Tag: EPA

Illegal dumping of radioactive waste surges with oil boom

Oil fields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.  More »

Study raises new concerns about emissions from shale gas wells

Researchers found higher-than expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.  More »

Feds: Gas accounted for half of new US power generation in 2013

Natural gas continues to eat into coal’s share of U.S. power generation, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation’s new generating capacity last year, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration.  More »

No more oil found near Indiana refinery spill (photos)

The Coast Guard says crews didn’t find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week’s spill at BP’s northwestern Indiana refinery.  More »

White House strategy to cut methane takes aim at oil industry

The White House on Friday unveiled a broad strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, including regulations clamping down on methane tied to oil and gas development.  More »

BP, feds cleaning up oil spill in Lake Michigan

The London oil company traced the oil leak to a glitch at its 1,400-acre Whiting facility on Monday afternoon. There were no injuries and the crude has stopped leaking, the company said.  More »

New York calls for federal spill response plans amid rail accidents

New York officials asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to update a contingency plan for dealing with oil spills amid the rapid expansion of rail shipments of crude oil from North Dakota across New York to coastal refineries.  More »

Feds lift ban blocking BP from new offshore drilling contracts

BP inked a deal with the Obama administration on Thursday ending its 16-month suspension from new contracts to supply the Pentagon with fuel and drill in U.S. waters.  More »

EPA chief: Power plant rules won’t ‘put the brakes on business’

Economic growth and reducing carbon pollution can go hand in hand, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy insisted Thursday.  More »

EPA chief suggests no swift action on refinery pollution rules

Nearly two years after a legal deadline to impose new greenhouse gas limits for oil refineries, those rules are far from reality, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy signaled Thursday.  More »

Obama to talk up benefits of fuel-efficient trucks

President Barack Obama says having a more fuel-efficient truck fleet will boost the economy and help combat climate change.  More »

Oil industry seeks break on gasoline sulfur limits

Oil industry lobbyists are making a last-ditch appeal to the Obama administration to soften looming new limits for sulfur in gasoline, warning that without changes, the mandates could send fuel costs up and force some refineries offline.  More »

EPA shifts greenhouse gas permitting to Texas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Texas authority over greenhouse gas permitting on Tuesday, ending a long, often bitter battle between the federal agency and the state.  More »

Lawmakers stress urgency as feds finish new sulfur rules for gasoline

As the Obama administration prepares to mandate new limits on sulfur pollution from gasoline, congressional Democrats made a last-minute appeal for quick action.  More »

Investigators call for more refinery oversight after Tesoro blast

Federal chemical safety investigators are recommending tougher state and federal oil refinery oversight after a 2010 explosion and fire at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes that killed seven workers.  More »