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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 official lists policy areas for upcoming confirmation hearings

    US senators considering nominees to lead the US Departments of the Interior and Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency should ask about ways policies can be improved to create jobs, benefit consumers, and improve the general economy and domestic energy security, an American Petroleum ...

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  3. 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

  4. EPA proposes adding gas processors to Toxic Releases Inventory rule

    The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed adding natural gas processing facilities, including those that extract gas liquids, to reporting requirements under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), commonly known as the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  1. Federal support for US CHP schemes

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  2. Nuclear Power: US delays cleanup rule at uranium mines amid GOP criticism

    Federal officials withdrew a proposed requirement for companies to clean up groundwater at uranium mines across the U.S. and will reconsider a rule that congressional Republicans criticized as too harsh on industry.

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    Sat, 7 Jan 2017

  3. Carbon Emissions: States face off over future of Obama global warming plan

    Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of Democratic President Barack Obama's signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it.

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    Sat, 31 Dec 2016

  4. FPL shuts down Cedar Bay coal-fired power plant

    Prior to the acquisition, FPL had been obligated to purchase power from the plant under a 1988 power purchase agreement with the power plant's previous owners

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2016

  5. Coal News: Washington state denies sublease for coal export terminal

    Washington's outgoing public lands commissioner said Tuesday he is refusing to allow the state's aquatic lands to be used for a major coal-export terminal along the Columbia River. But the company behind the proposal insisted the decision would have no effect on its plans.

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  6. Groups fire heavy rhetorical guns at Trump’s EPA pick

    Advocacy groups hostile to oil and gas fired heavy rhetorical guns at President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  7. US EPA recognition for combined heat and power plants

    The US Environment Protection Agency ( EPA ) has recognized two institutions using combined heat and power plants on their premises.

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  8. Viewpoint: Trump does away with EPA by appointing Pruitt as EPA administrator

    Hydro Group editor Michael Harris looks at President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of Scott Pruitt to administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency , and what that could mean for the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

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