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Lawmakers focus on chemical used in Gulf cleanup

Lawmakers pressed government scientists Wednesday to explain what effects a chemical used to get rid of oil will have on the Gulf’s ecosystem, even as a new report by the Obama administration characterized the effort as remarkably successful. BP applied nearly 2 million gallons of a chemical dispersant to the…

BP, Coast Guard ignored order to stop using dispersants: report

BP continued spraying large amounts of a controversial dispersant onto the surface of the Gulf of Mexico even after an EPA order to stop doing so, the Washington Post reports. According to the Post, BP used a loophole in the EPA’s order that allowed the Coast Guard to rubber-stamp “exemptions”…

EPA: 1M gallons of oil may be in Mich. river

EPA says 1 million gallons of oil may have spilled in Mich. river, governor criticizes cleanup. Federal officials now estimate that more than 1 million gallons of oil may have spilled into a major river in southern Michigan, and the governor is sharply criticizing clean-up efforts as “wholly inadequate.” The…

White House hailed for ending climate gag order

An agreement by the Environmental Protection Agency that it will drop a policy under which it had sought to prevent two of its attorneys from speaking out against cap-and-trade legislation is being hailed as a victory for free speech and the rights of whistleblowers. The dispute began as the result…

BP denies botching Gulf of Mexico clean-up

Report: EPA officials mull sanctions against BP’s US operations Amid increasing anger over a huge oil slick hitting US shores, BP officials Friday denied botching the month-long clean-up and deliberately hiding the true extent of the spill. With a thick sludge now washing up in the Mississippi delta threatening disaster…

Watchdog groups file FOIA requests to learn true extent of oil spill

Former EPA investigator charges, “What the government has done over the past several years is taught BP that it can do whatever it wants and will not be held accountable” As the current Gulf oil spill crisis intensifies, previous incidents involving BP have begun coming under renewed scrutiny, intensifying suspicions…

EPA prepares rule to regulate industrial emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency moved Thursday to more tightly control air pollution from large power plants, factories and oil refineries, a step to limit emissions widely blamed for global warming. The EPA said it is completing a rule requiring large polluters to reduce the amounts of carbon dioxide and other…

Virginia Attorney General to Tea Partiers: ‘Hold your breath’ to save trees

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has managed to rankle progressives time and again during his few months in office. Now, his administration is following up on its legal fight against the EPA by ruthlessly mocking environmentalists. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli last month filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency…

EPA proposes veto of major US mountaintop removal site

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an unprecedented veto to restrict or prohibit mining at a major proposed US mountaintop removal coal mining site. If the veto is finalized, it would invalidate a permit first issued in 2007 for the Army Corps of Engineers at the Spruce…

17,000 potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under obscure law

Of some 84,000 chemicals being used commercially in the United States, some 20 percent — or 17,000 — are kept secret not only from the public, but from medical professionals, state regulators and even emergency responders, according to a report at the Washington Post. And the reason for this potentially…

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