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U.S. Supreme Court fires warning shot across EPA’s bow: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – In a rare defeat for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered it on Monday to reconsider whether the EPA’s regulations on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants are appropriate and necessary. While the EPA considered the costs and benefits ...

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Experts say Pittsburgh’s air continues to improve

The air in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area is improving, according to the American Lung Association’s 2015 national “State of the Air” report card. But it’s not getting better fast enough to keep the region from ranking in the bottom 25 of 240 metropolitan areas for the categories measured — daily and annual soot pollution and smog. Joining Pittsburgh in that ...

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Holy Smoke: EPA wants to regulate BBQ grills?

Hide your wieners. And your burgers, and your chicken quarters and your T-bones. It appears the EPA has funded a $15,000 grant geared at among other things “limiting the overall air pollution … and alleviating some of the acute health problems” associated with backyard barbecue grills. Students at the University of California Riverside received the grant as part of the ...

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April vote set on widening Wyoming oil, gas well setback

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming oil and gas regulators will take another month to review public comments before deciding whether to increase the minimum distance between homes and oil and gas wells. A recent surge in oil drilling has put air pollution, noise and truck traffic closer to some neighborhoods in eastern Wyoming. The situation has prompted the Wyoming Oil ...

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Fitzgerald touts Pittsburgh’s development, cleaner air, economy

During a spring visit to Pittsburgh, government, business, education and nonprofit leaders from Portland, Ore., did what people from Portland do. They rented bikes, hired a guide and toured miles of bike paths. “We’re a city of bridges, too, and we just felt at home,” said Randy Miller, the Greater Portland Inc. board member who organized the May visit. “We ...

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EPA’s comment dilemma: so many voices, so little time

It would take 71 Environmental Protection Agency employees spending all their workdays from now until June to read all the comments submitted to the agency’s Clean Power Plan thus far, assuming a modest 5-minute limit per comment. For some, five seconds will do: “Don’t [expletive deleted] this up, [expletive deleted],” was the concise directive of one commenter. Other comments may ...

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5 Wyoming counties could top proposed ozone limit

CASPER, Wyo. — Five Wyoming counties could exceed a new standard for atmospheric ozone proposed but not yet implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recent air pollution monitoring shows. The proposal announced Wednesday calls for lowering the ozone threshold from 75 parts per billion to between 65 and 70 ppb and possibly as low as 60 ppb. Monitoring equipment ...

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