One day after federal trade minister Jim Carr confirmed Winnipeg will see at least $40 million from this year's gas tax allocation, Mayor Brian Bowman said he hopes to see that money spent on local roads.
The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups sued EPA yesterday over its failure to issue regulations on chemical facilities' plans for spills of hazardous substances.
Recent developments on a key EPA advisory committee threaten to upend the agency's long-standing mechanisms for safeguarding the public from common air pollutants, two critics wrote in a newly published paper.
EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson is defending the head of the agency's Pacific Southwest branch, whose trips and where he reports to work have come under scrutiny.
EPA Region 9 Administrator Mike Stoker has spent about 20 percent of his workdays in the San Francisco office where the bulk of his staff works.
EPA today began considering regulations on 40 chemicals including formaldehyde, a widely used carcinogenic substance.
President Trump's top economic adviser is not backing away from his belief that a carbon tax would be an effective way to address greenhouse gas emissions.
The EPA inspector general is taking issue with President Trump's proposed budget cut for the watchdog office.
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The Environmental Protection Agency announced a ban on retail sales for household use of methylene chloride, a powerful and dangerous paint stripping chemical linked to dozens of deaths. But health advocates were disappointed that the EPA allowed its continued use in commercial settings.
EPA today issued a final rule banning consumer sales of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride. The agency cited "acute fatalities" as the reason for the ban.
Western Australia EPA withdraws guidelines requiring resources projects to offset their greenhouse gas emissions, 7 days after proposing them. Fossil fuel lobby 1, Climate 0.
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EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler recounted the agency's accomplishments and its plans ahead in a speech this afternoon to all employees.
[Daily Maverick] Taxes are rarely popular, especially in tough economic times. But a group of United Nations science experts believes a stiff and universal carbon tax is essential to curb the 'relentless' extraction of natural resources that are making the world steadily hotter, thirstier and denuded of wild nature.
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the voluntary recall of nearly 900,000 Fiat Chrysler vehicles located in the United States. The recall follows an in-use emissions investigation by the EPA, as well as in-use testing Fiat Chrysler conducted under EPA regulations. The recall concerns vehicles that fail to meet emissions standards, according to the agency, which will help consumers deal … Continue reading
Automaker Fiat Chrysler voluntarily recalled more than 800,000 vehicles as part of routine testing under newly adopted EPA guidelines.
Temperatures likely to rise by 3-5C above pre-industrial levels even if Paris goals met Sharp and potentially devastating temperature rises of 3C to 5C in the Arctic are now inevitable even if the world succeeds in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement, research has found. Winter temperatures at the north pole are likely to rise by at least 3C above pre-industrial levels by mid-century, and there could be further rises to between 5C and 9C above the recent average for the region, according to the UN. Continue reading...
EPA has pledged more than $16 million annually for the continued cleanup of toxic mine waste at the heavily polluted Tar Creek Superfund Site in northeastern Oklahoma.
"Although reducing greenhouse gas emissions must remain the highest priority, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says this is not enough. Some now suggest that we also need to remove huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the air. Others argue that we may also need to reflect sunlight back into space to buy the world more time to reduce and remove emissions." LINK
President Trump signed into law this afternoon a broad bipartisan public lands package that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund — a major win for supporters of the program that preserves the nation's parks, forests, recreation areas and cultural sites.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will address agency employees this Thursday.
Ten years ago, forest owners were calling for certainty over carbon pricing amid calls to replace the Emissions Trading Scheme with a carbon tax.
States will no longer have to require power plants and other large polluters to track their summertime releases of nitrogen oxides through "continuous emission monitoring systems," under an EPA rule that takes effect today.
An EPA advisory panel has issued a scathing critique of a draft agency assessment that had offered support for tightening national ambient air quality standards for fine particulates.
Three decades ago, congressional auditors slammed an obscure EPA air policy for effectively allowing companies to circumvent air pollution control requirements. But the policy, which defines "ambient air" for regulatory purposes, remained in place. Now, at industry's prompting, the Trump administration is poised to dramatically expand its scope.
In the latest sign of the tensions enveloping a pivotal EPA review of particulate matter standards, the former chairman of a key advisory committee is criticizing the panel's current head for "procedural irregularities."
Democrats yesterday demanded that EPA investigate whether David Dunlap, a political deputy in EPA's research office, violated recusal terms by participating in the health assessment of a chemical his previous employer produced.
Patagonia Inc. has hired Obama-era EPA attorney Avi Garbow, the outdoor gear maker said today.
EPA leaders stymied research from the agency's toxic chemical risk assessments program, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today.
Fresh off his Senate confirmation, Andrew Wheeler has brought on a slate of new senior officials at EPA, including a public affairs chief, the agency announced this morning.
[Daily Maverick] In their article, Carbon Tax Bill gift-wrapped for big emitters, in Daily Maverick on 15 February 2019, Noelle Garcin and Nicole Rodel misrepresent me as saying: 'The carbon tax could undermine the economy. We cannot just care about the environment.'
Lawmakers confirmed Andrew Wheeler as the official administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday.
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler can now drop "acting" from his title.
The former coal lobbyist now leads the EPA after the longest stint as acting chief in the agency's four-decade history.
Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said on Wednesday she will oppose Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, complicating the nominee's path to approval by the Senate.
EPA has scheduled a March 18 public hearing on the proposed repeal of the legal underpinning for its landmark limits on power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants.
The Senate is poised to confirm acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to lead the agency after a procedural vote this afternoon.
The measure, which will expand the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks (pictured) in California, is the largest public lands bill to be approved by Congress in more than a decade.
The U.S. Senate hopes to vote this week to confirm Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist and President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, an aide to Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.
Chlorpyrifos has been linked to developmental delays in kids and other side effects. The EPA is fighting a lower court's ruling that it must ban the pesticide, which farmers say they need.
New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) has reintroduced sweeping legislation to permanently protect 23 million acres of pristine public lands and 1,800 miles of rivers and streams in five Western states, something she has pushed for more than a decade.
EPA enforcement chief Susan Bodine doggedly defended her office's record this morning against a drumbeat of questions from Democrats over data showing a decline in fines and staffing.
Long-awaited rules specifying how the Trump administration will provide $16 billion in disaster mitigation funds to hurricane-battered states should be completed by May, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said yesterday.
"The paper in Nature Climate Change focuses on the Paris Agreement’s targets for “land use change.” Translation: farming in ways that sequester carbon, growing new trees and stopping deforestation. This stuff really matters because lots of countries’ pledges depend on these efforts. The European Union’s member states, for instance, rely on land use change for “up to 40 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030,” the authors pointed out." LINK
EPA will study the effect of ethanol emissions from vehicles on air quality as it seeks to settle a legal dispute with environmentalists who are skeptical of the environmental benefits of corn-based fuels.
Washington state lawmakers last week introduced a new carbon tax proposal that would target the transportation sector.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it has agreed to conduct a long-delayed study to assess the impact that burning ethanol as a motor vehicle fuel has on air quality.
Samantha Dravis, a former senior EPA official, is now at a public affairs firm.
EPA will have a new head of human resources beginning next month.
Arizona receives millions in federal payments each year to offset the more than 28 million acres of non-taxable public lands within its borders -- but for critics, that isn't nearly enough. A state lawmaker is pushing an unusual plan to "reset" that system.
Public health advocacy groups this week sued EPA over its decision to deny a petition aimed at increasing asbestos reporting requirements.
Several conservative activists are urging the Senate to confirm Andrew Wheeler as head of EPA.
If you're reading this it's too late. Tra-la!
Latino workers and environmental groups sued EPA today regarding its failure to ban a chemical that has killed more than 50 people.
Christian Palich, one of the first political appointees at EPA under the Trump administration, is heading to K Street.
South Africa's parliament approved on Tuesday a long-delayed carbon tax bill as it seeks to reduce harmful carbon emissions in Africa's most industrialized and polluting country.
In early 2018, a deputy assistant administrator in the EPA, Clint Woods, reached out to a Massachusetts toxicologist best known for pushing a public health standard suggesting that low levels of toxic chemicals and radiation are good for people. “I wanted to check to see if you might have some...
EPA, after an ad hoc attempt to rework one facet of the New Source Review permitting program quickly ran into a lawsuit last year, now appears to be pursuing the same objective through a formal rulemaking.
Science Paper Refutes EPA Science Advice on Assessing Particulate Pollution Dangers If the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopts the advice of its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), now led by former American Petroleum Institute consultant Tony Cox, it will be...
Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) are once again calling for EPA to release the health and safety studies it used in the risk evaluation of pigment violet 29.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler met yesterday with the federal government's chief ethics official.
A footnote is renewing debate on how EPA should consider its 2009 determination that greenhouse gases harm human health and welfare as it rewrites climate rules.
The Interior Department is ramping up its press shop with the addition of Molly Block, most recently press secretary at EPA.
Trump's EPA finally created a new health protection. But critics say it's still not enough.
"Now though, a majority are starting to accept that something in our environment is happening. Supporting this sentiment is the fact that a large number of scientists the world over agree that our world is rapidly changing – and not for the better. As more individuals subscribe to the scientific data points of a climate in peril, the debate is now turning to what we should do about it. In certain instances, those disagreements are far more intense than those concerning if there is a problem at all. One such climate remedy that continues to gain traction is equal parts radical and fantastical, brilliant and bonkers. That remedy is geoengineering." LINK
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday restricted the use of a toxic chemical used in paint strippers linked to dozens of deaths--but allowed commercial operators to use it as long as they underwent training.
Mississippi's white Republican governor and the state's only black Democratic congressman are feuding over who should get credit for the home of a slain civil rights leader becoming a national monument.
Days away from what could be an overflow public hearing, representatives of public health groups urged EPA to scrap plans for revisiting its regulations on power plant mercury emissions or at least look at the potential impact more closely.
EPA announced three long-term goals yesterday for cleaning up the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site in southwestern Colorado.
Federal resources minister upgrades W.A. EPA carbon guidelines from "homemade sledgehammer" to “brain explosion.” Macquarie analyst says it's a "solid compromise" for LNG companies.
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Alex Wong A dramatic congressional hearing today revealed proof that Donald Trump’s controversial 2017 decision to dramatically shrink two contentious national monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, was a gift to the energy and mining industries. To Trump’s critics, this seemed obvious even at the time. But now we know that the government official tasked with drawing the final map was told to exclude certain coal-rich areas from the monuments, that secret meetings were held between the Department of Interior before the sham public process even began, and that now-EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler was among the lobbyists involved in the secret deals. First, as early as March, 2017, then Sen.Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) had provided the Trump administration with a revised...
Ten models for Land Rover and Jaguar brands were emitting more greenhouse gases than certified initally, according to the Vehicle Certification Agency.
Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling 862,520 vehicles in the U.S. because they don't meet the country's emission standards.
"It has been almost a decade after the landmark moratorium on all climate-related geoengineering was passed by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2010 and several years since the decision of parties to the London Protocol of the London Convention on marine dumping prohibiting ocean fertilization and potentially other marine geoengineering proposals. Today, geoengineering is on the agenda of another UN body: the UN Environment Assembly." LINK
EPA made it official today: The agency wants to make higher-ethanol fuel available year-round beginning this summer, a major victory for farm organizations and the renewable fuel industry.
A left-leaning watchdog group escalated its calls today for investigations of EPA chief Andrew Wheeler and his former lobbying firm.
Deadline: 29.03.2019 "Postdoc in political philosophy/climate ethics in the research project 'FAIR LIMITS: A philosophical analysis of limits on the distribution of economic and ecological resources'" LINK
Florida Representative Carlos Curbelo's proposed tax bill would add three to 11 cents to a gallon of gas, for example, and use the extra proceeds to bolster the nation’s ailing infrastructure.
VENTURA, Calif. — For Avi Garbow, President Obama's top lawyer at EPA, a chance to work at outdoor gear maker Patagonia was too good to pass up.
EPA plans to consolidate its research office, combining several of the agency's science programs into a smaller, more streamlined division.
EPA ethics officials told the agency's internal watchdog that former Administrator Scott Pruitt didn't seek their advice about his legal defense fund.
EPA released a much-anticipated report today showing that automakers continue to increase fuel economy even as the agency rolls back those requirements.
Total industrial chemical releases into the environment increased in 2017, EPA announced today.
EPA would take a fresh look at long-standing emissions standards for bulk gasoline terminals and five other industrial source categories under a tentative settlement.
EPA announced today that it has deleted all or part of 22 sites from the National Priorities List — the largest number since 2005.
"Most people recognize the necessity of governing geoengineering. There is a clear need for an international institution (or a set of institutions) that can help regulate research, coordinate development, and either facilitate or prohibit future deployment of the different geoengineering technologies. Of course, we don’t want just any old institution making decisions about geoengineering – we want a legitimate institution making such decisions. But what would it take for a geoengineering governance institution to be legitimate?" LINK
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is questioning whether two top EPA appointees with prior industry ties have fully complied with federal ethics requirements.
EPA is not off the hook for its role in the devastating Gold King mine spill that sent millions of gallons of polluted water into two rivers in 2015.
Filed under: News, Politics, Congress WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite concerns by Democrats and one Republican about regulatory rollbacks he's made in eight months as the agency's acting chief.Senators voted 52-47 to confirm Wheeler, who was nominated by President Donald Trump after former administrator Scott Pruitt resigned last year amid a series of ethics allegations.Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate environment committee, called Wheeler "uniquely qualified" to lead EPA and said that under Wheeler the agency is putting forward proposals that "both protect our environment and allow the country's economy to flourish."But Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said Wheeler...
The Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as EPA administrator Thursday mostly along party lines. The agency has been leading Trump's deregulatory charge.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday he had been reassured by his counterpart at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency would "very likely" finish its rule allowing year-round sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline in time for summer driving season.
A Republican senator said on Wednesday she will oppose Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, further complicating the nominee's path to approval by the Senate.
A gold company said EPA is mismanaging the Superfund cleanup of nearly 50 old mining sites in southwestern Colorado and should be removed as the agency in charge.
When it comes to the Pebble mine, the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA don't see eye to eye.
It is “absolutely not true” that the agency is soft on polluters, says EPA’s enforcement chief Susan Bodine.
EPA has officially decided to leave its primary air quality standard for sulfur dioxide unchanged, ending a review that began six years ago.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement chief on Tuesday pushed back on "the myth" that the regulator is soft on polluters as Democratic lawmakers pressed her on the big decline in civil penalties and site inspections last year.
Security footage shows an EPA security guard push an Associated Press reporter out of the agency's headquarters last year.
U.S. lawmakers will grill the Environmental Protection Agency's top pollution enforcement official on Tuesday after the agency's recent annual report showed a big decline in civil penalties and site inspections.
Brown, C.; Alexander, P.; Arneth, A.; Holman, I.; Rounsevell, M. (2019): Achievement of Paris climate goals unlikely due to time lags in the land system. In: Nat. Clim. Chang. 9 (3), S. 203–208. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-019-0400-5. "These shortcomings are partially the result of avoidable ‘blind spots’ relating to time lags inherent in the implementation of land-based mitigation strategies. Key blind spots include inconsistencies between different land-system policies, spatial and temporal lags in land-system change, and detrimental consequences of some mitigation options. We suggest that improved recognition of these processes is necessary to identify achievable mitigation actions, avoiding excessively optimistic assumptions and consequent policy failures." LINK
Democratic lawmakers on Monday asked the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general to investigate whether two senior agency officials violated ethics rules by helping reverse an enforcement decision against their former client company.
EPA does not provide American Indian tribes with reliable data related to Superfund sites, the government's watchdog agency said today.
After 15 Years, EPA Updates Water Quality Trading Policy. It Could Do More. Comments|Add Comment|PrintWetlands like these in the Chesapeake provide cost-effective water quality services. Flickr/Timothy Pohlhaus
On February 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memorandum affirming this administration's strong support for the use of market-based mechanisms like water quality trading to reduce pollution in U.S. waters. This support came at the request of the trading...
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Last July, career EPA officials were set to unveil their plan to complete a long-awaited health review of the toxic metal hexavalent chromium, but more than half a year later, the plan is still under wraps — the latest delay for the human health assessment of the anti-corrosion chemical made infamous by the 2000 film "Erin Brockovich."
The National Archives and Records Administration has closed its case on allegations that certain meetings were removed from former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's calendar, finding the claims to be unfounded.
The city’s fleet of vehicles is at another record high — even as Mayor de Blasio boasts of how his administration is leading the nation in cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. Records show that the fleet, which includes everything from passenger cars to garbage trucks to police cars, has grown to 31,159. That’s an increase of 5,304,...
EPA is facing new pressure to quickly approve requests from bioenergy producers to qualify under the federal renewable fuel standard, a move the industry says is long overdue.
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 20, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Research claiming that low-dose exposure to toxic chemicals is good for humans could help shape Environmental Protection Agency policy. This disputed...
For the first time in 40 years, EPA has significantly altered the list of chemicals that are being actively manufactured, processed and imported in the United States.
And that's why it might actually pass.
The White House has signaled its intention to sign a 700-page public lands package, formally known as the Natural Resources Management Act, the largest such measure in a…
Australia aims to plant a billion trees by 2050 as part of a new forestry plan the government says will help the country meet its Paris Agreement climate targets.
The use of carbon credits to meet Australia's Paris climate targets would be "consistent" with the current Kyoto Protocol, the Morrison government said in the strongest signal yet it plans to exploit accounting ambiguities to meet its international commitments.