The Sierra Club is suing EPA over a recent regulatory update and is alleging that the agency failed to set emission limits for toxic pollutants released by kilns at facilities that make lime, a widely used construction and building material derived from limestone.
The goals were the most concrete yet announced by China, which accounts for one quarter of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions blamed for fast-rising temperatures. Speaking to the UN General Assembly, Xi renewed his support for the Paris climate accord and called for a green focus as the world recovers from the Covid-19 crisis.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has threatened to relocate the agency's Manhattan office, claiming federal workers are not safe in the city following a summer of violent protests.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has threatened to move the agency's Northeast regional headquarters out of Manhattan due to damage sustained during recent protests.
The EPA Office of Inspector General will dig into how the agency's financial arm is managing funds.
"With a range of marine geoengineering field trials inching forward, attention is turning to how research and eventual deployment should be governed." LINK
A bipartisan group of former EPA administrators slammed the agency's operations under President Trump, labeling it as a uniquely bad time for EPA.
EPA is moving its office for streamlining operations to a different home within the agency.
EPA approved continued use of the weedkiller atrazine, saying its risks to human health and wildlife can be managed while maintaining its value to farmers.
Longman, Jack; Palmer, Martin R.; Gernon, Thomas M. (2020): Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean. In Anthropocene, p. 100264. DOI: 10.1016/j.ancene.2020.100264. "This article discusses advantages of an approach based on enhanced input of tephra to the ocean, to increase the drawdown of atmospheric CO2." LINK
President Trump's EPA wants states in charge of enforcement. Sometimes that means pollution continues.
EPA postponed upcoming race-related training sessions after the White House ordered the agencies to suspend what it called "anti-American propaganda" across the federal government.
[Premium Times] The Global Liability Roadmap, launched in several countries across the world, aims to make big polluters pay for the harms they cause the environment.
EPA for the first time in more than 20 years today proposed an update to a tool to determine the pace at which communities — especially low-income areas — must pay for required upgrades to halt pollution.
As the pandemic continues, EPA is marching ahead with its controversial proposal that critics say would constrain public health data used to craft federal environmental policies.
EPA today said it's denying requests from small petroleum refineries to retroactively waive biofuel-blending requirements going back as far as 2011.
For more than half of its 50-year history, EPA did not regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
After years of work, EPA will not put a polluted area in downtown Montgomery on its list of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the country, a state agency announced Wednesday.
Three states, the District of Columbia and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are suing EPA for failing to force Pennsylvania and New York to stick to a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary.
A high-profile showdown over the Trump administration's Clean Power Plan rollback will be among the first cases Judge Justin Walker hears in his new position on the nation's most prominent appeals court.
"Reviewer 2 and Walker Lee get into the guts of this paper in a lively discussion. Walker's research breaks new ground in stratospheric aerosol geoengineering, raising interesting questions about a more refined technique that potentially creates surprising socio-economic effects." LINK
The Natural Resources Defense Council is suing EPA for not setting drinking water limits for a toxic rocket fuel ingredient, perchlorate.
The White House has granted a waiver to a top EPA attorney so he can take part in litigation involving the agency's rule on carbon emissions from power plants.
EPA will announce the opening of the Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains today to focus on issues in the West. Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the new office would counter the "one-size-fits-all" approach to environmental cleanups.
The final rule is substantially similar to the standards EPA proposed in November 2019.
American Indian and Alaska Native tribes are suing EPA and accusing the agency of illegally curbing their authority in Clean Water Act permitting for federally approved projects like pipelines and export terminals.
It's not much — white exterior walls, a chair and office phone inside, behind a door the EPA administrator could close behind himself.
EPA pulled the plug on a controversial study on the incineration of toxic chemicals — but not without taking a swipe at an Obama administration appointee.
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The Acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Henry B. Fahnbulleh, has on behalf of the Government of Liberia renewed the country's support to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
August 26, 2020 3:38 AM WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Former US vice-president Al Gore on Tuesday (Aug 25) accused President Donald Trump of trying to "put his knee on the neck of democracy" by undermining mail-in voting and sowing doubts, without evidence, about the integrity of the Nov 3 election.
When Al Gore won the popular vote by more than half a million, but lost the Supreme Court vote by 5 to 4, he gracefully conceded the 2000 election to George W. Bush—something Donald Trump would apparently be loath to do this time around even if Joe Biden beats him decisively in both the Electoral College and raw ballots on November 3.Gore insisted Tuesday—in an online interview with Reuters Editor in Chief Stephen J. Adler, introduced by Reuters Editor at Large Sir Harold Evans—that he’s had no second thoughts about his concession speech two decades ago because there was zero alternative.“When you say there were potentially some other moves,” he told Adler, “I researched them, and it turns out there’s no intermediate step between a final Supreme Court decision and violent revolution.”But what...
The EPA has approved a cleanser for use fighting covid19 in Texas. The approval covers temporary use by American Airlines and a pair of hospitals.
If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, he will have to pick an EPA administrator shrewd in science and politics as well as ready to restore the agency, observers say.
A former senior EPA official will be named to a top position at the State Department.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today visited Maine to announce a regulatory reprieve for the lobster industry.
An EPA advisory panel is raising numerous caveats about an agency-sponsored evaluation of a streamlined approach for estimating expected health benefits from cleaner air.
Though President Trump ultimately decided against traveling to a national park to deliver his 2020 nomination acceptance speech, the Republican National Committee is still looking to use public lands to help mark the occasion.
The EPA Mid-Atlantic region's main office is taking another step on reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Auto emissions testing has stopped, a clean trucks rulemaking has been delayed, and enforcement cases potentially have been slowed as a key EPA vehicles laboratory remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a long-delayed move, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today announced a rollback of Obama-era rules for oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines' Democratic opponent and an environmental group are rolling out new ads today challenging his record on public lands.
Six former EPA heads from Republican and Democratic administrations joined over 100 ex-employees in a sweeping report on how a future administration should revitalize environmental protection, promote scientific expertise and remove political intrusion from agency decisionmaking.
The White House appears to have lost its bid to make an upcoming rule for oil and gas emissions less protective than EPA proposed.
After a long delay that caught the attention of Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), EPA is moving forward on strengthening air toxics standards for a cancer-causing gas.
EPA had trouble telling its internal watchdog who on staff had been detailed outside of the agency.
Lockley, A.; MacMartin, D.; Hunt, H. (2020): An Update on Engineering Issues Concerning Stratospheric Aerosol Injection for Geoengineering. In Environmental Research Communications 2 (8). https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7620/aba944. "Stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI) is one proposed method, reliant on lofting material into the stratosphere. Engineering reviews related to this technology approach have been sparse, with most major primary analyses now at least five years old. We attempt to bridge this gap—with a short, qualitative review of recent developments in various fields of engineering that have potential applicability to SAI." LINK
Almost two decades ago, EPA unveiled a program with the chummy-sounding acronym "PAL" that was billed as a more flexible option for refineries, paper mills and other industrial operations to address a key set of regulatory obligations.
[Govt of Liberia] (Monrovia, Liberia):The President of Liberia, H.E. George Manneh Weah has dismissed with immediate effect Mr. Nathaniel Blama, Executive Director of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
Lee, Hanna; Muri, Helene; Ekici, Altug; Tjiputra, Jerry; Schwinger, Jörg (2020): The response of terrestrial ecosystem carbon cycling under different aerosol-based radiation management geoengineering. In Earth Syst. Dynam. DOI: 10.5194/esd-2020-57. "We find that changes in vegetation carbon storage under geoengineering application was much smaller than what is exhibited under RCP4.5 scenario that uses climate mitigation efforts by afforestation in the tropics. Hence, it would be important to consider the multiple combined effects and responses of land biomes when applying different strategies to reach the global temperature targets of the Paris Agreement." LINK
The Democrat vying to serve as Montana's new attorney general today laid out an aggressive plan for protecting public lands in the state.
EPA is proposing a new chemical weapon in the ongoing fight against herbicide-resistant weeds.
Filed under: News, Politics, White HouseWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law legislation that will devote nearly $3 billion annually to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The measure was overwhelmingly approved by Congress.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
A highly anticipated legal slugfest over the Trump administration's Clean Power Plan replacement is set to take place this fall.
Several business trade groups are urging support for Doug Benevento's nomination to be deputy EPA administrator, which has been stalled by a dispute over biofuels.
EPA has canceled its subscription to E&E News, the agency announced to staff yesterday.
An independent watchdog has found that EPA needs to improve its oversight of how states implement air quality regulations for waste sites.
A coalition of environmental groups today sounded the alarm about a series of approved and proposed rules that they say would allow logging and vegetation removal projects that could damage hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands across the West.
Environmental groups and several states yesterday urged a federal appeals court to force EPA to craft stronger safeguards against a widely used pesticide that has been linked to brain damage in children.
EPA has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by an advocacy group alleging that the agency was in some cases decades late in revisiting harmful pollutant standards for a variety of industrial and commercial sources.
EPA said this week it doesn't know whether the pesticide chlorpyrifos causes neurological damage in humans, despite research linking it to brain damage in children.
[Ghanaian Times] Sekondi -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended the posting of security personnel at ammonium nitrate warehouses in the Western Region to avert any eventuality, as they could be targets in the event of any instability in the neighbouring Mali and Cote d'Ivoire.
Lawyers representing the federal and some provincial governments made their cases before Canada's highest court today for keeping or killing the carbon tax — the cornerstone of the Trudeau government's climate agenda.
Filed under: Lifestyle, Shop, Tech Our team is dedicated to finding and telling you more about the products and deals we love. If you love them too and decide to purchase through the links below, we may receive a commission. Pricing and availability are subject to change.It’s no secret that now more than ever, folks are (or should be) spending most of their time inside. And while this has become the new normal due to the current state of the world, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined that this affinity for the indoors is nothing new. In fact, the agency explained that “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors.”Shop: Levoit H13 True HEPA Air Purifier, $99.99Credit: AmazonRead more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
EPA is poised to cinch repeal of a Clinton-era air toxics policy affecting thousand of industrial facilities.
Title: EPA Approves Pine-Sol as Coronavirus Disinfectant Category: Health News Created: 9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
Filed under: Lifestyle, Shop, Home Our team is dedicated to finding and telling you more about the products and deals we love. If you love them too and decide to purchase through the links below, we may receive a commission. Pricing and availability are subject to change.If you weren’t already invested in proper sanitization before the pandemic, you probably are now — with good reason. But it can be tricky to find which disinfectants will work best in your home. Luckily, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved another product for killing COVID-19: Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner.How to use Pine-Sol to disinfect properlyWhich areas should you disinfect often during the COVID-19 pandemic?Here’s where you can buy Pine-Sol online:Shop: Pine-Sol Original Cleaner...
In May 2018, Yellowstone National Park's superintendent was ordered by then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to manage the park's bison "more actively like cattle on a ranch," according to a park briefing statement.
Lisa Feldt, a former EPA assistant administrator who most recently served as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's vice president for environmental protection and restoration, has died. She was 60.
EPA's first-ever plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from passenger jets draw sharply contrasting reactions at a virtual public hearing this morning.
Research showing how toxic an abandoned Alaska military site is should prompt EPA to designate it under Superfund, the Yupik Tribe hopes.
Filed under: Lifestyle, Wellness, Health & Wellness Maintenance and cleaning solution company Zep announced Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed acceptance of three of its products to protect against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The acceptance was based on testing data submitted by Zep that showed its Zep Antibacterial Disinfectant & Cleaner with Lemon, Zep Spirit II Ready-To-Use Detergent Disinfectant, and Zep All-Purpose Bathroom Disinfectant Cleaner kill SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces in 60 seconds.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
The chairman of an EPA advisory committee who dominated a bitterly contested review of the agency's soot standards will serve a second three-year term on the panel, the agency announced today.
After years of delay, EPA officials may be close to formally staking out a position on an Obama-era clampdown on the sometimes enormous amounts of excess pollution belched by refineries and other industrial plants during startups, shutdowns and equipment failures.
EPA Refuses to Regulate Rocket Fuel Chemical in Drinking Water
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EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today declared he accomplished "perhaps the biggest change in administrative procedures in a generation."
IEAGHG Technical Report (2020): Review of Constructability and Operational Challenges faced by CCUS Projects. IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme. "This study covers a new area and aims to serve as a guidance for future projects. IEAGHG will continue monitoring the constructability and operability aspects of large scale CCUS projects in the next years." LINK
[Africa In Fact] There's big potential for Africa to participate in international carbon markets given its ability to contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation
The attorneys general of three mid-Atlantic states and Washington, D.C., on Thursday sued the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing it of failing to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
A panel of federal judges today considered whether EPA had done enough to demonstrate that a New Jersey stormwater conveyance should be prioritized for a federal cleanup.
Former EPA air chief Bill Wehrum is back in private law practice more than a year after leaving the agency amid allegations of ethical impropriety.
"Today Andrew talks to Daniele Visioni about his new paper on the Reduced Poleward Transport Due to Stratospheric Heating Under Stratospheric Aerosols Geoengineering." LINK
A former senior EPA air attorney who helped draft the Clean Power Plan will be the head of the agency's solid waste law office.
An environmental group said it will sue EPA to stop the agency's revised method for assessing wildlife risks from pesticides.
[This Day] Mass mobilisations and marches happening across the globe makes these times very interesting. From the United States, to Europe, Asia and Africa people are saying enough is enough and demanding an end to global systemic injustice.
Covid-19 travel restrictions and continued renewables growth contribute to fall in Australia's emissions, but benefits set to be short lived.
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[FrontPageAfrica] Ganta -- The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) last weekend concluded a two-day training for over 40 female journalists on how to report environmental issues.
Filed under: Finance, Business, Economy President Trump has kept about one-fourth of his 2016 campaign promises, according to Politifact. The big ones: Cutting taxes, renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, slapping tariffs on Chinese imports and withdrawing from the Paris climate accord.APRead more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Reuters/Edited by The Daily Beast When Al Gore won the popular vote by more than half a million, but lost the Supreme Court vote by 5 to 4, he gracefully conceded the 2000 election to George W. Bush—something Donald Trump would apparently be loath to do this time around even if Joe Biden beats him decisively in both the Electoral College and raw ballots on November 3. Gore insisted Tuesday—in an online interview with Reuters Editor in Chief Stephen J. Adler, introduced by Reuters Editor at Large Sir Harold Evans—that he’s had no second thoughts about his concession speech two decades ago because there was zero alternative. “When you say there were potentially some other moves,” he told Adler, “I researched them, and it turns out there’s no intermediate step between a final Supreme Court...
Field, John L.; Richard, Tom L.; Smithwick, Erica A. H.; Cai, Hao; Laser, Mark S.; LeBauer, David S. et al. (2020): Robust paths to net greenhouse gas mitigation and negative emissions via advanced biofuels. In PNAS, p. 201920877. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1920877117. "Our assessment illustrates how deliberate land use choices support the climate performance of current-day cellulosic ethanol technology and how technological advancements and carbon capture and storage addition could produce several times the climate mitigation potential of competing land-based biological mitigation schemes." LINK
EPA today issued an emergency approval for several Texas businesses to use a surface disinfectant that can last up to seven days and kill the novel coronavirus.
With a court-ordered deadline coming up fast, EPA is seeking to deem an additional 10 areas from Virginia to Washington state out of compliance for its current sulfur dioxide standard.
Montana’s Democratic governor asked a federal judge Thursday to take swift action to remove the Trump administration’s chief steward of public lands, as the former industry attorney hangs onto the post despite the White House saying Saturday that his nomination would be withdrawn. Gov. Steve Bullock said William Perry Pendley's continuing leadership of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management undermines conservation efforts and is illegal because Pendley never had a Senate confirmation hearing. The Associated Press reported earlier this week that Pendley remains in charge under an arrangement that Pendley himself set up months ago.
"The idea of fixing damaged biophysical systems through a one-size-fits all engineered approach is dangerous as it may have unintended consequences in different parts of the world." LINK
EPA is allowing more time for nominations to an advisory panel tasked with evaluating the agency's risk assessment of chemicals.
THE GOVERNMENT has collected nearly $12 million in levies for synthetic greenhouse gases imported into the country over the past year.
A top EPA official asked the agency's Office of Inspector General to withdraw a report critical of its reporting efforts on cleanup of the nation's beaches — a request the internal watchdog rejected.
EPA, during oral arguments yesterday, argued that its decision to withdraw a proposal to block large-scale mining in Alaska's Bristol Bay region is not subject to judicial review because there is no legal standard to apply to the agency action.
EPA plans to survey its employees on whether they need to work remotely or have a longer workday because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When EPA embarked on an overhaul of its regulatory cost-benefit forecasting requirements in 2018, a trade group for heating and cooling equipment makers was happy to offer four pages of written comments and suggestions.
EPA found no unreasonable risks to the environment or the general population from exposure to a solvent used in dry cleaning and a variety of other products such as adhesives.
EPA is on the verge of releasing rules rolling back Obama-era standards on a powerful greenhouse gas and replacing them with weaker alternatives.
"Keith is working with Frank Keutsch, a professor of atmospheric chemistry, to determine what the effect of that rock dust might be." LINK
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy expects to continue to graze his cattle on public lands without interference from the Bureau of Land Management following a court ruling that blocks the Justice Department from pursuing a new criminal trial against the anti-federal government activist.
New Zealand wastes nearly 125,000 tonnes of food a year
CONSTRUCTION of New Zealand's first large-scale waste-to-biogas plant shows the country could eliminate greenhouse gas emission caused by food rotting in rubbish dumps,...
When Francis Newlands created the Chevy Chase Land Co. in the 1890s, he envisioned an exclusive neighborhood on the border of Maryland and Washington that would have no Blacks or Jews.
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered a one-day suspension of entry fees at national parks and other public lands tomorrow to mark President Trump's signing of the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill aimed at reducing a $20 billion maintenance backlog.
Donald Trump Jr. today urged his father in a tweet to direct EPA to block the Pebble mine from developing massive deposits of gold and copper upstream from Alaska's Bristol Bay.
President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law today, flanked by Republican lawmakers and administration officials. The bill permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund and creates a five-year trust fund to chip away at the backlog of deferred maintenance projects at national parks and on public lands.
Levin, K., D. Rich, K. Ross, T. Fransen, and C. Elliott (2020): Designing and Communicating Net-Zero Targets. Working Paper. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Available online at www.wri.org/design-net-zero. "This paper aims to support countries in designing and communicating their net-zero targets to ensure they fully contribute to the achievement of the Paris Agreement’s goals." LINK
Key metrics in EPA's own data on the spread of the COVID-19 virus show criteria weren't met even as Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced phase 2 of reopening for the agency's headquarters and New England offices.
EPA headquarters and the agency's New England office are taking another step forward on reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
EPA released a final rule yesterday that limits the amount of lead allowed in plumbing products and imposes stricter oversight of manufacturers or importers of such equipment.
After EPA enforcement officials effectively sidelined themselves, regulators in a second state have faulted hardware giant Lowe's Cos. Inc. for apparently selling wood stoves that don't meet the agency's latest emission standards.
EPA chief Andrew Wheeler declared today that the Trump administration has protected American jobs and the environment, blasting what he called political overreach of the "Obama-Biden administration."
One of the Trump administration's top EPA officials recently joined Twitter.