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EPA: Marathon to cut air pollution from Detroit refinery

DETROIT (AP) — Marathon Petroleum and the federal government have reached an agreement that that calls for the Ohio-based company to reduce air pollution at a refinery in southwest Detroit. Some residents living near it have complained about pollution from the facility. “The Detroit area has one of the highest asthma rates in the nation,” EPA Regional Administrator Robert Kaplan ...

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EPA’s plan to boost ethanol use in gasoline gets hearing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Obama administration’s proposal to boost the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels blended into gasoline produced at least one consensus Thursday during the matter’s only public hearing: Few, if anyone, is entirely satisfied by the plan. Ethanol advocates, largely from Midwest farming states, testified that the Environmental Protection Agency’s target for biofuels next ...

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Iowa politicians criticize EPA proposal on renewable fuels

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest federal proposal to increase the levels of renewable fuels blended into the U.S. gasoline supply must be increased or it will stifle economic growth, Iowa politicians and industry groups said Wednesday in response to the plan. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, whose state is the nation’s top ethanol producer followed by Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota ...

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EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards

EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reversing a 2013 finding that Montana’s largest city was out of compliance with air pollution standards, saying that the closure of a coal-burning power plant has eased the problem. The EPA said the closure has reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide to levels low enough to protect public health as required ...

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Murray Energy continues fight against EPA’s emissions rules

Murray Energy continues fight against EPA's emissions rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal producer Murray Energy Corp. is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule that targets mercury pollution from power plants. St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy filed a brief with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Monday, challenging the EPA’s supplemental finding published earlier in the day. The U.S. Supreme ...

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Senate panel issues subpoena to EPA over Colorado mine spill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday issued a subpoena to force the Environmental Protection Agency to testify at a field hearing on a Colorado mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states last summer. Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Democrat Jon Tester of Montana approved the subpoena, which orders EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy ...

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EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting auto racing

EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting auto racing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped proposed language from new vehicle emissions restrictions following concerns raised by auto racing. The new standards limiting climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty engines had included pollution controls on vehicles modified for racing. Both auto racers and members of Congress objected to the proposed language, saying that complying would ...

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EPA: No changes to federal lead water rule until next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency’s top water regulator said Wednesday that officials are working urgently to strengthen a federal rule limiting lead and copper in drinking water — a key focus in the ongoing lead-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. But Joel Beauvais, acting chief of the EPA’s water office, said proposed changes will not be released until next ...

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EPA, other agencies seek more careful review of oil pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency and two other federal agencies have asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to more carefully review and revise its preliminary plan for the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying it should pay closer attention to the impact a spill would have on drinking water for Native American tribes. Besides the concerns ...

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Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to a federal review singling out lax EPA oversight in California, where the state routinely allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some drinking water aquifers. The U.S. Government Accountability Office review also sampled EPA operations ...

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