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  • The president just signed a law that affects nearly every product you use

    06/22/2016 12:01:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2016 | By Darryl Fears
    President Obama signed a bill into law Wednesday that places stronger regulations on chemicals present in nearly every product Americans use, including detergents, clothing, paint thinners, cleansers and automobiles. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act passed by Congress early this month in a rare bipartisan vote. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act, which had not been reauthorized since the Ford administration in the mid-1970s. The new law gives the Environmental Protection Agency more oversight and stronger tools to monitor chemicals that in some cases could cause cancer and other health problems in adults and...
  • Judge nixes 'ridiculous' EPA request to block testimony in coal case

    06/17/2016 11:41:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17, 2016 | Timothy Cama
    A federal judge ruled Friday that a lobbyist and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official can testify for a coal company in its lawsuit against the agency. The EPA had sought to block Jeff Holmstead, who led the EPA’s air pollution office under then-President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, from appearing as an expert witness in Murray Energy Corp.’s case. The agency argued that Holmstead’s time at the EPA is a significant conflict of interest and his testimony would amount to little more than unreliable legal conclusions. The EPA “effectively argues that, because Mr. Holmstead once worked at...
  • Lies, Damned Lies, And The EPA's 'Clean Power Plan'

    06/17/2016 6:12:53 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 6/17/2016 | Staff
    Environment: President Obama's "Clean Power Plan" is on pause, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling in March after more than two dozen states filed suit to stop it. A new report shows why the plan should be scrapped entirely, and the EPA sued for fraud.
  • SCOTUS Sides With Landowners In Blow to Obama Admin's Environmental Agenda

    06/01/2016 5:49:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    The White House’s Clean Water Act requires property owners to surrender possession of land that falls under its jurisdiction. The law, which has frustrated landowners for 40 years, was expanded last year when the Obama administration issued new rules for which bodies of water can be claimed as government property. Hawkes Co., Inc. was one of the businesses affected by the White House’s environmental guidelines. The company, which provides peat for golf courses, was prevented from using property in Marshall County, Minnesota, because it had been deemed federally controlled wetlands by the United States Corps of Engineers. The Supreme Court took up...
  • EPA is reminded that Power Plan enforcement violates SCOTUS order

    05/25/2016 8:01:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Back in January, 26 states asked the Supreme Court to put a halt to the EPA’s new “Clean Power” Plan based on the extraordinary cost it imposed on states, stress to the power grid and a variety of other factors. The Court agreed to that request, instructing the involved parties to put on the brakes until ongoing litigation made its way through the court system. Unfortunately, EPA chief Gina McCarthy never seemed to get the memo and the agency has continued work on the program, drafting plans to reward states which exceed the mandated targets in carbon emissions and punishing...
  • EPA Just Declared War On Millions of Car Owners

    05/25/2016 3:54:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 147 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/25/2016 | Staff
    Energy: The EPA’s proposal to increase the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline is a trifecta of regulatory abuse. It will do nothing for the environment, it will do nothing for energy security, and it could wreck millions of car engines
  • EPA seeks to boost ethanol in fuel supply

    05/18/2016 2:26:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 18, 2018 | Timothy Cama
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to increase the amount of ethanol and other biofuels in the nation’s fuel supply. But the volumes proposed Wednesday under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) still fall under targets written into the 2007 law that created the program. That ended up angering both the ethanol industry, which wants more of its product to be mandated, and the oil industry, which wants the program rolled back. The agency plans to mandate that 18.8 billion gallons of biofuels be blended into the country’s gasoline and diesel supply next year. Of that amount, 14.8 billion gallons can...
  • Energy industry sues over grouse plans ( Colorado )

    05/13/2016 7:12:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 12, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    Oil and gas industry groups on Thursday sued federal agencies over revisions to land management plans in Colorado and other western states to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Western Energy Alliance and the North Dakota Petroleum Council filed the suit in North Dakota, saying the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to follow proper procedures for public involvement in adopting the land use plan amendments. They also say the plans ignore sound science and will hurt western economies. Plan revisions being challenged include ones in northwest Colorado, where greater sage-grouse habitat substantially overlaps with oil and gas...
  • EPA Administrator: ‘We Rock’ at Writing Rules

    05/11/2016 5:05:32 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 32 replies
    cns news ^ | May 9, 2016 | By Penny Starr
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that the EPA is very good at making rules requiring individuals, businesses and state and local governments to comply with laws related to “protecting” the environment. “If anybody knows anything about EPA and writing rules--we rock at it,” McCarthy said at the Climate Action 2016 summit held last week in Washington, D.C. "We do them legally. We do them on the basis of sound science. And while there is a pause, there’s no pause in the action in the United States towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. We are going in...
  • EPA Administrator: ‘We Rock’ at Writing Rules

    05/09/2016 10:21:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 9, 2016 | Penny Starr
    Video at link: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at the Climate Action 2016 summit in Washington, D.C. on May 6, 2016. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Friday that the agency is very good at making rules requiring individuals, businesses and state and local governments to comply with laws related to “protecting” the environment. “If anybody knows anything about EPA and writing rules – we rock at it,” Gina McCarthy said at the Climate Action 2016 summit held last week in Washington, D.C. McCarthy said the rules the agency puts...
  • EPA Continues To Implement Global Warming Plan Supreme Court Said It Couldn’t

    04/27/2016 3:36:44 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | April 27, 2016 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials are moving ahead with a key part of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) despite the Supreme Court issuing a stay against the agency’s global warming plan in February. The EPA submitted a proposal to the White House for green energy subsidies for states that meet the federally mandated carbon dioxide reduction goals early. The Clean Energy Incentive Program would give “credit for power generated by new wind and solar projects in 2020 and 2021” and a “double credit for energy efficiency measures in low-income communities,” according to Politico’s Morning Energy.The move seems to violate the...
  • Trump-ing Hillary on EPA and Global Warming

    05/04/2016 8:21:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/4/2016 | Steve Milloy
    If he lives up to his campaign rhetoric, a President Donald Trump would be a nightmare for the Environmental Protection Agency, radical environmentalism and the mandate- and subsidy-dependent “green” energy racket. I have paid close attention this campaign season to what every candidate has said about environmental issues. Almost all 17 of the Republican candidates strongly opposed Obama’s war on coal, the job-killing EPA, and global warming hysteria. But Trump has exhibited something else — unusually keen insight into and visceral dislike for green extremism, especially as inflicted upon us by the Obama administration.
  • As Americans Argue Over Which Bathroom to Use, 3 Nuclear Disasters are Unfolding Inside the US

    05/01/2016 4:57:36 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 57 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 4/30/2016 | Matt Agorist
    As the debate over which bathroom an individual should use based on their sexual identity heats up, we are witnessing the ignorant and brash nature of state enforcement of these edicts come to a head. It is not only a distraction and a means for the state to get involved in your bowel movements, but it paints the trans and gay community in a negative light by asserting there is some sexual stigma involved in relieving one’s bladder. The end result of such obstinate legalese clouding the minds of the public is going to be state violence initiated against individuals...
  • The EPA Stashes BILLIONS In Slush Fund-Like Accounts

    04/30/2016 8:12:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/30/2016 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials have accumulated at least $6.3 billion in more than 1,300 obscure spending accounts akin to slush funds that are essentially beyond congressional, media and public scrutiny. The accounts – which were created through EPA’s Superfund program – are not technically secret because the agency officially acknowledges their existence. But getting concrete details about deposits and expenditures is extremely difficult. The EPA deposited more than $6.3 billion into an estimated 1,308 special accounts between 1990 and 2015, according to the agency’s website, and has spent more than half of the total. The agency doesn’t publicly report...
  • The Political Death of American Coal

    04/19/2016 5:07:17 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 19,2016 | Stephen Moore
    There was a time in America — and it wasn't even so long ago — that liberals cared a lot about working-class people. They may have been misguided in many of their policy solutions — e.g., raising the minimum wage — but at least their hearts were in the right place. Then a strange thing happened about a decade ago. Radical environmentalists took control of the Democratic Party. These leftists care more about the supposed rise of the oceans than the financial survival of the middle class. The industrial unions made a catastrophic decision to get in bed with these...
  • Feds Say River They Polluted Is Safe, But Won’t Test Drinking Water

    04/15/2016 2:11:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/15/16 | Ethan Barton
    Drinking water and the “human food chain” affecting thousands of people are seriously threatened, because the Environmental Protection Agency polluted a Colorado river with toxic metals waste, a government document shows.But that’s not what EPA has been telling the public since the agency’s August 2015 accident that turned the Animas River yellow for nearly two weeks, threatening the main source of drinking and working water for residents in three states and the Navajo Nation.The EPA polluted the Animas River with 880,000 pounds of dangerous metals like lead and arsenic after it intentionally breached the Gold King Mine in August. EPA released a statement shortly...
  • A word from a toxicologist who defected from the federal junk science army

    03/15/2016 6:52:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/15/2016 | John Dale Dunn
    Last week, I discovered Frank Schnell when he wrote a comment on formaldehyde and said it was not a cancer-causing agent and that the EPA had lied about it. His comment was on an American Council on Science and Health posting by Josh Bloom, Ph.D. (organic chemistry), with a 20-year history of pharmaceutical research. Bloom busied himself in the post eviscerating a scare-monger on formaldehyde from the enviro-fanatic group National Resources Defense Council, and did a good job, but in the third or fourth comment, I saw a gem – a brief but insightful discussion by a man who described...
  • EPA Spends $300,000 to “Change the Habits” of American Workers

    03/14/2016 3:31:26 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 3/12/2016 | Staff
    The Environmental Protection Agency, not satisfied with the damage their regulations are doing to the nation’s fossil fuel industry, has awarded $300,000 in grant money to a tech company that will alert American office workers that they are using too much energy. The company, Lucid Design Group, is in the midst of developing technology that will track electricity and water use in commercial office buildings. “Through this project, Lucid is focused on reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings by influencing people’s behavior,” said a press release from the EPA. “With this award, it will further develop, test and commercialize low-cost...
  • EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout Was No Accident

    03/14/2016 12:55:06 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 93 replies
    /dailycaller ^ | 03/14/2016 | Michael Bastasch and Ethan Barton
    Obama administration officials called the Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado an “accident,” but an analysis of government documents and public statements makes clear the disaster was anything but accidental. The Environmental Protection Agency intentionally opened up the abandoned mine, which unleashed 3 million gallons of toxic waste into nearby rivers that residents of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and the Navajo Nation depend upon for drinking water. Agency administrator Gina McCarthy even called the mine spill an “unfortunate accident” in an Aug. 11, 2015, speech on the matter, but EPA officials have since been more cautious in describing the event....
  • House panel chairman: Gold King mine was breached on purpose ( EPA )

    03/02/2016 5:57:40 AM PST · by george76 · 40 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | March 1, 2016 | Matthew Brown
    The Republican chairman of a congressional panel investigating a 3-million-gallon spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive Colorado gold mine said Tuesday the mine was purposely breached by a government cleanup team. The assertion by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop of Utah contradicts claims by the Obama administration that the cleanup team was doing only preparatory work at the Gold King mine. Once it was breached, wastewater loaded with lead, arsenic and other contaminants fouled downstream rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Bishop cited an email in which an Interior Department official said the spill last August...
  • Clinton Foundation Board Member Is Ex-EPA Administrator Who Used Fake Email Name ‘Richard

    02/12/2016 11:11:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    daily caller ^ | 2/12/16 | Chuck Ross
    Lisa Jackson, the former Environmental Protection Agency administrator who was caught using an email account under the pseudonym “Richard Windsor,” sits on the board of the Clinton Foundation, the charity of Hillary Clinton, of HDR22@clintonemail.com fame. Jackson’s — or “Windsor’s” — position on the board has not been a secret, but it has received little media attention during the Clinton email scandal, which threatens to derail the Democrat’s White House hopes. Jackson’s biography on the Clinton Foundation’s website shows that she took her position there in 2013. The bio states that Jackson is currently vice president of environmental initiatives as...
  • Utah files lawsuit claiming feds' sage grouse conservation strategy is unlawful

    02/04/2016 7:02:30 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 4 2016 | Ben Lockhart
    The Utah Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture, claiming the agencies' strategy to disallow new mining on or near greater sage grouse habitats is a breach of "numerous federal laws and regulations." The lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeks an order voiding the federal government's land-use plan amendments submitted last year that would directly prohibit new hard rock mining on 233,300 acres in Utah. "The state of Utah claims that the 2015 federal plan amendments disregarded the hallmark of federal land management -- multiple use and sustained yield --...
  • EPA regional chief FINALLY resigns over Flint crisis - 22 months after residents first started...

    01/22/2016 5:18:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/22/16 | AP
    EPA regional chief FINALLY resigns over Flint crisis - 22 months after residents first started complaining about the high levels of lead in the water A regional director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has resigned in connection with the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Susan Hedman, the head of the agency's regional office in Chicago whose jurisdiction includes the state, will step down on February 1 so the government can focus solely on the crisis in the city. High levels of lead have been detected in the impoverished city's water since officials switched from the Detroit municipal system...
  • EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman to resign in wake of the Flint water crisis

  • ‘I let you down.’ Michigan governor apologizes for Flint water crisis [TR]

    01/20/2016 2:51:34 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 50 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 20 JANUARY 2016 | MARK BERMAN
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder apologized to the residents of Flint for a water crisis that has prompted outrage, federal scrutiny and lawsuits, vowing to seek long-term assistance for the city’s residents. In his State of the State address on Tuesday night, Snyder said he was asking state lawmakers for $28 million to help residents reeling after Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with dangerously high levels of lead. He also vowed to release his emails related to Flint from 2014 and 2015.
  • Obama Says if He Were a Flint Parent, He’d Be ‘Beside Myself’

    01/20/2016 2:46:48 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 33 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 20 JANUARY 2016 | NY TIMES
    DETROIT -- Commenting for the first time on the lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Mich., President Obama said Wednesday that he "would be beside myself" if he were a parent in the city. Mr. Obama said that in a White House meeting on Tuesday with Flint's mayor, Karen Weaver, "I told her that we are going to have her back, and all of the people of Flint's back, as they work their way through this terrible tragedy." The long-running crisis, which has poisoned dozens of Flint residents, at least, and left tens of thousands of others unsure...
  • Lies, deceit and more sniper fire: the obama administration knew about Flint last April

    01/19/2016 10:26:58 AM PST · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-19-16 | DrJohn
    See if you can tell that I'm angry. Sean Penn is the dolt who fancies himself as a journalist while surrendering all editorial control to his subject, a drug lord and murderer. CBS This Morning has decided to enroll in the Sean Penn School of Journalism. The Hillary whores hosts at CBS This Morning spent an entire segment of the show painting Michigan Governor as the bad guy in the Flint Michigan tainted water scandal. They likened it to a "Katrina moment." The segment then turned entirely into a Hillary Clinton campaign commercial. Everything centered around what Hillary had to...
  • Gov. Snyder: Clinton politicizing Flint's water crisis (MI)

    01/18/2016 4:11:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 18, 2016 6:40 PM EST
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder responded Monday to criticism from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the Democratic debates for his handling of Flint's water emergency, saying Clinton is making it a political issue. During Sunday's debate, Clinton said "every single American should be outraged" by the water crisis, adding that "if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would have been action." Following a speaking engagement at a Martin Luther King Day event in Flint, the Republican governor said her tactic doesn't help solve the problem. "We're going to...
  • EPA Wouldn't Tell Flint Residents About Drinking Water Hazard Cause It Would Curtail EPA Power

    01/14/2016 12:11:48 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    Freep | 1/13/2016 | CharlesOconnell
    "You mentioned making the service better for our customers; but the American citizens aren't our customers--about 400 junk mailers are our customers.", said US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to Outbox founder Evan Baehr. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) top Midwest official knew about the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis of 2015 months before telling the public, according to a Tuesday report by the The Detroit News. You can't judge the motives of individuals. But these government agencies and pandemic-mega-corporations aren't individuals. Therefore, it's fair to observe, that their behavior reveals their group motives, that "by their fruits you shall know...
  • Al Sharpton group wants new Flint court for possible lead poison victims

    11/04/2015 12:33:47 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 15 replies
    mlive ^ | November 2, 2015 | Ron Fonger |
    FLINT, MI -- The Michigan chapter of Al Sharpton's National Action Network says the state needs to set up a special court to hear criminal cases against juveniles who may have been poisoned by lead contaminants in Flint water. "All juvenile offenders arrested, charged or incarcerated in Genesee County that may have consumed Flint water during the period of lead contamination should be tested for lead content in their blood," Sam Riddle, state political director of Michigan NAN, said in a news release.
  • EPA's 2016 Resolutions: Acquire More Power, Increase Regulations

    01/09/2016 11:44:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2016 | Edwin Portugal
    With the start of a new year, President Obama and his army of unelected bureaucrats are resolving to acquire more power and increase regulations. Throughout his tenure, President Obama has shown that he will do anything to achieve his personal policy agenda. Whether by passing new regulations through federal agencies or issuing executive orders, the Obama Administration has repeatedly bypassed Congress and the will of the American people. In the realm of energy policy, Obama has made it clear that nothing will stand in the way of his so-called climate "legacy," not the economy, not the livelihood of millions of...
  • Coming soon: EPA to tackle 'light pollution'

    01/03/2016 8:06:48 AM PST · by rktman · 88 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/3/2016 | Rick Moran
    For thousands of years, man has sought to ward off the dark by using light to illuminate the night. Now, EPA chief Gina McCarthy and celebrity astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson want to take us back a few thousand years by giving the agency the ability to deal with "light pollution." The only way to deal with light pollution is to, well, turn off the lights. This will be a boon to astronomers like Tyson who will be able to see the stars and planets a lot better. But for the rest of us, not so good. Crime will rise, accidents...
  • "Climate Change" Expert Jailed for Conning EPA out of $900K

    01/03/2016 7:59:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1-3-15 | Leslie Eastman
    The EPA has been hit with a veritable flood of scandals recently. We covered the Animas River spill, caused by the EPA's rush to solve a non-problem involving a mine's wastewater, which impacted the water quality for several Western states. Now, one climate change expert who posed as a CIA operative has been jailed for conning the agency out of nearly $1 Million.
  • Coal industry could leave U.S. taxpayers with major bill

    12/09/2015 10:54:36 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-9-15 | Patrick Rucker
    WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) - U.S. taxpayers could be left with multibillion-dollar liabilities if large coal companies are pushed to bankruptcy, the Interior Department Secretary said on Wednesday. At issue is a practice known as self-bonding, allowed under a decades-old mining program, in which some of the country's biggest coal companies forego insurance on a portion of future mine cleanup costs.
  • Owner of Gold King Mine feels victimized by EPA ( Colorado )

    11/30/2015 8:35:06 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | November 29, 2015 | Jonathan Romeo
    Todd Hennis claims EPA planned mine spill to usher in Superfund. the Environmental Protection Agency-contracted crew's triggered blowout on his property, effectively turning the Animas River into an orange spectacle. He was speechless and horrified, but not surprised ... I have been trying to make everybody aware of the dangers posed by the Sunnyside Mine pool for 14 years .. when I saw the pictures, I just felt my life was over. I just thought, Oh God, what did they do? ... Hennis, for his part, has long maintained increased flows from the Gold King Mine are a result of...
  • Yellow River: EPA Forces Secrecy On Gold King Mine Spill Firm ( Colorado )

    11/15/2015 5:17:21 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 11/12/2015 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency officials require contractors to sign secrecy pledges that in the case of the Gold King Mine spill kept the public in the dark earlier this year about a Colorado mining disaster that turned waters yellow as they flowed through two states and the Navajo Nation. ... these secrecy clauses are typical with the EPA - the same government agency whose former administrator, Lisa Jackson, used an alias email address to avoid public scrutiny. ... the EPA controls the flow of information by circumventing federal regulations that dictate when an agency can use non-disclosure clauses by including secrecy...
  • EPA seeks to block chief's deposition in coal lawsuit

    11/11/2015 11:25:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 11, 2015 | Devin Henry
    The Environmental Protection Agency is working to block a deposition for administrator Gina McCarthy as part of a coal industry lawsuit. In a Tuesday court filing, the EPA asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to block a scheduled deposition in a case brought against the agency by coal giant Murray Energy Corp. Murray has sued the EPA over its rules agenda, arguing that the agency doesn't properly consider the job impact of its regulations before issuing them. It has petitioned to have McCarthy deposed in the case, something scheduled for later this month. The EPA has...
  • Open The Books On The EPA And We Find Appalling Waste

    11/09/2015 2:17:19 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 9, 2015 | George Leef
    The last several months have been bad ones for the Environmental Protection Agency. On August 5, EPA employees blundered into creating one of the worst toxic spills in American history when they allowed three million gallons of wastewater to flow into the Animas River in Colorado. The spill occurred during an attempted cleanup of an abandoned mine, despite warnings that their activity was creating the likelihood of a "blowout." But EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy did offer that she was "absolutely, deeply sorry this ever happened." Later in the same month, a federal court ruled that its proposed "waters of the...
  • SIDING WITH THE EPA: Bennet Votes for Waters of The U.S. Rule ( Colorado )

    11/05/2015 6:59:42 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | November 4, 2015
    While everyone was voting in Colorado elections Tuesday, scant attention was paid to how our U.S. Senators voted on a measure that is extremely important to our entire way of life. We'll give you a hint - it's water. A bill by our Wyoming neighbor, Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, would have required the EPA to rewrite the egregious Waters of the United States rule to give states and the agriculture industry more protection. WOTUS, as it's known, is the latest and worstest regulation issued by the Obama administration to regulate ponds and ditches in neighborhoods and farms as navigable...
  • EPA Chief Gina McCarthy is coming for your air conditioners

    11/05/2015 10:05:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/05/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    You’re not supposed to burn any coal or oil. You should probably avoid natural gas too, since it’s composed of hydrocarbons. Don’t drive your car unless it’s one of those battery powered ones that hasn’t caught fire yet. Get rid of those incandescent light bulbs all over your house. Clean all the steak and ground beef out of your fridge because cows are too flatulent. Have you checked all of these off your list? Good. Then you are finally doing your part and helping to end global warming.Oh, we forgot one more thing… we’re going to need to confiscate...
  • Business, states open legal fire on EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule

    10/27/2015 1:51:49 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 26, 2015 | By George Russell
    The legal barrage to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s radical Clean Power Plan has begun. A broad coalition of U.S. industry and business, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and an armada of other business and industry organizations, has asked the D.C. District of the federal Court of Appeals to prevent any further action on the Plan until the court can decide its overall legal status. The coalition filed a motion at their first opportunity on Friday to stay EPA’s long-awaited final rule governing the plan, immediately after the agency published the rule in the...
  • Mining on 10 Million Acres in Six States Impacted by BLM’s Proposed Withdrawal ( sage-grouse )

    10/10/2015 6:09:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Western Mining Alliance ^ | October 9, 2015 | mucker
    On September 24, 2015, the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) published a Notice of Proposed Withdrawal (“BLM notice”), proposing to withdraw from mineral location and entry federal lands identified as “sagebrush focal areas” in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. The BLM notice commences a two-year temporary segregation period, prohibiting location and entry of new mining claims on BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands in these sagebrush focal areas. If the BLM decides to withdraw the area at the end of the segregation period, the withdrawal will last up to 20 years, but could be extended in the...
  • Courts block EPA water rule that would put millions of acres under federal control

    10/10/2015 9:18:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/10/2015 | Rick Moran
    It's a regulation considered the most ambitious expansion of EPA's control over American waterways in history and a federal court has issued an injunction blocking its implementation. The Hill: “We conclude that petitioners have demonstrated a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims,” the judges wrote in their decision, explaining that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new guidelines for determining whether water is subject to federal control — based mostly on the water’s distance and connection to larger water bodies — is “at odds” with a key Supreme Court ruling.
  • EPA spends millions on military-style weapons, watchdog group reports

    10/10/2015 10:56:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on military-style weapons to arm its 200 “special agents” to fight environmental crime. Among the weapons purchased are guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books. “Protecting the environment just got real. With millions of dollars spent on military style weaponry, the EPA is now literally ensconced with all institutional force,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open the Books and the author...
  • Breaking: Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals puts a NATIONAL stay on Obama’s EPA Water Power Grab

    10/09/2015 9:51:15 AM PDT · by 100American · 20 replies
    Redstate ^ | ctober 9th, 2015 at 12:30 PM | Moe Lane
    OK, here’s the background. Once upon a time, the Obama administration decided to implement a ruling – without the input of Congress, mind you – that defined ““waters of the U.S.” to include virtually any wet area — even a rain-fed temporary pool — that is close to any other body of water with a physical connection to a navigable waterway.” As you can imagine, this was and is a massive attempt to extend the reach of the regulatory State into areas that they do not traditionally have the ability to go into. By making essentially all waters federal waters,...
  • Sixth Circuit Court Court blocks Obama’s EPA water rule nationwide

    10/09/2015 2:03:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/2015 | By Timothy Cama
    A federal court ruled Friday that President Obama’s regulation to protect small waterways from pollution cannot be enforced nationwide. In a 2-1 ruling, the Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered a stinging defeat to Obama’s most ambitious effort to keep streams and wetlands clean, saying it looks likely that the rule, dubbed Waters of the United States, is illegal. “We conclude that petitioners have demonstrated a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims,” the judges wrote in their decision, explaining that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new guidelines for determining whether water is subject...
  • EPA Ignores Science to Propose Most Expensive Regulation in History

    09/27/2015 1:22:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 26, 2015 | Tyler O'Neil
    New rules could outlaw lawn mowing, add a parking tax and declare national parks "toxic." Image via Shutterstock Next month, the Obama administration may roll out the most expensive regulation in history, ignoring scientific data that cutting ozone rates will not improve public health. In the name of fighting asthma, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested permission to decrease the ozone standard — the amount of ozone allowed in the atmosphere — to a level some scientists say is physically impossible to achieve. One organization estimates the cost to implement these new rules will be $1.1 trillion. Even worse, data...
  • New Mexico official: EPA kept water data secret after spill

    09/18/2015 1:11:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 9/17/15 | MATTHEW BROWN
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials refused for weeks to share water-quality data with their state counterparts following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, New Mexico's top environmental regulator testified Thursday. The move by federal agencies aimed to downplay the severity of the spill, hobbling the state's response to the high levels of arsenic, lead and other contaminants involved in the spill, New Mexico Secretary of Environment Ryan Flynn said. His criticisms, aired before a U.S. House committee investigating the Aug. 5 accident, offered more fodder for congressional Republicans eager to find...
  • Gold King spill leads to state-control discussion ( EPA: Colorado )

    09/16/2015 5:05:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Herald ^ | September 15, 2015 | Peter Marcus
    The recent Gold King Mine wastewater spill could breathe new life into a conversation about state control over federal lands. A meeting of the Water Resources Review Committee on Tuesday offered a glimpse into the issue, as state lawmakers had their first opportunity since the Aug. 5 spill to ask questions as an official panel. An Environmental Protection Agency-contracted team was performing reclamation work on the Gold King Mine near Silverton when an error during excavation caused an estimated 3 million gallons of orange sludge to pour into the Animas River. The water initially tested for spikes in heavy metals....
  • EPA accused at hearing of doctoring video from Gold King Mine spill

    09/09/2015 10:36:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 9, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    The Environmental Protection Agency was accused Wednesday of doctoring footage from the Gold King Mine spill, removing the audio of a worker saying, “What do we do now?” During a House committee hearing on the accident, Rep. Bill Johnson, Ohio Republican, showed what he said was an original on-site video taken the day of the Aug. 5 spill, which includes the audio, and then the same video posted on the EPA’s website that beeps out the audio. “The last few seconds of the audio has been removed to prevent the viewers from hearing the team on the ground saying, ‘What...