Category: EPA

Drastic wastewater move considered by EPA

With the issue of earthquakes caused by increased wastewater well activity in northern Oklahoma and concern that the geology in West Texas is reaching capacity, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering a drastic move. Should it make changes to federal clean water regulations to allow oil and gas drillers to release wastewater directly into rivers …

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Senators fight year-round sale of E15 Ethanol

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is among a group of 20 Senators who are urging President Trump to reject the year-round sale of 15 percent ethanol by volume. He led the effort and was joined by Sen. James Lankford and others in sending a letter to the president about their concerns. “In recent months, media …

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Former Koch Industries exec lands job at EPA

Former Koch Industries executive David Dunlap has gone to work for the Environmental Protection Agency where he is the new deputy assistant administrator for research and development. He had been director of policy an regulatory affairs at the Wichita, Kansas based company since 2010. There he focused on water and chemical policy. He previously worked …

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NGL reaches lawsuit settlement with EPA

Tulsa’s NGL Energy Partners LP has reached an agreement with the EPA over a lawsuit brought by the government against one of the company’s subsidiaries involved in biofuel production in Iowa. The company said the settlement remains subject to final approval by the court. The Environmental Protection Agency filed suit against NGL Crude Logistics LL …

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Wyandotte Nation gets EPA grant to fight water pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $33,000 to the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to implement nonpoint source and watershed-based plans management programs to control polluted runoff. “This grant provides support to Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to achieve better protection and restoration of their water resources,” said Regional Administrator Anne Idsal. “Working with our state and …

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EPA said to be considering more Biofuels exemptions for small refinery operators

The Environmental Protection Agency apparently isn’t finished with exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard for small refiners in Oklahoma and other states. Months after recently-resigned EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt tripled the number of exemptions to the small refiners, the EPA is now reported to be considering whether to give them partial exemptions. Politico’s Morning Energy …

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EPA releases Scott Pruitt’s denial of receiving perks while head of the agency

Former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt says he never received any special gifts or perks while he was in office.  It’s what the Environmental Protection Agency says as it released the former Oklahoma Attorney General’s 2017 financial disclosure report. But the Associated Press reported there were some claimed perks that Pruitt did not claim in his …

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EPA grants $115,000 to Oklahoma’s Quapaw Tribe

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $115,000 to the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, as part of the General Assistance Program (GAP). The tribe will use the funds to administer their environmental program and assist in the development of multimedia programs to address environmental issues. “Supporting our tribal partners is essential in achieving sustained environmental protection …

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Pruitt’s trip to Rome cost more than reported

  Even after leaving office as Administrator of the EPA, Scott Pruitt continues to draw the ire of environmental groups. The latest is a report by the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project which says documents about Pruitt’s June 2017 trip to Italy cost taxpayers a third more than previously reported. It had previously been reported that …

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EPA to review Pruitt’s last major move at the agency

After releasing a report critical of the $3.5 million spent on round-the-clock security protection for former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,  the EPA’s Office of Inspector General isn’t finished with Pruitt’s actions. Next up? Glider vehicle emissions testing conducted by the EPA in 2017 under Pruitt. The audit follows complaints from Congressional Republicans that the agency …

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