Governor Tom Corbett's administration has proposed new regulations designed to bring the state's air quality up to national standards, but some coal plants will be able to pollute 40 percent more than they do now.
As part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change without legislation from Congress, the White House on Friday announced a new strategy to combat emissions of potent greenhouse gas methane from landfills, agriculture, and the fossil fuel industry.
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The ruling is a disappointment to the mostly minority and elderly residents who live near the Citgo refinery and had complained of nausea, dizziness, burning throats and other health problems because of the emissions.
Following 40 years of sustained fighting on behalf of human health, the environment, and a livable climate, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) announced on Thursday that he would retire from Congress after this year. Who will fill his shoes is as yet unknown.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has, at long last, published its rule to limit carbon emissions from new power plants. The proposed rule appeared Wednesday in the Federal Register, four months after EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the rule back in September.
The House is still scheduled to vote on a package of three Republican-led bills to ease regulations governing cleanup of hazardous waste sites and weaken the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over states in the face of a veto threat from the White House.