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Environmental Protection Agency

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Trump administration set to announce new rules on methane emissions from wells 11 August 2020

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to publicly announce new rules on methane emissions, rescinding Obama-era regulations targeting methane emissions from oil and gas wells. The announcement will be made before August 16 and will end requirements for oil and gas producers to install systems and procedures which detect and fix methane leaks....

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Trump administration moves to rescind methane emission limits 30 August 2019

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan to scrap Obama-era regulations targeting methane emissions from oil and gas wells. The proposed plan, put forward on August 29, is set to undergo a 60-day period of public comment before being finalised. It would see oil and gas companies police themselves when it comes to preventing methane leaking from wells and pipelines rather than adhering to federal regulations....

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Senate confirms controversial appointee to head US environmental regulator 01 March 2019

On February 28 the US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s candidate to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, the nation’s top environmental regulator. Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, has been the EPA’s Acting Administrator since July 2018 when former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after widespread criticism over ethical issues....

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EPA plans to regulate cancer-causing chemicals found in US drinking water 18 February 2019

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans on February 14 to regulate chemicals linked to cancer in humans currently found in drinking water systems. The chemicals -polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) - are present in firefighting foams, which have seeped into groundwater sources that supply an estimated 16 million Americans. ...

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Greens start legal battle with fossil fuel lobbyists over chemical plant safety regulations 18 April 2017

According to CNN, the Union for Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club and Earthjustice jointly filed a motion on April 13 to intervene in a lawsuit filed by fossil fuel groups in March that asks the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new regulations on chemical plants, introduced in response to the 2013 fertiliser plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 15 and injured more than 160....

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Proposed US budget targets EPA, regulation and environment initiatives 21 March 2017

On March 16, President Donald Trump's administration published its budget plans, which involve reducing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 31% and eliminating 3,200 of its employees (19% of the workforce). Other major themes include reducing funding for enforcing regulations, water and air pollution clean-up initiatives, toxic waste site remediation and promoting energy-efficient appliances....

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Checks and balances 27 January 2017

A few weeks after his inauguration, it is clear President Trump has no intention of backpedalling on the pronouncements he made during his election campaign with regard to the energy and environment sectors. As an example, the new administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the main climate change page from its website....

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EPA proposes tightening US chemical plant safety standards 01 March 2016

On February 25, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a plan to reform the nation’s chemical plant safety standards, with a proposal that would require companies to conduct annual safety drills, be subject to third-party audits and improve emergency response to accidents. Some companies will be asked to consider safer technologies or chemicals....

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US metal company required to make large investment in technology following fatal blast 23 December 2013

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced on December 19 that AL Solutions, a West Virginia-based metal recycling company, had agreed to implement extensive safeguards to prevent future accidental releases of hazardous chemicals from its facilities, resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations (CAA) stemming from an explosion at the company’s New Cumberland facility that killed three people. ...

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Texas chemical plant fire cause still unknown 10 October 2011

The formal Fire Marshal’s investigation into the cause of the fire that last week destroyed Magnablend, Inc.’s Texas Central Plant has begun....