Legislative / Industry News

20
Feb

Confirmation for Scott Pruitt as New EPA Administrator

February 17, 2017, NPR, Politics section:

Scott Pruitt Confirmed to Lead EPA, Environmental Protection Agency

by Scott Detrow, NPR

 

“Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency Pruitt has long criticized.

The Senate approved Pruitt on a 52-46 vote Friday afternoon, with two Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — voting for his nomination. Republican Susan Collins of Maine voted no.

The vote came after a failed…”

 

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28
Apr

EPA Sticks to Its Guns on Mercury Rules

EPA Sticks to Its Guns on Mercury Rules

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM

Courthouse News Service

(CN)– The Environmental Protection Agency is standing by its decision to require power plants to cut emissions and other air pollutants, to comply with the Clean Air Act.

The EPA on Friday issued a final that it is “appropriate and necessary to regulate hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power electric utility” across the United States. The EPA said the benefits…”

 

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3
Mar

SCOTUS Chief Justice Makes Decision on MATS Rule

PER the SCOTUS BLOG SITE:

 

EPA’s mercury pollution rule remains in effect

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., on Thursday morning allowed the government to keep in effect its rule designed to curb air pollution with mercury and other toxic substances from the smokestacks of power plants.  In a simple order that gave no explanation, and acting without referring the issue to the full Court, the Chief Justice rejected the plea of twenty states to block enforcement while the Environmental Protection Agency continues a study of the cost of the rule to the electric-generating industry.

Last Term, in the case of Michigan v. EPA, the Court ruled…

 

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21
Dec

DC Circuit Court Orders: MATS Rule Remains in Place

 

D.C. Circuit Leaves MATS Rule In Place as EPA Tackles Cost Consideration
12/16/2015 | Sonal Patel | Power Magazine

The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) will remain in effect as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works on a final cost finding, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered on Dec. 15.

The court noted in a two-page order that the EPA “has represented that it is on track to issue…

 

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1
Jul

Air Quality Law Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Blocks EPA Coal Plant Air Toxics Standards

“Earlier today the US Supreme Court issued a 5 to 4 decision in Michigan v. EPA that struck down the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) rule. The MATS rule imposes stringent hazardous air pollutant (HAP) standards on coal-fired and oil-fired power plants. Estimates of the compliance…”

 

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5
Nov

Court Lifts Stay of EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

“On October, 23, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) motion to lift the stay of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). The ruling follows the Supreme Courts…”

 

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22
Jun

EPA Proposes Cutting Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal Plants 30% by 2030

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, taking aim at one of the nation’s leading…

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