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Ohio man pleads guilty to dumping fracking waste into Mahoning River

Michael Guesman, an employee at Hardrock Excavating in Youngstown, Ohio, pleaded guilty yesterday to an unpermitted discharge of pollutants under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act. Guesman said that his boss, owner Benedict Lupo, ordered him to dump tens of thousands of gallons of fracking waste into the Mahoning…

Appeals court upholds Bush-era ozone regulations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday partially upheld Environmental Protection Agency regulations issued by the George W. Bush administration that set standards for ozone pollution. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a portion of the regulations back to the agency for…

New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg dies of pneumonia

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) died Monday morning of viral pneumonia, The Record reported. He was 89 years old. Lautenberg, who retired from office on February 15, had missed several votes due to health issues dating back to late 2012. Gov. Chris Christie (R) will determine his replacement. He was wheeled…

Coal industry battles to keep power in U.S. energy debate

Four months after pledging to lead the United States on a path to sustainable energy, President Barack Obama faces a turning point on electricity generated from coal, one of the dirtiest of fuels. The White House was expected this week to finalize a rule to reduce emissions from all new…

Obama’s budget boosts funding for health and science

President Barack Obama’s budget proposal released on Wednesday would boost funds for major science and health programs while making small cuts at NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency. Top projects at the US space agency would continue, including developing a new spaceship to send astronauts to the International Space Station,…

Activists say Congress most hostile to environment it’s been in 40 years

Congress scored historic low on League of Conservation Voters’ annual report card, reinforcing political divide on green issues The last Congress was the most hostile to environmental causes in 40 years, the League of Conservation Voters said on Wednesday in its annual report card on members’ voting patterns. The findings follow…

Thousands of protesters urge Obama to fight global warming

Thousands of protesters gathered in Washington Sunday for a rally to press President Barack Obama to take concrete measures to help fight global warming. The protesters want Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada’s tar sands to Texas and order the Environmental Protection…

Study blames obesity epidemic on rising CO2 levels

The question of whether carbon dioxide should be considered a pollutant under the Clean Air Act and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency has been a political football for the past decade. In 1998, the Clinton administration decided that it was, but in 2003, the Bush administration reversed this policy.…

Court delays strict new federal pollution rule at last minute

The U.S. District Court of Appeals granted a request to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) pending further court review. The EPA finalized the rule in July, setting much stricter limits on sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants in 27 states to…

New U.S. anti-pollution standards draw industry fire

WASHINGTON — US health campaigners Wednesday hailed the announcement of new anti-pollution standards for American manufacturers, but industry leaders condemned the rules for being costly and overly aggressive. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the first national standards to control power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution…

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