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Sen. Mitch McConnell proposes bill to block EPA’s new clean energy rules

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced a bill that would try to block newly proposed government regulations that seek to curb carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. McConnell, a Republican who represents Kentucky – a major coal-producing state which is also reliant…

U.S. appeals court upholds EPA’s hazardous air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a regulation that would limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, starting next year. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

EPA proposes new rules to limit emissions from car tailpipes

EPA’s new standards for gasoline sulfur would drastically reduce smog from car exhaust and bring US in line with other countries The Obama administration announced new gasoline rules on Friday that are intended to clean up smog in car exhaust. The proposed new standards for gasoline sulfur would drastically reduce…

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…

Supreme Court rejects global warming lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities and the Obama administration. The justices unanimously overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the lawsuit now…

81% of guests booked by Fox News opposed regulating greenhouse gasses

Over three-quarters of the guests featured on nine television networks have expressed opposition to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate to regulate greenhouse gasses (GHG), according to a new report. On April 2, 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the Clean Air Act gave the EPA the authority to regulate…

Senate defeats bid to gut climate efforts

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Wednesday rejected a bid to strip President Barack Obama of his power to regulate greenhouse gases, a move that could have thrown US efforts against climate change into chaos. The Senate, where Obama’s Democratic Party holds a majority, voted 50-50 on a bill to…

Obama threatens to veto anti-EPA bill derided as ‘Koch Brothers Appreciation Act’

WASHINGTON – The White House threatened Tuesday to veto a Republican-led measure that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating certain forms of pollution. “The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 910, which would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) common-sense steps under the Clean Air Act (CAA)…

Traces of Japan radioactivity in US rain

WASHINGTON – Traces of radioactivity from damaged nuclear power facilities in Japan have been detected in rainwater in the northeast United States, but pose no health risks, officials said. The Environmental Protection Agency, in an update Sunday, said it had received reports of “elevated levels of radiation in recent precipitation…

West Coast boosts alert for Japan radiation

LOS ANGELES – The United States is boosting radiation monitoring on the West Coast and Pacific territories, as officials forecast that low levels could be detected in California by Friday. While authorities say they do not expect harmful levels, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sending the monitoring units to…

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