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Senators Grill TVA Chief Over Coal Ash Cleanup

Article: Senators Grill TVA Chief Over Coal Ash Cleanup

WASHINGTON DC, January 8, 2009 (ENS) – The head of the Tennessee Valley Authority today pledged the federal electric utility would do a “first-rate job” cleaning up the mess left from last month’s massive coal ash spill. But at a Congressional committee hearing to examine the spill he faced sharp criticism from senators unconvinced by…

EPA Abandons Attempts to Change Clean Air Rules

Article: EPA Abandons Attempts to Change Clean Air Rules

WASHINGTON, DC, December 11, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration has dropped plans to adopt two Clean Air Act rules that would have allowed power plants and other polluters to increase smog and soot pollution. The first rule concerned the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program. It would have allowed coal-fired power plants to…

House Approves Offshore Drilling Bill

Article: House Approves Offshore Drilling Bill

WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2008 (ENS) – Legislation to increase domestic energy supplies through expanded offshore drilling and investment in renewable energy and conservation won approval in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 236-189. If passed by the Senate and signed by the president, the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer…

Gag Order Imposed on U.S. EPA Staff

Article: Gag Order Imposed on U.S. EPA Staff

WASHINGTON, DC, July 28, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering its staff to “not respond to questions or make any statements” if contacted by congressional investigators, reporters or its own Office of Inspector General, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. “The order reinforces a growing…

White House Stifled Evidence of Climate Change Health Risks

Article: White House Stifled Evidence of Climate Change Health Risks

WASHINGTON, DC, July 8, 2008 (ENS) – Officials in the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney’s office pressured federal health and environmental officials to edit congressional testimony to downplay the public health impacts of climate change, according to a former senior official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Senior Senate Democrats contend the allegations…

U.S. Senate Abandons Global Warming Bill

Article: U.S. Senate Abandons Global Warming Bill

By J.R. Pegg WASHINGTON, DC, June 6, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Senate’s much anticipated tangle with a landmark bill that would have required the nation to make deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming came to an unceremonious end Friday, as proponents failed to muster enough votes to formally consider the…

EPA Chief Blasted for Denying California Clean Car Waiver

Article: EPA Chief Blasted for Denying California Clean Car Waiver

WASHINGTON, DC, January 24, 2008 (ENS) – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, introduced legislation today that would direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to grant California a waiver under the Clean Air Act to cut global warming pollution from motor vehicles. A host…