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  • Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted

    08/28/2015 3:28:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2015 7:15 PM EDT
    A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo issued a temporary injunction requested by North Dakota and 12 other states halting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from regulating some small streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule, which has prompted fierce criticism from farmers among others, was scheduled to take effect Friday. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne...
  • Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

    08/27/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | James MacPherson - Associated Press
    BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against a the rule, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. “The risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely,” Judge Erickson said in blocking the rule from taking effect....
  • Judge blocks EPA water rule; EPA say they will defy injunction

    08/28/2015 7:46:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/28/2015 | Rick Moran
    A federal judge has ruled that a controversial regulation that would give the Environmental Protection Agency jurisdiction over small streams and ditches is bureaucratic overreach and has halted the implementation of the rule. The judge was not pleased with the EPA, who said they would go ahead and implement the regulation in the 37 states that did not sue to end it.
  • EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

    08/25/2015 2:30:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    .foxnews ^ | August 25, 2015 | Tori Richards
    “It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). “These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on Sept. 9. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.” ... For several days, the EPA didn’t notify the states of Utah, New Mexico or the Navajo Nation that the spill was coming their way. McCarthy...
  • EPA aware of 'blowout' risk at mine that could release tainted wastewater(Environmental Pillage)

    08/22/2015 5:18:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    foxnews ^ | 8/22/15
    Managers at the Environmental Protection Agency were aware of the possible risk for a catastrophic “blowout” at an abandoned mine that could release “large volumes” of wastewater laced with toxic metals, according to internal documents released late Friday. EPA released the documents following weeks of prodding from news organizations like The Associated Press. EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater on Aug. 5 as they inspected the idled Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. Among the documents is a June 2014 work order for a planned cleanup that noted that the old mine had not...
  • Head of EPA Admits Climate Regulations Will Hit Low-Income Minority Families Hardest

    08/20/2015 6:17:16 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 13 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/19/15 | Nicolas Loris
    The chief environmental regulator in the United States had some blunt words of reality regarding the administration’s climate change regulations. The Clean Power Plan that will require drastic cuts in 47 states’ carbon dioxide emissions – consequently shifting America’s energy economy away from affordable, reliable coal – will adversely impact poor, minority families the most. When speaking about the higher energy prices caused by the administration’s climate regulations on power plants, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said, “We know that low-income minority communities would be hardest hit.”
  • Obama's Toxic Environmental Pollution Agency

    08/19/2015 4:59:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Here in my adopted home state of Colorado, orange is the new Animas River thanks to the blithering idiots working under President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency. It's just the latest man-caused disaster from an out-of-control bureaucracy whose primary mission is not the Earth's preservation, but self-preservation. As always, the government cover-up compounds the crime -- which is why the agency's promise this week to investigate itself has residents across the Rocky Mountains in stitches. Or tears. After the EPA and officials and their contract workers accidentally spilled three million gallons of pent-up toxic sludge on August 5 from a defunct...
  • EPA Chief Gina McCarthy's Record Shows She's Unfit For Command (understatement)

    08/17/2015 4:04:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 17, 2015 | Rick Manning
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's history of managerial neglect, malfeasance and outright incompetence has been capped by her agency unleashing one of the worst environmental disasters of the 21st century. EPA clean-up crews breached a waste storage dam that produced a torrent of heavy metal-laden toxic waste, potentially fouling an entire western river system and impacting the drinking water of tens of millions of people. While McCarthy didn't personally bulldoze the dam, it's no surprise to those who have followed her Peter Principle-driven career that this would occur on her watch.
  • EPA’s Clean Power Plan Contains Antipoverty Transfer Programs

    08/15/2015 5:44:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/14/15 | Ali Meyer
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon pollution, contains an antipoverty transfer program to help offset the harm it does to the poor, a Wall Street Journal editorial explained.According to WSJ, the EPA has stated that they are concerned about low-income communities and wants to ensure that they benefit from the implementation of their regulations.“At the federal level, the EPA is creating a program that gives twice as large a subsidy for renewable and efficiency projects that are built in inner-city neighborhoods and disadvantaged rural areas,” states the article. “There will be job retraining...
  • Like Cheap Natural Gas? Obama’s Clean Power Plan Will Regulate It Out of Existence

    08/14/2015 12:17:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | Isaac Orr
    U.S. households are saving hundreds of dollars a year because natural gas prices are low, but that’s about to change. Astudy by NERA Economic Consulting has found new regulations on power plants mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will increase natural gas prices to 2007 levels, virtually guaranteeing these savings will soon be wiped out. A study by the Brookings Institution found natural gas prices have plummeted as horizontal hydraulic fracturing, also known as horizontal “fracking,” has caused U.S. natural gas production to skyrocket to all-time highs, making the United States the world’s top producer of...
  • Obama Targets GOP States With Costly CO2 Regulations

    08/12/2015 3:25:34 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/11/2015 | Staff
    Global Warming: When it comes to climate change, President Obama says we're all in it together. But when it comes to his plan to fight it, some states appear to be more equal than others.
  • Congress Accuses EPA Chief Of Lying, Mentions Criminal Prosecution

    08/14/2015 7:15:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/14/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    “Providing false or misleading testimony to Congress is a serious matter,” House Republicans wrote to McCarthy, accusing her of making false statements regarding EPA regulations and science.
  • EXCLUSIVE – Geologist Who Predicted EPA Spill: ‘They Just Didn’t Think’

    08/13/2015 4:18:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 68 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/13/15 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Dave Taylor, the retired geologist who predicted the EPA project that caused the 3 million gallon toxic spill into the Animas River in Colorado would fail, tells Breitbart News, “I didn’t really know they were going to fool with the Gold King mine in addition to the Red and Bonita mine.”In a July 30 letter to the editor of the Silverton Standard, Taylor predicted that the EPA project to plug the Red and Bonita mine would fail “within 7 to 120 days,” and the 500 gallons per minute flow of toxic waste from those mines which the project stopped temporarily...
  • EPA Contractor Involved in Colorado Spill Identified as Environmental Restoration

    08/13/2015 11:11:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Amy Harder, Jennifer S. Forsyth
    Fenton, Mo., company was tasked with mitigating pollutants from closed mine. Missouri-based Environmental Restoration LLC was the contractor whose work caused a mine spill in Colorado that released an estimated 3 million gallons of toxic sludge into a major river system ... The EPA, which was overseeing the servicing of the mine, had previously said an unnamed outside contractor was using heavy equipment when it accidentally triggered a breach in the abandoned Gold King Mine, letting out wastewater that had built up inside it. “Environmental Restoration LLC was working at the direction at EPA ... Environmental Restoration is one of...
  • Letter to Editor PREDICTED COLORADO EPA SPILL So EPA Could Secure Superfund Status

    08/12/2015 6:44:52 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 90 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 12, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Last Wednesday, a small EPA-supervised work crew inspecting the Gold King mine accidentally knocked a hole in a waste pit, releasing at least three million gallons of acidic liquid laden with toxic heavy metals. (ABC) This letter to editor, posted below, was published in The Silverton Standard and The Miner local newspaper, authored by a retired geologist, one week before EPA mine spill. The letter detailed verbatim, how EPA officials would foul up the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money. It the Gold King mine was declared a superfund site it would essentially kill future development...
  • Did The EPA Intentionally Poison Animas River To Secure SuperFund Money?

    08/12/2015 8:36:02 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 60 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | August 12, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    A week before The EPA disastrously leaked millions of gallons of toxic waste into The Animas River in Colorado, this letter to the editor was published in The Silverton Standard & The Miner local newspaper, authored by a retired geologist detailing verbatim, how EPA would foul the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money...
  • Conservative coal towns are being destroyed across America

    08/10/2015 7:09:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/09/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Here’s today’s political quiz question: what do these five states — Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Oregon and Maine — have in common. Yes they are blue states ruled by Democrats, but that’s not all. These are the states that use the least amount of coal — less than 2 percent — for electric power. In fact, almost all of the states that are politically liberal and vote unfailingly Democratic are low coal use states. Washington, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are also in the top 10 states least reliant on coal. Only conservative Idaho is a red state with...
  • Will EPA’s Clean Power Plan doom Colorado’s coal industries?

    08/08/2015 1:57:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 30, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged that Colorado will comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but this effort to cut so-called “CO2 pollution” could come at a dear price to the state’s coal industry. ... Colorado is among the top states in coal production and consumption. In the year 2013, 64 percent of energy produced in Colorado came from coal, 20 percent from natural gas, and around 15 percent from various renewables including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind. The history of Colorado’s coal mining industry stretches over the past two centuries. Not to mention, coal jobs have a multiplier effect...
  • Millions of gallons of toxic waste water spilled into river by… the EPA

    08/07/2015 12:23:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    How often do we see sad stories such as this in the news? Evil industrialists carelessly create a swath of damage across our pristine natural resources through pollution and reckless destruction. Another such event took place in Colorado this week when millions of gallons of toxic, metal laden waste water were dumped into a local stream, feeding into the local river system used by swimmers and fishermen. And the culprit for this horrendous act was… the Environmental Protection Agency. A team of U.S. regulators probing contamination at a Colorado gold mine accidentally released a million gallons (3.8 million liters)...
  • Obama's Climate Hubris

    08/05/2015 10:53:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2015 | Betsy McCaughey
    This week, President Obama is hailing his Clean Power Plan as "the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change." Obama is posing as the environment's savior, just as he did in 2008, when he promised his presidency would mark "the moment when ... the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." Seven years later, that messianic legacy is in doubt. Obama's Clean Power Plan has never had legislative support, even when his own party controlled both houses of Congress. Now he's trying to impose it without...
  • Obama's New EPA Rules: A Green Assault On Red States

    08/04/2015 7:08:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/04/2015
    When candidate Barack Obama boasted back in 2008 that his radical climate change policies would "bankrupt" coal-fired power plants, he was for once telling the wretched truth. On Monday Mr. Obama accelerated the timetable in his war on coal, with new EPA regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. The White House openly admits that the goal is to use much less coal and force utilities to consume far costlier and less reliable "renewable" electric power. Whether these feel-good regulations imposed on America's domestic industries will impact global carbon emissions and climate...
  • EPA Chief: Climate Change Is Fact Because Bad Weather Leads the News

    07/28/2015 8:01:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 68 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/27/2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said there is no need to continue debating the science behind climate change. “I can remember a day when the weather report was in the middle of the domestic and international news and took about a minute and a half. It wasn’t the news. When you go on the news today the first thing you’ll hear about is the weather. So there is a dramatic difference in the way people perceive the ability of the climate to impact their lives because they’re feeling it today,” McCarthy said during an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor....
  • Walker, Jindal poised to stonewall EPA on new climate regulations

    07/07/2015 9:14:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 7/7/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As President Obama prepares to complete sweeping regulations aimed at tackling climate change, at least five Republican governors, including two presidential hopefuls, say they may refuse to carry out the rules in their states. The resistance threatens to ignite a fierce clash between federal and state authorities, miring the climate rules in red tape for years. The fight could also undermine Mr. Obama’s efforts to urge other nations to enact similar plans this year as part of a major United Nations climate change accord. Republican strategists say that rejection of Mr. Obama’s climate policy at the state level could emerge...
  • ( 13 ) States file lawsuit against EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

    07/06/2015 2:09:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications ^ | June 29, 2015 | Daniel Enoch
    Attorneys general from thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging EPA's new rule defining the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), asserting that the rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands that are dry much of the year and increases the federal government's authority over land use. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, who joined in the lawsuit, noted that 35 states have filed comments in opposition to the rule and several other attorneys general are considering filing challenges. The EPA is overstepping...
  • Center for American Progress helped craft EPA talking points, emails show

    07/07/2015 4:50:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Fox ^ | July 06, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    A prominent left-wing group helped formulate Environmental Protection Agency talking points designed to sell a controversial regulatory scheme to skeptical journalists, internal emails show. The emails show Joseph Goffman, the senior counsel of EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, circulating talking points from Center for American Progress climate strategy director Daniel Weiss among EPA colleagues attempting to sell the agency's controversial power plant regulations to a New York Times reporter. Weiss emailed Goffman in September 2013 with a series of suggestions for convincing the Times' Matt Wald of the commercial viability of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology, a vital...
  • Supreme Court rules against EPA power plant mercury limits

    06/29/2015 8:35:03 AM PDT · by thackney
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 29, 2015 | Associated Press
    The Supreme Court has ruled against federal regulators’ attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. The rules began to take effect in April, but the court said by a 5-4 vote Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.
  • Supreme Court rules against EPA on pollution rules

    06/29/2015 7:44:32 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 79 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6-29-2015 | John Siciliano
    The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Environmental Protection Agency pollution rules for power plants Monday, in a blow to President Obama's environmental agenda. The EPA rules in question regulate hazardous air pollutants and mercury from coal- and oil-fired power plants, known as the MATS regulations. The regulations went into effect April 16. The utility industry argues that the rules cost them billions of dollars to comply and that EPA ignored the cost issue in putting the regulations into effect. Many of the companies have either made the investments or closed power plants to comply. If the investments necessary to upgrade...
  • The EPA vs. Pennsylvania's minorities

    06/27/2015 2:27:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | June 24, 2015 | Harry C. Alford, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce
    With the Obama administration only two months away from releasing its “Clean Power Plan,” much debate has focused on the supposed benefits of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. Lost amid the rhetoric is the economic hardship it will impose on working families — especially the 2.2 million blacks and Hispanics living in Pennsylvania. That's the finding from a new study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce. This regulation will leave minority communities with disproportionately fewer jobs, lower incomes and higher poverty than whites. Thus, while the administration calls its regulation a “justice issue”...
  • EPA Chief: Global Warming “Deniers” Are Not “Normal People”…

    06/23/2015 4:14:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 93 replies
    dailycaller ^ | Miachael Bastasch
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told an audience Tuesday gathered at a White House conference “normal people,” not “climate deniers” will win the debate on global warming.rWhat do you think? McCarthy’s remarks came as she was talking about the reasons why the EPA put out a report on the negative health impacts global warming will have on public health. She said the agency puts out such reports to educate the public, not answer critiques from global warming skeptics.rWhat do you think?
  • Executive Branch could lose much of its unconstitutional power

    06/21/2015 10:18:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 31 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/21/15 | Doug Book
    An injunction issued against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by federal judge Leigh Martin May could spell the beginning of the end for Administrative Law Courts and with them, 80 years of unconstitutional abuse of power by the Executive branch. Administrative Law “…allows for the creation of public regulatory agencies and contains all of the statutes, judicial decisions, and regulations that govern them.” These regulatory bodies include the EPA and the SEC. Many came into being during the reign of Franklin Roosevelt, the one president more arrogant and power hungry than Barack Obama. The law itself “…is created by...
  • EPA calls for regulating aircraft emissions...? $100.00 carry on anyone?

    06/10/2015 10:41:12 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/10/15 | AP Staff
    The government is proposing to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way as power plants, saying they are a threat to human health because they contain pollutants that help cause global warming and therefore should be regulated. The Environmental Protection Agency announcement Wednesday clears the way for possible U.S. adoption of international emissions standards, which are expected to be released next year. U.S. regulations wouldn't apply to small piston-engine planes or military aircraft. The International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency, has been working for several years on developing global aircraft emissions standards for the first time.
  • Watchdog: Obama adds $110B in regs, readies final 'rush' of more costly rules

    06/10/2015 4:34:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/10/15 | Paul Bedard
    After already socking the public, business and the economy with costly regulations, President Obama added another $110 billion in the last half year and is rushing to finish his second term with even more costly environmental rules, according to a taxpayer watchdog."The administration's time in office is coming to a close, so regulators will surely rush to finish its greenhouse gas and ozone standards before the next administration takes power," warned American Action Forum in a new analysis of the administration's latest report of new regulations.Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the Forum, studied the twice-yearly released list of...
  • Obama’s EPA Regulations: 6,552x As Long As Constitution; 46x As Long As Bible

    06/09/2015 9:19:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 8, 2015 | 5:31 PM EDT | Ali Meyer
    Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 3,373 new final regulations, equaling 29,770 pages in the Federal Register and totaling approximately 29,770,000 words, according to a count of the regulations published in the Federal Register. The Gutenberg Bible is only 1,282 pages and 646,128 words. This means the new EPA regulations issued by the Obama Administration contain 23 times as many pages as the Bible and 46 times as many words. The Federal Register publishes documents, including proposed rules, notices, interim rules, corrections, drafts of final rules and final rules....
  • The EPA’s ‘Clean Power’ Mess

    06/08/2015 5:09:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 7, 2015 | BENJAMIN ZYCHER
    ‘Flexibility” is the advertised hallmark of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which by 2030 would reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants by 30% from 2005 levels. The central feature of the plan is a forced shift away from inexpensive coal-fired power. Not to worry, says EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: “With EPA’s flexible proposal, states choose the ways we cut carbon pollution, so we can still have affordable, reliable power to grow our economy.” Under the plan, the EPA will set a carbon-dioxide-emissions target for every state, and give each state roughly a year to develop and...
  • ARVARD, SYRACUSE RESEARCHERS CAUGHT LYING TO BOOST OBAMA CLIMATE RULES

    06/04/2015 12:18:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | June 4,2015 | Steve Milloy
    But a closer look at these claims of independence raises serious doubts. An online search of EPA’s web site revealed that Syracuse’s Driscoll has previously involved as a principal investigator in studies that received over $3.6 million in research grants from EPA. Co-author Dallas Burtraw, a researcher at the think tank Resources for the Future, had been involved in previous EPA grants totaling almost $2 million. Harvard co-author Jonathan I. Levy had been involved in over $9.5 million worth of grants. Co-author Joel Schwartz, also of Harvard, had been previously involved in over $31 million worth of grants from EPA....
  • EPA Chief: Just Trust Us On Climate Science

    06/04/2015 7:50:02 AM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Americans are just going to have to trust the EPA’s 44 years of experience dealing with environmental issues when it comes to figuring out ways to cope with man-made global warming, says the agency’s chief. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told Big Think in an interview that while there are limits to how much the federal government can do for issues like global warming, the public needs to trust how the EPA translates the “complicated” science into real-life actions. “Well I think we all have to recognize the strengths and limitations of government action,” McCarthy said. “But here’s what I think...
  • Appalachian Power closes 3 WV coal-fired plants

    06/01/2015 8:08:16 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    WVVA.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | WVVA.com
    Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia have shut down operations. Media outlets report that Appalachian Power's Kanawha River Power Station at Glasgow, the Kammer Power Station near Moundsville and the Phillip Sporn Power Station at New Haven were closed Sunday. Appalachian Power had announced in 2011 that it planned to close the plants, along with three coal-fired plants in Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. The company had said it would be cost-prohibitive to equip them to comply with new federal emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. Another coal-fired plant in Virginia is being converted to natural gas....
  • EPA pushes forward with biofuels

    05/31/2015 12:22:28 PM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies
    WUWT ^ | 5/31/2015 | Eric Worral
    US investment in biofuels are to be expanded under proposals advanced by the US EPA. Under the proposed rule announced Friday, the amount of ethanol in the gasoline supply would increase in coming years, just not as much as set out under federal law. That approach drew criticism from ethanol and farm groups that have pushed to keep high volumes of ethanol in gasoline. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for a robust renewable fuels standard while campaigning in Iowa, host of the leadoff presidential caucuses next year. … In a bid to ethanol producers, the administration also...
  • Using the King’s Star Chamber to Smackdown Private Property Rights

    05/30/2015 2:44:20 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/30/15 | W.R. McAfee
    Control the water, control the land This is the largest, illegal, private property land grab in U.S. history Good EPA “laws” (read: “rules”, “regulations”) are long extinct, but if you had to pick one it would be the 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA) passed by congress four years after the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire (Images for cuyahoga river fire burning—it wasn’t the first time) because of the pollution in it. The Act authorized the clean-up of this kind of mess in America’s navigable lakes, rivers, and streams, and prohibited further dumping of dangerous industrial chemicals, waste, and other...
  • EPA fighting global warming by reducing food supply

    05/30/2015 8:19:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/30/2015 | Newsmachete
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday released a much-delayed proposal for the amount of biofuel that must be blended into conventional vehicle fuel. The proposal, which would become final by the end of November, would set levels for last year at what producers actually made but increase the total volume of renewable fuel required by 1.5 billion gallons, roughly 9 percent, by the end of 2016. That would bring the volume to 17.4 billion gallons[.]
  • EPA Finalizes Overly Broad “Waters of the US” Rule

    05/27/2015 1:58:42 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-27-15 | John Eick
    Earlier today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) finalized a much anticipated rule that would redefine “Waters of the United States” and vastly expand the two agencies’ regulatory authority over the nation’s water resources. EPA and the Corps proposed the rule in April 2014 seeking to clarify precisely what water resources it classified as “navigable” and, thus, able to be regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The move to redefine “Waters of the United States” comes after the Supreme Court twice checked the agencies’ overly broad interpretation of the CWA in Solid...
  • Did EPA Collude With Eco-Activists To Push A Federal Water Takeover?

    05/27/2015 9:23:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/27/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    The EPA is on the verge of finalizing a new “Waters of the United States” regulation that would greatly expand the agency’s control over U.S. waters, and may even give the EPA the power to regulate ponds, ditches and puddles. Republican lawmakers, however, are pushing back against the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, warning the agency may have inappropriately lobbied and worked with environmental campaign activists to inflate the support behind the agency’s water takeover. “Given the magnitude and controversy surrounding the EPA’s rulemaking agenda, it is very troubling that EPA has engaged in a propaganda campaign to...
  • EPA issues new rule expanding reach over waters

    05/27/2015 8:09:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 27, 2015 | Zach Coleman
    The Environmental Protection Agency announced a rule Wednesday that critics say would expand federal reach over U.S. waterways, but that the Obama administration contends will clarify which farming, development and other practices are subject to regulation. The battle over the "Waters of the U.S." rule has been brewing for months and will continue both on and off Capitol Hill. The regulation attempts to define Clean Water Act regulations as stretching to bodies of water that have a "significant nexus" with "navigable waters" to prevent pollution of drinking water. The EPA told various media outlets that the rule asserts the agency's...
  • Obama’s Forthcoming Executive Action Could Impact Your Property

    05/27/2015 5:26:59 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 26, 2015 | fred lucas
    The Obama administration is expected to announce final details of “Waters of the United States” rule this week that could impact any property owner with water or a ditch that occasionally fills with water on their land. Moreover, the regulation could even conflict with two Supreme Court rulings. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have sought to provide more clarity to what bodies of water are protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act, which has previously affected rivers, lakes and the streams that flow directly to them.
  • Senate GOP launches attack on EPA climate rules

    05/13/2015 12:21:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 13, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Senate Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday that would overturn the Obama administration’s landmark climate rule for power plants and make it nearly impossible to rewrite them. The legislation represents the GOP’s first major legislative effort in the Senate to confront the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon dioxide limits it proposed last year. It reflects the Republican Party’s broad opposition to the regulations, which they say would cost billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of jobs and have little to no environmental benefit. Republicans in both chambers have largely avoided legislation to stop the rules and instead focused their attention on...
  • Obama’s Energy Regulations To Cost Americans $460.5 Billion

    05/12/2015 8:38:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/12/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Energy and environmental regulations finalized by the Obama administration in the past five years come with a hefty price tag of $460.5 billion, according to data compiled by a center-right think tank. The American Action Forum’s Regulation Rodeo database shows that the Obama administration finalized 275 energy and environment regulations between 2009 and 2014, with the price tag of each regulation averaging $1.75 billion. And that doesn’t even consider the paperwork companies will have to complete. AAF data shows that Obama’s energy regulations have burdened Americans with 24.3 million paperwork hours. That means every year, Americans have to complete an...
  • EPA spends $84,000 to study churches that preach climate change

    04/28/2015 6:54:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 27, 2015 | By Elizabeth Harrington
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $84,000 to study how churches can be used to combat climate change. A taxpayer-funded graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is examining 17 faith-based institutions that have implemented "sustainability initiatives" in the hopes of developing workshops to teach pastors and other religious leaders how to change the behaviors of their congregants. "Climate change-which affects traditional faith-based efforts to improve human health, mitigate poverty and redress social inequity-is inspiring religious organizations to advocate for clean air and water, restore ecosystems, and conserve resources," a grant for the project, which began...
  • Why States Should Boycott the Federal Clean Power Plan

    04/22/2015 7:26:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 21, 2015 | KENNETH C. HILL
    Better for states not to comply with the EPA’s plans than to go along and absolve the feds of accountability for the mess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) set off a firestorm recently when he advised states not to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Yet that advice isn’t as radical as his detractors make it sound. As a state public utilities commissioner who deals with the effects of federal regulations on a regular basis, I also recommend that states not comply. ... While the short-term effects may be painful, the long-term consequences of submitting...
  • Farmers and ranchers are tired of EPA doubletalk

    04/22/2015 5:09:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | April 15, 2015 | Bob Stallman
    EPA claims that it’s simplifying regulations and making them easier to follow, but the fine print tells another story. Business owners around the country have joined with farmers and ranchers in speaking out on the Waters of the U.S. rule. More than 30 states also oppose the rule. Yet, even in the face of mounting opposition, the EPA still isn’t listening. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has unveiled her latest, campaign-style WOTUS spin, calling the effort the “Clean Water Rule” – as though a bumper-sticker approach to a complex regulation would change anything for people so profoundly affected by her agency’s...
  • How EPA Cooks Books to Downplay Costs

    04/19/2015 6:49:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2015-04-19 | Judi McLeod
    As debate intensifies around the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon dioxide rule, EPA’s supporters are pushing back against claims that the economic costs of the rule outweigh the climate benefits. For instance, in a recent opinion piece for the Arizona Republic, University of Arizona law professor Kris Mayes claims that a widely cited study by NERA Economic Consulting fails to account for “energy efficiency investments that save money for consumers.” This criticism of NERA is unfounded. In fact, as NERA and others explain, it is EPA who has failed to accurately calculate energy efficiency and other impacts, resulting in...