The proposals include: a limit on how long the EPA has to approve or reject mining permits; a block on new carbon emissions regulation; and a call for hearings on the President’s plans to protect waterways from mining.
Weeks after calling for the federal government to get off the state’s back when it comes to coal regulation, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear had the chance to discuss the issue with the White House.
Beshear returned this week from a meeting with other governors and the president. He says he talked with cabinet members about his frustrations with environmental restrictions on the coal industry.
Tom Fitzgerald of the Kentucky Resources Council spoke against the resolution, which mostly is a symbolic protest against stepped up EPA enforcement of federal Clean Water standards regulating coal mining.
“I understand your frustration,” he says to the bills supporters. “My concern is just that the remedy here is really to look at changing mine design in order to address the strata that have the sulfates and carbonates, rather than provoking what I think is a federal assumption of the water program.”
A possible $13 million cost increase will not set back the Jeffersonville Canal project in southern Indiana. In fact, the project’s developers say construction could begin before the summer.
The EPA has settled out of court with environmental groups over how it regulates waste water discharge from concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.
The EPA is moving to mandate even more greenhouse gas emissions reporting; local utilities say they’re ready to comply.
On the back of a major change in mountaintop coal mining rules, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency has released a scientific study of the impacts of the practice on water quality.
Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District is complying with an EPA order to file plans to overhaul its antiquated sewer system. But a plan due out Wednesday is angering some residents of rural parts of Jeffersontown.
The U.S. EPA is proposing to revoke a Clean Water Act permit for one of the largest surface coal mines in Appalachia: the Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County, WV.
Writing in the journal Science, scientists from a range of disciplines and institutions are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop issuing mountaintop coal mining permits.