EPA http://kut.org en New Carbon Rules Could Have Big Impact on Texas http://kut.org/post/new-carbon-rules-could-have-big-impact-texas <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Big changes could be coming for Texas power plants. The Obama administration is announcing&nbsp;<a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/5bb6d20668b9a18485257ceb00490c98!OpenDocument" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">new rules today</a>&nbsp;aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants – the chief culprit behind global warming.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel power plants in the U.S. by 30 percent (from their 2005 levels) by 2030. That “is equal to the emissions from powering more than half the homes in the United States for one year,” according to the EPA. In Texas, that drop will need to be even higher: the state’s carbon emissions from the power sector will need to&nbsp;<a href="http://cleanpowerplanmaps.epa.gov/CleanPowerPlan/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">fall 39 percent by 2030</a>&nbsp;under the proposal.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152463787&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:18:31 +0000 Terrence Henry 10525 at http://kut.org New Carbon Rules Could Have Big Impact on Texas Texas Watches State of the Union with an Eye on Energy http://kut.org/post/texas-watches-state-union-eye-energy <p>Even before the President’s State of the Union Address was over last night, some environmental and renewable energy groups were sending out congratulatory emails.</p><p>“We thank President Obama for his leadership” read one from the <a href="http://www.seia.org/">Solar Energy Industries Association</a>. The speech outlined “clean energy solutions”&nbsp; said the group <a href="http://www.environmenttexas.org/">Environment Texas</a>.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:26:06 +0000 Mose Buchele 6574 at http://kut.org Texas Watches State of the Union with an Eye on Energy EPA, Texas Finalize Air Permitting Program http://kut.org/post/epa-texas-finalize-air-permitting-program <p>The State of Texas and the E<a href="http://www.epa.gov/">nvironmental Protection Agency</a> have been battling over air permits for years. But now it looks like there's an official agreement between the two.</p><p>This week the EPA announced its final approval of revisions to the state's permitting program for "major air pollution sources." But "final" may be something of a misnomer, because the two sides actually announced an agreement on the program way back in June.</p><p>KUT News' pals at <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/">StateImpact Texas</a> covered the <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/06/07/whats-behind-epas-approval-of-texas-new-clean-air-plan/">announcement</a> then. Here's a little bit from their report:</p><blockquote><p>So what are the changes exactly? Under the PALS program, emissions monitoring is done on specific units at each site under an overall emissions cap, as opposed to a blanket site-wide cap with no specific unit monitoring as before. “Even though they create some flexibility for those units, they don’t allow you to cover an entire site with pollution limits,” Soward says. The EPA also says the new program requires continuous monitoring.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:24:40 +0000 Ben Philpott 5327 at http://kut.org EPA, Texas Finalize Air Permitting Program Texas Officials Cheer As Court Reverses EPA Pollution Rule http://kut.org/post/texas-officials-cheer-court-reverses-epa-pollution-rule <p>You could call it a win for Texas officials in their ongoing battle against the Environmental Protection Agency.</p><p>A federal appeals court <a href="https://www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/releases/2012/082112DCCircuitCourtEPAOpinion.pdf" target="_blank">decided this morning</a> the EPA went beyond its authority with a cross-state air pollution rule. The rule would have clamped down on power plant pollution that affects air quality in neighboring states. It was <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/court-grants-air-pollution-rule-delay" target="_blank">set to go in effect in January</a> but several states, including Texas, sued to stop it.</p><p>Attorney General Greg Abbott is leading the charge for Texas against the EPA. He <a href="https://www.oag.state.tx.us/oagNews/release.php?id=4126" target="_blank">issued this statement</a> about today's ruling: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:35:09 +0000 Laura Rice 4918 at http://kut.org Texas Officials Cheer As Court Reverses EPA Pollution Rule AM Update: DOJ Defends UT in Race Case, Win for Texas Over EPA, A&M Shooting Update http://kut.org/post/am-update-doj-defends-ut-race-case-win-texas-over-epa-am-shooting-update <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Justice Department Supports UT&rsquo;s Admissions Process</b></p><p class="MsoNormal">The Obama Administration says the University of Texas at Austin&#39;s consideration of race in admitting students is constitutional.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p><p class="MsoNormal">The U.S. Justice Department revealed its support <a href="http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/11-345-US-amicus-8-10-12.pdf">in a brief</a> filed yesterday with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Department says UT does not use race as an absolute deciding factor and that it comes into play in relatively few admission decisions.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Supreme Court justices will hear arguments on the case, known as <em><span style="font-family:Cambria;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Fisher v. University of Texas</span></em><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> <em><span style="font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">at Austin</span></em> </span>in October.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Abigail Fisher is challenging the university&rsquo;s admission policy, <span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">claiming that she was denied admission to UT in 2008 because she is white.</span> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:35:48 +0000 Margaret Nicklas, Chip Skambis & Laura Rice 4873 at http://kut.org AM Update: DOJ Defends UT in Race Case, Win for Texas Over EPA, A&M Shooting Update AM Update: EPA May Approve Clean Air Plan, Free Life Jackets, New Disc Golf Course http://kut.org/post/am-update-epa-may-approve-clean-air-plan-free-life-jackets-new-disc-golf-course <p><strong>EPA Hints at Approval of TCEQ Air Plan</strong></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/states/tx.html">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency&nbsp;</a> has signaled it will likely approve changes to the state&rsquo;s clean air plan.</p><p>A revised plan from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/">Texas Commission on Environmental Quality</a>&nbsp;establishes site-wide emission caps with specific monitoring at units for existing major sources of air pollution. The EPA said the&nbsp;<a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/8b770facf5edf6f185257359003fb69e/6772c87c6fd9362185257a1600696e25!OpenDocument">proposal</a>&nbsp;gives the industry more flexibility in day-to-day operations.</p><p>The agency will seek public comment on the approval for 30 days before it makes a final decision. You can <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/06/07/whats-behind-epas-approval-of-texas-new-clean-air-plan/">read more over at StateImpact Texas</a>.</p><p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 12:54:00 +0000 Olivia Gordon 4429 at http://kut.org AM Update: EPA May Approve Clean Air Plan, Free Life Jackets, New Disc Golf Course Court Grants Air Pollution Rule Delay http://kut.org/post/court-grants-air-pollution-rule-delay <p>A federal appeals court in Washington, DC granted the State of Texas a stay today against new EPA air pollution regulations that take effect next year.</p><p>The Cross State Air Pollution Rule would require some coal plants in Texas to retrofit their equipment or to switch to a higher-grade coal fuel, in order to meet new sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emission rules.</p><p>The injunction sets the stage for an court hearing in April.</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:22:09 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3339 at http://kut.org Court Grants Air Pollution Rule Delay Texas Greens Cheer New EPA Mercury Rules http://kut.org/post/texas-greens-cheer-new-epa-mercury-rules <p>The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epa.gov/mats/basic.html" target="_self">rule</a>&nbsp;on Wednesday aimed at reducing the amount of mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. It is unlikely to improve Texas officials&#39; low opinion of the agency.</p><p><br />&quot;This is a victory for public health, especially the health of our children,&quot; said Lisa Jackson, the EPA&#39;s head, as she announced the rules at a children&#39;s medical center in Washington, D.C.<br /><br /> The rules will take full effect in 2016, Jackson said. &quot;Before this rule, there were no national standards limiting the amount of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases,&quot; she said. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:38:56 +0000 Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune 3277 at http://kut.org Texas Greens Cheer New EPA Mercury Rules New Series on Air Pollution http://kut.org/post/new-series-air-pollution <p>Today, NPR, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) and StateImpact launched a new series investigating air pollution and regulation across the country. The series is entitled, &quot;Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities.&quot; StateImpact has more on the project on its <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2011/11/07/stateimpact-npr-poisoned-places-a-special-investigative-report/#more-1184">website</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 21:48:46 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2931 at http://kut.org New Series on Air Pollution Texas Officials Unmollified by Pollution Rule Changes http://kut.org/post/texas-officials-unmollified-pollution-rule-changes <p>The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epa.gov/airtransport/actions.html" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " target="_self">proposed scaling back some requirements</a>&nbsp;of its cross-state rule for reducing air pollution &mdash; a rule that has incited the fury of Texas officials including Gov. Rick Perry.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:27:58 +0000 Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune 2684 at http://kut.org Texas Officials Unmollified by Pollution Rule Changes "Risks of Outages" Under EPA Rule, Texas Report Warns http://kut.org/post/risks-outages-under-epa-rule-texas-report-warns <p><span>In a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://interchange.puc.state.tx.us/WebApp/Interchange/application/dbapps/filings/pgSearch_Results.asp?TXT_CNTR_NO=37897&amp;TXT_ITEM_NO=49" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " target="_blank">report</a><span>&nbsp;released this morning, the Texas electric grid operator warned of &quot;risks of outages for Texas power users&quot; if a federal pollution rule takes effect as scheduled in January.</span></p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 20:34:44 +0000 Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune 2385 at http://kut.org "Risks of Outages" Under EPA Rule, Texas Report Warns EPA’s Proposed Air Quality Rules Could Affect Texas Fracking http://kut.org/post/epa%E2%80%99s-proposed-air-quality-rules-could-affect-texas-fracking <p>The Environmental Protection Agency proposed <a href="http://epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/">new air pollution rules</a> for oil and gas production today. The regulations are the first national standards for emissions from hydraulic fracturing, or &ldquo;fracking&rdquo;, a controversial practice used to extract natural gas in the Barnet Shale and in South Texas, among other places.</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:10:10 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2074 at http://kut.org EPA’s Proposed Air Quality Rules Could Affect Texas Fracking EPA Delays Issuing Ozone Rules Again http://kut.org/post/epa-delays-issuing-ozone-rules-again <p>The EPA has once again delayed releasing stricter ground-level ozone standards. Those were supposed to be issued on July 29. This is the fourth time the EPA has delayed releasing exact standards.</p><p>The Bush Administration set the ozone standard at 75 parts per billion in 2008 even after EPA scientists had recommended a more stringent standard. The EPA has indicated that the new standard would fall between 60 to 70 parts per billion.</p><p>EPA press secretary Brendan Gilfillan issued this statement in announcing the delay.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:55:10 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 2053 at http://kut.org EPA Delays Issuing Ozone Rules Again Abbott Continues Battle Against EPA Regulations http://kut.org/post/abbott-continues-battle-against-epa-regulations <p>A<a href="https://www.oag.state.tx.us/oagnews/release.php?id=3769 "> statement</a> issued today by Attorney General Greg Abbott says the EPA&rsquo;s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions by &ldquo;timing&rdquo; and &ldquo;tailoring&rdquo; are unlawful and unconstitutional.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:38:05 +0000 Jill Ament 1763 at http://kut.org Abbott Continues Battle Against EPA Regulations Local Waterways Could be Affected by EPA Proposal http://kut.org/post/local-waterways-could-be-affected-epa-proposal-0 <p>The federal government will be at work this summer on some proposals that could affect waterways you may be familiar with, including the Edwards Aquifer and Barton Springs. The US Environmental Protection Agency says <a href="http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters_guidesum.cfm">Supreme Court rulings over the last decade</a> have weakened the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/regulations/laws/cwa.html">Clean Water Act</a> and removed some waterways from federal protection.</p><p>According to the EPA, under current Clean Water Act regulations, many small streams that feed into larger streams, rivers, bays and coastal waters are no longer protected by the Act. This means polluting into these waters doesn&rsquo;t require a permit. The EPA is examining how to change those regulations to ensure waterways are protected. Tue, 07 Jun 2011 18:08:03 +0000 Jill Ament 1648 at http://kut.org Local Waterways Could be Affected by EPA Proposal Texas Challenges Federal Car and Truck Emission Rules http://kut.org/post/texas-challenges-federal-car-and-truck-emission-rules <p>The Environmental Protection Agency&rsquo;s rules limiting vehicle emissions are based upon a &ldquo;legally flawed&rdquo; conclusion that greenhouse gases are harmful to the public, the State of Texas argued in <a href="https://www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/releases/2011/060611tailpipe_states_brief.pdf">a brief</a> filed today with the D.C. Court of Appeals on behalf of nine states and dozens of shipping and manufacturing companies.</p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:53:23 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1636 at http://kut.org Texas Challenges Federal Car and Truck Emission Rules Texas House To EPA: Don’t Regulate Our Greenhouse Gas http://kut.org/post/texas-house-epa-don%E2%80%99t-regulate-our-greenhouse-gas <p>The <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/">Texas House</a> approved a measure 107-34 today urging US Congress to prevent the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions in the Lonestar State.</p><p><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&amp;Bill=HCR66">House Concurrent Resolution 66</a> (HCR 66) claims that EPA regulations constitute &ldquo;an abuse of power&rdquo; and &ldquo;are projected to cost Texas more than 300,000 jobs&rdquo; because of higher energy prices and the costs associated with regulatory compliance. Fri, 20 May 2011 22:07:22 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1528 at http://kut.org Texas House To EPA: Don’t Regulate Our Greenhouse Gas Ozone Season's Greetings! http://kut.org/post/ozone-seasons-greetings <p>It&#39;s that time of year again.&nbsp;</p><p>April 1 to October 31 is ozone season in Central Texas.&nbsp; These are the months when we expect the highest amounts of ground level ozone in the air. Last year, the Austin area came dangerously close to falling out of attainment of the federal clean air standard of 74 parts of ozone per-billion.&nbsp; With the Environmental Protection Agency set to announce even stricter standards, it could be even harder for the region to stay in attainment this year.</p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 21:01:14 +0000 Mose Buchele 1033 at http://kut.org Ozone Season's Greetings! Las Brisas Permit Approved http://kut.org/post/las-brisas-permit-approved <p>The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved an air permit for the $3 billion <a href="http://www.lasbrisasenergy.com/">Las Brisas</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_coke">petroleum coke</a>-fired power plant in Corpus Christi against the recommendations of two state administrative law judges and the Environmental Protection Agency. (Read the <a href="http://kut.org/items/show/23866">story</a> from KUT.)</p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:57:33 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News & Erika Aguilar, KUT News 677 at http://kut.org Las Brisas Permit Approved Texas Loses Another Greenhouse Gases Battle with the EPA http://kut.org/post/texas-loses-another-greenhouse-gases-battle-epa <p>The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied Texas a ruling Wednesday that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from taking over the permitting process for the state's larger greenhouse gas emitters, like coal plants and oil refiners.</p><p>The ruling lifts a temporary stay that was granted to Texas on December 30, one week after the EPA announced the new greenhouse gas regulations.</p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:27:42 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 623 at http://kut.org Texas Loses Another Greenhouse Gases Battle with the EPA