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EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Has Everyone Buzzing

January 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

On Wednesday, EPA released its peer-reviewed, scientific “Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska” and concluded that large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed poses “significant” – and even “catastrophic” – risks to the ecosystem.[read more]

EPA Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants Published for Public Comment

January 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Power plants are the nation’s biggest source of the carbon pollution that is dangerously changing our climate. We have standards for bad pollutants like mercury and those that cause soot and smog, but there are still no federal limits on the carbon pollution that power plants belch out each year.[read more]

EPA Holds Oil and Gas Company Accountable for Violating Clean Water Act

December 30, 2013 by Amy Mall

We applaud EPA for taking action to hold an oil and gas company responsible for damaging 27 streams and wetlands in West Virginia (including 16 fracking sites). Under a settlement agreement, Chesapeake Energy's subsidiary will spend an estimated $6.5 million to restore these sites.[read more]

Inspector General Report Finds EPA Should Act to Protect Texans' Drinking Water From Oil and Gas Operations

December 28, 2013 by Amy Mall

The EPA has an obligation to enforce the law where there is evidence that the domestic water from an underground drinking water source may pose imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the relevant state agency has not sufficiently addressed the potential endangerment.[read more]

EPA Report: Fuel Economy Hits Record High

December 15, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Record Fuel Economy

The official numbers are in. In its new Fuel Economy Trends report the U.S. EPA finds that new automobiles sold in model year 2012 averaged a record-high 23.6 miles per gallon (sticker value) and that model year 2013 is expected to continue the upward trend to reach a new record of 24 mpg.[read more]

China is Acting on Climate Change and the Country Can Do More

December 8, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t go to China very often. But when she does it generates a lot of attention. After all, Administrator McCarthy and the EPA are important actors in implementing President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.[read more]

Putting Renewable Fuels Back on Track

November 20, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

There are a lot of folks who want to tell a simple, black and white story about biofuels and the Renewable Fuels Standard. The RFS either needs to be dashed on the rocks or anchored in a safe harbor never to be touched. The truth is not that simple.[read more]

EPA's Ethanol Adjustment Falls Short of Reform

November 20, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

The EPA has proposed significant adjustments to the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. The headline change was a nearly 3 billion gallon reduction in the required biofuel volume for next year. However, less than half of that reduction was truly discretionary.[read more]

Seattle Expands its Leadership on Green Infrastructure, But Where is the EPA?

November 3, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

In just two short years, cities like Seattle (along with Washington, DC, Milwaukee, Tucson and 16 others) have expanded their use of green infrastructure strategies, recognizing it as a cost-effective approach that provides multiple benefits.[read more]

74 Percent Of Voters Back EPA Power Plant Emissions Regulation

November 1, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

EPA Power Plant Regulation

Fighting emissions regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency must be a winning national electoral issue, right? Otherwise why would so many politicians fight so hard to allow power plants to keep spewing pollution into the air? Um, not so much.[read more]

Wind Energy Has Dramatically Cut Global Warming Pollution In The US

October 31, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

As is required by Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency recently released annual greenhouse gas data detailing carbon pollution emissions and trends broken down by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility.[read more]

Uncertainty and Investment: The Real Danger to the Coal Industry

October 28, 2013 by Elias Hinckley

Coal and Uncertainty

Uncertainty over how the Environmental Protection Agency regulation of CO2 emissions from power plants will effect the economics of coal-fired generation in the U.S. has reduced investment interest in new coal generation to effectively zero.[read more]

Carbon Capture and Storage: Ready or Not?

October 23, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Now that the EPA has proposed carbon pollution standards for new coal plants that would end the era of pollution without limits for these monster carbon polluters, coal industry reps are busy proclaiming that cleaning up coal plants is impossible.[read more]

The Many Ways the Government Shutdown Hurt Public Health and the Environment

October 18, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

After 16 long days, the government shutdown has finally come to an end. It is a relief to know that hundreds of thousands public servants can return to work and that critical programs protecting our health and the environment will fully function once again.[read more]

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Climate Science and EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

October 17, 2013 by David Doniger

The Supreme Court recently rejected last-ditch efforts by industry and conservative states to block the EPA from setting standards to curb the carbon pollution that drives dangerous climate change. The Court’s ruling partially clears the way for EPA to issue pollution standards.[read more]