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Jan 9, 2013

Next U.S. energy chief to take agency back to its roots

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The next head of the U.S.
Department of Energy is likely to guide the agency through a
fundamental shift: easing up on a push to commercialize
renewable energy and instead focusing on the surprising domestic
oil and gas boom and management of U.S. nuclear security.

President Barack Obama is widely believed to be considering
candidates to replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Nobel
Prize winning physicist who managed an ill-fated $40-billion
effort to promote the green economy with loans and grants to
solar, wind and biofuel companies.

Jan 8, 2013

US uranium complex changes management after activists break in

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has named
a new group to manage security at a site where it processes and
stores enriched uranium after anti-nuclear activists, including
an 82-year old nun, broke into the site in 2012.

The National Nuclear Security Administration said on Tuesday
it has chosen Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC to manage and
operate the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge,
Tennessee, where the breach occurred last July, as well as the
Plantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.

Jan 4, 2013

Nebraska environment report favors revised Keystone XL pipe plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline received a boost on Friday when Nebraska regulators said its proposed new route would avoid many of the ecologically-sensitive areas that led the U.S. government to block it last year.

The new route for the $5.3 billion Alberta-to-Nebraska pipeline, backed by TransCanada Corp, would avoid the ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region but would still cross part of the massive Ogallala aquifer, the Nebraska environment regulator said.

Dec 21, 2012

Kerry to face climate test at State Dept but not Keystone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John Kerry’s commitment to tackling global warming will face several tests if he takes over as secretary of state but stopping an issue that has become a top environmental focus – the Keystone XL pipeline – will likely not be among them.

President Barack Obama nominated Kerry on Friday for Hillary Clinton’s job and the senator is expected to win swift Senate confirmation.

Dec 21, 2012

U.S. issues framework on study on fracking and water

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration issued the framework on Friday of a long-term study on whether fracking for natural gas pollutes drinking water, but will not make conclusions until 2014 about the controversial technique that is helping to fuel a domestic drilling boom.

Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency study, called for by Congress in 2010, complain it does not closely examine the impact of drillers’ injecting waste water deep underground, a practice that has been linked to small earthquakes.

Dec 14, 2012

US EPA finalizes stricter soot pollution limits

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Friday tightened limits on harmful soot pollution from sources
including power plants, diesel engines and burning wood.

The new standards, which the Environmental Protection Agency
was under court order to finalize, limit annual average soot
emissions by the end of decade to about 12 micrograms per cubic
meter of air from the standard of 15 micrograms set in 1997.

Dec 14, 2012

Lawmakers press EPA chief on “Windsor” email alias

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers want the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency to explain her use of a government-assigned email address under a fake name.

Representatives Fred Upton, the chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Cliff Stearns formally asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Thursday if she used an account with the alias “Richard Windsor” and whether she has used any other accounts assigned by the agency.

Dec 14, 2012

U.S. lawmakers press EPA chief on “Windsor” email alias

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers want the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency to explain her use of a government-assigned email address under a fake name.

Representatives Fred Upton, the chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Cliff Stearns formally asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Thursday if she used an account with the alias “Richard Windsor” and whether she has used any other accounts assigned by the agency.

Dec 13, 2012

U.S. lawmakers press EPA head for details on “Windsor” email alias

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers want the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency to explain her use of a government-assigned email address under a fake name.

Representatives Fred Upton, the chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Cliff Stearns formally asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Thursday if she used an account with the alias “Richard Windsor” and if she has used any other accounts assigned by the agency.

Dec 11, 2012

U.S. delays final fracking rules for federal lands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has delayed finalizing rules that expand its oversight of natural gas drilling on public lands because officials must evaluate a torrent of public comment on the proposals, the Obama administration said on Tuesday.

The administration hopes U.S. states will eventually use the rules governing fracking on federal lands as a template for their own oversight.

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