Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Grants
12:31 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

EPA Awards $250K for Charles Town Brownfield Site

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  The federal Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $250,000 to renovate a contaminated site in the Eastern Panhandle.

The EPA announced the additional brownfields assistance for Charles Town on Friday. The money will fuel cleanup at the Public Works Yard site next to the brownfield restoration effort at the Supertane plant.

In 2012, EPA awarded a $650,000 revolving loan largely used for the Supertane site.

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Coal Panel
10:29 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Congressional, Industry Leaders Discuss Challenges in Coal Industry

Attorney Genreal Patrick Morrisey, Va. Congressman Morgan Griffith, Congressman Nick Rahall and Sen. Joe Manchin participated in the event.
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  Members of Congress, state government and industry representatives gathered in Bluefield Tuesday for the Bluefield Coal Symposium. The annual event gathers leaders to discuss the major issues facing the industry.

On the panel were Congressmen Nick Rahall and Morgan Griffith of Virginia, state Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Rainey and Alpha Natural Resources Senior Vice President of Environmental Affairs Gene Kitts. Sen. Joe Manchin served as the moderator.

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Inside Appalachia
4:38 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Voices of Appalachia on EPA Regs, Ky. Fancy Farm Picnic, Beaten Biscuits and more

Appalachian voices sound off at hearings about proposed EPA regulations:  “Our jobs our securities, for our families, I’m a recent retiree my benefits may be in jeopardy.”

But some residents are supporting new regulations: “We need to make it clear that the EPA does have the authority and the mandate and moral obligation to reign in CO 2 emissions.”

A Kentucky political tradition goes without a strong voice: “Darling if you want to use your outside voice you can go over there and play on the playground, OK. We’re trying to get some serious conversation going on so you can go over there play on the playground.”

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12:48 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

EPA Hearing Puts Pittsburgh in Crosshairs of Climate Wars

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in is Pittsburgh for two days, holding a public hearing on climate change and proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions. As The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier reports, the hearing proves the climate change debate is a divisive one in this region.
July 31, 2014 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held hearings Thursday and Friday in Pittsburgh on a proposed rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The plan is up against serious opposition from the coal industry, but environmental groups say it doesn't go far enough.
West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Fri August 1, 2014

EPA Hearings in Pittsburgh, New Coal Dust Regs, Marina Safety Law Delayed and Mountain Stage's 800th

 

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding hearings in Pittsburgh on planned regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Federal regulators are releasing new regulations to close loopholes in the mine inspection process. West Virginia lawmakers expalin why they decided to delay the implementation of a marina inspection law that could save lives and Mountain Stage's 800th show features Dave Mason and his hit "We Just Disagree."

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Carbon Regulations
6:01 am
Fri August 1, 2014

EPA Hearing Puts Pittsburgh in Crosshairs of Climate Wars

Competing rallies for and against the EPA’s proposed carbon rules cross paths in Downtown Pittsburgh.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held hearings Thursday and Friday in Pittsburgh on a proposed rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The plan is up against serious opposition from the coal industry, but environmental groups say it doesn’t go far enough.

Competing rallies for and against the EPA’s proposed carbon rules crossed paths in Downtown Pittsburgh today.

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Energy & Environment
12:50 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

West Virginia, Coal Industry Leaders Attend Pittsburgh Energy Rally

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   West Virginia officials joined hundreds of coal miners and coal supporters at an electricity and energy jobs rally.

The Wednesday event at Pittsburgh's Highmark Stadium included Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, labor leaders and others.

Officials say the rally is aimed at raising awareness over proposed changed to federal rules about pollution discharged by coal-fired power plants.

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Carbon Rules
4:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

U.S. Appeals Panel Stands by EPA in Coal Ruling

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A federal appeals court is declining to stand in the way of the Obama administration's efforts to block water pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued the ruling Friday, according to The Charleston Gazette.

It concluded that the Environmental Protection Agency was within its authority to consult with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about Clean Water Act permits for mining operations.

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Energy & Environment
10:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Manchin Wants Public to Speak Out on EPA Carbon Rules

  U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is encouraging West Virginia residents to speak out on new pollution limits.

Manchin is directing state residents to the Federal Register to voice their concerns regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired plants. The Federal Register serves as a federal portal where all Americans can voice their comments before any federal government agency's proposed rule can be implemented.

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Pittsburgh Rally Planned
5:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

UMWA Plans Rally to Protest Proposed EPA Regs

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The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) is planning to make its objections to proposed EPA rules loud and clear. The union has a rally scheduled at the end of the month in Pittsburgh.

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West Virginia Morning
9:40 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Harvard and Syracuse Map Air Benefits, WVU and Downstream Strategies Evaluate EPA Rules, & More

Together, Harvard and Syracuse Universities have released a study that maps potential air quality benefits based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide emissions reductions revealed this month. WVU’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development is working with Downstream Strategies on a new report to advise policy makers as they draft strategies to submit to the EPA. Also, A Brooklyn-based theater company will bring a play to Charleston in response to the Elk River Chemical Spill. 

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Carbon Regulations
6:16 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Downstream Strategies, WVU Center to Work on EPA Regulation Report

West Virginia has two years to come up with a plan, to cut its carbon emissions.
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West Virginia University’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development is working with Downstream Strategies on a new report, analyzing how West Virginia can best meet new Enivronmental Protection Agency proposals on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. This study will be used to advise policy makers as they draft strategies to submit to the EPA.

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Energy & Environment
6:02 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Morrisey: Federal Regulators Have No Authority for Emissions Rule

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  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says federal regulators don't have authority to implement a wide-reaching scale-back on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The Republican made the assertion in a Friday letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Since coal plants are covered elsewhere in the Clean Air Act, Morrisey says EPA can't further regulate them.

Morrisey says EPA relies on a technical error made when Congress amended the act in 1990.

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Energy & Environment
4:56 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Coal Official: EPA Proposals are Overstepping Its Authority

Mike Duncan is the President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.
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Mike Duncan is the President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal and Electricity. He’s disappointed in these proposals on carbon emission cuts, which call for 30 percent in carbon reductions from 2005 levels, by 2030. Duncan says his organization hopes to work with states on a continual basis to come up with solutions.

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West Virginia Morning
9:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

EPA's Clean Power Plan: Reactions from Lawmakers, The Coal Industry, Unions, and Environmentalists

After the EPA announced its Clean Power Plan Monday--aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 based on figures from 2005--we bring reaction from lawmakers, the coal industry, unions, and environmentalists. 

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Energy & Environment
5:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Five Facts About West Virginia's Coal, Energy, and Carbon Emissions

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With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiling proposed rules aimed to reduce carbon emissions by 2030, many questions remain about the impact on West Virginia's economy. State officials, union and industry leaders, and environmentalists are all weighing in on the potential impacts of the proposed rules. 

Reducing carbon emissions in West Virginia to meet the EPA's proposed rules will no doubt hinge on the future use of coal, as well as increasing energy use from other sources. 

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Energy & Environment
5:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Downstream Strategies President on Proposed EPA Rules: 'This is A Watershed Moment'

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  After months of speculation, the Environmental Protection Agency finally released its new proposals on existing coal fire power plants today. The EPA wants to cut carbon dioxide emissions from these facilities by up to 30 percent in the next 15 years. This strategy means these plants will be doing  business differently.

 

Evan Hansen with Downstream Strategies, an environmental consulting firm in Morgantown  says West Virginia needs to get on board with a plan to cut the pollution from power plants in the state  by 20 percent by the year 2030 using new and developing technology.

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Health
5:02 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Trust for America's Health Says Yes to EPA's Proposal

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The Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan organization in Washington D.C. working to make disease prevention a national priority, likes the EPA’s new carbon emissions rules.

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Energy & Environment
9:59 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Infographic: The White House's Plan to Fight Climate Change

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a plan to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent from coal-fired power plants by the year 2030. The plan comes as a result of executive actions from President Barack Obama to fight climate change. 

EPA Grants
2:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

EPA Selects W.Va. for $1M in Brownfields Grants

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Federal environmental regulators have picked five West Virginia projects to receive $1 million in brownfields grants.

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