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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’s Gina McCarthy Delivers Obama Administration Position on Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure With Green Jobs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The EPA’s Gina McCarthy, a teacher from Boston, delivered one of the keynote addresses on repairing America’s infrastructure with green jobs Monday afternoon at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs annual conference, delivering the Obama administrations position before a new and powerful coalition of unions and environmentalists under the umbrella of the Blue…

EPA Approves Redesignation of Atlanta Area to Attainment for Ozone Pollution

By Glynn Wilson – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking final action to approve the state of Georgia’s request to redesignate the Atlanta metro area to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone standard based on air quality monitoring data for the three-year period of 2008-2010 showing the area in compliance with the 16-year-old standard.…

Senate Gridlock Breaks: McCarthy Approved at EPA, Perez at Labor

By Glynn Wilson – Something has come over the Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Gridlock in Washington is cracking, and President Obama’s nominees are now working their way through confirmation like water through an open dam. A bipartisan deal was reached this week with the Republicans to allow votes on all seven of the pending…

Retail Giant Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty To Federal Environmental Crimes

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Corporation to Pay More Than $81 Million in Civil Fines – By Glynn Wilson – The retail giant Wal-Mart pleaded guilty Tuesday in a California federal court to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its stores across the United States. The Bentonville, Ark.-based company…

Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – In a surprise move, the eight Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday blocked a floor vote on President Obama’s nominee, Gina McCarthy, as U.S. EPA Administrator. In doing so the Republican senators broke their earlier promise to move McCarthy’s nomination if she answered an…

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…

Obama Administration Suspends New Contracts with BP

By Glynn Wilson – The Obama administration has suspended all new contracts with the British petroleum giant BP for “lack of business integrity” due to its actions that caused the worst environmental disaster in history two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico and for the way the company responded to the crisis. The U.S.…

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…

Targeted Environmental Justice Enforcement Needed in Southeast

Glynn Wilson / Southwings A closer view of the growing coal ash mountain in Perry County, Alabama by Robert D. Bullard It has been little over two weeks since environmental justice leaders in the South delivered an 11-point Call to Action plan for reform of EPA Region 4 — eight states in the southern United…

Activists Arrested at White House Demanding End to Mountaintop Removal

More than 100 people were arrested today during Appalachia Rising, the largest national protest to end mountaintop removal coal mining. Arrests included Appalachian residents; retired coal miners; renowned climate scientist, James Hansen; and faith leaders. After a march from Freedom Plaza and a rally at Lafayette Park, more than 100 stage a sit-in in front…

The Clock is Ticking on Cleaning Up Coal Ash

Coal ash is contaminating drinking water supplies in the U.S., and it is only getting worse as the waste stream grows in volume and toxicity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made it official on June 21, giving the public only a short period to comment on the first-ever federal rule for coal ash disposal at…