Environmental Protection Agency http://wfpl.org en EPA Concludes Recycling Coal Ash in Concrete, Wallboards is Safe http://wfpl.org/post/epa-concludes-recycling-coal-ash-concrete-wallboards-safe <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/epa-agrees-finalize-coal-ash-rule-december-19" target="_blank">under deadline to finalize the country’s first-ever measures regulating coal ash by next December, </a>and it’s considering <a href="http://www.epa.gov/wastes/nonhaz/industrial/special/fossil/ccr-rule/" target="_blank">two different options</a>: one that would regulate the material as a hazardous material, and the other as a “special waste.” But last week, the EPA released the results of a study which could preview which way the agency is leaning:</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:24:22 +0000 Erica Peterson 8536 at http://wfpl.org EPA Concludes Recycling Coal Ash in Concrete, Wallboards is Safe EPA Carbon Limits on New Power Plants Expected Tomorrow http://wfpl.org/post/epa-carbon-limits-new-power-plants-expected-tomorrow <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2013-28668.pdf" target="_blank">to formally publish tomorrow </a>a proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions—namely, carbon dioxide—from power plants.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:42:33 +0000 Erica Peterson 8152 at http://wfpl.org EPA Carbon Limits on New Power Plants Expected Tomorrow East Coast to Kentucky (and Other States): 'We're Sick of Your Air Pollution' http://wfpl.org/post/east-coast-kentucky-and-other-states-were-sick-your-air-pollution <p>The governors of eight Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states are tired of dealing with pollution from the Rust Belt and Appalachia. They’re <a href="http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/air/176a/Petition_2013Dec9.pdf" target="_blank">calling on the Environmental Protection Agency</a> to force tighter air pollution requirements on nine states, including Kentucky and Indiana.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:23:41 +0000 Erica Peterson 7838 at http://wfpl.org East Coast to Kentucky (and Other States): 'We're Sick of Your Air Pollution' EPA Releases Proposed Carbon Limits for New Power Plants; Says Won't End Coal Burning http://wfpl.org/post/epa-releases-proposed-carbon-limits-new-power-plants-says-wont-end-coal-burning <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.</p><p>The<a href="http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards" target="_blank"> proposed standard</a> sets an emissions limit of 1000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour for large natural gas plants, and 1100 pounds per megawatt hour for coal and smaller natural gas plants.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:46:48 +0000 Erica Peterson 6915 at http://wfpl.org EPA Releases Proposed Carbon Limits for New Power Plants; Says Won't End Coal Burning GOP Senators Boycott Committee Vote on EPA Nominee http://wfpl.org/post/gop-senators-boycott-committee-vote-epa-nominee <p>President Obama's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency was scheduled for a vote today in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. That was supposed to happen at 9:15 this morning, but was derailed by absence of the committee's eight Republican members.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 15:00:15 +0000 Erica Peterson 5317 at http://wfpl.org GOP Senators Boycott Committee Vote on EPA Nominee Poll: Majority of Small Business Owners Support EPA Nominee, Clean Energy Policies http://wfpl.org/post/poll-majority-small-business-owners-support-epa-nominee-clean-energy-policies <p>A Senate committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on President Obama’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. <a href="http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/small-business-research/clean-energy/support-for-clean-energy-standards-EPA.php" target="_blank">And according to a poll released today</a>, nominee Gina McCarthy is supported by a narrow majority of small business owners.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 19:38:02 +0000 Erica Peterson 5308 at http://wfpl.org Poll: Majority of Small Business Owners Support EPA Nominee, Clean Energy Policies McConnell Says EPA Nominee Will Foster "Radical Anti-Coal Jobs Agenda" http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-says-epa-nominee-will-foster-radical-anti-coal-jobs-agenda <p>Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's already <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mother-jones-obtains-secret-tape-mcconnell-campaign-strategy-session" target="_blank">been in the news </a>a few <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/poll-mcconnell-close-races-potential-opponents" target="_blank">times today</a>, but here's one more story from an environmental perspective: McConnell says President Obama's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator will be detrimental to Kentucky's coal industry.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 22:55:53 +0000 Erica Peterson 4905 at http://wfpl.org McConnell Says EPA Nominee Will Foster "Radical Anti-Coal Jobs Agenda" EPA Will Assess Some Flame Retardant Chemicals for Potential Human Health Effects http://wfpl.org/post/epa-will-assess-some-flame-retardant-chemicals-potential-human-health-effects <p>The Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/C6BE79994C3FD08785257B3B0054E2FA" target="_blank">plans to assess 23 commonly-used chemicals</a>—including 20 flame retardants—for their potential effects on human health and the environment.</p><p>The study will also include an analysis of how several of those flame retardants behave in the environment…like whether they bioaccumulate in humans or can be absorbed into the body with a certain type of exposure.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:27:04 +0000 Erica Peterson 4790 at http://wfpl.org EPA Will Assess Some Flame Retardant Chemicals for Potential Human Health Effects New Greenhouse Gas Data Shows Little Change in Jefferson County Emissions http://wfpl.org/post/new-greenhouse-gas-data-shows-little-change-jefferson-county-emissions <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has <a href="http://ghgdata.epa.gov/ghgp/main.do" target="_blank">released the second year of data </a>of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, which it's congressionally-mandated to report.</p><p>Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, and are thought to be one of the primary drivers of climate change. The EPA has <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/court-rules-epa-can-regulate-greenhouse-gases" target="_blank">successfully argued that the gases are pollutants</a> and pose a danger to human health.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 3828 at http://wfpl.org New Greenhouse Gas Data Shows Little Change in Jefferson County Emissions Despite Fluctuations, Data Shows LG&E Released More Pollution in 2011 Than 2000 http://wfpl.org/post/despite-fluctuations-data-shows-lge-released-more-pollution-2011-2000 <p>Every year, <a href="http://epa.gov/tri/" target="_blank">the federal government releases data</a> about the toxic releases companies emit into the air or dispose of on land or in water. In the data from 2011 that was just released, the overall emissions for Kentucky <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/state-toxic-releases-continue-downward-trend" target="_blank">continue a general downward trend.</a> But in Jefferson County the most recent data shows that toxic pollution is still about as high as it was in 2004.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:13:24 +0000 Erica Peterson 3805 at http://wfpl.org Despite Fluctuations, Data Shows LG&E Released More Pollution in 2011 Than 2000