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EPA Nominee Jackson Promises Science Will Trump Politics

EPA Nominee Jackson Promises Science Will Trump Politics

WASHINGTON, DC, January 14, 2009 (ENS) – Scientific integrity and the rule of law will be the “two core values” guiding decisions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the incoming Obama administration, the president elect’s nominee to head the agency vowed today at her confirmation hearing. The promises of nominee Lisa Jackson were met…

Senators Grill TVA Chief Over Coal Ash Cleanup

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…

Democrats in Control: Climate, Clean Energy Top Legislative Agenda

Democrats in Control: Climate, Clean Energy Top Legislative Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC, November 21, 2008 (ENS) – The order of business in the incoming 111th Congress is beginning to take shape. When lawmakers convene on January 6, 2009, Democrats will be firmly in control of both houses, although today the outcome of several elections is still unclear. When Democratic President-elect Barack Obama takes office on…

Republicans Boycott Senate Review of Bush Environmental Record

Republicans Boycott Senate Review of Bush Environmental Record

WASHINGTON, DC, September 24, 2008 (ENS) – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing today to review the Bush administration’s record on public health and environmental matters, but it was conducted in the absence of Ranking Member Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, a Republican and former chair of the committee. Senator Inhofe…

White House Stifled Evidence of Climate Change Health Risks

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. Senators Probe Departure of EPA Midwest Administrator

U.S. Senators Probe Departure of EPA Midwest Administrator

WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2008 (ENS) – The circumstances surrounding the resignation of Mary Gade, formerly the U.S. EPA’s regional administrator for the Midwest, are under investigation by an environmental committee of the U.S. Senate. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman Barbara Boxer of California and committee member Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island,…

U.S. EPA Changes Chemical Risk Assessment Process

U.S. EPA Changes Chemical Risk Assessment Process

WASHINGTON, DC, April 10, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. EPA says it is expanding the process for recommending that a chemical be assessed for risk of harm to human health or the environment, “to increase its transparency and efficiency.” But the senator who heads the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says the changes really…

First U.S. Climate Emissions Control Bill Heads to Senate Floor

First U.S. Climate Emissions Control Bill Heads to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2007 (ENS) – A Senate committee approved a landmark global warming bill Wednesday night, calling on the nation to cut greenhouse gas emissions some 70 percent by 2050. Although the measure faces an uphill battle in the full Senate, proponents say the vote signals a growing consensus within Congress and among…