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EPA chief: 'Science should not be politicized'; Chatterjee named FERC chairman

EPA chief: 'Science should not be politicized'

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt dismissed concerns that the Trump administration will suppress an upcoming report on climate change. Instead, he said, the nation should be focusing on gains already made in reducing pollutants that contribute to air quality concerns.

EPA seeks dismissal of 'back-door' attempt to force scrutiny of CSAPR petitions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss an attempt by several states to bring under court purview an as-yet nonexistent administrative action related to a 2016 update of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

Temporary FERC chairman praises coal, promises to cut through agency backlog

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's temporary new chairman called for proper compensation of "baseload" coal and nuclear plants and promised to help cut FERC's backlog of infrastructure project applications now that the agency has its quorum back.

Industry, environmental groups square off over 2-year stay of EPA methane rule

In reams of starkly divided public comments, the energy industry and environmental interests explored the physical, economic and public health implications of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to implement a two-year stay of a rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas sources.

Update: Chatterjee named chairman as FERC regains functions with 3rd member

President Donald Trump named new Commissioner Neil Chatterjee as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the same day that Robert Powelson, a former member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, was sworn in as the third commissioner.

Calif. utilities halfway to meeting proposed 100% carbon free requirement

The California Legislature is again looking to boost renewable energy and other sources of carbon-free electricity production. Not content with the 50% by 2030 renewable portfolio standard passed by the state in 2013, some legislators this year are pushing to fully decarbonize the state's electricity sector by 2045.

Climate assessment thrust into spotlight amid Trump interference concerns

Federal bureaucrats are preparing a wide-ranging assessment of the impacts of climate change on the U.S. to be released in 2018, and political and scientific interests are concerned about how the Trump administration will react to that report.

Greens want to snuff out Massachusetts' proposed wood-burning biomass subsidy

Massachusetts environmentalists are fighting to prevent carbon-intensive wood chips and pellets from qualifying for subsidies under the state's renewable mandate.

Judges warn EPA about further delay in regulating greenhouse gases

A federal appeals court has extended by 60 days the abeyance period for the Clean Power Plan litigation pending the U.S. EPA's review of that regulation. But in an unusual move, two of the 10 judges on the panel reminded the agency of its statutory authority to regulate greenhouse gases, indicating that at least some of the judges may be growing impatient with the continued delay in regulating carbon emissions from power plants.

NRC votes to fund info-gathering on Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository

Efforts to revive the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage repository in Nevada have taken a small step forward, stoking the ire of Nevada lawmakers who oppose the project.

Environmentalists go after PennEast Pipeline's Pa. water permit

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network asked a federal appeals court to transfer their claim against PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board or rescind a water quality certificate issued by the state.

DOE issues environmental impact statement on Eversource's Northern Pass line

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a favorable final environmental impact statement greenlighting Eversource Energy's application for a permit for its Northern Pass hydroelectric transmission project crossing the U.S.-Canada border.

Mass. regulators issue finalized clean energy standard to cut emissions

New regulations to reduce carbon emissions have been issued by Massachusetts regulators to help the state meet clean air goals.