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New EPA rules will cut refinery emissions

Oil refineries will have to curb toxic air emissions under new rules announced Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The new regulations will also give neighboring residents more information about potential pollution exposures. For the first time, fence line pollution monitors will be required, and oil refiners will have to disclose the pollution in a [...]

Mayors call for city climate action amid Congressional ‘gridlock’

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined with his counterparts in Houston and Los Angeles on Tuesday to call on other cities to implement climate action plans in the run-up to global climate talks in Paris in December. The three mayors urged other cities to set carbon emission targets, establish a U.S. template for climate action plans, [...]

Penn State wins federal grant to develop solar technology in national initiative

Researchers at Penn State University will share $24 million in federal funds to develop new solar panels to capture sunlight more efficiently, contributing to a package of measures to improve energy efficiency and boost the Obama administration’s climate goals, government officials said on Monday. The $2.9 million Penn State project is one of 11 around [...]

Pennsylvania voters strongly support Clean Power Plan, poll finds

Pennsylvania voters are heavily in favor of new federal efforts to cut carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants, but are split on whether the initiative will be too expensive, according to an opinion poll published on Monday. The Quinnipiac University poll of 1,085 voters found 67 percent support the requirements that owners of coal-burning power [...]

EPA’s methane plan puts pressure on states to achieve bigger cuts, advocates say

Environmentalists on Tuesday called on Pennsylvania to act to reduce methane emissions from existing natural gas infrastructure and build on proposed federal standards that would cut emissions of the gas from new and modified plants. Natural gas companies say they already have made strides to cut the emissions and called the new federal proposal unnecessary. [...]

Carbon tax idea reappears in EPA plan but is unlikely to fly in Pennsylvania

The federal government’s widely publicized Clean Power Plan contains a little-noticed option for states to tax carbon emissions from power plants as one way of complying with the federal government’s target. Buried on page 899 of the 1,560-page document are two sentences that may revive a long-discussed but never-implemented way of providing a financial incentive [...]

EPA’s waste water treatment rule splits environmentalists, industry

The U.S. EPA’s plan to prevent municipal water treatment plants from accepting fracking waste is being hailed by supporters as a necessary safeguard against the contamination of public water supplies, and attacked by the petroleum industry as a short-sighted measure that ignores its long-term needs and violates the Clean Water Act. As the public-comment period [...]

Clean Air Council challenges state panel to adopt new building codes

Environmentalists are suing Pennsylvania in an effort to force the adoption of updated building codes that would result in significant energy savings and help the state meet new federal standards on CO2 emissions. The suit by the Clean Air Council against the Department of Labor and Industry says a department-administered panel that reviews national building [...]

Pennsylvania case studies mirror EPA’s national fracking report

A federal investigation into links between fracking and drinking water contamination in Bradford and Susquehanna Counties found some private water wells had been damaged by methane and ethane migration caused by nearby fracking. But the report found no evidence that homeowners’ private water wells and springs had been affected by frack fluids or waste water. In [...]

Critics say EPA fracking study offers little to advance public debate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited report on fracking and drinking water is short on new research, and avoids discussing some high-profile cases where gas development is alleged to have contaminated water, analysts said. The report, issued on June 4, some four years after the EPA began its investigation, was immediately hailed by both the [...]

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