Environmental Protection Agency

HPPR Environment
8:01 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

EPA promotes water rule to farmers

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks to reporters at Heffernan Farm in Rocheport, Mo., July 9, 2014.
Credit Kris Husted/Harvest Public Media

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is touring farm country, trying to assure farmers that the agency isn’t asking for more authority over farmers and ranchers’ lands.

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Air Pollution
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Oklahoma and Texas have opposite responses to EPA rules

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Oklahoma.
Credit http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma

There are completely different responses to the Obama administration’s recent proposal to combat climate change in Oklahoma and Texas. 

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Energy, Politics & Environment
5:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Anti-regulation politics affects the energy industry in Texas

A natural gas compressor station located near La Grange, Texas.
Credit Spencer Selvidge / Texas Tribune

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency responsible for issuing permits for greenhouse gas emissions in the state, has refused to issue the permits until recently, leaving industry in the state in a difficult position.

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EPA asks for input
8:01 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Texas regulators weigh in on proposed greenhouse gas rules

Texas power plant
Credit Andrea Parker / Cory Maluski / The Texas Tribune

President Obama instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to revise greenhouse gas limits for existing power plants.  The suggested changes are to be proposed by June 2015, and Texas regulators have already weighed in according to The Texas Tribune.

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Harvest Public Media story
4:49 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Vilsack to China: Get up to speed on GMOs

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he will talk to Chinese regulators about their slow pace in evaluating biotech traits.
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to China this week to ask Chinese regulators to get on the same page as the U.S. when it comes to evaluating genetically modified crops.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:00 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

RNAi corn entering the rootworm chase

Southern Corn Rootworm also called spotted cucumber beetle

With rootworms building resistance to genetically modified corn that makes its own pesticide, seed companies are working on new crops that target the insects’ genes. But some worry about unintended consequences when the technology moves from the lab to the field.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

EPA prepares for an earful on Renewable Fuel Standard

An EPA proposal cuts the expected mandate for corn ethanol by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

Both supporters and opponents of ethanol have had a lot to say since the EPA announced a proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard, the rules that force oil companies to buy and use certain levels of ethanol. But they’re just warming up. The agency’s first hearing on the proposal is Thursday in Arlington, Va., and advocates from both sides will line up for a chance to give regulators a piece of their minds.

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UT Studies Methane Leaks
8:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

University of Texas Fracking Study: Results and Politics

Oil fields in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico, an Apache Energy site where wells were drilled in February last year.
Credit Jim Wilson / nytimes.com

The University of Texas at Austin has been measuring how much methane leaks from natural gas production sites after hydraulic fracturing.  Advocates on both sides of the fracking issue have been waiting for results to back their positions according to the Texas Tribune.

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