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Oct 29, 2011

Green groups give EPA more time on CO2 rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Green groups said on Saturday they would give the Environmental Protection Agency more time to forge the first-ever plan to regulate carbon dioxide from power plants, the country’s single biggest source of greenhouse gases.

The Environmental Defense Fund and other green groups that are negotiating with the EPA on the deadline for the plan said they would withhold legal action against the agency until November 30. They, along with New York, California and several other states, had sued the agency to issue the carbon rules.

Oct 29, 2011

U.S. green groups give EPA more time on CO2 rule

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – U.S. green groups said on
Saturday they would give the Environmental Protection Agency
more time to forge the first-ever plan to regulate carbon
dioxide from power plants, the country’s single biggest source
of greenhouse gases.

The Environmental Defense Fund and other green groups that
are negotiating with the EPA on the deadline for the plan said
they would withhold legal action against the agency until Nov.
30. They, along with New York, California and several other
states, had sued the agency to issue the carbon rules.

Oct 27, 2011

EPA says to comment soon on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. environmental regulator on Thursday said her agency would soon comment on the proposed $7 billion Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, adding she was concerned about emissions and potential leaks that could result from the project.

“We have comments we are just about completing on the current environmental impact statement,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said at a Howard University event with youth environment leaders.

Oct 26, 2011

Lawmakers ask Obama to delay Keystone decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fourteen U.S. lawmakers called on President Barack Obama to delay a decision on the Canada-to-Texas Keystone oil sands pipeline while Obama was interrupted in Denver on Wednesday by a protester opposing TransCanada Corp’s project.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who is one of the most liberal members of the Senate, and 13 Democratic lawmakers asked for a delay until the State Department investigates alleged conflicts of interest over the project.

Oct 24, 2011

Nebraska governor to call session on Keystone pipeline

By Timothy Gardner

(Reuters) – Nebraska Governor Dave said on Monday he will call a special session of the state legislature over TransCanada Corp’s proposed $7 billion oil sands pipeline that would cross ecologically sensitive areas.

Heineman wants TransCanada to change the route of the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline away from Nebraska’s Sand Hills region, which sits atop the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest sources of water for farms in the central United States. He does not oppose the pipeline outright.

Oct 18, 2011

Senate approves pipeline safety bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a pipeline safety bill on Monday that would require strength-testing of old pipes and hike fines for safety violations after a series of accidents and explosions.

The legislation was sparked by an explosion a year ago in San Bruno, California, on a line owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The explosion destroyed a neighborhood and killed eight people.

Oct 17, 2011

EPA says will not tighten dust rule for farms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday it will not tighten controls on dust particles on farms when it sends the rule to the White House for its regular five-year review.

Some Republicans, including presidential hopeful Herman Cain, have said the EPA would expand the rule, which mainly affects heavy industry and vehicles, and regulate farms more broadly.

Oct 14, 2011

House votes to delay pollution rules on boilers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to delay Environmental Protection Agency limits on pollutants from industrial boilers, its latest move to hinder air rules designed to protect public health.

The vote was 275 to 142 for the legislation. All Republicans present voted for the bill as did 41 Democrats. Republicans have a majority in the House.

Oct 13, 2011

US lawmakers say pipeline approval process tainted

WASHINGTON/CALGARY, Oct 13 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will
urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday to reject the
proposed route of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, saying
they are concerned the approval process has been tainted by
alleged conflicts of interest.

Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat, will send a
letter to Clinton, signed by more than 20 other lawmakers in
the House, criticizing how her department has handled the
review of TransCanada Corp’s $7 billion pipeline
proposal to move crude to Texas from Alberta, Canada.

Oct 12, 2011

Most Republican voters back clean air rules: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Republican U.S. voters oppose congressional efforts to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency’s air pollution rules, according to a survey conducted by two pollsters released on Wednesday.

Republicans in the House of Representatives have fought against EPA rules on emissions of everything from mercury to greenhouse gases, saying the regulations will kill jobs and saddle heavy industry and power plants with billions of dollars in costs at the worst possible time.

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