Category: EPA

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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EPA Administrator to testify before Sen. Inhofe and others

Could be some fireworks this week when Environmental Protection Agency Administrator  Andrew Wheeler testifies before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Democrats who are critical of the Trump administration’s handling of the EPA are sure to ask some highly critical questions of Wheeler and his running of the agency. Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim …

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What EPA won’t do, Colorado officials say they will do

While the Environmental Protection Agency is backing away from enforcing many of the nation’s environmental laws, health officials in Colorado say they will enforce the laws concerning air and water pollution. “At a time when everyone in Colorado is rallying to fight the spread of a serious respiratory illness, it would be unacceptable for us …

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EPA won’t release pictures of Scott Pruitt’s soundproof phone booth

One environmental news organization reports the EPA is refusing to reveal a photograph of one of former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s more controversial projects—his “privacy booth” created to protect his phone calls. E and E news says EPA officials claim that releasing a picture of it  could violate someone’s privacy or put someone’s life at …

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Science advisory board says EPA’s WOTUS rewrite isn’t based on science

A rewrite by the Trump administration’s EPA of the Obama administration’s WOTUS rules has been criticized by an agency advisory panel. The rules, rewritten in January were heavily criticized by Oklahoma farmers and ranchers as well as members of Congress. But the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) said this week some of the changes in the …

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