Category: EPA

Pipeline Spill Leads to EPA Fine Against Williams Division in West Virginia

While Williams Cos. in Tulsa was dealing with the fallout from its merger with Energy Transfer Equity, one of its subsidiaries in West Virginia was being fined $14,440 by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA announced the fine on Wednesday aga…

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Inhofe Warns EPA Against Over-reacting to Calls to Ban Insecticides to Protect Nation’s Bees

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe is telling the EPA to proceed with prudence as it moves forward with public hearings on whether to possibly ban certain insecticides known as “neonics”‘ that might be harming the bee populations in the U.S. He suggests …

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More Proof of EPA Continuing to Use Private Email Servers to Avoid Openness

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton isn’t the only one accused of using private e-mail servers while with the U.S. government. The legal watchdog, Energy and Environment Legal Institute says a recent Freedom of Information Act request to …

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Oklahoma and Other States Want EPA to Start from Scratch on Suspended Mercury Rule

Oklahoma and 19 other states now want the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Environmental Protection Agency to start all over on a new mercury rule that resulted in last summer’s 5-4 ruling where the high court ruled the EPA failed to consider costs at a…

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Finger Pointing by Congress over Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

Democrats blamed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder while Republicans on a House committee blamed the EPA for the lead-poisoned waters in Flint, Michigan. It was a House Oversight committee hearing. Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell sits on the committee.
The Thursd…

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Ethanol Industry Rips Congress for Not Including It in Renewable Fuels Hearing

The ethanol industry isn’t happy that it was excluded from a U.S. House Oversight Subcommittee hearing this week to examine the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“Once again, no one from the U.S. biofuels industry wsa invited to testify, silencing a powerful v…

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Eleven States Warned by EPA for Not Filing Clean Air Act Reports

Eleven states are getting a warning from the Environmental Protection Agency for not submitting plans to lower sulfur dioxide pollution in what are called nonattainment areas identified a few years ago by the EPA.
The notice was filed in the Federal R…

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Attorney General Remains Confident of Lawsuit Against WOTUS

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt remains confident and optimistic about Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule. Oklahoma is one of more than 30 states that filed suit last year and the case i…

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Sen. Inhofe Challenges Acting Deputy Administrator of EPA

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe is using his position as chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to question the legal authority for Albert Stanley Meiburg to be serving as acting deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection …

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Texas Sues EPA for 24th Time in Obama Administration History

For a 24th time, the state of Texas has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a fight over the regulatory efforts of the Obama administration since 2009. This time, Texas filed suit over the Regional Haze State Implementation Plan or SIP, th…

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