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17 hrs ago | TheBlaze.com

EPA Regs to Have Heavy Impact on Coal Plants Despite 'Attempts to Disguise'

The Environmental Protection Agency's regulation will have a harsher impact on coal-fueled powered plants than originally thought, and the agency has tried to disguise that impact on the industry and jobs, Sen. David Vitter said Tuesday. A tractor trailer navigates mounds of coal after delivering a truckload of coal to Arch Coal Terminals June 3, 2014 in Cattletsburg, Kentucky.

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Related Topix: Law, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, US Politics, David Vitter, US News, US Senate, Republican

21 hrs ago | Journal and Courier

EPA extends public input time on power plant rulesEPA extends public...

EPA extends public input time on power plant rules The EPA announced Tuesday it is extending the rule's public comment period to Dec. 1. Check out this story on jconline.com: http://on.jconline.com/1u4s5TO The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it is extending the public comment period 45 days for a proposed rule requiring states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The new deadline is Dec. 1. Indiana state officials and other stakeholders have more time to give feedback on the federal government's proposed rule requiring states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants - a rule that Gov. Mike Pence is trying to stop.

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Related Topix: Law, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Mike Pence, US Governors, Representative Joe Donnelly, Democrat, Senator Dan Coats, US Senate

Yesterday | Switched

Environmental Protection Agency Pushes Back Deadline For Comment On Carbon Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday afternoon that it is extending the public comment period for its proposed rules on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, raising questions about whether the agency will be able to meet the June 2015 deadline President Barack Obama set for finalizing the standards . Janet McCabe, EPA's acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, said the agency is extending the comment period by 45 days, until Dec. 1. The previous deadline had been set for Oct. 16. She said the extension comes "because of the strong amount of interest we've seen from stakeholders."

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Related Topix: Law, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama

Yesterday | Business Journal

EPA extends comment period for power plant rule

The EPA's proposed regulation would require electric utilities to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The Environmental Protection Agency extended the comment period until Dec. 1 for its proposed rule requiring existing power plants to reduce carbon emissions.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law

Yesterday | KSFY

OSHA cites South Dakota grain elevator in worker's death

A South Dakota grain elevator company has been cited with multiple OSHA safety violations after the death of an employee. The accident occurred on March 14, 2014 at Prairie Ag Partner's Lake Preston location.

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Related Topix: South Dakota, Law, OSHA, Lake Preston, SD

Yesterday | ABC News

EPA Grants Extension on Power Plant Pollution Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency is giving the public more time to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants. The EPA said Tuesday it would extend a comment period by 45 days, until December 1. The announcement comes a week after 53 U.S. senators asked for an additional two months, and a week before President Barack Obama is expected to speak at a United Nations climate summit aimed at making progress toward a new international agreement.

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Yesterday | Brandon Sun

Agency to give public more time to weigh in on proposal to clean up coal-fired power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency is giving the public more time to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants. The EPA said Tuesday it would extend a comment period by 45 days, until December 1. The announcement comes a week after 53 U.S. senators asked for an additional two months, and a week before President Barack Obama is expected to speak at a United Nations climate summit aimed at making progress toward a new international agreement.

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Yesterday | The Miami Herald

EPA derails Cuomo's Tappan Zee funding plan

The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected almost all of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to use clean water funds to help finance the new Tappan Zee Bridge, announcing Tuesday that only $29 million of Cuomo's $511 million plan meet federal requirements. The decision scuttles Cuomo's plan to use the environmental funds to reduce the overall cost of the $3.9 billion bridge replacement, which environmental advocates had slammed as an improper use of money intended for drinking water, sewage and other water-related projects.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law, Andrew Cuomo, US Governors

Yesterday | StreetsBlog.org

NYC: EPA Rejects Cuomo's Clean Water Money Grab for Highway Bridge

This morning, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected the $510.9 million federal loan New York state had requested from a clean water program to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. Only $29 million worth of TZB work is eligible for clean water money, the EPA's regional office ruled, averting a dangerous precedent that could have let governors across the country raid environmental funds to pay for highways.

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Yesterday | WNYC-AM New York

EPA Disqualifies Controversial Tappan Zee Loan

In a stunning rebuke to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the federal Environmental Protection Agency disqualified a loan to the Tappan Zee Bridge, one of the Cuomo Administration's signature projects. New York had originally sought to borrow $511 million for the bridge from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund , which is federal money administered by the state's Environmental Facilities Corporation and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Related Topix: Law, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Cuomo, US Governors, Environment, Science

Yesterday | WSTM-TV Syracuse

Southern Tier demolition company pleads guilty to dumping polluted water

A demolition company and two of its workers have pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally dumping polluted water in upstate New York. 53-year-old Mark Pullyblank of Caledonia, 53-year-old William Clements of Victor, and Crane-Hogan Structural Systems Inc. of Spencerport were charged last year in a nine-count indictment with violating the Clean Water Act.

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Related Topix: Caledonia, NY, Spencerport, NY, Law, Binghamton, NY

Yesterday | WTOV9

Ohio EPA: Sheen on river is algae

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the sheen that spread on the Muskingum River is a diatom algae bloom. Officials say that type of algae doesn't create harmful toxins like the blooms that have threatened Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio.

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Yesterday | Battle Creek Enquirer

Enbridge, agencies to simulate oil spill responseEnbridge, agencies...

Enbridge, agencies to simulate oil spill response The Coast Guard's 9th District says the drill will be conducted Wednesday in Indian River. Check out this story on battlecreekenquirer.com: http://on.lsj.com/1tYuijO File photo of Enbridge workers on the Kalamazoo River near East Burnham Street in Battle Creek on August 31, 2011.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

Law.com

In Case of Workplace Accident, Increase OSHA Reporting

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a set of revised recordkeeping rules that ask employers to provide more information about health and safety incidents in the workplace. OSHA believes that the rule changes, which came out last week, will help the agency identify trouble spots at companies where there could be danger to more workers.

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Denver Post

Denver brownfields developer Frontier Renewal buys former Gates plant

An RTD commuter light rail unit passes the Gates Rubber Co. manufacturing plant at 999 S. Broadway, Denver.

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Domestic Fuel

RFA Calls on EPA to Undo Unfair Fuel Regulations

In this edition of the Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper talks about how corn prices have fallen but food prices continue to rise, and how that shows the "food versus fuel" argument is false. The Renewable Fuels Association is calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to address the unfair fuel volatility regulations that keep the sale and expansion of E15 from occurring.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law, Alternative Energy, Energy, Ethanol Fuel

JD Supra

OSHA's Final Rule on Reporting Requirements: A Major Change for Employers

On September 11, 2014, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a final rule that significantly changes an employer's duties to report workplace injuries to the agency. The current rule , codified at 29 C.F.R. 1904.39, only requires employers to report to OSHA workplace-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees.

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Painting/Wallcovering Contractor

OSHA Tightens Injury Reporting Rules

Architects, engineers and designers will get a break, but other building industry employers will face additional injury reporting requirements under new rules announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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The Brooklyn Paper

Cleaning Our Waterways: Developer digs deeper into pockets for Gowanus cleanup deal

A developer has inked a deal with the feds to cover tens of millions of dollars worth of Gowanus Canal-side cleanup in exchange for immunity from future pollution lawsuits. Lightstone Group, which plans to build a 12-story, 700-apartment luxury housing complex on a canal-front site bounded by Carroll and Second streets, has agreed to foot the bill for removing toxic soil on the site and building a new bulkhead along the canal.

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Related Topix: Law, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Daily Breeze

EPA seeks public input on cleaning heavy DDT contamination in Harbor Gateway

Pesticide-soaked soil under the former Montrose Chemical Corp. in Harbor Gateway needs to be removed to protect groundwater resources and prevent further spread of the cancer-causing chemicals - but first, federal environmental regulators want public input on how to get rid of it. Beginning this week and through the end of November, the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on how to best fix the problem.

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Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law, Environment, Science

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