Category: EPA

EPA announces reversal of biofuel mandate policy

Small petroleum refineries in 2020 will get partial exemptions from biofuel blending requirements rather than approval or denial of full exemptions according to an announcement made this week by the EPA. It is a reversal of the agency’s approach and is a move that will maintain minimum volumes of biofuel to be blended into the …

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Environmentalists complain of EPA’s latest cleanup of Tar Creek Pollution

  Environmentalists express disappointment in the EPA’a newest proposed plan to clean up the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeast Oklahoma. The Tulsa World  reports the Remedial Investigation Report left critics hoping for more. Click here to read the story.  

EPA signs off on Arkansas’ regional haze plan

EPA has given final approval to an Arkansas regional haze reduction plan that rolls back Obama-era requirements for sulfur dioxide scrubbers on two high-polluting power plants. “States are best suited to run their clean-air programs, and Arkansas’ clean air plan gives our state partner the flexibility needed to improve its air quality,” EPA Region 6 …

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Private firm acquires EPA Regional headquarters building in KC

The building where the Region 7 headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency are located in Lenexa, Kansas has a new owner. Washington, D.C.-based Easterly Government Properties announced its acquisition of the 169,585-square foot building. The EPA is the only tenant in the GSA-leased office building. The company did not disclose details of its purchase. The …

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Iowa corn farmers still in shock over EPA decision

  The move by the EPA to grant 31 hardship waivers for oil refiners from requirements to blend biofuels into their gasoline continues sending a shock wave among Iowa corn farmers. As POLITICO’s Morning Energy Report noted this week, Iowa politicians remain in disbelief while Democratic Presidential candidates are attempting to take advantage of the …

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Oklahoman named to head EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office

The EPA has named Oklahoman W. Scott Mason IV to be the agency’s new director for the American Indian Environmental Office in the EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs. A Citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Scott is a 5th generation western Oklahoman. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The University of Oklahoma. …

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EPA says RFS waivers are ‘confidential’

The EPA will not identify the 31 refineries that received renewable fuel stand waivers announced last week. The waivers were from annual renewable volume obligations and created more bipartisan pressure from corn and oil states on the Trump administration. EPA’s announcement included the rejection of six other exemption applications, along with a statement of intent …

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Governor rips EPA over pollution at New Mexico Air Force Bases

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is accusing the Trump EPA of failing to uphold the agency’s mission of protecting public health and the environment after it refused to help the state in its lawsuit against the Air Force over major PFAS contamination at two Air Force bases according to POLITICO’s Morning Energy Report. In …

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Ada research center supported by Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in support of the of the new Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada, Oklahoma. In late June, the Environmental Protection Agency announced …

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Corn growers complain about EPA’s new renewable fuels standards

Corn growers are unhappy with the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement to increase the minimum requirements for renewable fuels beginning in 2020. The National Corn Growers Association accused the EPA of making changes to help refineries rather than corn growers. And it complained the EPA failed to account for lost volumes due to refinery exemptions. “We …

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