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Policy uncertainty hamstrings U.S. clean power development, says report

January 18, 2013

Wind, solar and other renewable sources are expected to account for about half the new electricity capacity installed worldwide over the next several years, but lingering uncertainty around U.S. energy policy is making the situation more difficult for domestic companies operating in those...

Air emissions dropped, but total chemical releases grew in 2011

January 17, 2013

Toxic air emissions dropped by 8 percent from 2010 to 2011, though total emissions of hazardous chemicals rose for the second year in a row, U.S. EPA said today.

The agency pointed its finger at the metal mining sector to account for an overall 8 percent increase in chemical releases into...

Inversion index: 7 of the most polluted cities are in Utah

January 15, 2013

Utah residents suffer from an increased amount of short-term particle pollution during the winter. Decreased temperatures and increased atmospheric pressure cause polluted air and smog to gather near the ground.

Three Utah cities rank on the American Lung Association list of top short-...

Coloradans living near drilling operations recount health issues

January 15, 2013

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is working to finalize a rule requiring a 500-foot setback and increased efforts to mitigate odor, noise and other pollution. The commissioners plan to vote next week. A majority supported a draft rule in an informal vote Wednesday, after a day of...

Yellowstone oil spill report highlights national problem

January 9, 2013

Pipeline spills caused by flooding and riverbed erosion dumped 2.4 million gallons of crude oil and other hazardous liquids into U.S. waterways over the past two decades, according to a new report from federal regulators.

The Department of Transportation report to Congress was crafted in...

U.S. evaluates pollution, jobs at coal plant near Grand Canyon

January 8, 2013

A federal working group will address concerns about air pollution and jobs at the largest coal-fired power plant in the western United States, the Navajo Generating Station on an Indian reservation near the Grand Canyon, three U.S. agencies said on Friday.

A joint statement from the...

Court showdown likely over Colorado's West Elk coal mine

January 8, 2013

Conservation groups say they will likely go to court to block a coalmine expansion in a roadless area 10 miles west of Paonia. The coal lease expansion paves the way for corporate giant Arch Coal to bulldoze 6.5 miles of road and 48 natural gas drilling pads through 1,700 acres — about three-...

Court orders EPA to try again on soot standards implementation

January 7, 2013

A federal appeals court ruled today that U.S. EPA must re-examine how it implements standards for fine particulates emitted by power plants, boilers and motor vehicles.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected EPA's argument that it...

Federal wind-energy tax credit extended for one year

January 7, 2013

Energy-industry analysts and economic-development officials Wednesday predicted that the one-year extension of the production tax credit for wind energy will help the sector recover many of the jobs lost in Colorado over the past several months.

Although the industry did not get a...

New EPA chief will face more legal battles, with less resources

January 3, 2013

hoever fills the vacancy in the administrator's office at U.S. EPA will be given a long list of expected rules and be warned of legal battles needed to implement them. Then he or she will have to brace for continuing controversy over how to use what will likely be less resources.

As Lisa...

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