Category: EPA

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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NGL reaches lawsuit settlement with EPA

Tulsa’s NGL Energy Partners LP has reached an agreement with the EPA over a lawsuit brought by the government against one of the company’s subsidiaries involved in biofuel production in Iowa. The company said the settlement remains subject to final approval by the court. The Environmental Protection Agency filed suit against NGL Crude Logistics LL …

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Wyandotte Nation gets EPA grant to fight water pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $33,000 to the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to implement nonpoint source and watershed-based plans management programs to control polluted runoff. “This grant provides support to Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to achieve better protection and restoration of their water resources,” said Regional Administrator Anne Idsal. “Working with our state and …

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EPA said to be considering more Biofuels exemptions for small refinery operators

The Environmental Protection Agency apparently isn’t finished with exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard for small refiners in Oklahoma and other states. Months after recently-resigned EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt tripled the number of exemptions to the small refiners, the EPA is now reported to be considering whether to give them partial exemptions. Politico’s Morning Energy …

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