Category: EPA

Dems accuse EPA of illegally destroying water records in Kansas

  Democrats in charge of the U.S. House Transportation Committee are pushing ahead with a probe into claims that the EPA might have illegally destroyed Kansas water quality records even though the EPA and another federal agency say the claims are “baseless” and proven wrong. Rep. Peter DeFazio, (D-Ore.), chairman of the committee and Water …

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Regional EPA Administrator addresses methane emissions rollbacks

  The administrator over the Environmental Protection Agency region that covers Oklahoma and Texas says the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era methane emissions rules will save millions for the oil and gas industry. Ken McQueen is the Region Six administrator and addressed the rollback during a weekly Oilfield Strong webinar. The Midland Reporter-Telegram reported that …

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Senators demand answers from EPA about creation of Obama era methane emissions rules

  While environmentalists have led legal challenges to many moves by the Trump administration’s EPA, some U.S. Senators, led by Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, are using the same tactic in challenging Obama-era rules and regulations of methane emissions from oil and gas operations. In short, they’re turning the table on the Obama rules and …

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Don’t include Pruitt among former EPA administrators wanting “reset” of agency

  Scott Pruitt wasn’t among them but at least six former Environmental Protection Agency Administrators have called for a “reset” of the EPA following the Trump administration’s regulation reduction steps. Pruitt, the former Oklahoma Attorney General who was named EPA Administrator in 2017 only to resign in July of 2018 amidst a political scandal did …

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Superfund site in Collinsville is cleaned up and set to be removed from EPA list

  State and federal environmental officials have announced they want to remove a longtime Collinsville pollution site removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List for Superfund sites. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA say remediation and cleanup of the former Tulsa Fuel and Manufacturing Superfund site has been completed and …

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Inhofe butts heads with EPA leaders

  Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe finds himself somewhat at odds with the EPA Administrator over the National Defense Authorization Act. US Senators earlier this week agreed to incorporate amendments to their version of the NDAA, S. 4049 (116), that would impose additional sanctions on the Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 2 pipeline, boost carbon capture and sequestration technologies, promote advanced nuclear technologies and extend the popular …

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EPA reopens Washington headquarters after COVID-19 pandemic

  The EPA is reopening its Washington headquarters on June 23, according to an internal email sent Thursday night. Employees will “have the option to return to the office,” wrote Donna Vizian, the Environmental Protection Agency’s principal deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Mission Support. The reopening also applies to the EPA’s satellite office …

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Small oil refineries seek EPA waivers from biofuels mandates

  Oil refineries have filed 52 new, so-called gap year petitions to EPA seeking economic hardship designations from the Renewable Fuel Standard for years going back to 2011. The retroactive petitions mark an effort by companies to make them eligible to receive waivers freeing them from current biofuel blending requirements. EPA’s small refinery exemption dashboard was …

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EPA seeks expedited review for methane rollback

  Current methane pollution rules for new oil and gas wells are a step closer to being revoked by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA sent its final rule this week revoking the pollution rules to the Office of Management and Budget for review. The rule is Reg. 2060-AT90  the agency said in a court filing this week that …

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EPA leader strips some environmental power from states

  Under a move this week by Environmental Protection Agency Chief Andrew Wheeler, the permit process used by New York and New Jersey denying Tulsa’s Williams Cos. a major natural gas line project will no longer be allowed. Wheeler signed a rule that limits state powers to block some energy infrastructure projects as the Northeast …

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