Environmentalists are launching an effort they hope will pressure the Obama administration to raise its default estimate of the social cost of carbon (SCC), believing it will strengthen the case for strict greenhouse gas (GHG) rules and other emission controls just as concerns about irreversible climate change due to the emissions are mounting.
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Key lawmakers from both parties are offering initial support for the Interior Department's (DOI) proposed rule governing hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands, though industry, environmentalists and many Republicans offered competing criticisms over the plan that will likely set the tone for policies EPA and other agencies are crafting.
In a bid to resolve concerns from states and others about cathode ray tube (CRT) recycling, EPA will host a May 30 webinar “to gather information about concerns that stakeholders have” on the issue.>> More
Senate Democrats will try for a second time in as many weeks to send to the Senate floor President Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy to serve as EPA administrator. A federal appellate court is slated to hear oral arguments on how long EPA has to bring enforcement actions for alleged violations of its new source review rules.>> More
The Army is elevating a dispute with EPA over perchlorate cleanup levels to the agency's acting administrator, after having failed to reach agreement at the regional level on the appropriate cleanup level for a Texas site in the absence of federal drinking water standards.
President Obama is ordering an interagency task force he created last year to craft measures for “modernizing” environmental review and permitting requirements for water, transportation, energy and other infrastructure projects to significantly curb “aggregate” approval times, an approach that falls short of the fixed deadlines Congress is seeking.
EPA is outlining a comprehensive strategy to implement by September 2014 a plan for significantly improving its method for estimating emissions from the oil and natural gas sector, which could help resolve uncertainty over data that the agency would use for any future greenhouse gas (GHG) or conventional air rules for drilling operations.
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State hazardous waste officials are urging EPA to provide a new conditional approach to managing post-manufacturing pharmaceutical waste that would bypass traditional hazardous waste regulations but still prevent a much wider array of drugs from entering the environment through current agency rules.
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