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  1. Coal News: In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing a response from outgoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy had responded to the judge's previous order in a lawsuit brought against her by Murray Energy Corp. that the EPA must start doing an analysis that it hadn't done in decades. According to Wednesday's order, McCarthy asserted it would take the agency up to two years to devise a methodology to use to try to comply with the earlier ruling. "This response is wholly insufficient, unacceptable, and unnecessary," Bailey wrote. The judge said the EPA is required by law to analyze the economic impact on a continuing basis when enforcing the Clean Air Act and McCarthy's response "evidences the continued hostility on the part of the EPA to acceptance of the mission established by Congress." Bailey ordered the EPA to identify facilities harmed by the regulations during the Obama presidency by July 1. That includes identifying facilities at risk of closure or reductions in employment. The EPA had contended that analyzing job loss won't change global energy trends. The judge also set a Dec. 31 deadline for the EPA to provide documentation on how it is continuously evaluating the loss and shifts in employment that may result from administration and enforcement of the Clean Air Act. The EPA said it was reviewing the ruling, first reported by the Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register. A Murray Energy spokesman didn't immediately offer comment. Murray Energy and other coal companies have blamed thousands of layoffs this decade on President Barack Obama's anti-global-warming push that imposes limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed implementation of Obama's Clean Power Plan until legal challenges are resolved. West Virginia's economy is reliant on coal mining and gets 96 percent of its electricity from coal-fired plants. McCarthy has said no administration has interpreted federal law to require job impact analysis for rulemaking since 1977. She said the most that the EPA does is "conduct proactive analysis of the employment effects of our rulemaking actions," but that has not included investigating power plant and mine closures and worker dislocations on an ongoing basis, according to the order. Bailey wrote that the EPA can recommend amendments to Congress if it feels strongly enough. "EPA does not get to decide whether compliance with (the law) is good policy, or would lead to too many difficulties for the agency," Bailey wrote. "It is time for the EPA to recognize that Congress makes the law, and EPA must not only enforce the law, it must obey it." President-elect Donald Trump's EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt, has repeatedly sued the EPA since becoming Oklahoma's attorney general in 2011, including joining with other Republican attorneys general in opposing the Clean Power Plan.

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    Sat, 14 Jan 2017

  2. API: Keep NAAQS implementation to one set of ozone limits at a time

    The American Petroleum Institute urged the US Environmental Protection Agency to limit ground-level ozone controls implementation to one set of requirements at a time so that the Clean Air Act ’s requirement to “insure that economic growth will occur in a manner consistent with the preservation of ...

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  3. Federal Judge Orders EPA to Assess Job Losses From Clean Air Act Actions

    comply with Section 321(a) of the Clean Air Act of 1971, as amended, related ..... losses due to its actions. The Clean Air Act , clearly requires the EPA to continuously ..... those job losses as required by the Clean Air Act . The judge also dismissed an EPA

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  4. Federal judge orders EPA to assess job losses from Clean Air Act actions

    Judge gave EPA 14 days to come up with a plan to comply

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  1. Duke Energy Adding public Carolina EV Charging Stations as part of EPA Deal

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    Thu, 15 Dec 2016

  2. EPA final rule amends chemical plant risk management requirements

    The US Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule amending its risk management program (RMP) requirements for petrochemical and other chemical plants to make accidental releases less likely and improve emergency responses. It will help prevent accidents, such as one at a West Texas ...

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  3. Oil and Gas: Slawson Exploration to resolve ND air pollution claims

    Slawson Exploration Company Inc. has agreed to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from the company's oil and gas production activities in North Dakota including on an American Indian reservation, federal officials said Thursday.

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    Sat, 3 Dec 2016

  4. Marathon Petroleum settles federal Clean Air Act allegations

    Marathon Petroleum Corp. agreed to pay a $2.9 million fine, retire 5.5 billion sulfur credits worth $200,000, and spend more than $2.8 million to install pollution controls on facilities in three states to resolve charges that it violated the Clean Air Act (CAA), the US Department of Justice and ...

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    Wed, 20 May 2015

  5. EPA schedules hearings on Clean Air Act's new source review rule

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled June and July meetings to take public input on whether enforcement of a Clean Air Act rule is hampering investment in electric generating and refinery capacity. (By the OGJ Online Staff)

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    Mon, 25 Jun 2001

  6. Report analyzes Clean Air Act actions under current Congress

    A report by First Street Research Group examines the different groups that have attempted to influence the Clean Air Act .

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    Fri, 4 Nov 2011

  7. Caterpillar to pay $2.55mn in Clean Air Act settlement

    Caterpillar must pay a $2.55 million settlement to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations.

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    Fri, 29 Jul 2011

  8. EPA proposes smog standards under Clean Air Act

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new smog, or ozone, standards under the Clean Air Act after recent scientific evidence showed harmful effects of ground-level smog.

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    Wed, 26 Nov 2014

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