Environmental Politics

"Watchdog Dings EPA On Ethanol Impacts"

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not properly analyzed the environmental effects of its ethanol mandate, a watchdog report found Thursday.

The 2005 law creating the renewable fuel standard requires the EPA to write reports on the environmental impacts of the requirement to blend ethanol and other biofuels with gasoline, and to determine whether measures are needed to blunt the effects.

But the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found the agency’s compliance with those provisions lacking."

Source: The Hill, 08/19/2016

"Coal Lobbyists Are The Loneliest Lobbyists"

"The lifeboat keeping the coal industry afloat is getting a little lonely these days, as everyone abandons ship. According to a report released Tuesday by Climate Investigations Center, coal lobbying groups American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, National Mining Association, and World Coal Associate have been hemorrhaging member companies in recent years."

Source: Grist, 08/18/2016

NC: "Top Aides To Be Questioned About Coal Ash Well Water Warnings"

"Top aides in the McCrory administration will have to testify under oath about a 2015 meeting on how to word do-not-drink warnings to well owners who live near Duke Energy coal ash ponds."

Source: Raleigh News & Observer, 08/17/2016


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