Category: EPA

Out with the old—in with the new WOTUS Rule

Environmentalists and Obama-era administration supporters don’t like it, but the Trump administration’s EPA is out with a newly-revised Waters of the U.S. Act. The EPA’s Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler sees it as providing a clearer picture of what waters are regulated by the federal government and what are not. “The agency’s proposal would replace the …

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Inhofe says new EPA WOTUS rule was needed

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the United States rule, the one introduced by the Obama administration and immediately drew the ire of farm groups nationally, now has the support of those groups. It also has the support of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe because it replaces what he called the “flawed regulation of …

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Billionaire gave $50,000 to Scott Pruitt’s legal defense fund

Months after leaving the Environmental Protection Agency in disgrace, former Administrator and ex-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is back in the news. This time, it’s over the $50,000 he received from a Wisconsin billionaire who contributed to Pruitt’s legal defense fund created over the series of ethics violations alleged against him. Politico reported the donor, …

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Senate to hold confirmation hearing on EPA assistant administrator

One of the U.S. Senate hearings on Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe’s schedule this week is the nomination of Alexandra Dunn to be assistant administrator of the EPA. She was nominated in August and the hearing will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Oklahoma time. Dunn is the current regional administrator for the EPA’s Region 1 …

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Sen. Inhofe says Wheeler is “perfect choice” to head EPA

President Trump’s announcement that he will nominate Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to officially become the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. And it was a move that made Oklahoma U.S.  Sen. Jim Inhofe happy because Wheeler worked 14 years for him. “Andrew Wheeler is the perfect choice …

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EPA administrator indicted and arrested on ethics violations

An Environmental Protection Agency official has been arrested and charged with violating Alabama ethics laws. Trey Glenn is the regional director for the EPA’s southeast region and was indicted and accused of allegedly helping an Alabama law firm fight potential EPA actions to clean up contaminated sites on behalf of Drummond Co., which would be …

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Stillwater lab to share in EPA grant

A Stillwater company is receiving part of a $1.7 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency toward the development of new technologies to protect the environment. Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who is a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works announced he funding is going to Accurate Environmental Laboratories through …

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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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