With EPA absent and only CSX there to answer questions, the meeting turned into more of a battlefield of arguments between residents and the company than a productive discussion on environmental health effects.
As over 300,000 people in West Virginia face a fourth day without water, state environmental officials are now estimating that as much as 7,500 gallons of a chemical used to process coal -- Crude MGHM -- may have spilled into the Elk River
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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.
The agency estimates that for every dollar spent to comply with the new standards, Americans will see between $118 and $267 in health benefits -- eventually adding up to $1.8 to $2.4 billion in annual health and economic benefits.
Attempts by the Obama administration to put pollution and other regulations on hydraulic fracturing are "undermining freedom" and hurting the economy, according to the president of America's largest business lobbying group.