The Obama administration is expected to announce a new Clean Water Rule later this week which will allow governmental regulation of smaller bodies of water than it currently can. The E.P.A. and Army Corps of Engineers first jointly proposed this rule known as Waters of the U.S., under the Clean Water Act of 1972. The E.P.A has held more than 400 public meetings with outside groups and read over one million public comments while finalizing the language. Despite strong support from environmentalists, the new rule already faces fierce opposition.
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding five hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. In addition, the agency is proposing to add three additional sites to the list.
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions broken down by industrial sector, geographic region and individual facilities. In 2013, reported emissions from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons higher than the prior year, or 0.6 percent, driven largely by an increase in coal use for power generation.