EPA “Good Neighbor” Interstate Pollution Rule Overturned By DC Circuit Court

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 6:58 am

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court, voting 2-1 on partisan lines, has struck down the EPA’s “good neighbor” air pollution rule, which attempted to protect Eastern states from upwind pollution from Midwest and Southern states via tougher pollution laws. A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a key Obama administration air pollution rule [...]

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. [...]

Fight Over Fracking in New York State Among Top Issues for 2012

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 11:01 am

I’m saving my “What to Look for in 2012″ listicle for tomorrow, but one of the issues that may not make the list, but which is terribly important, is the battle in the states over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 2011 was the year when this issue finally bubbled up to the surface (pardon the pun) [...]

EPA Shrinks From Fight with Republicans

By: Friday December 10, 2010 12:37 pm

I think I mentioned this a couple days ago, but it’s a significant development, so let me do it again. Basically any movement on fighting pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions, will come from the EPA, over the next two years at least. In such an environment, it’s crucial that the EPA actually fulfills its mission [...]

EPA Begins Power Plant Regulation

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 7:55 am

In a harbinger of what could result from effective regulation to power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA announced yesterday a set of regulations for other power plant pollutants. The targets of EPA’s proposed rule are not greenhouse gases, but two unhealthy toxins released into air when coal is burned — sulfur dioxide (SO2) and [...]

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