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Rhode Island Posed To Hit EPA Target

June 3, 2014 11:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rhode Island's work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has given it a jump on new rules proposed by the Obama administration to tackle global warming.                              

Maryland Governor Applauds EPA Plan

June 3, 2014 11:21 am | by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government's new plan for reducing pollutants blamed for global warming recognizes the value of steps Maryland has already taken, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday in congratulating President Barack Obama for what he called bold leadership on climate change.

Pollution Rule Tricky For Coal Country Democrats

June 3, 2014 11:07 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT, BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's plan to curb power plant pollution put Democrats running for office in coal country in a tough spot on Monday: Criticize their president, or side with him and become part of what could be a major drag on their region's economy.             


Hawaii Ahead Of The Pack In Reaching Climate Goal

June 3, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaii — the most fossil fuel dependent state in the nation— has already embarked on an initiative to achieve 70 percent clean energy by 2030, with 30 percent from efficiency measures and 40 percent coming from locally generated renewable sources.  

Texas Attorney General Will Fight New EPA Rule

June 3, 2014 11:02 am | by BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal mandate to slash carbon emissions nationwide could result in another lengthy legal battle in Texas after the front-runner to become the state's next governor said Monday he will fight the effort.                   

Carbon Rules Will Likely Mean Higher Power Bills In Iowa

June 3, 2014 10:57 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's ambitious plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will likely lead to higher electric bills in Iowa, but drastic changes may not be needed because the state's utilities have invested heavily in wind power.

Tennessee Off To A Good Start Meeting Emissions Goals

June 3, 2014 10:55 am | by ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority appears to have a good start in meeting goals set by President Barack Obama's administration aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, its CEO said Monday.                   

5 Things To Know About The EPA's Power Plant Rule

June 3, 2014 10:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Five things to know about the Obama administration's plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the chief greenhouse gas, from power plants.                                


Washington Must Cut Emissions By 72%

June 3, 2014 10:51 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state would be expected to cut carbon emissions from its existing power plants by 72 percent under the Obama Administration's proposal to tackle global warming.                 

Kentucky Residents Worry About Regulations

June 3, 2014 10:50 am | by ADAM BEAM, DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement of stricter federal emissions standards on coal-fired power plants was met with groans Monday from many Kentuckians in coal country, worried about keeping their jobs and their way of life.                        

Kansas Governor Calls EPA Rule "War Against Middle America"

June 3, 2014 10:46 am | by JOHN HANNA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared Monday that a new federal rule for cutting carbon emissions is a "war against middle America," only days after his administration complicated potential efforts to comply by signing off on a new, $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant.

Utah Calls EPA Plan "Bold & Aggressive"

June 3, 2014 10:44 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A federal plan to cut pollution blamed for global warming by 2030 is winning cheers from environmental advocates, but a key state official says the plan is "bold and aggressive" and questions whether it can be executed.                       

North Dakota Drillers Make Natural Gas Capturing Plans

June 3, 2014 10:34 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota oil companies must submit a gas capturing plan with their drilling permits beginning this month in an attempt to cut down the amount of natural gas that is burned off and wasted as a byproduct of oil production.              


South Carolina Asked To Cut Carbon Emissions In Half

June 2, 2014 11:22 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is proposing that South Carolina cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by more than half by the year 2030.                               

Ohio Bill Will Limit New Pollution Rule's Impact

June 2, 2014 11:21 am | by KANTELE FRANKO, JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio lawmakers are expected to quickly take action on legislation intended to limit the impact of federal plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.                            

South Dakota Receives $179M For Uranium Cleanup

June 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A portion of a multibillion settlement between the federal government and a petroleum company will finance the cleanup of an abandoned uranium mine in northwest South Dakota.                           

Obama's Carbon Rule Gives States More Time To Comply

June 2, 2014 11:17 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but moves the deadline for state compliance until after President Barack Obama leaves office in early 2017.

Mercury Contamination Trial Begins This Week

June 2, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal trial is beginning this week to determine whether a chemical company responsible for dumping mercury from a closed plant in Orrington will be required to clean contamination from along the banks of the Penobscot River and the mouth of Penobscot Bay.

Kansas Awaits EPA Greenhouse Gas Announcement

June 2, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas officials are waiting to see how the federal government plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions only days after the state signed off on a new, $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant.                        

Fertilizer Plant Installs Emergency Bypass For Runoff

May 30, 2014 9:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Fertilizer manufacturer Mississippi Phosphates has put an emergency bypass in place to collect runoff from its sulfuric acid plant that was going into a storm drain, according to a published report Friday.                        

Get The Scoop On Obama's Emission Rules

May 29, 2014 4:54 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is poised to unveil the first rules limiting carbon emissions from the thousands of power plants across the nation. The pollution controls form the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's campaign to combat climate change and a key element of his legacy.

North Carolina House Gives Initial Fracking Approval

May 29, 2014 10:33 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a measure that would allow fracking for natural gas to begin in the state next year.                                                  

The Coal Industry Must Act Now

May 29, 2014 10:26 am | by Center for Regulatory Effectiveness | News | Comments

EPA's proposed rule for new coal plants has been called a "war on coal". The "war on coal" occurs because the standard in the proposed rule can only be achieved by the installation of a costly technology called CCS, carbon capture and sequestration, which virtually no utility can neither afford nor implement and will result in a ban on the construction of new coal plants.

Governor Wants Wyoming Coal Sent To Asia

May 29, 2014 10:23 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead heads to Washington state next week to push for access to ocean ports to allow export of Wyoming coal to Asia even as many politicians and residents in the Northwest voice increasing concern about the effects of burning coal on global warming.

Texas: Contaminated Water Not Linked To Drilling

May 29, 2014 10:13 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The amount of explosive gas tainting a North Texas neighborhood's water supply has increased in recent years, but the state's oil and gas regulator says it can't link the methane to drilling activity nearby, according to a report it released yesterday.

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