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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…

EPA considers forcing companies to disclose fracking chemicals and safety studies

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it wants to gather public comment on whether it should require chemical manufacturers to disclose the content of fluids used for oil and gas production, a possible step toward greater federal oversight of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The…