Category: EPA

Danger of ‘forever chemicals’ leads to criminal probes

From fire-fighting foam used at Air Force bases in Oklahoma and across the U.S. to sticky notes to the shoes we wear….they involve PFAS chemicals and now have led to criminal investigations involving the EPA. Bloomberg Environment reports it’s the latest twist involving what are called “forever chemicals.” The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged the probes in …

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Denver court ruling leads to EPA reduction of waivers to ethanol blending

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will drastically reduce the number of exemptions granted to small refineries seeking to cut their 2020 ethanol blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The announcement comes after a Denver federal court ruling in January said the EPA exceeded its authority in exempting three oil refineries including one in …

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Infighting by environmentalists over Scott Pruitt directive

Environmentalists are still fighting over decisions made when Scott Pruitt was Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. They wanted him out of office and got their wish, but now can’t decide on one topic of contention. POLITICO’s Morning Energy Report says the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council can’t agree on what to do after …

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Congressman reacts to President’s proposed slashing of EPA Superfund budget

  While President Trump’s proposed budget includes cutting $2.4 billion from the EPA, including its Superfund program, Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin suggests it’s only a proposal and might not become a reality. It’s what he said in response to the President’s plan to slash funding for the Superfund program that monitors and administers the cleanup …

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Groups demand EPA do something about drifting smog

Pollution from out-of-state power plants, like the smoke from Texas power plants drifting over southern Oklahoma is at the heart of a federal lawsuit filed Friday against the Environmental Protection Agency. The lawsuit wants the EPA to clamp down on pollution that has worsened smog problems in 22 states. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. …

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EPA leader says court ruling could affect small refinery program

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has reacted to last month’s Denver Federal Appeals court ruling that applied to a southern Oklahoma refinery that had received an exemption from the Renewable Fuel Standard. Wheeler said over the weekend the ruling that stated the EPA exceeded its authority in exempting three oil refineries, one of which is in …

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EPA showdown in Denver

A showdown in the west will take place Tuesday in Denver over the Trump administration’s efforts to revamp the National Environmental Policy Act, changes that environmentalists consider harmful. The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a hearing at its regional headquarters in Denver on a plan to speed up commercial development in the White River National …

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EPA clears Roundup in causing cancer

An announcement by the EPA could mean a setback for the handful of Oklahomans who have filed federal lawsuits blaming Roundup’s manufacturer for causing their cancers. The Environmental Protection Agency announced it finished a regulatory review and found that glyphosate, the most widely-used weed killer in the U.S. is not a carcinogen. It reaffirms the …

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Union sues over EPA’s reversal of chemical safety rule

The decision by the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency to reverse parts of a chemical safety rule implemented by former President Barack Obama has led to a lawsuit filed by the United Steelworkers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The rule was in response to the 2013 West, Texas fertilizer …

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EPA puts Georgia in charge of coal ash cleanup

Georgia will follow Oklahoma in becoming only the second state to be allowed to operate its own coal ash permitting program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made the announcement and coincides with the agency’s plan to issue new federal permits for coal ash disposal, a move that could save $1 million a year. The new …

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