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Why many states are panicked by the federal Clean Power Plan

The four huge power plants that stand smoking in Colstrip, Montana, don’t just employ hundreds of workers. They pay property taxes that allow the city of some 2,000 people to afford services other remote, rural communities lack, such as a parks and recreation department. The electricity-generating plants consume almost all the coal mined at the Rosebud Mine, the second largest ...

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Branstad joins lawsuit challenging EPA clean water rules

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad has joined a federal lawsuit that challenges new federal rules on the oversight of smaller waterways, tributaries and wetlands. Branstad said Tuesday he had intervened in a case pending in North Dakota against the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Branstad says he joins the lawsuit in support of ...

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EPA intends tougher downwind air-pollution rule in 23 states

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can’t control. At the same time, the EPA moved to remove two states — South Carolina and Florida — from the “good neighbor” rules, saying they don’t contribute significant ...

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Electric vehicles beat gasoline cars in cradle-to-grave emissions study

A cradle-to-grave analysis finds driving an electric car in California creates less greenhouse gas emissions than even the most efficient gasoline vehicle. A car running on electricity — even when powerplant emissions are considered — produces pollution equivalent to a theoretical conventional car with fuel economy of 87 miles per gallon, according to the study, released Thursday by the Union ...

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Editorial: Line in the sands

At the end of the Obama administration’s speed-of-tar deliberations on the Keystone XL pipeline, even the president acknowledged that the project was not especially important to the environment or the economy. Which raises a question: Why on earth did he spend seven years considering it, let alone take the unprecedented step of smiting it by presidential fiat? The answer, of ...

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Senate repeal falls short, EPA clean water survives

The Senate Tuesday fell short of advancing legislation to repeal proposed environmental regulations aimed at bringing more waterways and wetlands under federal protection, handing the Obama administration a victory on rules that have faced a number of legal and political setbacks since being introduced this summer. With 57 senators — all the GOP and four Democrats — voting to repeal ...

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Hickenlooper tests AG’s power to sue federal government

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper asked the Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday to rule that he, not the state’s attorney general, has the final say on whether to sue the federal government. Hickenlooper’s petition comes after he complained that Attorney General Cynthia Coffman should not have joined about two dozen other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency over new ...

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EPA plans natural gas plant toxic release rule

FARMINGTON — If a proposed EPA rule is ultimately approved, 27 natural gas processing plants in the state — and hundreds more around the U.S. — will have to alert the federal government of any toxic chemicals they release. Answering a petition and subsequent lawsuit filed by the Washington D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project and 16 other environmental and open government ...

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EPA wants to expand toxic chemicals database

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed requiring large oil and gas processing facilities to publicly report, to the federal Toxics Release Inventory, the names and amounts of the toxic chemicals they emit. It would be the first expansion in 20 years of the TRI, the online public database in which most other industries must list their pollution emissions, and, ...

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