Mining companies scramble to fight burdensome new EPA rule

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Mining company offers Superfund residents $1K not to sue

29 March 2017 18:57:22 - RSS Results in news,news/* of type article

ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) — The Atlantic Richfield Co. is asking property owners within a Montana Superfund site for access to clean up mining waste on their property to EPA standards.

Vice All News Time29 March 2017 18:57:22


House urges EPA to rescind veto on Alaskan mine, despite local opposition

27 February 2017 19:59:42 FOX News

Even if the EPA reverses course on its veto of the Pebble Mine project, it might die anyway because the lead mining company lacks the capital to handle the challenge.

Vice null Time27 February 2017 19:59:42

New EPA chief delays mining rule after industry objects

25 February 2017 21:05:10 - RSS Results in news,news/* of type article

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration has delayed consideration of a proposal to require companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up polluted mining sites after a pushback from industry groups and Western-state Republicans.

Vice All News Time25 February 2017 21:05:10

EPA delays rule for miners to give cleanup assurances

25 February 2017 01:34:18 - RSS Results in news,news/* of type article

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is delaying a proposal to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill.

Vice All News Time25 February 2017 01:34:18

Senate affirms foe of EPA to head EPA

17 February 2017 20:03:13 Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art, Arkansas Times

The U.S. Senate today approved the nomination of Scott Pruitt , the Oklahoma attorney general and dedicated foe of the Environmental Protection Agency, to head the EPA. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledg e, like Pruitt a dedicated foe of clean air and water rules, cheered the confirmation. The vote was 52-46, with two Democrats voting for Pruitt and one Republican against. Glen Hooks, the Arkansas Sierra Club's director, \blasted the vote. The appointment of climate change-denying, fossil fuel ally Scott Pruitt is a complete environmental and public health disaster. Based on his record of putting polluter profits before people, Pruitt will undoubtedly be the most dangerous EPA Administrator in history. “While Attorney General, Pruitt sued EPA more than a dozen times—most often in an effort to stop EPA from cleaning up the air and water in our communities. Placing an active enemy of environmental protection in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency is mind-boggling. “We are deeply disappointed in Senators Boozman and Cotton, who supported Pruitt despite his long record of fighting against clean air and water protections. Senators Boozman and Cotton were elected to represent our communities’ best interests, but this vote prioritizes corporate polluters over the health of Arkansas families. Someday, perhaps, thanks to a two-year-old legal effort, records of Pruitt will be dislodged to show just how firmly he's held in the pockets of energy companies. Resistance to transparency deprived the Senate of the full record on Pruitt, as Inside Climate News contends. From a report by Charles Pierce: The advocacy group filed the first of the records requests in January 2015, after a report the previous year by The New York Times detailed close ties between Pruitt and fossil fuel companies. In one example, Pruitt sent a letter to the EPA accusing the agency of overestimating the pollution coming from the state's gas wells. He failed to disclose, however, that the letter had been written by lawyers for Devon Energy, a drilling company…Six Democratic senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee had sent a letter on Wednesday to Judge Timmons, saying Pruitt had been evasive in his testimony and written responses, and had stymied their attempts to obtain information about his industry ties. "Mr. Pruitt has not been forthcoming with information many of us believe to be necessary to evaluating his nomination fully," they wrote. The Senators asked that the judge "consider the Senate's federal interest in disclosure as you assess whether to give Plaintiff full relief and order the prompt disclosure of all documents responsive to its requests."

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Facing criticism, EPA withdraws uranium-mining cleanup rule

05 January 2017 22:33:00 - RSS Results in news,news/* of type article

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering plans to require groundwater at former uranium mines to be restored to conditions similar to those that existed before mining

Vice All News Time05 January 2017 22:33:00

Mining companies scramble to fight burdensome new EPA rule

19 December 2016 15:20:21 FOX News

The proposed rule change shifts the burden of financing Superfund cleanups – which are also known as National Priority List, or NPL, sites – away from the federal government to the mining facilities themselves.

Vice null Time19 December 2016 15:20:21

Rutledge continues fight against EPA rule for cleaner air

22 November 2016 23:01:35 Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art, Arkansas Times

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge , mentioned as a potential Environmental Protection Agency director in the Trump administration, is continuing her fight against EPA rules aimed at reducing haze in Arkansas from power plant pollution. Rutledge said she had filed a challenge to the EPA plan for regional haze. She said it goes too far. “Instead of adopting the plan that Arkansas submitted to reasonably combat regional haze, the EPA chose to cater to the interest of liberal special interest groups, forcing on Arkansans a proposal that will cost millions and bring little positive impact. This plan will lead to unreasonable and unnecessary utility rate increases, something no Arkansan can afford, and I will not stand for it.” Rutledge submitted comments to the EPA in July 2015. In the letter, she wrote, “The proposed Federal Implementation Plan has no basis in law or science and is a prime example of overreaching federal regulation in response to ‘sue and settle’ litigation brought by the Sierra Club. As such, the EPA should withdraw the proposed plan and consult with the State in developing an approvable State Implementation Plan.” Rutledge noted that the state Department of Environmental Quality and a number of businesses had also objected to the plan, signed in August. It is meant to reduced haze caused by coal-burning power plants in the Caney Creek and Buffalo River wilderness areas. The Sierra Club cheers the plan as impetus for Entergy and other power companies to reduce dependency on burning coal to produce power. Rutledge is asking both the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the EPA for review of the rule.

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Potash company to idle mine in southeastern New Mexico

10 May 2016 00:02:13 - RSS Results in news,news/* of type article

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Denver-based company says it plans to suspend production at a potash mining facility in southeastern New Mexico, with hundreds of workers reportedly losing their jobs.

Vice All News Time10 May 2016 00:02:13

Murray Energy continues fight against EPA's emissions rules

26 April 2016 18:26:51 - RSS Results in news,news/* of type article

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of the nation's largest coal companies is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final ruling that the agency's 2014 mercury and air toxics standards will

Vice All News Time26 April 2016 18:26:51