Posted on January 26, 2016 by Bob Berwyn
Fossil fuel dinosaurs make last-ditch effort to keep polluting the nation’s air with dangerous greenhouse gases
Mercury from the Craig Station power plant in northwest Colorado pollutes lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park.
By Bob Berwyn
Texas, West Virginia, Colorado and 26 other states are going to the U.S. Supreme Court with a last-ditch effort to slow the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
The states want the court to block implementation of the EPA Clean Power Plan, which they describe as “the most far reaching and burdensome rule EPA has ever forced onto the States.”
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected the same request, leading to the appeal to the Supreme Court. The states say the plan will require a massive shift away from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy, and claim the changes will cost jobs and money. Continue reading
Filed under: air quality, climate and weather, climate change, Environment, global warming | Tagged: clean power plan, EPA, global warming, greenhouse gases, U.S. Supreme Court | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 21, 2016 by Bob Berwyn
States free to move ahead with energy transition plans
Fossil fuel power plants like Craig Station in northwest Colorado will have to clean up their act under the Clean Power Plan. @bberwyn photo.
A federal appeals court this week rejected a last-ditch effort by fossil fuel companies to block implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which is aimed at curbing heat-trapping pollution from power plants.
An anti-environmental coalition of states and fossil fuel companies had sought an emergency stay in federal court, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today denied that request, stating that the petitioners’s claims didn’t meet the legal standard for emergency court action. Continue reading
Filed under: climate change, economy, energy, Environment, global warming, renewable energy | Tagged: clean power plan, climate change, energy transiton, EPA, fossil fuels, Peabody Coal, renewable energy | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 18, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Water pollution from waste pharmaceuticals is becoming ubiquitous, to the detriment of the environment. @bberwyn photo.
Watchdogs offer suggestions to beef up regulation
After years of studies showing how pharmaceutical wastes are polluting streams and lakes, the EPA has finally proposed a modest rule to start curbing the contaminants.
A proposed rule published in August would create new standards for healthcare facilities (including pharmacies) and reverse distributors. According to the agency, the rule would prevent the flushing of more than 6,400 tons of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals annually by banning healthcare facilities from flushing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals down the sink and toilet.
More Summit Voice stories on pharmaceutical pollution:
Filed under: Environment, rivers, water, water quality | Tagged: Environment, EPA, pharmaceutical pollution, water quality | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 3, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
The EPA is making new allegations against VW for clean air violations.
EPA says automaker skirted clean air regs with additional diesel vehicles
By Bob Berwyn
There’s more trouble ahead for VW, as the EPA this week issued a second formal notice to the German automaker alleging further Clean Air Act violations.
The latest notice from the EPA is also being issued to Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America. Along with the vehicles identified last month, the EPA now says that VW, Porsche and Audi also installed illegal air pollution “defeat devices” in additional cars, including the diesel versions of: the 2014 VW Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5. Continue reading
Filed under: air quality, Environment | Tagged: air pollution, air quality, Environment, EPA, VW | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 23, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Hasty excavation without adequate technical info led to disastrous Gold King mine blowout in Colorado
Tainted abandoned mine drainage is common in the mountains of Colorado. Photo courtesy Bureau of Reclamation.
By Bob Berwyn
Federal and state environmental engineers, along with their contractors, misjudged conditions inside the Gold King Mine before they unleashed a toxic flood of water into Cement Creek down the Animas and into the Colorado in early August.
The technical details about the spill were released this week by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation, which did an independent review of the accident. Most importantly, the workers underestimated the water level inside the mine. That error “resulted in development of a plan to open the mine in a manner that appeared to guard against blowout, but instead led directly to the failure,” the Bureau of Reclamation wrote in the report. Continue reading
Filed under: Colorado, Environment | Tagged: abandoned mines, acid mine drainage, Animas River spill, Environment, EPA, Gold King Mine, water pollution, water quality | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 19, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
New refrigerants could soon come on the market reduce the use of heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution. @bberwyn photo.
New rule targets HFCs
The EPA is targeting sharp cuts of potent heat-trapping pollutants used for refrigeration with a series of new rules, as well as collaborative steps with industries that use hydrofluorocarbons.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced some of those steps last week during a White House roundtable, describing the partnership with companies like Target.
“The powerful combination of EPA’s regulatory actions and innovations emerging from the private sector have put our country on track to significantly cut HFC use and deliver on the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan,” McCarthy said. Continue reading
Filed under: air quality, climate and weather, Environment, global warming | Tagged: climate change, Environment, EPA, greenhouse gases, HFCs | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 1, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Got smog? EPA wants to cut ozone, but will face a challenge on new standard.
Environmentalists say new rule is to weak; industry asks Congress to step into the fray
The EPA’s new smog-fighting ozone standard is likely headed down the same path as the agency’s other recent initiatives to improve the environment.
Like the recently updated wetlands rule and the Clean Power Plan, the new ozone limit was immediately criticized from all sides. Environmental advocates said the agency ignored its own experts when it set the new limit at 70 parts per billion. Industry claims the new rule will cut profits and cost jobs. Continue reading
Filed under: air quality, Environment | Tagged: air quality, Environment, EPA, ozone, ozone standard, pollution, smog | Leave a comment »