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  • Utah files lawsuit claiming feds' sage grouse conservation strategy is unlawful

    02/04/2016 7:02:30 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 4 2016 | Ben Lockhart
    The Utah Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture, claiming the agencies' strategy to disallow new mining on or near greater sage grouse habitats is a breach of "numerous federal laws and regulations." The lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeks an order voiding the federal government's land-use plan amendments submitted last year that would directly prohibit new hard rock mining on 233,300 acres in Utah. "The state of Utah claims that the 2015 federal plan amendments disregarded the hallmark of federal land management -- multiple use and sustained yield --...
  • EPA regional chief FINALLY resigns over Flint crisis - 22 months after residents first started...

    01/22/2016 5:18:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/22/16 | AP
    EPA regional chief FINALLY resigns over Flint crisis - 22 months after residents first started complaining about the high levels of lead in the water A regional director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has resigned in connection with the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Susan Hedman, the head of the agency's regional office in Chicago whose jurisdiction includes the state, will step down on February 1 so the government can focus solely on the crisis in the city. High levels of lead have been detected in the impoverished city's water since officials switched from the Detroit municipal system...
  • EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman to resign in wake of the Flint water crisis

  • ‘I let you down.’ Michigan governor apologizes for Flint water crisis [TR]

    01/20/2016 2:51:34 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 50 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 20 JANUARY 2016 | MARK BERMAN
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder apologized to the residents of Flint for a water crisis that has prompted outrage, federal scrutiny and lawsuits, vowing to seek long-term assistance for the city’s residents. In his State of the State address on Tuesday night, Snyder said he was asking state lawmakers for $28 million to help residents reeling after Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with dangerously high levels of lead. He also vowed to release his emails related to Flint from 2014 and 2015.
  • Obama Says if He Were a Flint Parent, He’d Be ‘Beside Myself’

    01/20/2016 2:46:48 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 33 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 20 JANUARY 2016 | NY TIMES
    DETROIT -- Commenting for the first time on the lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Mich., President Obama said Wednesday that he "would be beside myself" if he were a parent in the city. Mr. Obama said that in a White House meeting on Tuesday with Flint's mayor, Karen Weaver, "I told her that we are going to have her back, and all of the people of Flint's back, as they work their way through this terrible tragedy." The long-running crisis, which has poisoned dozens of Flint residents, at least, and left tens of thousands of others unsure...
  • Lies, deceit and more sniper fire: the obama administration knew about Flint last April

    01/19/2016 10:26:58 AM PST · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-19-16 | DrJohn
    See if you can tell that I'm angry. Sean Penn is the dolt who fancies himself as a journalist while surrendering all editorial control to his subject, a drug lord and murderer. CBS This Morning has decided to enroll in the Sean Penn School of Journalism. The Hillary whores hosts at CBS This Morning spent an entire segment of the show painting Michigan Governor as the bad guy in the Flint Michigan tainted water scandal. They likened it to a "Katrina moment." The segment then turned entirely into a Hillary Clinton campaign commercial. Everything centered around what Hillary had to...
  • Gov. Snyder: Clinton politicizing Flint's water crisis (MI)

    01/18/2016 4:11:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 18, 2016 6:40 PM EST
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder responded Monday to criticism from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the Democratic debates for his handling of Flint's water emergency, saying Clinton is making it a political issue. During Sunday's debate, Clinton said "every single American should be outraged" by the water crisis, adding that "if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would have been action." Following a speaking engagement at a Martin Luther King Day event in Flint, the Republican governor said her tactic doesn't help solve the problem. "We're going to...
  • EPA Wouldn't Tell Flint Residents About Drinking Water Hazard Cause It Would Curtail EPA Power

    01/14/2016 12:11:48 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    Freep | 1/13/2016 | CharlesOconnell
    "You mentioned making the service better for our customers; but the American citizens aren't our customers--about 400 junk mailers are our customers.", said US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to Outbox founder Evan Baehr. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) top Midwest official knew about the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis of 2015 months before telling the public, according to a Tuesday report by the The Detroit News. You can't judge the motives of individuals. But these government agencies and pandemic-mega-corporations aren't individuals. Therefore, it's fair to observe, that their behavior reveals their group motives, that "by their fruits you shall know...
  • Al Sharpton group wants new Flint court for possible lead poison victims

    11/04/2015 12:33:47 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 15 replies
    mlive ^ | November 2, 2015 | Ron Fonger |
    FLINT, MI -- The Michigan chapter of Al Sharpton's National Action Network says the state needs to set up a special court to hear criminal cases against juveniles who may have been poisoned by lead contaminants in Flint water. "All juvenile offenders arrested, charged or incarcerated in Genesee County that may have consumed Flint water during the period of lead contamination should be tested for lead content in their blood," Sam Riddle, state political director of Michigan NAN, said in a news release.
  • EPA's 2016 Resolutions: Acquire More Power, Increase Regulations

    01/09/2016 11:44:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2016 | Edwin Portugal
    With the start of a new year, President Obama and his army of unelected bureaucrats are resolving to acquire more power and increase regulations. Throughout his tenure, President Obama has shown that he will do anything to achieve his personal policy agenda. Whether by passing new regulations through federal agencies or issuing executive orders, the Obama Administration has repeatedly bypassed Congress and the will of the American people. In the realm of energy policy, Obama has made it clear that nothing will stand in the way of his so-called climate "legacy," not the economy, not the livelihood of millions of...
  • Coming soon: EPA to tackle 'light pollution'

    01/03/2016 8:06:48 AM PST · by rktman · 88 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/3/2016 | Rick Moran
    For thousands of years, man has sought to ward off the dark by using light to illuminate the night. Now, EPA chief Gina McCarthy and celebrity astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson want to take us back a few thousand years by giving the agency the ability to deal with "light pollution." The only way to deal with light pollution is to, well, turn off the lights. This will be a boon to astronomers like Tyson who will be able to see the stars and planets a lot better. But for the rest of us, not so good. Crime will rise, accidents...
  • "Climate Change" Expert Jailed for Conning EPA out of $900K

    01/03/2016 7:59:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1-3-15 | Leslie Eastman
    The EPA has been hit with a veritable flood of scandals recently. We covered the Animas River spill, caused by the EPA's rush to solve a non-problem involving a mine's wastewater, which impacted the water quality for several Western states. Now, one climate change expert who posed as a CIA operative has been jailed for conning the agency out of nearly $1 Million.
  • Coal industry could leave U.S. taxpayers with major bill

    12/09/2015 10:54:36 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-9-15 | Patrick Rucker
    WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) - U.S. taxpayers could be left with multibillion-dollar liabilities if large coal companies are pushed to bankruptcy, the Interior Department Secretary said on Wednesday. At issue is a practice known as self-bonding, allowed under a decades-old mining program, in which some of the country's biggest coal companies forego insurance on a portion of future mine cleanup costs.
  • Owner of Gold King Mine feels victimized by EPA ( Colorado )

    11/30/2015 8:35:06 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | November 29, 2015 | Jonathan Romeo
    Todd Hennis claims EPA planned mine spill to usher in Superfund. the Environmental Protection Agency-contracted crew's triggered blowout on his property, effectively turning the Animas River into an orange spectacle. He was speechless and horrified, but not surprised ... I have been trying to make everybody aware of the dangers posed by the Sunnyside Mine pool for 14 years .. when I saw the pictures, I just felt my life was over. I just thought, Oh God, what did they do? ... Hennis, for his part, has long maintained increased flows from the Gold King Mine are a result of...
  • Yellow River: EPA Forces Secrecy On Gold King Mine Spill Firm ( Colorado )

    11/15/2015 5:17:21 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 11/12/2015 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency officials require contractors to sign secrecy pledges that in the case of the Gold King Mine spill kept the public in the dark earlier this year about a Colorado mining disaster that turned waters yellow as they flowed through two states and the Navajo Nation. ... these secrecy clauses are typical with the EPA - the same government agency whose former administrator, Lisa Jackson, used an alias email address to avoid public scrutiny. ... the EPA controls the flow of information by circumventing federal regulations that dictate when an agency can use non-disclosure clauses by including secrecy...
  • EPA seeks to block chief's deposition in coal lawsuit

    11/11/2015 11:25:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 11, 2015 | Devin Henry
    The Environmental Protection Agency is working to block a deposition for administrator Gina McCarthy as part of a coal industry lawsuit. In a Tuesday court filing, the EPA asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to block a scheduled deposition in a case brought against the agency by coal giant Murray Energy Corp. Murray has sued the EPA over its rules agenda, arguing that the agency doesn't properly consider the job impact of its regulations before issuing them. It has petitioned to have McCarthy deposed in the case, something scheduled for later this month. The EPA has...
  • Open The Books On The EPA And We Find Appalling Waste

    11/09/2015 2:17:19 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 9, 2015 | George Leef
    The last several months have been bad ones for the Environmental Protection Agency. On August 5, EPA employees blundered into creating one of the worst toxic spills in American history when they allowed three million gallons of wastewater to flow into the Animas River in Colorado. The spill occurred during an attempted cleanup of an abandoned mine, despite warnings that their activity was creating the likelihood of a "blowout." But EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy did offer that she was "absolutely, deeply sorry this ever happened." Later in the same month, a federal court ruled that its proposed "waters of the...
  • SIDING WITH THE EPA: Bennet Votes for Waters of The U.S. Rule ( Colorado )

    11/05/2015 6:59:42 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | November 4, 2015
    While everyone was voting in Colorado elections Tuesday, scant attention was paid to how our U.S. Senators voted on a measure that is extremely important to our entire way of life. We'll give you a hint - it's water. A bill by our Wyoming neighbor, Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, would have required the EPA to rewrite the egregious Waters of the United States rule to give states and the agriculture industry more protection. WOTUS, as it's known, is the latest and worstest regulation issued by the Obama administration to regulate ponds and ditches in neighborhoods and farms as navigable...
  • EPA Chief Gina McCarthy is coming for your air conditioners

    11/05/2015 10:05:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/05/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    You’re not supposed to burn any coal or oil. You should probably avoid natural gas too, since it’s composed of hydrocarbons. Don’t drive your car unless it’s one of those battery powered ones that hasn’t caught fire yet. Get rid of those incandescent light bulbs all over your house. Clean all the steak and ground beef out of your fridge because cows are too flatulent. Have you checked all of these off your list? Good. Then you are finally doing your part and helping to end global warming.Oh, we forgot one more thing… we’re going to need to confiscate...
  • Business, states open legal fire on EPAs Clean Power Plan rule

    10/27/2015 1:51:49 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 26, 2015 | By George Russell
    The legal barrage to halt the Environmental Protection Agencys radical Clean Power Plan has begun. A broad coalition of U.S. industry and business, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and an armada of other business and industry organizations, has asked the D.C. District of the federal Court of Appeals to prevent any further action on the Plan until the court can decide its overall legal status. The coalition filed a motion at their first opportunity on Friday to stay EPAs long-awaited final rule governing the plan, immediately after the agency published the rule in the...
  • Mining on 10 Million Acres in Six States Impacted by BLMs Proposed Withdrawal ( sage-grouse )

    10/10/2015 6:09:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Western Mining Alliance ^ | October 9, 2015 | mucker
    On September 24, 2015, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a Notice of Proposed Withdrawal (BLM notice), proposing to withdraw from mineral location and entry federal lands identified as sagebrush focal areas in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. The BLM notice commences a two-year temporary segregation period, prohibiting location and entry of new mining claims on BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands in these sagebrush focal areas. If the BLM decides to withdraw the area at the end of the segregation period, the withdrawal will last up to 20 years, but could be extended in the...
  • Courts block EPA water rule that would put millions of acres under federal control

    10/10/2015 9:18:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/10/2015 | Rick Moran
    It's a regulation considered the most ambitious expansion of EPA's control over American waterways in history and a federal court has issued an injunction blocking its implementation. The Hill: We conclude that petitioners have demonstrated a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims, the judges wrote in their decision, explaining that the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) new guidelines for determining whether water is subject to federal control based mostly on the waters distance and connection to larger water bodies is at odds with a key Supreme Court ruling.
  • EPA spends millions on military-style weapons, watchdog group reports

    10/10/2015 10:56:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on military-style weapons to arm its 200 special agents to fight environmental crime. Among the weapons purchased are guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books. Protecting the environment just got real. With millions of dollars spent on military style weaponry, the EPA is now literally ensconced with all institutional force, said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open the Books and the author...
  • Breaking: Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals puts a NATIONAL stay on Obamas EPA Water Power Grab

    10/09/2015 9:51:15 AM PDT · by 100American · 20 replies
    Redstate ^ | ctober 9th, 2015 at 12:30 PM | Moe Lane
    OK, heres the background. Once upon a time, the Obama administration decided to implement a ruling without the input of Congress, mind you that defined waters of the U.S. to include virtually any wet area even a rain-fed temporary pool that is close to any other body of water with a physical connection to a navigable waterway. As you can imagine, this was and is a massive attempt to extend the reach of the regulatory State into areas that they do not traditionally have the ability to go into. By making essentially all waters federal waters,...
  • Sixth Circuit Court Court blocks Obamas EPA water rule nationwide

    10/09/2015 2:03:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/2015 | By Timothy Cama
    A federal court ruled Friday that President Obamas regulation to protect small waterways from pollution cannot be enforced nationwide. In a 2-1 ruling, the Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered a stinging defeat to Obamas most ambitious effort to keep streams and wetlands clean, saying it looks likely that the rule, dubbed Waters of the United States, is illegal. We conclude that petitioners have demonstrated a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims, the judges wrote in their decision, explaining that the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) new guidelines for determining whether water is subject...
  • EPA Ignores Science to Propose Most Expensive Regulation in History

    09/27/2015 1:22:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 26, 2015 | Tyler O'Neil
    New rules could outlaw lawn mowing, add a parking tax and declare national parks "toxic." Image via Shutterstock Next month, the Obama administration may roll out the most expensive regulation in history, ignoring scientific data that cutting ozone rates will not improve public health. In the name of fighting asthma, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested permission to decrease the ozone standard the amount of ozone allowed in the atmosphere to a level some scientists say is physically impossible to achieve. One organization estimates the cost to implement these new rules will be $1.1 trillion. Even worse, data...
  • New Mexico official: EPA kept water data secret after spill

    09/18/2015 1:11:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 9/17/15 | MATTHEW BROWN
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials refused for weeks to share water-quality data with their state counterparts following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, New Mexico's top environmental regulator testified Thursday. The move by federal agencies aimed to downplay the severity of the spill, hobbling the state's response to the high levels of arsenic, lead and other contaminants involved in the spill, New Mexico Secretary of Environment Ryan Flynn said. His criticisms, aired before a U.S. House committee investigating the Aug. 5 accident, offered more fodder for congressional Republicans eager to find...
  • Gold King spill leads to state-control discussion ( EPA: Colorado )

    09/16/2015 5:05:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Herald ^ | September 15, 2015 | Peter Marcus
    The recent Gold King Mine wastewater spill could breathe new life into a conversation about state control over federal lands. A meeting of the Water Resources Review Committee on Tuesday offered a glimpse into the issue, as state lawmakers had their first opportunity since the Aug. 5 spill to ask questions as an official panel. An Environmental Protection Agency-contracted team was performing reclamation work on the Gold King Mine near Silverton when an error during excavation caused an estimated 3 million gallons of orange sludge to pour into the Animas River. The water initially tested for spikes in heavy metals....
  • EPA accused at hearing of doctoring video from Gold King Mine spill

    09/09/2015 10:36:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 9, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    The Environmental Protection Agency was accused Wednesday of doctoring footage from the Gold King Mine spill, removing the audio of a worker saying, What do we do now? During a House committee hearing on the accident, Rep. Bill Johnson, Ohio Republican, showed what he said was an original on-site video taken the day of the Aug. 5 spill, which includes the audio, and then the same video posted on the EPAs website that beeps out the audio. The last few seconds of the audio has been removed to prevent the viewers from hearing the team on the ground saying, What...
  • Colorado coal mine avoids closure over environmental group's green gambit

    09/08/2015 4:15:11 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 8 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A Colorado coal mine slated for closure due to a technicality has gotten a reprieve from the federal government in a move that could save hundreds of jobs. The Colowyo coal mine, which has provided hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the economy of the city of Craig and the northwestern region of the state since 1977 was in danger of being closed because a renewal permit drafted eight years ago did not take into account the mine's impact on climate change. An environmental group sued in a bid to invalidate the permit. A court-ordered review by the...
  • Navajo Nation Pres. Releases Statement Regarding FEMA Denying Assistance for Gold King Mine Spill

    09/06/2015 2:19:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 09/06/2015 | Stephen Montoya
    Sunday the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President released a statement to the public in regards to FEMA and the EPA's refusal for assistance in cleaning up the toxic water in the San Jaun River. "We are extremely frustrated with the news that both FEMA and the U.S. EPA have declined our urgent requests to continue assistance to the Navajo Nation. U.S. EPA caused this entire disaster, they have harmed the people, the water and the land. I appreciated the fact U.S. EPA took responsibility and I was hoping for the U.S. EPA to prove to the...
  • Judge won't halt water rule nationwide

    09/05/2015 9:47:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2015 | Devin Henry
    A federal judge on Friday declined to halt the Obama administration's controversial water rule nationwide, rebuffing the request of 13 states that are battling with the Environmental Protection Agency.Judge Ralph Erickson of the North Dakota U.S. District Court ruled that there are significant prudential reasons to limit the scope of the injunction he already gave the 13 states last week. Other courts have denied injunctions, he said, and some states want to implement the Waters of the United States rule. On the one hand, there is a desirability for uniformity regarding a national rule with national application, Erickson wrote. On...
  • EPA Regulations forcing compliance on new appliances

    09/02/2015 11:27:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/02/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Because you are buying now two appliances, a water heater and air conditioner, heat pump heaters are twice as expensive as the old electric water heater If you ask an engineer, he will tell you that CO2 is not a pollutant, and burning fossil fuels has made the Earth greener because their emissions are rapidly assimilated by sunlight. As Dr. Klaus Kaiser had explained, incomplete combustion can cause air quality problems, not because of CO2 but due to soot particles and nitrogen oxides, particularly in high density urban areas where the air tends to be stagnant. There is a reason...
  • Rep. Kevin Cramer on EPAs Attempted Waterway Grab: Private Property Rights Are Whats at Stake

    08/30/2015 7:21:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/30/2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) reacted to a recent injunction that blocked a new regulation that would have granted the federal government jurisdiction over some waterways across the United States. I wasnt surprised by the injunction even though other courts were sort of failing to see the logic of states cases in other filings, Cramer exclusively told Breitbart News. On Friday, North Dakotas U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson ordered a temporary injunction against the Obama administrations rule, which would grant the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the Army Corps of Engineers, authority over...
  • EPA says new clean water rules are still in effect even though judge suspended them

    08/29/2015 5:06:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The very same crew which recently dumped three million gallons of toxic sludge out of an abandoned mine and turned the Animas River in Colorado the color of a yellow banded poison dart frog for roughly a week has just issued a whole new set of rules to “protect” small pools of water. They would also like you to know that these rules are going into effect even though a federal judge put them on hold in 13 states, too. This new batch of regulations is going to “protect” bodies of water which may include the ditch in front...
  • 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 · 38 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 · 35 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 Committees 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 Committees 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 didnt 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 administrations climate change regulations. The Clean Power Plan that will require drastic cuts in 47 states carbon dioxide emissions consequently shifting Americas 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 administrations 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.
  • EPAs 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 Agencys (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? Obamas 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 thats about to change. Astudy by NERA Economic Consulting has found new regulations on power plants mandated by the Environmental Protection Agencys 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 worlds 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 Didnt 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 didnt 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...