STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Renewable drive continues, with changes
By Don Davis
The future of renewable fuels is more of the same, but different.
Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson reminded those at Farmfest this week that years ago the Minnesota L... Posted on 8/8/13 at 9:04 AM
HOME IMPROVEMENT WITH ANDY LINDUS Hold Your Breath! Your Indoor Air Quality May Be An Issue.
Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency estimates indoor air quality in your home or workplace can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outdoors and causes 50% of the illness glo... Posted on 2/12/13 at 2:29 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday released a proposal for strict new regulations on carbon emissions from new U.S. power plants, causing some of North Dakota’s top politicians to fire back.
Environmental groups say the federal government should order two coal-fired power plants in western North Dakota to use more sophisticated pollution-control technology, but state officials say the matter already has been settled and no more debate is needed.
In 2012, the EPA proposed to regulate greenhouse gases from new power plants and expects to finalize the rule in 2013. If adopted, the rule effectively will ban the construction of all new coal-based power plants.
Federal regulators have approved a new measure meant to help turn Montana's Big Sky Country into Clear Sky Country by forcing industrial plants to cut pollutants that make hazy skies over national parks and wilderness areas.
The federal government is on the verge of approving a grain mainly used as livestock feed to make a cleaner version of ethanol, a decision officials say could give farmers a new moneymaking opportunity, boost the biofuels industry and help the environment.
President Richard Nixon established the EPA by executive order; there was no vote by Congress.
Today, some say it needs “reforming.” But when did that ever reduce the size and cost of a federal agency?
Beekeepers and several environmental groups argue in an emergency petition filed with the EPA that the agency failed to require some legally mandated field testing before the pesticide was approved in 2003. New research, including two studies published last week in the journal Science, raises serious questions about its effect on pollinators of all kinds, they maintain.
Today's Supreme Court decision is a victory for Mike and Chantell Sackett, whose property near a scenic lake has sat undisturbed since the Environmental Protection Agency ordered a halt in work in 2007. The agency said part of the property was a wetlands that could not disturbed without a permit.
State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the federal Environmental Protection Agency is giving North Dakota more of a voice when it comes to protecting endangered species from exposure to pesticides. Goehring says the EPA has approved a plan that will protect endangered species in the state while still being "reasonable" for pesticide users.
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