Kiokee‐Flint Group, Sierra Club, Flint Riverkeeper, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Nonami Oglethorpe, LLC, Country, GA, LLC, and Graham Properties filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline, as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis for Natural Gas Pipeline Act FERC authorization. To read the comments click HERE.
The DOI and the U.S. Army Corps reported yesterday that the EPA Animas River spill was caused by failure to recognize and assess hydraulic forces built up as a result of remediation activity.
On October 9, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Corps of Engineers Waters of the United States Rule. That rule reportedly would expand Clean Water Act permitting, enforcement, testing and other requirements to a new group of ditches; buffers to rivers, streams, and wetlands; floodplains, and other areas. The Sixth Circuit held that the group challenging the rule – which included a number of state and local governments including Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama – has a “substantial possibility” of prevailing on the merits, specifically regarding two new buffer thresholds added to the rule just… Read more
On August 3, EPA released its final rule implementing the Climate Action Plan focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions – carbon dioxide or CO2, from power plants. While CO2 is naturally occurring, EPA reports that power plants account for 32 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from anthropogenic sources. The plan phases in CO2 reduction requirements, with a 32 percent reduction required by 2030, equivalent to emissions from about 166 million automobiles. About 1,000 power plants across the United States are affected by the rule. EPA states the rule will lower electricity costs by $7.00 per month for most… Read more