Category: EPA

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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Democrats complain about EPA’s Chief of Staff

The actions of Oklahoman Ryan Jackson, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and now Chief of Staff at the EPA prompted the chairmen of two House committees to complain to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. In a letter to Wheeler, Democrats Eddie Bernice Johnson who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology …

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EPA Watchdog scolds Scott Pruitt

Almost 20 months after former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt resigned as administrator of the EPA in the Trump administration, Democrats are still hounding him and holding him up for criticism. So is the EPA’s watchdog. In the past week, the EPA’s Inspector General released a report stating the EPA violated two executive orders in …

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EPA coal ash rules rollback won’t affect Oklahoma

The decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back 2015 Obama administration rules targeting the storage and disposal of coal ash will apparently have no impact on enforcement in Oklahoma. At least that’s the indication from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality which was put in charge of the coal ash enforcement in 2018, …

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EPA formally rolls back Obama-era coal ash rules

The Environmental Protection Agency is rolling back Obama administration rules governing the storage and disposal of coal ash, rules intended to prevent the toxic waste from getting into waterways. The rules were implemented in 2015 and required energy plants that burned coal to dispose of the powder by using wastewater treatment technology. At the time, …

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Abandoned metal yard in Henryetta could soon be a Superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a former metal salvage yard at Henryetta, Oklahoma could soon become a priority Superfund site. The Henryetta Iron and Metal site, comprised of three acres was tested by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality which found the soils, groundwater and a nearby creek are contaminated with metals, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and …

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EPA announces reversal of biofuel mandate policy

Small petroleum refineries in 2020 will get partial exemptions from biofuel blending requirements rather than approval or denial of full exemptions according to an announcement made this week by the EPA. It is a reversal of the agency’s approach and is a move that will maintain minimum volumes of biofuel to be blended into the …

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Environmentalists complain of EPA’s latest cleanup of Tar Creek Pollution

  Environmentalists express disappointment in the EPA’a newest proposed plan to clean up the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeast Oklahoma. The Tulsa World  reports the Remedial Investigation Report left critics hoping for more. Click here to read the story.  

EPA signs off on Arkansas’ regional haze plan

EPA has given final approval to an Arkansas regional haze reduction plan that rolls back Obama-era requirements for sulfur dioxide scrubbers on two high-polluting power plants. “States are best suited to run their clean-air programs, and Arkansas’ clean air plan gives our state partner the flexibility needed to improve its air quality,” EPA Region 6 …

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