Wheeler: Keeping U.S. Coal Sector Alive Will Benefit ‘International Environmental Protection’

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:36:14 +0000

Coal power, which has seen a marked decline in the U.S., is necessary for reliability and energy affordability, and sustaining it could boost pollution technology exports and “improve lives while driving down emissions worldwide,” said Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a speech last week. Wheeler made the remarks at a 90-minute event […]

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EPA Urges States to Submit CCR Programs Even as Coal Ash Regulatory Overhaul Continues

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2019 12:48:02 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 24 proposed to partially approve Georgia’s permit program for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR). As it did so, it gave other states some advice: Follow Georgia’s lead and assume oversight of coal ash that power plants dispose within your borders. The preliminary approval marks another important […]

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EPA Finalizes ACE Rule, Replaces Clean Power Plan

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:23:20 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to formally replace the Obama administration’s controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP).  Like the CPP, the ACE rule will regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs), and it will be founded firmly on the agency’s 2009 Endangerment Finding. However, the ACE rule focuses on the nation’s […]

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Illinois Passes Landmark Coal Ash Legislation

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 29 May 2019 23:52:22 +0000

Illinois on May 27 became the third state in the nation to pass legislation requiring coal ash protections beyond federal requirements.  The state’s House passed the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act (SB 9) in a 77-36 vote on Monday, only weeks after Senate passage of the bill in a 39-9 vote on May 9. The […]

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[UPDATED] EPA Sets Schedules for Long List of Power Plant Regulatory Actions 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 23 May 2019 12:40:50 +0000

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will act on a spate of power plant rules over the next year, its newly released agenda of regulatory and deregulatory actions shows. The May 23-released “Spring 2019 Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” lists 35 new actions, along with 57 actions that it considers “deregulatory.” The list includes new […]

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EPA Sets Schedules for Long List of Power Plant Regulatory Actions 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 23 May 2019 12:40:50 +0000

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will act on a spate of power plant rules over the next year, its newly released agenda of regulatory and deregulatory actions shows. The May 23-released “Spring 2019 Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” lists 35 new actions, along with 57 actions that it considers “deregulatory.” The list includes new […]

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Utility Group Under Congressional Investigation Will Disband

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 17:47:07 +0000

A utility industry coalition that has often challenged stricter air pollution and climate rules for power generation said it will dissolve. The Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG), which has been under investigation from the House Energy and Commerce Committee due to its relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) top air policy official and his […]

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EPA Will Issue Final Carbon Rules for Power Plants in June

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 07 May 2019 13:49:09 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to take final action to repeal the Clean Power Plan in June 2019, a federal court filing shows. The agency told the D.C. Circuit—in a May 6 status report—review of the Obama-era rule that sets the first carbon dioxide limits for existing power plants “continues to be a high […]

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Bipartisan Senators Urge EPA to Drop Proposed Changes to Mercury Rule

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 22:17:16 +0000

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a proposed rule that they said could “lead to the undoing” of the Obama administration’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).  In a March 18 letter to newly appointed EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, the group led by Sens. Lamar Alexander […]

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Power Companies Refute Findings of Widespread Coal Plant Groundwater Contamination

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 14:31:43 +0000

An estimated 91% of U.S. coal power plants that submitted groundwater monitoring data as required by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2015 Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule have unsafe levels of one or more contaminants, a collaborative analysis of the monitoring data by several environmental groups suggests.  The March 4 report is significant because power […]

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