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BP Must Pay Clean Water Act Fines

June 5, 2014 10:07 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.                        

Carbon Rule Triggers Fracking Debate

June 4, 2014 10:25 am | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The newly released federal plan to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants triggered a new line of debate Tuesday over whether fracking in coal-rich southern Illinois may be part of the answer.                         

New York Considers Local Gas Drilling Bans

June 4, 2014 10:23 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's highest court is expected to decide by the Fourth of July whether municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing within their borders.                            

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Kentucky Plant Emblematic Of Move Away From Coal

June 4, 2014 10:16 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the shadow of Paradise Fossil Plant's aging smokestacks, where white steam and carbon dioxide rises into the sky, outdated coal-fired generators are being replaced with one that runs on natural gas.                           

Carbon Standards Delayed For Reservation Plants

June 4, 2014 10:09 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the Southwest's largest coal-fired power plants straddle the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico, one within clear view of the other. But one of them didn't factor into the Obama administration's plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the nation because it is on an American Indian reservation.

Missouri Senate Attempts To Block EPA Limits

June 4, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is channeling his frustration into legislation dealing with the EPA's proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.                                              

Scientists Find Breakthrough In Carbon-Capture

June 4, 2014 9:52 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

A porous material invented by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour sequesters carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, at ambient temperature with pressure provided by the wellhead and lets it go once the pressure is released. The material shows promise to replace more costly and energy-intensive processes.

Carbon Rule May Force Costly Changes In Nebraska

June 3, 2014 11:46 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nebraska utilities might be forced to make expensive changes to comply with new proposed restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions because they rely heavily on coal power.                               

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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.             

States Fire Back Against Obama's Carbon Emissions Plan

June 3, 2014 11:05 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Now that the EPA has handed down the carbon emission reduction requirements, the states are reacting - loudly - to the potential economic repercussions of hitting each of their emission goals.                               

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.  

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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.                           

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