EPA Proposes New Standards on Soot Pollution

By: Friday June 15, 2012 1:22 pm

The EPA today proposed tougher standards for soot pollution today, in a move required by the courts, which they say 99% of all communities can meet without further action. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the proposed change on Friday; it would decrease the allowable fine particle pollution, or soot, to a range of between 12 [...]

EPA to Release Fracking Rule Today

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 6:54 am

The EPA will announce the first federal rules against fracking. Curiously, however, the rules have nothing to do with the Clean Water Act, but seek to reduce the air pollution around fracking sites. This is also a problem, but most of the attention around the corrosive side effects of fracking has revolved around water contamination. [...]

EPA Releases Groundbreaking Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 12:14 pm

The EPA has been under assault from the GOP for the past year, and this has led to some uncomfortable rollbacks and compromises. The Administration’s cancellation of new ozone standards was particularly galling. But today, the EPA came through with new rules on mercury and air toxics that will deliver massive public health benefits, in [...]

Boxer Wants Clean Air Groups to Sue White House Over Ozone Rules

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 9:35 am

The Obama Administration environmental agenda has underwhlemed progressive supporters over the past week, to say the least. The rollback of ozone regulations will keep the country on a 1997 standard, worse than what the Bush Administration proposed in the waning days of his second term, and will lead to more asthma cases, more public health [...]

BREAKING: Regulations Have Nothing to Do With Job Creation

By: Friday September 2, 2011 10:51 am

In the wake of the President’s delay of an update to federal ozone regulations, something his own EPA Administrator has described as “legally indefensible” in the recent past, I wonder if the Administration talked to any actual business owners and not trade groups for multinational corporations like the Chamber of Commerce before committing to this. [...]

Obama Delays Ozone Rule, Giving in to Regulatory Rollback Demanded By GOP

By: Friday September 2, 2011 9:30 am

The Obama Administration has decided to delay new ozone standards which the EPA had already written, claiming that “the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty” outweighs clean air. In a statement, the President writes that “I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time,” [...]

EPA/TVA Clean Air Act Deal Will Eliminate 18 Coal-Fired Boilers

By: Friday April 15, 2011 1:16 pm

This looks like a pretty good deal between the EPA and the Tennessee Valley Authority: The Tennessee Valley Authority agreed Thursday to mothball 18 coal-fired boilers and spend as much as $5 billion on new pollution controls in a far-reaching deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to settle Clean Air Act complaints. The TVA [...]

EPA: The Clean Air Act Cleans the Air

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 12:34 pm

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson appeared before Fred Upton’s House Energy and Commerce Committee and made the mistake of introducing facts into the discussion of whether or not to gut the Clean Air Act. From her opening statement: The bill appears to be part of a broader effort in this Congress to delay, weaken, or eliminate [...]

House Republicans Seek Ban on EPA Regulations of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By: Friday January 21, 2011 7:33 am

With health care repeal out of the way, House Republicans will now try to please their constituents with another rollback, this time of EPA regulations. And when I say “constituents,” I mean the energy lobby. Top staff members for key House and Senate Republicans met in a closed-door session Tuesday with energy industry interests to [...]

EPA Sets Long Process for Greenhouse Gas Regulation

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 8:23 am

The EPA has announced two timelines for the regulation of greenhouse gases at utilities and refineries. The timelines will not set final rules for regulation until May 2012 for power plants, and November 2012 for refineries, delaying the mandated reduction of greenhouse gases for up to two years. These two stationary sources – power plants [...]

EPA Still Focused on Carbon Regulation

By: Wednesday October 6, 2010 10:11 am

The EPA’s Lisa Jackson is basically the most important person in America, and probably in the world, on carbon reduction in the atmosphere. And her foot remains on the accelerator, despite criticism from the right. EPA carbon regulation was always the threat to get Congress to the table on a climate solution. Now that the [...]

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