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EPA Rolls Back Coal Ash Handling Restrictions

EPA Rolls Back Coal Ash Handling Restrictions

The EPA finalized a rule this week that reduces Obama-era restrictions on how states and industry officials handle coal ash, the Washington Post reported. This is the first rule signed by acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, who took over following Scott Pruitt’s resignation on July 5.

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns

EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned following a growing number of controversies involving spending, ethics, and management decisions. President Trump tweeted that he had accepted Pruitt’s resignation. Former Murray Energy lobbyist Andrew Wheeler will become the agency’s acting director.

Fourth EPA Official Departs Pruitt’s Administration

Fourth EPA Official Departs Pruitt’s Administration

Two more officials of the EPA have announced their departures, bringing the total this week to four. Liz Bowman, the agency’s top public affairs official, was the third to leave the agency this week, followed by John Konkus, the agency’s deputy associate administrator for public affairs. The two followed the … Read more »

EPA Requests Water Infrastructure Projects for $63M in New Loans

EPA Requests Water Infrastructure Projects for $63M in New Loans

Increased EPA loans are available for water infrastructure projects thanks to new legislation that boosted funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). The program could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans for new investments to repair the nation’s water infrastructure, the EPA says

Anti-Pruitt Sentiments Soar: GOP Members Call for Resignation as Media Campaign Circulates Petition

Anti-Pruitt Sentiments Soar: GOP Members Call for Resignation as Media Campaign Circulates Petition

Republican congressman Carlos Curbelo called yesterday for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign; he was the first Republican to push for Pruitt’s resignation, but was rapidly followed by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.). The news comes just a week after environmental activist organizations launched a media campaign to oust Pruitt.

EPA Memorandum Clarifies New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting

EPA Memorandum Clarifies New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting

On March 13, 2018, EPA administrator issued a memorandum titled Project Emissions Accounting Under the New Source Review (NSR) Preconstruction Permitting Program. This memorandum discusses an assessment the EPA has undertaken of the NSR program regarding interpretation and implementation of the preconstruction permitting requirements under the NSR provisions of the Clean Air Act. This guidance memorandum is the result of the current legislature’s priorities for

EPA Withdrew ‘Once In Always In’ Policy – So What Does That Mean?

EPA Withdrew ‘Once In Always In’ Policy – So What Does That Mean?

On January 25, 2018, the EPA issued a guidance memorandum withdrawing the “once in always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Within the air compliance and permitting community, this guidance memorandum has been thought of as

White House Expected to Propose Slashing Funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

White House Expected to Propose Slashing Funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The White House plans to propose cutting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs at the Department of Energy by 72%, pitting fossil fuels against wind and solar. Businesses are expected to weigh in.

EPA Wants National Fuel Efficiency Standard, Setting Up A Showdown with States

EPA Wants National Fuel Efficiency Standard, Setting Up A Showdown with States

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers on Tuesday that he favored a national fuel standard, putting in jeopardy the potentially stricter standards to be applied in California and Massachusetts and calling into question his earlier commitment to federalism and state rights.

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