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EPA ‘encouraged’ by states’ responses to Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that most states are actively engaged in planning for implementation of the new federal Clean Power Plan that aims to make deep cuts in carbon emissions from power plants to curb climate change. The day before the final version of the rule is published in the Federal [...]

EPA sets tougher ozone standard, but not tough enough for some greens

After years of delay and court battles, the Obama administration released a final update to its regulation on ground-level ozone, or smog Thursday. The EPA set the standard at 70 parts per billion (ppb) of ozone, an irritant that can exacerbate asthma and other heart and lung conditions. The new rule is a reduction from [...]

EPA hears comments on proposed methane rule for oil and gas

Supporters and opponents of the EPA’s proposed methane rules gathered in Pittsburgh Tuesday for a hearing on federal efforts to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production. Methane is up to 84 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. The oil and gas industry is [...]

Environmentalists threaten to sue EPA over oil & gas waste-disposal law

Seven environmental groups on Wednesday threatened to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to update a law on the disposal of oil and gas waste to reflect the fracking boom of recent years. The organizations, which include Pennsylvania’s Responsible Drilling Alliance, said they sent an Intent to Sue notice to the EPA [...]

Coal will remain vital source of PA energy despite new federal plan, trade group says

Pennsylvania coal suppliers said Monday that the fuel will remain an important component of the state’s energy mix despite the federal government’s fresh attempt to drive down carbon emissions with its Clean Power Plan. “Both the Wolf administration and the Pennsylvania legislature have repeatedly stated that coal use will remain a critical component of any [...]

New water-quality rule expected to affect energy companies

Pennsylvania’s energy companies are expected to be among businesses that will be affected by a new federal rule extending the protection of the Clean Water Act to small tributaries and other waterways that feed major rivers supplying drinking water to millions of people. Operators of natural gas rigs or builders of pipelines will likely have [...]

Feds approve Pennsylvania’s water quality report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given its approval to Pennsylvania’s water quality monitoring assessment. The bi-annual report is required under the federal Clean Water Act. Pennsylvania has six major river basins within its borders. The 2014 report includes two major changes to river listings: the Monongahela River, which was listed as impaired for potable [...]

EPA report: Agency Needs to Get Better at Tracking Emissions from Oil and Gas Industry

In a new report published this week, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog found the agency needs to do a better job of tracking air emissions from oil and natural gas production. The EPA Office of Inspector General says gaps exist in the data the agency relies on to estimate pollutants which can impact human health [...]

EPA Sets New Standards for Soot Pollution

The smoke stacks at American Electric Po

Acting under a court order to update its soot standards, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced stricter regulations late last week. Exposure to soot (also known as  fine particulate matter) is linked to many health problems including heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and premature death. The new rules will tighten air quality standards related to [...]

A Look At Who Might Be Setting Federal Energy Policy Next Year

Energy policy came up during both presidential debates, and Republican Mitt Romney has been using his stump speech to blast the Obama Administration’s support for renewable energy – and as he frames it, its opposition to the coal industry – for most of the year. So it’s clear a Romney White House would take a [...]

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