Category: EPA

Oklahoman named to head EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office

The EPA has named Oklahoman W. Scott Mason IV to be the agency’s new director for the American Indian Environmental Office in the EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs. A Citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Scott is a 5th generation western Oklahoman. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The University of Oklahoma. …

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EPA says RFS waivers are ‘confidential’

The EPA will not identify the 31 refineries that received renewable fuel stand waivers announced last week. The waivers were from annual renewable volume obligations and created more bipartisan pressure from corn and oil states on the Trump administration. EPA’s announcement included the rejection of six other exemption applications, along with a statement of intent …

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Governor rips EPA over pollution at New Mexico Air Force Bases

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is accusing the Trump EPA of failing to uphold the agency’s mission of protecting public health and the environment after it refused to help the state in its lawsuit against the Air Force over major PFAS contamination at two Air Force bases according to POLITICO’s Morning Energy Report. In …

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Ada research center supported by Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in support of the of the new Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada, Oklahoma. In late June, the Environmental Protection Agency announced …

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Corn growers complain about EPA’s new renewable fuels standards

Corn growers are unhappy with the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement to increase the minimum requirements for renewable fuels beginning in 2020. The National Corn Growers Association accused the EPA of making changes to help refineries rather than corn growers. And it complained the EPA failed to account for lost volumes due to refinery exemptions. “We …

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EPA reviewing Scott Pruitt decision of Alaska mine

At least one official in the Environmental Protection Agency believes former Administrator and ex-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt might have violated a legal settlement involving a proposed mine in Alaska. As Politico’s Morning Energy Report revealed, the EPA has started attempts to reverse an Obama-era bid to block the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska. A …

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Inhofe and other GOP Senators fight Democrats targeting refineries

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and a handful of other Republican Senators are urging the EPA  to help block the efforts of Democratic Senators who have launched a move to roll back President Trump’s energy independence accomplishments, especially those designed to help small refineries in the country. Joining Inhofe in the call were: Ted Cruz …

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Pruitt’s Superfund site plans cleared by IG’s report

The Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency is giving a clean bill of health to how a 2017 Superfund Task force created by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt performed its duties. And a new report downplays concerns of environmentalists that Pruitt would play politics with Superfund sites. “The EPA complied with applicable laws and …

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Former EPA administrators line up to testify

Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin and others on a subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee will hear Tuesday from former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Oversight and Investigations subcommittee plans the hearing entitled “Critical Mission: Former Administrators Address the Direction of the EPA.” The hearing will focus on how Democratic leadership …

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EPA’s Inspector General closes probe of Scott Pruitt

The Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency has formally closed its investigation into some of the allegations against former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. It issued no findings against Pruitt. The specific probe in question focused on allegations that Pruitt, the former Oklahoma Attorney General, misused his federal position for personal gain. The claims alleged …

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