Friday, May 22, 2015
The future of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York State appears to be nonexistent or nearly so after the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued its final supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) on the practice on May 13, 2015.
In a case in which environmental groups sought to force the EPA to push aside the states and take over the setting of water quality standards, a panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that the Agency had no obligation to do so.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Duke Energy Corporation, the nation’s largest electric utility, and three of its subsidiaries agreed to pay over $100 million in penalties as part of a massive, multipart settlement resulting from the February 2014 spill of liquid coal ash from the company’s Dan River steam station.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Massachusetts’s two Democratic senators have written to the EPA to request that any final Clean Power Plan issued by the Agency include a temporary moratorium on the use of biomass combustion as a means of complying with the requirements of the plan, which is expected to be made final this summer.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
On May 12, 2015, the U.S. House voted 261 to 155 to pass a bill that would force the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to withdraw their current proposal to define “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and embark on a new rulemaking under which the agencies must meet specific consultation requirements.
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