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Obama Administration Responds to Pressure on Fracking, Revises Permitting Rules on Using Diesel Fuel in Gas Drilling

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EPA to Decide Legality of Mines on a ‘Case-by-Case Basis’By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON. D.C. — Too clear up a legal controversy about diesel fuel in methane gas mining, the Obama administration released revised rules on underground injection wells that use diesel fuels in hydraulic fracturing operations, commonly referred to as the controversial method of…

EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

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By Glynn Wilson – The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants “in order to combat climate change and improve public health,” according to the announcement sent out Friday morning. The new standards are set to go into effect by June 1, 2014. The…

New Report on Honey Bee Health Cites Pesticides in Declining Populations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health on Thursday pointing to multiple factors in the decline of honey bee colony declines in recent years, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. “There is an important link…

EPA Updates Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued updates to pollution limits for new power plants under the mercury and air toxics standards on Friday, based on new information and analysis that became available to the agency after the rule was finalized. The updates are largely technical in nature and will have no impact on the “sensible,…

EPA Finds Half of the Nation’s Rivers in Poor Condition

Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River emits more mercury into the air than any other power plant in the country. It is also a source of fine particulate pollution and ozone. – By Glynn Wilson – Under the leadership of the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results…

EPA Science Advisory Board Announces Panel to Review ‘Fracking’ Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s independent Science Advisory Board announced the formation of its Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel on Monday. The panel of independent experts is to peer review EPA’s 2014 draft report of results for its national study on any potential health and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, which…

President Obama Makes Nominations for U.S. Secretary of Energy and EPA

President Obama nominated EPA Assistant Administrator and air quality expert Gina McCarthy for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator on Monday, along with nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz for U.S. Secretary of Energy. The response is now coming in from the environmental community. “We welcome the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Assistant…

EPA Finalizes Revisions to Clean Air Standards for Stationary Engines

Updated Rule Protects Public Health, Lowers Cost of Compliance – Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized revisions to Clean Air Act standards reducing air pollution from stationary engines that generate electricity and power equipment at industrial, agricultural, oil and gas…

Lisa P. Jackson Resigns Cabinet Post as Head of EPA

By Glynn Wilson – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced Thursday that she is stepping down from the cabinet post to spend more time with her family. We suspect there is more to this story, but for now let’s just deal with the facts we know. In announcing her resignation as head…

EPA Announces Next Round of Clean Air Standards to Reduce Harmful Soot

Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River emits more mercury into the air than any other power plant in the country. It is also a source of fine particulate pollution and ozone. – By Glynn Wilson – In response to a federal court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it…

EPA Issues Final Air Rules for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

by Glynn Wilson The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued the final regulations required by the Clean Air Act to reduce harmful air pollution from the oil and natural gas industry while allowing “continued, responsible growth” in U.S. oil and natural gas production. The final rules include the first federal air standards for natural…

EPA Analysis Shows Reduction in Toxic Chemical Releases

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its annual national analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory on Thursday, providing Americans with vital information about their communities, according to EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson. The report shows “a major reduction in toxic chemical releases in 2009,” Jackson said in a statement posted on her Facebook page. “The…

Alabama's Attorney General Fights Clean Air Measures

by Glynn Wilson Alabama’s attorney general Troy “Toy Boy” King has now placed the state in the inauspicious company of the likes of Texas and corporate lobbying groups publicly fighting the opportunity to get on the international bandwagon to do something about climate change due to global warming as well as harmful air pollution. The…