Category: EPA

EPA leader says court ruling could affect small refinery program

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has reacted to last month’s Denver Federal Appeals court ruling that applied to a southern Oklahoma refinery that had received an exemption from the Renewable Fuel Standard. Wheeler said over the weekend the ruling that stated the EPA exceeded its authority in exempting three oil refineries, one of which is in …

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EPA showdown in Denver

A showdown in the west will take place Tuesday in Denver over the Trump administration’s efforts to revamp the National Environmental Policy Act, changes that environmentalists consider harmful. The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a hearing at its regional headquarters in Denver on a plan to speed up commercial development in the White River National …

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EPA clears Roundup in causing cancer

An announcement by the EPA could mean a setback for the handful of Oklahomans who have filed federal lawsuits blaming Roundup’s manufacturer for causing their cancers. The Environmental Protection Agency announced it finished a regulatory review and found that glyphosate, the most widely-used weed killer in the U.S. is not a carcinogen. It reaffirms the …

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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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