Articles Tagged: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

E&E Legal on the Capture of EPA

The Energy & Environmental Legal Institute is a D.C.-based advocacy group dedicated to “free market environmentalism through strategic litigation.” Recently, E&E has been examining environmental policy by searching public records and filing FOIA requests with state and federal agencies, and then tenaciously litigating over the resulting efforts at obfuscation. The strategy requires patience, given government’s endless capacity for stalling and mendacity, but it is producing results, and E&E has issued a series of reports (listed at the end of this post).

Will The EPA Be Held Accountable For The Animas River Spill?

On August 5, EPA contractors conducting an investigation into a minor leak at the abandoned Gold King mine in Colorado inadvertently ripped a hole in a retention wall which in turn resulted in 3 million gallons of contaminated water spilling directly into the adjacent Animas River. According to a CNN news report, the polluted water contained various metals and harmful chemicals such as arsenic and lead.

Climate change: Seven indisputable facts

The truth is there are more questions about climate change than there are answers. For instance, even the most advanced climate models all failed to predict the lack of warming the Earth has experienced over the last 18 years. But the president and his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refuse to let facts get in the way of their determination to impose greater government control over the lives of the American people.

EPA Narrowly Avoided Fatalities in Gold King Mine Spill Blowout, Internal Review Finds

An internal review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s actions found that the agency failed to estimate the potential volume of toxic wastewater stored in the abandoned Gold King mine before beginning the work that eventually led to a 3 million gallon spill earlier this month. In a report released Wednesday, the EPA’s review team (made up of EPA personnel from across the agency) writes that the agency failed to test for pressure buildup at the mine and narrowly avoided the death of crew members during the event.

EPA Goes After Coal Generating States in Final Carbon Plan

President Obama told America in 2008 that “if you want to build a coal plant, you can, but it will bankrupt you.” Now, he is using EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ to hurt the states that generate power largely from coal—states that have the lowest electricity prices in the nation due to their inexpensive and dependable coal-fired generation.

House Committee Calls EPA’s Gina McCarthy Testimony ‘False and Misleading’

Republican members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology wrote to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy and called her testimony at a hearing in July “false and misleading.”

Pollution flowing faster than facts in EPA spill

he mustard hue of the Animas River in Colorado — the most visible effect of a mistake by the Environmental Protection Agency that dumped millions of gallons of pollutants into the water — is striking. Just a glance at a photo of the orange-yellowish slush is enough to know that something seems wrong. Scientists will have to say just how wrong, and possibly dangerous, the contamination is, though five days after the spill answers are few.

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