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  • Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy says she'll keep close tabs on Pruitt

    02/19/2017 4:21:04 AM PST · by kevcol · 89 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 17, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Former President Barack Obama's environmental chief, Gina McCarthy, said Friday that she will be keeping a close eye on newly confirmed EPA chief Scott Pruitt as he takes the helm of the agency she once commanded. . . . "Every action" Pruitt makes, McCarthy said, will be eyed "very closely" by her "to ensure the Trump administration upholds science and the law." . . . The former EPA chief said she wants to make sure Pruitt "respects" the EPA's "dedicated public servants and builds on the agency's long track record of protecting public health and the environment."
  • EPA says it can't pay economic damages from mine spill

    01/13/2017 3:23:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 109 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 5:51 PM EST | Dan Elliott
    The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered in Colorado, saying the law prohibits it. The EPA said the claims could be refiled in federal court, or Congress could authorize payments. But attorneys for the EPA and the Justice Department concluded the EPA is barred from paying the claims because of sovereign immunity, which prohibits most lawsuits against the government. …
  • In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs

    01/12/2017 9:08:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2017 6:31 PM EST | John Raby
    A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing a response from outgoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy had responded to the judge’s previous order in a lawsuit brought against her by Murray Energy Corp. that the EPA must start doing an analysis that it hadn’t done in decades. […] The judge said the EPA is required by law to analyze the economic impact on a continuing basis when...
  • EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

    12/02/2016 5:40:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2016 8:01 PM EST | Matthew Brown
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing the bill. The proposal follows a 2016 agreement reached under court order for the government to enforce a long-ignored provision in the 1980 federal Superfund law. The requirement would apply to hardrock mining, which includes mines for precious metals, copper, iron, lead and other ores. It would cover mines and processing facilities in 38 states, requiring their owners to set aside sufficient money to pay for future clean ups. The...
  • EPA Administrator: ‘Get on Board’ Climate Change Train or ‘Be Left Behind’

    11/22/2016 9:14:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 22, 2016 | 2:36 PM EST | Melanie Hunter
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday during a speech at the National Press Club that “the train to a global clean energy future has already left the station” and that the U.S. can get on board and provide leadership or get left behind. “Science tells us that there is no bigger threat to American progress and prosperity than the threat of global climate change, and if you take absolutely nothing else from my speech today, take this: the train to a global clean energy future has already left the station. So we have a choice: we can choose...
  • EPA chief: Progress under Obama won't be undone by Trump

    11/21/2016 3:22:23 PM PST · by PROCON · 129 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 21, 2016 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump will not derail progress made in fighting climate change and creating clean-energy jobs, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency insisted on Monday in arguing "the inevitability of our clean energy future is bigger than any one person or nation." EPA chief Gina McCarthy said the world is "in a spectacularly different place today than we were when President (Barack) Obama took office," citing new environmental rules and actions to help create thousands of jobs in renewable energy such as wind and solar power.
  • EPA rushing through regulations after Trump election

    11/11/2016 5:38:56 AM PST · by RightGeek · 95 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/10/2016 | John Siciliano
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is telling staff to quickly finish up the last round of regulations before President-elect Donald Trump enters the Oval Office next year. "As I've mentioned to you before, we're running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama's presidency," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a staff memo obtained by the Washington Examiner after Trump was declared the winner of Tuesday's election. The agency is currently working on regulations for the oil and gas sector, and is finalizing new annual regulations for the nation's ethanol mandate and renewable fuel blending...
  • EPA Chief: ‘People Have to Start Living a Life That’s Commensurate with Reductions in Greenhouse

    10/27/2016 12:14:07 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 69 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 10/26/16 | Eric Scheiner
    full title....EPA Chief: ‘People Have to Start Living a Life That’s Commensurate with Reductions in Greenhouse Gases’...................... (CNSNews.com) -“People have to start living a life that’s commensurate with reductions in greenhouse gases,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said while discussing the recent global deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in air-conditioning and refrigeration. During a social media discussion with Mashable last week, McCarthy said that fighting climate change will “not have to be just what government does, but it has to be what people do.” “People have to start living a life that’s commensurate with reductions in greenhouse...
  • EPA Chief: ‘People Have to Start Living a Life That’s Commensurate with Reductions in Greenhouse..

    10/27/2016 10:59:35 AM PDT · by PROCON · 46 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Oct. 24, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) -“People have to start living a life that’s commensurate with reductions in greenhouse gases,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said while discussing the recent global deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in air-conditioning and refrigeration. During a social media discussion with Mashable last week, McCarthy said that fighting climate change will “not have to be just what government does, but it has to be what people do.” “People have to start living a life that’s commensurate with reductions in greenhouse gases to the extent they can,” McCarthy said. “But also, as you said- demand government to be...
  • 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...
  • 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 slammed after refusing to cover Colorado county’s costs from toxic spill

    04/28/2016 3:23:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — The Environmental Protection Agency came under fire Thursday after an official said the agency would not fully cover a Colorado county’s expenses stemming from the EPA-caused toxic wastewater spill at the Gold King Mine. Colorado Republicans blasted the agency after the Durango Herald reported that an EPA official nixed some of La Plata County’s proposed cooperative agreement for $2.4 million in spill-related costs over 10 years at a Wednesday board of county commissioners meeting. Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, described the report as “outrageous” and “yet another example of the Washington double standard,” adding that he would work...
  • If the EPA "did their job" in Flint, why did their regional administrator just resign?

    01/23/2016 7:38:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 23, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    You may recall that reporters finally caught up with EPA chief Gina McCarthy in DC the other day and asked her about the situation in Flint, Michigan and the dismal (if not criminal) response of her agency. She informed everyone that, “we did our job.” That’s an interesting perspective, particularly in light of the fact that she just accepted the resignation of the Region 5 administrator who sat on reports of toxic water in Flint for months without telling anyone. (The Hill) The regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief responsible for Michigan is resigning amid charges that she did not...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • EPA set to tighten smog limits as business gears for fight

    09/29/2015 12:59:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2015 3:53 AM EDT | Matthew Daly
    Facing a court-ordered deadline, the Obama administration is preparing to finalize stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfills a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama, but sets up a fresh confrontation with Republicans already angry about the administration’s plans to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and to regulate small streams and wetlands. Business groups panned the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ozone rules as unnecessary when they were announced last fall, calling them the costliest regulation in history and warning they could jeopardize a resurgence in American manufacturing. But EPA...
  • Navajo Nation Furious Over Government Inaction Over Animas River Spill

    09/18/2015 6:00:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    In August, the Environmental Protection Agency, in their infinite wisdom, decided to let three million gallons of toxic water from the abandoned Gold King Mine contaminate the Animas River. The EPA was sent there on a clean up mission, as the mine had been abandoned for nearly a decade–and accumulating hazardous water waste as a result. All told, the arsenic levels in the river are now 300 times the normal rate, with lead levels at 3,500 times what is considered healthy. The Navajo nation slammed the president’s inaction over the Animas river spill in Colorado that is threatening their...
  • CRY US A CONTAMINATED RIVER: EPA Chief Takes a Beating at Senate Hearings

    09/17/2015 6:56:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | September 16, 2015
    It was a dirty river before, it’s a dirtier river now, we’re moving on. That sums up the attitude of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy who testified before two Senate committees today. Democratic lawmakers made excuses for the agency while Republicans hammered at McCarthy to take responsibility for the rusty contaminated sludge her agency unleashed on the Animas River and across three states. ... Has anyone been fired for …? ... Colorado’s Sen. Cory Gardner attended both hearings, and drilled McCarthy on the agency’s appalling lack of telephone etiquette – downstream users weren’t notified until days after the incident. When Gardner...
  • Impeachment resolution filed for EPA head Gina McCarthy (It's about time someone did)

    09/13/2015 8:44:27 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    am thinker ^ | 9/13/15 | t lifson
    It may ultimately be unsuccessful, but nonetheless it is a good thing that Arizona Representative Paul Gosar has filed articles of impeachment for Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA. A press release from his office notes that this: begins the impeachment process for Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), after she committed perjury and made several false statements at multiple congressional hearings, and as a result, is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors: “For far too long, Congress has allowed unelected bureaucrats and executive branch officials to slowly bend and break the laws of this country...