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Republicans grill EPA nominee on transparency

Government transparency surfaced Thursday as a major issue during a hearing on Gina McCarthy’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, as senators complained about hidden emails and opaque cost-impact studies on proposed regulations.
Gina McCarthy testifies during a public hearing in 2007, when she was head of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. (AP Photo/Jack Sauer)

Top EPA contender draws fire

Senate Republicans are stepping up their complaints about the Environmental Protection Agency’s top clean air official, Gina MCCarthy, as she emerges as President Barack Obama’s likely pick to head the agency.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discuss North Dakota's oil boom after visiting a rig drilling wells in the Bakken formation for Newfield Exploration Co. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar leaving

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will leave his post in March with a mixed legacy on energy development, having approved the nation’s first major wind and solar installations on federal lands, but drawing fire from energy companies for “sluggish” permitting of oil and gas projects on U.S. property.
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire addresses an audience celebrating progress on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in 2012. (Gov. Chris Gregoire/Flickr)

Obama to nominate Washington governor as EPA chief, source says

A senior source in Washington’s congressional delegation says outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire will be nominated to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson resigns

Jackson has drawn the ire of oil industry leaders during her four years at the helm, particularly during an EPA review of hydraulic fracturing.
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U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks to reporters at Gulf Island Fabrication in Houma, La., Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/The Daily Comet, Maxwell S. Gersh)

Who might lead Energy, Interior and EPA under Romney, Obama

Although neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney has specifically said who would lead the departments of Energy and Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency under their watches, the candidates have given some signals about the kinds of people they would choose.
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EPA proposes limits on power plant greenhouse gas emissions

EPA has proposed its first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, but the rules would not apply to existing plants or ones scheduled for completion within a year.
Demonstrators for and against the Keystone XL pipeline gather in Lincoln, Neb., before a public hearing on the project. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Energy group, crying political influence, seeks Keystone documents

The Institute for Energy Research filed a public records request for U.S. government documents pertaining to the Keystone XL pipeline in trying to assess their concerns that the Obama administration’s denial of a cross-border permit for the project stemmed from political motivations.
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

EPA says some homes’ water meets health standards

Water belonging to 11 homes in a Pennsylvania township met federal health standards, the Environmental Protection Agency said late Thursday, amid residents’ concerns about whether hydraulic fracturing by Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. may have polluted it.

Environmental Group Backs State Regulation of Fracking

Charged with ensuring that hydraulic fracturing done within their borders is safe for the environment, states across the nation have shown America they are up to the task. For example, Texas recently instituted strong disclosure laws for operators. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has spent over three years preparing a comprehensive plan to ensure […]