Category: EPA

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** The Supreme Court opened the door Monday to new, broad challenges to regulations long after they take effect, the third blow in a week to federal agencies,reported the Associated Press. The justices ruled 6-3 in favor of a truck stop in North Dakota that wants to sue over a regulation on debit card swipe fees that …

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EPA finally settles lawsuit over 2015 Gold King mine blowout

  It was nine years ago when an EPA project in southern Colorado led to the disastrous event that became known as the Gold King Mine blowout, where millions of gallons of acid mine waste were released in to the Animas River. It not only caused an environmental disaster in Southern Colorado but in New …

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** A union that represents Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees issued its first political endorsement Tuesday: Supporting President Biden’s reelection. The union, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Council 238, represents 8,000 EPA employees, including engineers, lawyers and inspectors. ** Leaders of five national environmental organizations criticized New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s (D) controversial decision to …

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Corn growers, oil producers and truckers file suit against EPA’s tailpipe rule

  One of the latest lawsuits against the Biden administration over its controversial tailpipe emissions rule comes from an unlikely alliance of oil, corn industry lobby groups and truckers. They’ve filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to dramatically cut planet-warming tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks. The top lobby groups for oil and …

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Biofuels refineries rank close to oil refineries for polluting the air

  The biofuels plants we heard and read so much about in Iowa, Illinois and other corn-producing states might not be as helpful for the environment as supporters contend—at least based on a study by one environmental group. They might be emitting as many harmful polllutants as oil refineries. A new report by the Environmental Integrity …

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** The U.S. is as many as 15 years behind China on developing high-tech nuclear power as Beijing’s state-backed technology approach and extensive financing give it the edge, a report said on Monday. China has 27 nuclear reactors under construction with average construction timelines of about seven years, far faster than other countries, said the study by …

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** Oil lobbyist groups American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Texas Oil & Gas Association have filed suit over the Biden administration’s efforts to move the country to electric vehicles. They’re challenging the EPA rule to shift new car sales to EVs. ** More than 1,000 diesel-powered cargo trucks — which …

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Senators try to block Biden administration’s new power plant rules

    Oklahoma U.S. Sens. James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin were among those who stepped up to the plate in fighting the Biden administration’s new EPA regulations intended to shut down American power plants. They filed a Congressional Review Act joint resolution of disapproval. The resolution comes after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its …

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** During a 2.5 hour hearing before Congress, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm maintained UFOs reported around nuclear plants were “drones” but she also admitted her department works with the Joint Special Operations Command, an admission that raised eyebrows. ** Federal regulators have authorized the Mountain Valley Pipeline to begin operating following years of controversy that …

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** A project centered in Utah is being developed to make cleaner ammonia with help from an unlikely source: nuclear energy. It’s a project that, if scaled, could eliminate the more than 1% of global carbon pollution production that is generated from ammonia-making, according to the Innovation News Network. **  Solar accounted for 75% of electricity generation capacity added …

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