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LA Sues Oil Company for Allegedly Breaching Environmental Regulations

The city of Los Angeles’ Attorney’s Office sues AllenCo Energy.

Smoke from residential wood heaters, which are used around the clock in some communities, can increase toxic air pollution, VOCs, carbon monoxide, and soot.

EPA to Cut Woodstoves' Emissions

The agency has proposed standards for new woodstoves, heaters, and fireplace inserts beginning in 2015.

The Supreme Court has defined the limited issue as "whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases."

Stationary Sources of Greenhouse Gases

Will the Supreme Court, which recently let stand the D.C. Circuit's decision that greenhouse gases present a danger to the environment through climate change, allow EPA to control greenhouse gases from stationary sources?

Coal interests fiercely oppose EPA

Regulation of Carbon Emissions for Existing Power Plants Under the Clean Air Act

Will EPA finally propose regulations that significantly reduce carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants?

32-Month Sentence for EPA Employee's Fraud

John Beale, a former senior policy advisor in the agency's Office of Air and Radiation, had pleaded guilty to stealing government money. He has agreed to pay about $890,000 in restitution and about $500,000 to DOJ in criminal forfeiture.

If left unmonitored, recent trends of forest loss could result in a significant loss of land conservation and water quality, and limit climate change protection.

Loss of Forest Cover Threatens Water, Climate, and Land Conservation

A recent study conducted by Harvard University urges the importance of land-use regulations to help preserve water quality, increase the amount of harvested wood, and protect wildlife habitats.

Years of work have gone into constructing the shore power infrastructure needed to comply with the California Air Resources Board

California Ports Ready for At-Berth Regulation

The California Air Resources Board approved the "Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Auxiliary Diesel Engines Operated on Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth in a California Port" regulation six years ago. It aims to cut emissions from diesel auxiliary engines on container ships, passenger ships, and refrigerated-cargo ships while they're berthed at the California ports.

Hidden Climate Change Caused by Shale Gas Boom

EIP Announces Hidden Climate Change Impact to Fracking Boom

The recent shale gas boom has led to climate change impact in more than 90 new industrial plants, which are projected to emit greenhouse gases equal to 21 coal-fired power plants.



Some in Congress Urge Faster Phase-Out of Hydrofluorocarbons

A letter from U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, who chairs the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, and 15 colleagues asks EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to take action to accelerate the process.

White House CEQ Chair Announces Departure

Nancy Sutley is leaving in February 2014, the White House announced.

Coal interests fiercely oppose EPA

What's At Stake in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA

EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in stationary sources will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court early next year.

New Renewable Fuel Standards Proposed by EPA

Developed with input from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture, EPA’s new proposal seeks public input on annual volume requirements for renewable fuels in all motor vehicle gasoline and diesel produced or imported by the United States in 2014.

UN to Coal Industry: Radically Change and Diversify

Citing fiduciary responsibility to workforce and shareholders, UN’s Figueres urges coal industry “look past next quarter’s bottom line and see the next generation’s bottom line.”.

Experts Agree Ocean Acidification Caused by Carbon Dioxide Emission from Human Activity

Change our behaviors or expect significant economic and ecosystem loss to our world’s oceans.

Earth Day Texas

The Lone Star State seeks environmental awareness.

EPA Listens to Texans Talk Black and Green

Texas has a reputation for just about anything other than environmental activism, but a public hearing held Nov. 7 by EPA was crowded with people patiently waiting their three-minute turn at the microphone.

Coal Ash Pollutants Levels Exceed Health Guidelines

A new EIP Report describes TVA coal ash pollutants that were measured over the past five years, including arsenic, boron, and cobalt, exceed health guidelines.

WMO Reports New Record High for Greenhouse Gases

Call for action now, saying “Time is not on our side.”

Ethiopia Power's Up Africa's Largest Wind Farm

Harmony between wind and water boosts power production

EPA Fines School Bus Company $33K for Excessive Idling

Idling buses burn about one-half gallon of diesel per hour, pose health hazard to kids & drivers and spew greenhouse gas unnecessarily

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