Environmental Protection Agency http://wesa.fm en Environmental Groups File Second Lawsuit Against EPA http://wesa.fm/post/environmental-groups-file-second-lawsuit-against-epa <p><span style="line-height: 15.75pt; font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">Since 1990, the Clean Air Act has reduced emissions of six common pollutants by 41%, but according to a handful of environmental groups, Pennsylvania is not doing its job when it comes to haze.</span></p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:44:21 +0000 Jess Lasky 31882 at http://wesa.fm Environmental Groups File Second Lawsuit Against EPA Pennsylvania Reactions Mixed on New Proposed EPA Regulations http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-reactions-mixed-new-proposed-epa-regulations <p>Environmental groups are applauding the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/epa-unveil-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases">Obama administration’s proposal</a> to reduce emissions from power plants while many in the energy industry, namely in coal, are panning it.</p><p>“This is a ground-breaking moment for Pennsylvania, for the nation, for the globe,” said Christina Simeone, director of the PennFuture Energy Center.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance sees it differently.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:14:11 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30247 at http://wesa.fm Feds Consider Rules For Fracking Chemical Disclosure http://wesa.fm/post/feds-consider-rules-fracking-chemical-disclosure <p>The federal government is considering whether it should require companies to disclose the chemicals involved in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.<br /><br />The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it is seeking public comments, a pre-curser to the more formal rule-making process. However, there is no guarantee that the EPA will draft regulations.<br /><br />In the meantime, here’s what the agency says it wants to hear from the public:</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 23:03:43 +0000 Katie Colaneri | StateImpact PA & Katie Colanerie | StateImpact PA 29051 at http://wesa.fm Feds Consider Rules For Fracking Chemical Disclosure DEP Urges EPA To Change Clean Air Act http://wesa.fm/post/dep-urges-epa-change-clean-air-act <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has proposed what it believes to be a “win-win” situation for the environment and existing power plants.</p><p>The DEP has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking for more state flexibility when it comes to carbon dioxide emission standards for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in competitive energy markets and a change in how pollutants are measured.</p><p>The DEP wants to make some changes to the New Source Review (NSR) provisions under the Clean Air Act.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 27422 at http://wesa.fm PA Rep: Environmental Permitting 'Not RAPID Enough' http://wesa.fm/post/pa-rep-environmental-permitting-not-rapid-enough <p>Is it “a common sense solution” to problems resulting from an “outdated, burdensome and convoluted federal permitting system” or an attempt to “undercut responsible decision making?”</p><p>By a vote of 229-179, the House Thursday approved RAPID, the Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act, and sent it to the Senate.</p><p>Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA-10) said the review and permitting process for energy, infrastructure and other construction projects which can now take as long as 10 to 15 years.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:08:17 +0000 Kevin Gavin 25481 at http://wesa.fm Rep. Murphy, Coal Leaders Point to Federal Standards as "Job Killers" http://wesa.fm/post/rep-murphy-coal-leaders-point-federal-standards-job-killers <p>Coal advocates, union leaders, and tradesmen were joined by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-R-18) in the Allegheny County Courthouse’s courtyard to denounce new standards on carbon emissions for power plants.</p><p>Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) &nbsp;proposed new rules to cut carbon emissions for all future coal-fired power plants. &nbsp;Regulations on current plants have not been released yet.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:50:04 +0000 Tim Camerato 18863 at http://wesa.fm Rep. Murphy, Coal Leaders Point to Federal Standards as "Job Killers" Research Group Says 5 Million Pennsylvanians Live Near High Risk Chemical Plant http://wesa.fm/post/research-group-says-5-million-pennsylvanians-live-near-high-risk-chemical-plant <p>The Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group (PennPIRG) released a report Thursday saying more than 5 million Pennsylvanians live near what the group calls a “high risk” chemical plant.</p><p>Representatives from the group gathered across from Union Station in downtown Pittsburgh to call on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop the use of toxic chemicals and impose stronger transportation safety requirements.</p><p>Mary Kate Ranii, a canvass director for PennPIRG, said government needs to do a better job of protecting the public from harmful chemicals.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:20:01 +0000 Michael Lynch 14525 at http://wesa.fm Leaked EPA Fracking Report Reports Leaks http://wesa.fm/post/leaked-epa-fracking-report-reports-leaks <p>A PowerPoint presentation leaked to reporters at the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-epa-dimock-20130728,0,4847442.story">LA Times</a> and other news agencies implies that methane from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, did contaminate wells in Dimock, PA.&nbsp; The report comes from a regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency. Many believe the information was not disclosed as a result of pressure from lobbyists and political figures at the national level.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the PowerPoint, the regional mid-Atlantic office of the EPA did not agree with the national decision to close the investigation in Dimock. Susan Phillips, Energy Reporter for StateImpact PA and <a href="http://tomwilber.blogspot.com/2013/03/pa-dep-considers-fracking-in-dimock.html">shale gas reporter and author, Tom Wilber</a> explained the difficult nature of regulating fracking and natural gas.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:30:18 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14076 at http://wesa.fm Leaked EPA Fracking Report Reports Leaks Clean Water Groups Advocate for Stronger EPA Coal Plant Regulations http://wesa.fm/post/clean-water-groups-advocate-stronger-epa-coal-plant-regulations <p>According to a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wesa/files/201307/ClosingTheFloodgates-Final.pdf">new report</a> from a coalition of environmental and clean water groups, including the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action, at least 20 of 28 coal fired power plants in Pennsylvania discharge toxic coal ash or wastewater. These <a href="http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2013/07/new-report-shows-nearly-all-indiana-power-plants-discharge-toxic-coal-ash-or">plants have no limits</a> on the amount of toxic metals they are allowed to dump in public waters. <a href="http://pennsylvania.sierraclub.org">Kim Teplitzky of the Sierra Club</a> is one of the many concerned citizens calling for more stringent regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency under the <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-clean-water-act">Clean Water Act</a>.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:45:31 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13678 at http://wesa.fm Clean Water Groups Advocate for Stronger EPA Coal Plant Regulations EPA School Flag Program Monitors Pittsburgh Region’s Air Quality http://wesa.fm/post/epa-school-flag-program-monitors-pittsburgh-region-s-air-quality <p>The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are partnering on the so-called School Flag Program, which debuted last week at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park.</p><p>“The School Flag Program was developed by the EPA, and it’s an engaging, hands-on way for students to inform their entire school and community about the region’s air quality and then to take necessary steps to minimize their exposure to high levels of air pollution,” said Karrie Kressler, of GASP.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 15:34:16 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10321 at http://wesa.fm EPA School Flag Program Monitors Pittsburgh Region’s Air Quality EPA: Two-Thirds Of PA River Miles in Poor Health for Aquatic Life http://wesa.fm/post/epa-two-thirds-pa-river-miles-poor-health-aquatic-life <p>More than half of the nation’s river and stream miles are in poor condition for aquatic life. That’s according to the first comprehensive survey of river health by the Environmental Protection Agency.</p><p>Data was collected from about 2,000 sites across the country from 2008-09, and then federal, state and university scientists analyzed the information to determine how well the waterways support aquatic life and how major stressors might be affecting them.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:03:48 +0000 Kevin Gavin 6885 at http://wesa.fm