Category: EPA

EPA watchdog says agency should recover excessive expenses by Scott Pruitt

Nearly a year after Scott Pruitt resigned as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he is still hounded by the scandals that led to his departure.  The latest is a call by the EPA’s inspector general to have the EPA  recover “excessive” expenses by Pruitt. The IG recommended the EPA consider recovering $124,000 in …

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Senators urge EPA to lower Renewable Fuel Standards

In advance of the upcoming proposed rulemaking for the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) led a letter urging Administrator Wheeler to reset conventional biofuel to reflect market realities. The letter was signed by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Shelley …

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EPA thinks improvements are made at Tar Creek Superfund Site—Environmentalists think otherwise

Environmental groups aren’t as easily convinced as administrators of the EPA are about improvements of Oklahoma’s Tar Creek Superfund Site. Their skepticism comes after the EPA recently announced the removal of the site from the agency’s Administrators Emphasis Lists. The agency indicated Tar Creek had reached “important milestones.” But Rebecca Jim, executive director of the …

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Feds shake their heads ‘no’ to a Scott Pruitt bill at the EPA

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt still has some issues nagging him back in Washington where he left amidst some ethics scandals. Federal ethics officials are balking at a $50-a-night Washington condo deal by Pruitt, the former Oklahoma Attorney General. The Associated Press reported the Office of Government Ethics said in a finding posted recently that …

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Gift records reveal what Scott Pruitt received while head of EPA

From POLITICO’s Morning Energy Report—more information about former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: REQUIRED READING? Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt received at least six unsolicited copies of “The Lorax” and four of “Global Warming for Dummies” but donated them, according to gift records released Monday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The documents, obtained in response to …

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EPA proposes final cleanup plan for Oklahoma’s Tar Creek Superfund Site

The Environmental Protection Agency announced this week it intends to spend $16 million a year on cleanup of Oklahoma’s Tar Creek Superfund Site. Working with the State and the Quapaw Nation, the EPa intends to open a five-year draft plan for goals of cleanup for a 30-day public review this summer. It will be the …

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They’re still bashing Scott Pruitt on Capitol Hill

Scott Pruitt’s been gone eight months as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and some on Capitol Hill are still taking his name in vain. The latest example was reported by POLITICO’s Morning Energy report and quoted an Iowa U.S. Senator. GRASSLEY HAMMERS ‘FIRED PRUITT’ OVER SMALL REFINER EXEMPTIONS: Sen. Chuck Grassley lacerated former EPA Administrator Scott …

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Two-day EPA hearing on Clean Water Act proposals

More than 100 speakers were scheduled to be heard by the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday and Thursday as it holds a public hearing in Kansas City. The hearing is on the Trump administration’s plans to scale back the number of streams and wetlands receiving federal protection under the Clean Water Act. Among the speakers …

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EPA nominee under pressure from oil-state senators

Five oil-state senators are putting the pressure on Andrew Wheeler, the man nominated to permanently replace Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Senators are not a part of the move. Instead five Republican Senators, Ted Cruz of Texas, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana …

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EPA reports lowest number of pollution penalties in a decade

The Environmental Protection Agency reported the lowest number of penalties in 2018 in more than a decade. The agency confirmed it had assessed lower penalties for violations of pollution laws. The EPA stated it obtained a total of $3.95 billion in injunctive relief in fiscal 2018 which was the lowest amount in 15 years. One …

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