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EPA moves ahead on climate plans despite Supreme Court challenge

EPA officials were in Philadelphia Friday to get public feedback for the next phase of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan: limiting carbon emissions from currently operating power plants. The EPA has already put rules on the table seeking to curb emissions from all new coal- and natural gas-fired power plants. That proposal is being challenged [...]

The Ins and Outs of the EPA on WHYY’s Radio Times

WHYY Radio Times host Mary Moss-Coane spoke to energy reporters Erica Martinson from POLITICO Pro and John Cushman, Jr. from InsideClimate News Wednesday morning about the role of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama Administration. If you missed the broadcast, you can listen here. The conversation began with a look at the EPA’s latest proposal [...]

Supreme Court takes up challenge to Obama administration’s carbon limits

The Supreme Court has agreed to take on a major environmental challenge in the first day of its term. The justices will consider a case against the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon limits, the Obama administration’s first major proposal to address climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. SCOTUSblog reports the court accepted six [...]

Study, cleanup under way in PA streams contaminated by wastewater radiation

A study published by the journal Environmental Science & Technology last week brought widespread attention to a fact Pennsylvania regulators have known for over two years: Radioactive material in treated oil and gas wastewater has accumulated in the stream sediment near a discharge pipe for a western Pennsylvania treatment plant. According to a Department of [...]

A shift in Pa.’s energy market as two power plants move toward closure

A pair of western Pennsylvania coal-fired power plants owned by FirstEnergy will be deactivated next week. The closures come in the midst of a nationwide debate about the future of coal in a changing regulatory atmosphere and as more companies turn to natural gas for power. At a hearing before the House Consumer Affairs Committee [...]

How Will EPA’s New Carbon Limits Impact Coal In PA?

When it comes to energy in Pennsylvania, it may seem like it’s all about natural gas, right? In fact, coal is still one of the state’s main sources of electricity, but that’s starting to change. Now the Obama administration is proposing new rules to cut carbon emissions for all future coal-fired power plants which proponents [...]

Attorney General Files Criminal Charges Against XTO For Waste Water Spill

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, for a 2010 gas drilling waste water spill in Lycoming County. From the Associated Press: XTO says Tuesday that it will challenge the criminal charges, which the company calls baseless, unprecedented and an abuse of prosecutorial discretion. Kane says [...]

FirstEnergy May Delay Closing Western Pa. Coal Plants

FirstEnergy Corp. may delay closing a pair of coal-fired power plants in Western Pennsylvania, over concerns about grid reliability. Last month FirstEnergy announced it would close the Hatfield’s Ferry plant in Masontown and the Mitchell Power Station in Courtney on October 9 and layoff 380 employees. The company cited the burdensome cost of installing equipment to comply [...]

Environmentalists Lead Push for EPA to Reopen Dimock Water Study

Environmentalists from Pennsylvania will arrive in Washington, D.C. today with some 50,000 petitions calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reopen a high-profile water contamination study. The petitions, circulated online by Food and Water Watch and other environmental groups, come just two weeks after the Los Angeles Times reported that regional officials with the [...]

New Study Examines Link Between Fracking and Arsenic Contamination

ProPublica is highlighting a new study this week from researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington that found high levels of arsenic in private drinking wells near unconventional drilling sites in the Barnett Shale. The Texas study comes on the heels of new information about disagreements within U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the quality [...]

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