Category: EPA

Former electrical transformer plant removed from EPA Superfund list

While the EPA still has Superfund sites in Oklahoma, it is removing a site in Greenville, Texas from its list of polluted areas. The former Esco Manufacturing Plant site is being removed from the Superfund National Priorities List, according to an announcement by the Environmental Protection agency. A statement issued by the EPA and the …

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Eufaula gets federal grant to fix pollution problems

Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a grant to Team Up to Clean Up to create 4 acres of wetland habitat to mitigate pollution from stormwater runoff and flooding from the City of Eufaula, OK. The project will improve water quality in Lake Eufaula and …

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EPA proposal to allow new uses for asbestos angers critics

While the use of asbestos has been limited in the past, the government is considering new uses for the material suspected of causing cancer and other diseases. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules that could allow for new uses of the product that once was widely used in the construction of homes and office …

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Bold Nebraska Attacks Keystone XL Draft Environmental Assessment

The U.S. Department of State recently published its Draft Environmental Assessment for the Keystone XL Pipeline Mainline Alternative Route in Nebraska and at least one coalition has expressed vehement opposition to the proposal. Bold Nebraska, a progressive grassroots political advocacy group, has numerous points of contention. The coalition asserts the plan minimizes the impact of …

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Friendlier reception at Senate Committee for Scott Pruitt’s replacement at EPA

The atmosphere of Andrew Wheeler as Acting EPA administrator compared to the days of Scott Pruitt being in charge of the giant agency are vastly different. And it was clear this week when Wheeler went before Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and others on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Wheeler was previously a …

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Appeals Court says EPA got it right in ruling about windy days around Lamar,Colorado

A southeast Colorado man who suffers a lung condition and sued the Environmental Protection Agency claiming it wrongly certified the state’s compliance with air quality standards has lost his case with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Robert Ukeiley lives in Lamar where the winds blow nearly constantly and create dust storms …

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Nominee to run Superfund cleanup draws intense scrutiny over his past

  Nominated by the Trump White House to run the EPA’s Superfund toxic cleanup program, attorney Peter C. Wright is drawing a lot of scrutiny. It’s because he once was the lawyer  who called himself the “dioxin lawyer” for Dow Chemical headquartered in Midland, Michigan. It was March when President Trump nominated him to be …

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Inhofe and others ask new EPA Chief not to make changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and others on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are encouraging Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler against retroactively reallocating the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “In recent weeks, media reports indicated that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considered a proposal to retroactively reallocate the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance obligations …

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NGL hopes settlement over RIN fight with EPA is finished

A fight over blended fuels in Iowa will result in a company later acquired by NGL Energy Partners LP of Tulsa paying an estimated $35 million over a 12-month period to satisfy the Environmental Protection Agency. NGL has been fighting the EPA since 2016.  The company acquired Gavilon Energy which was accused by the EPA …

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Environmentalists slam Pruitt and accuse him of going ‘soft’ on Oklahoma oil and gas companies

  Scott Pruitt is no longer head of the Environmental Protection Agency and he’s still  targeted by environmentalists and left-leaning news organizations. The latest report contends he was “soft” on Oklahoma-based oil and gas companies while he ran the EPA and cracked down on firms in other states. The Sierra Club, the Environmental Integrity Project …

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