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Walker says EPA should be limited 'umbrella organization'

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said Monday he would shift most of the responsibilities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state-based regulators, leaving the EPA to serve as an "umbrella...Show More Summary

Walker says EPA should be limited 'umbrella organization'

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should become an "umbrella organization," with most of its powers shifted to state regulators. The Wisconsin governor discussed...Show More Summary

The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel, Public workshop, Sacramento, 29 July 2015

Date & time: Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:00 to 11:30 AM Location: Environmental Protection Agency, Klamath Training Room, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95812 Ocean acidification and hypoxia, often coupled due to biological and oceanographic processes, have the potential for profound impacts to marine and coastal environments. Show More Summary

What Happened To Environmental Policy At The 2015 ALP National Conference

The "party that represents environmental protection" has given some details about how it will achieve ambitious new goals for renewable energy generation and left nuclear policy untouched. Thom Mitchell reports.

EPA Called On To Stop States From Permitting Polluting Facilities Through Discriminatory Processes

The US Environmental Protection Agency was recently called on to respond to a decade’s worth of complaints regarding discriminatory practices on the part of states issuing permits to polluting facilities sited in marginalized communities...Show More Summary

Compliance Strategies for Satisfying Clean Power Plan Requirements

By Matt Drews Next month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule, which regulates carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. While states may comply independently or work together to achieve Clean Power Plan goals, Navigant Consulting has found that states can substantially [...]

How Poverty Stunts Kids' Brain Development

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

When U.S. scientists confirmed that lead exposure from gasoline caused permanent mental disability, deafness and a host of other health problems, the Environmental Protection Agency acted swiftly in 1973, calling for the incrementalShow More Summary

U.S. proposes voluntary oil and gas company cuts in methane emissions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a program for oil and gas companies to make voluntary pledges to cut and track emissions of methane, one component of its wider strategy to target the potent greenhouse gas and combat climate change, the agency said Thursday.

New Study Emphasizes Need to Find and Fix Methane Leaks, Reveals Limits of Voluntary Action

A study published recently in Environmental Science & Technology confirms official figures from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that an enormous amount of methane, about 80 billion cubic feet per year, is escaping from key nodes along the nation’s natural gas interstate pipeline system. read more

Proposed Exxon Mobil settlement update

Where we are today in terms of the Department of Environmental Protection and ExxonMobil settlement should come as no surprise. Gov. Christie in 2010 appointed Bob Martin as the DEP Commissioner. Martin's background was consulting with large utility and energy companies in the U.S., Canada, U.K. Show More Summary

Despite Waging a 'War on Pollution,' China's Air Is Still Really Filthy

6 days agoNews : Vice News

A majority of China's cities are still suffering under unhealthy levels of air pollution as the country struggles to reach its pollution goals. China's Ministry of Environmental Protection announced last week that nearly 75 percent of major cities had air pollution levels above the national air quality standard in June, according to Reuters. Show More Summary

Solstice Refrigerant Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Global regulators are increasingly moving to phase out refrigerants that lead to global warming. On July 2, 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced landmark regulations that will phase out the use of many of the world’s most potent hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as R-404A, in a variety of applications. Show More Summary

Four things to look for in EPA's new voluntary methane reduction proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soon expected to propose its new "enhanced" Natural Gas STAR program, providing guidelines for oil and gas companies that want to voluntarily work to reduce their methane emissions. CallsShow More Summary

Tightening the Screws On Fracking

One of the most intractable problems of fracking is the threat its toxic, radioactive wastewater poses to our environment and our health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to prevent municipal wastewater treatment plants from accepting this hazardous wastewater is one important step toward a solution. Show More Summary

The Politics of a Warming Arctic

In 1991 eight “arctic nations” signed the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy, including Canada, the U.S. Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Russia. The AEPS identified six principal pollution issues: persistent organic pollutants, oil pollution, heavy metals, noise, radioactivity and acidification. read more

Coal Is Losing the War on Coal

There is, indeed, a war on coal going on. But while politicians and industry lobbyists tend to identify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration as coal’s chief antagonists, the array of forces facing the powerful black fuel is far greater. Show More Summary

EPA Chief Talks WOTUS with Corn Growers

Speaking to members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) meeting in Washington DC this week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy defended her agency’s Clean Water Rule, better known as WOTUS or Waters of the US. Show More Summary

New Coal Mining Environmental Rules Proposed

The US Interior Department has proposed new environmental regulations it says will prevent or minimize impacts to surface water and groundwater from coal mining. The proposed rule would protect about 6,500 miles of streams nationwide over a period of 20 years, the department says. The proposed Stream Protection Rule would revise three-decades-old regulations for coal […]

This Map Shows The Frightening Overlap Between Pollution and Poverty

The Enviornmental Protection Agency has a new tool called EJSCREEN, which lets you overlay the agency’s environmental data on a geographic map, along with layers of information showing poverty. The result is as depressing as you’d probably expect. Read more...

EPA chief calls for conservation partnerships. Ag Minute for July 16, 2015

The regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he is willing to allow states or other agencies to take the lead when they have programs that are working. Click here for full story.

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