Lawmakers Mount Bicameral Effort to End Waiver on Ethanol Blends
Lawmakers Mount Bicameral Effort to End Waiver on Ethanol Blends
2023-02-10 15:15:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers representing both chambers of Congress and both sides of the political aisle are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to do away with fuel volatility waivers for gasoline-ethanol blends sold in Midwestern states. In a letter sent to... Read More

Agencies to Collectively Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions
2022-09-19 12:53:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Four federal agencies on Friday entered into a memorandum of understanding to work collectively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. The commitment by the departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental... Read More

Ethanol Maker to Pay $1.7M for Absent Chemical Reporting
2022-08-19 14:13:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The owner of four Midwest ethanol plants has agreed to pay more than $1.7 million to resolve allegations it failed to report toxic chemical releases in four Midwestern states. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the total penalty,... Read More

Renewable Energy
Administration Makes Two Big Moves on Biofuel
2022-06-05 18:44:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration made two significant moves aimed at supporting the biofuel industry. The first of these moves came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which announced on Friday that it will provide $700 million to help lower... Read More

GAO Requests Federal Action on Oil and Gas Methane Emissions 
2022-05-24 12:32:44
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office is calling for parity on federal methane emission requirements for oil and gas companies. The GAO issued recommendations on Friday for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Land Management to cut down... Read More

EPA Accelerates Efforts to Clean Up PFAS Pollution
2021-10-20 22:23:27
by Alexa Hornbeck

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a new roadmap to accelerate efforts to protect Americans from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of toxic chemicals found in food packaging and other common commercial products that can cause severe health... Read More

Corn Growers, Others Seek Rehearing on Fuel Blend Standard
2021-08-20 15:30:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The National Corn Growers Association, Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision to disallow year-round sales of a 15% ethanol fuel blend. In a petition filed with the... Read More

EPA Keeps Ozone Pollution Standard at Level Opposed by Environmentalists
2020-12-30 14:57:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency last week finalized plans to keep ozone air pollution standards at a level that environmentalists say is too high to prevent respiratory and other health problems.  In 2015 the EPA lowered the... Read More

Biden Poised to Select North Carolina's Michael Regan to lead EPA
2020-12-17 20:23:09
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Michael Regan, the top environmental regulator in North Carolina, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to multiple reports. If confirmed, Regan would be the first Black man to head the agency.... Read More

Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits
2020-07-15 21:16:32
by Jacob Pederson

President Donald Trump announced he is loosening the National Environmental Policy Act in a bid to speed up permitting of federal infrastructure projects ranging from highway upgrades to the construction of oil and natural gas pipelines. The president announced the... Read More

EPA Close to Completing Review of Air Quality Standards
2020-07-15 19:27:14
by Jacob Pederson

The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to complete a review of air quality standards against a backdrop of ozone concentrations dropping nationwide. The EPA, by rule, endeavors to complete regular air quality standard reviews within a five-year time frame,... Read More

D.C. Circuit Revives Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
2020-04-08 18:09:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency improperly rescinded Obama-era restrictions on a class of greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), after the court struck down a portion of the rules, a federal appeals court held Tuesday. In a divided ruling,... Read More

In The News
Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Options to Strengthen Transparency at the EPA
2020-02-25 21:17:39
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON – A new report released by D.C.-based think tank Bipartisan Policy Center hopes to strengthen transparency at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by suggesting options for growing a culture of data and evidence.  On the cusp of the EPA’s... Read More

EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Methane Leaks From Oil and Gas Fields
2019-08-30 18:32:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it intends to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a decision even some oil industry giants oppose. In announcing the plan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposal... Read More

Top CDC Climate Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint
2019-08-20 12:48:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Dr. George Luber, one of the federal government's top experts on the health impacts of climate change is seeking whistleblower protection due to retaliation he claims he's faced since speaking out against the Trump administration's efforts to end... Read More

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