Sunday, March 26, 2017
Business groups submit Clean Power Plan concerns to EPA

In the wake of the recently introduced Ratepayer Protection Act, which aims to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, several trade organizations have submitted comments expressing their concern to the EPA. “EPA’s proposal to regulate carbon from existing power plants is one of the most complex regulations ever put forth. It also appears to be one of the costliest,” the National Black Chamber of Commerce said in a submitted comment.
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Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt introduces Federal Water Quality Protection Act

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) was among the six senators last month who introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act to protect traditional U.S. navigable waters.
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Exelon VP says EPA's proposed carbon rule achievable via voluntary compliance

Exelon Corp. Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs Joseph Dominguez told members of the U.S. Energy Association (USEA) on Thursday that those who oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon rule are on the wrong side of history.
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Montana Senator Steve Daines critical of EPA

Speaking at an Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on April 29, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) chided Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy for not adequately reviewing comments from Montana and the state’s tribes on the Clean Power Plan.
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House passes Gosar Amendments supporting increased water infrastucture

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) passed amendments on the House floor last week aimed at protecting and promoting water infrastructure.
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Senators call for repeal of Waters of the U.S. proposal

Late last week, Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) announced their intent to introduce bipartisan legislation to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the United States proposal.
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Senate bill aims to rein in EPA's proposed new water rule

U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced legislation on Friday to ensure a timely and fair scientific analysis of the “waters of the U.S.” jurisdiction under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) is also a sponsor of the bill.
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Legislation would stop EPA´s expanded waters definition

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Senate last week that would keep the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing a rule that could cause millions of acres of private property to be regulated as wetlands under the Clean Water Act's expand definition of “waters of the United States.”
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Three EPA employees among finalists for Service to America Medals

The Partnership for Public Service announced on Monday that three Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees -- Robert Kavlock, Jacob Moss and Stephanie Hogan -- have been selected as finalists for this year’s Service to America Medals.
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EPA´s Battle of the Buildings saves $50 million

The Environmental Protection Agency´s fifth-annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings competition generated $50 million in savings and prevented 250,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions among the more than 5,000 buildings across the United States and Puerto Rico.
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EPA announces $13.5 million available for clean diesel grants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it has made $13.5 million available for grants to local governments, tribal agencies and nonprofit organizations that are seeking to improve their local air quality by switching to cleaner diesel engines.
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Coop, public power association ask EPA to initiate a small business review of proposed clean air act

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the American Public Power Association (APPA) asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) twice in April to start a full Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) process for the federal implementation plan for Part 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
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EPA issues health advisory levels for algal toxins

In the lead up to summer, the peak season for algal blooms, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released health advisory values for levels of algal toxins in drinking water, a problem that affects 30 to 48-million Americans.
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Texas to fight federal 'Carbon Rule'

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday that he will be challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, also called the Carbon Rule, which seeks to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing power plants.The rule has come under fire from several states and industry groups who claim that it will cause undue harm to state economies and electricity reliability.
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Journal publishes Clean Power Plan remarks from EPA official

An article published today in the Energy Utility and Environment Conference (EUEC) Journal delineates Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe’s remarks on the Clean Power Plan at this year’s conference.
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Texas governor takes EPA fight to Washington

Gov. Greg Abbott discusses Clean Power Plan with Senate leaders
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New critique raises questions about reliability concerns for EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Advanced Energy Economy Institute said North American Electric Reliability Corp.'s concerns unwarranted
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EPA releases online climate change training to boost local response

Training aimed at local government is part of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
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