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BLM will re-evaluate drilling plan on Colo.'s Roan Plateau

January 28, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management announced today it will go back to the drawing board and re-evaluate its decision to allow drilling in western Colorado's Roan Plateau, after a federal judge ruled last year that BLM failed to fully evaluate the impacts of drilling in the pristine region.

BLM...

Enviros sue over EPA temporary guidance on cross-state rule

January 24, 2013

Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit challenging U.S. EPA guidance provided to states to address air pollution that drifts across state lines, arguing that the agency is choosing to rely on an outdated and unlawful program.

At issue is a November 2012 memo that EPA air chief...

Wyo. gov. wants coal port proposals reviewed separately

January 24, 2013

Gov. Matt Mead said he doesn’t want to see the environmental analysis of the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Washington to be lumped together with other ports proposed in the Northwest for coal exports.

“I am troubled by suggestions that this project and other proposed terminals be lumped...

Obama admin offers defense of EPA mercury rule

January 23, 2013

The Obama administration has filed court papers outlining its legal argument in defense of U.S. EPA's mercury and air toxics rule, which is under attack from various states and industry groups.

The case, White Stallion v. EPA, concerns the so-called MATS rule, which will require the...

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to SO2 rule

January 22, 2013

The Supreme Court opted against hearing a challenge today to U.S. EPA's most recent air regulation aimed at protecting human health from short-term spikes in sulfur dioxide emissions.

In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that EPA didn't act...

Climate gets center stage in inaugural speech

January 22, 2013

President Obama made addressing climate change the most prominent policy vow of his second Inaugural Address, setting in motion what Democrats say will be a deliberately paced but aggressive campaign built around the use of his executive powers to sidestep Congressional opposition.

“We...

Court ruling casts doubt on future of EPA monitoring program

January 22, 2013

A federal court today sided with the Sierra Club in a challenge to a U.S. EPA program that exempts some new facilities from air monitoring and emissions requirements.

A three-judge panel of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled unanimously that EPA exceeded its...

EPA finalizes haze rules for iron facilities, proposes Navajo compromise

January 21, 2013

U.S. EPA this week finalized new air pollution control requirements for seven iron ore processing facilities in Minnesota and Michigan.

At issue are taconite facilities owned by companies including U.S. Steel Corp. and ArcelorMittal S.A.. Taconite is a type of iron deposit that helps fuel...

Approval of major Ariz. renewable energy development plan announced

January 21, 2013

The Obama administration has formally approved a renewable energy development plan in Arizona that establishes a new solar energy zone and identifies thousands of acres of public lands that are already disturbed or have low natural resource values as suitable for large-scale solar and wind-power...

CU-Boulder, NOAA study uncovers oil and gas emission's 'chemical signature'

January 18, 2013

Emissions from oil and natural gas operations account for more than half of the pollutants -- such as propane and butane -- that contribute to ozone formation in Erie, according to a new scientific study published this week.

The study, the work of scientists at the Cooperative Institute...

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