stream buffer requirements for the state’s cleanest waterways. The second measure gives legislators a role in crafting a federally-mandated carbon reduction plan–a top priority for the state’s coal industry. The stream bill removes the 150 feet buffer [...]

Bill would have PA lawmakers approve Obama’s carbon reduction plan

A bill that would allow legislators to weigh in on a federally mandated plan to cut carbon emissions may see a final vote before lawmakers end this year’s session. President Obama’s new climate change plan set a goal for Pennsylvania to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030. The EPA left it up [...]

EPA hearings put Pittsburgh in the crosshairs of climate war

  Note: This story is from The Allegheny Front, a public radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania.    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held hearings today in Pittsburgh on a proposed rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The plan is up against serious opposition from the coal industry, but environmental groups [...]

Pittsburgh Hosts Hearing on EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Proposals

Global warming and climate change will be what everyone is talking about at a hearing today in Pittsburgh. The public forum is one of four meetings taking place across the country this week as the Environmental Protection Agency seeks input on their newly proposed rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s power plants. [...]

Pa. would reduce carbon emissions by more than 30 percent under new EPA rule

Pennsylvania would be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 32 percent over the next 15 years under new federal regulations announced on Monday. It is the first time the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed regulations specifically aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions generated by the nation’s power plants. And it is one of [...]

Company in West Virginia spill moving chemicals to Pennsylvania

The company at the center of a major chemical spill that compromised drinking water supplies for 300,000 people in West Virginia will move thousands of gallons of the chemical to Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reports. Early last month, at least 7,500 gallons of a foaming agent used in coal production, known as 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (or [...]

Company invovled in West Virginia spill recently acquired by Pa. coal executive

In a story today on the water contamination crisis in West Virginia, the Washington Post reports the company at the center of the spill, Freedom Industries, was recently acquired by Pennsylvania coal executive, Cliff Forrest. At least 7,500 gallons of a foaming agent used in coal production, known as 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (or MCHM) poured into the [...]

Exports keeping coal industry alive despite surge in natural gas

The surge in U.S. oil and natural gas production and increasing efforts to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants has caused business leaders and analysts to question king coal’s rank in the energy economy. Last month, the Energy Information Administration forecasted that natural gas will surpass coal as the number one source of electricity generation [...]

Feds forecast natural gas will dethrone king coal as source of electric power

Natural gas is projected to surpass coal as the dominant source of U.S. electric power generation in the coming decades, according to a new federal report. By 2040, natural gas will account for 35 percent of total electric generation, while coal will supply 32 percent. The forecast comes from an early overview of the Energy [...]

East Coast states petition EPA to crack down on out-of-state air pollution

Pennsylvania is part of a group of 12 states in the Northeast known as the Ozone Transport Commission that has been held to some of the country’s strictest air pollution standards for the last decade. But governors from eight of those states say their efforts have been thwarted by air pollution blowing from neighboring states [...]

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