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New federal rules do more good than harm to the economy, says OMB

April 29, 2013

The benefits outweighed costs of most of the major rules and regulations that federal agencies issued last year, according to a report released yesterday by the White House.

The Office of Management and Budget is required to provide a report to Congress each year on the costs and benefits...

EPA finds State Dept.'s latest Keystone review 'insufficient'

April 26, 2013

U.S. EPA says the State Department's latest review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline contains "insufficient information" on several fronts, including greenhouse gas emissions, alternative routes and the consequences of a potential spill of diluted bitumen, which the pipeline would carry...

States, cities ask Supreme Court to review cross-state air pollution ruling

April 26, 2013

Nine states, five cities and the District of Columbia yesterday urged the Supreme Court to grant U.S. EPA's request to review a lower court decision that throw out its regulations for air pollution that drifts across state lines.

Led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), the...

Industry seeks Supreme Court review of landmark GHG ruling

April 22, 2013

An industry coalition asked the Supreme Court yesterday to review a lower court ruling upholding U.S. EPA's regulations to address climate change.

Led by the American Chemistry Council, the trade associations petitioned the high court to reconsider the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

As ozone increases, so do doctor visits for residents in Wyo. county

April 17, 2013

A new health study has found that spikes in ground-level ozone concentrations in a heavily drilled county in west-central Wyoming result in more people visiting doctor's offices with respiratory complaints.

The 32-page study, conducted primarily by researchers with the Centers for Disease...

EPA will delay rule limiting carbon emissions from new power plants

April 16, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it would delay issuance of a new rule limiting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from new power plants after the electric power industry objected on legal and technical grounds.

The rule, proposed a year ago and...

Navajo debate lease renewal for coal power plant

April 16, 2013

Navajo legislators in Arizona are considering an extension of their lease on a coal-fired power plant, sparking debate in the community.

The new 25-year lease would expire in 2044 and increase payments to the Navajo Nation from $3 million to more than $40 million annually.

But some...

Industry, greens face off over methane rules for drill sites

April 9, 2013

Environmentalists and natural gas producers agree that without better information about the amount of methane that is vented from natural gas systems, the climate implications of more gas production and use are hard to quantify.

But industry advocates say federal regulators should hold...

Export opponents threaten lawsuit over coal dust pollution

April 5, 2013

Groups opposed to increased coal exports from the Pacific Northwest today threatened to sue BNSF Railway Co. and several coal companies over allegations of coal dust pollution from moving trains.

The Sierra Club joined conservation groups Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper,...

EPA says cross-state ruling would 'gravely undermine' Clean Air Act enforcement

April 3, 2013

If an appeals court ruling throwing out U.S. EPA's cross-state air pollution rule stands, it will have "serious adverse consequences" for air quality in the United States, the agency told the Supreme Court on Friday.

EPA, along with public health groups, is asking the high court to review...

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