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Obama picks McCarthy to lead EPA, Moniz for DOE

March 4, 2013

President Obama plans to announce his nomination of U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy to lead the agency and MIT physicist Ernest Moniz to lead the Department of Energy, a White House official said this morning.

If confirmed by the Senate, the two would play critical roles in...

Uinta Basin ozone should trigger EPA crackdown, groups say

March 4, 2013

Regulators already know they need to crack down on ozone pollution in the Uinta Basin, so why, environmental and health groups ask, are they waiting?

High pollution days this winter, coupled with a scientific report on the basin’s ozone problem, confirm federal standards for protecting...

Data battles muddle solutions for cleaner Utah air

February 27, 2013

War has erupted between clean-air activists and state leaders, with the battleground being the data driving decisions about Utah’s air quality.

In a winter marked by weeks of frigid smog smothering northern Utah’s valleys and by more scratchy throats, stinging eyes and asthma attacks than...

‘Green’ strategists hired by coal companies to push train proposals

February 27, 2013

As executive director of Washington Conservation Voters, Bruce Gryniewski helped shape the organization into one of the state’s most influential environmental groups.

Five years after leaving for a consulting firm, Gryniewski has resurfaced as a player in one of the biggest environmental...

Justices decline to hear 3 enviro, energy cases

February 27, 2013

The Supreme Court today declined to hear a case challenging U.S. Forest Service rules restricting the use of motor vehicles in Eldorado National Forest.

In Public Lands for the People v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, miners and prospectors hoped the court would overturn a 9th U.S....

Calif. lawmaker takes polarizing enviro measure off the table

February 24, 2013

California legislative leaders are withdrawing a controversial proposal to reduce the scope of the state's premier environmental law.

The president of the state Senate backed away yesterday from a proposal to shield projects from lawsuits under the California Environmental Quality Act,...

EPA explains why it didn't tighten acid-rain standards

February 24, 2013

Responding to a challenge from environmental groups, U.S. EPA yesterday defended its decision to not set a more stringent air standard for pollutants that contribute to acid rain.

EPA last April opted not to tighten its secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for nitrogen oxides...

Removing Colo. uranium tailings would cost $895 million, company says

February 21, 2013

Cotter Corp. has told Colorado public health overseers it would cost more than $895 million to remove the 15 million tons of radioactive uranium tailings from the company's dismantled mill along the Arkansas River.

Disposing of the tailings elsewhere would require 455 trucks a day for 5½...

Study finds O&G causing thick ozone in eastern Utah

February 21, 2013

Leaders still aren’t sure what to do about the Uinta Basin’s odd winter ozone problem even though it’s clear now that emissions from the oil and gas industry are causing the pollution.

"There is so much we have learned, but there is so much more we need to learn," said Uintah County...

EPA, N.M. haze deal requires coal-fired power plant's shift to gas

February 19, 2013

New Mexico's largest electricity provider will shutter two coal-fired units and burn natural gas at the San Juan Generating Station in the Four Corners area under a tentative agreement between the state and U.S. EPA over a long-disputed regional haze cleanup plan.

Gov. Susana Martinez (R...

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