EPA critics forecast doom, prepare for war over smog plan
An "undeniable gut punch," a "regulatory train wreck" and part of U.S. EPA's "extreme environmentalist agenda" is how Republican lawmakers and industry groups are describing the Obama administration's new proposal to clamp down on national smog standards.
Wood bison -- gone for more than a century -- are returning to Alaska
Wood bison -- North America's largest land mammal -- will soon roam Alaska's marshy Arctic lowlands where the beasts haven't been seen in more than a century.
Thirst for power leaves oil industry seeking solutions in West Texas
Even before the extent of this year's drop in crude prices became clear, Texas oil producers had some reason to fret. They need electricity, and access can be scarce at far-flung sites in West Texas. So as the Gulf Coast Power Association gathered for a fall conference Sept. 30, the oil patch was the topic of an afternoon session.
State agencies that rarely work together do to prepare for EPA's power plant rule
Twenty years ago, the work of state air and utility regulators aligned about as often as Earth and the Comet Hale-Bopp. But the historical separation between state agencies has eroded in recent years as U.S. EPA has sought to regulate power-sector emissions under the auspices of the Clean Air Act.
Conservative Iowa farmers find a new cash crop -- renewable energy
FRYTOWN, Iowa -- Among the Amish and Mennonite families who have farmed this part of southeast Iowa for generations, Warren McKenna is an outsider, or an "English," as the German-speaking Amish call non-natives. Yet he is well-known as manager of the 650-member Farmers Electric Cooperative of Kalona, a job he has held since 1992.
Big fights loom over a few words in Obama admin proposal
The Army Corps of Engineers for decades took an expansive view of wetlands protection, using the Constitution's Commerce Clause to claim a federal interest in any marsh, swamp or bog used by migrating birds. But the Supreme Court ended the so-called Migratory Bird Rule in 2001's Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) v. Army Corps of Engineers, and the corps scrambled for a legal life preserver. The agency fell back on a concept first instituted in 1977, claiming authority over wetlands "adjacent" to navigable waterways. But the meaning of "adjacent" is itself controversial and has become a key point of debate in the wake of the Obama administration's regulatory proposal to extend automatic protection to more streams and wetlands under the 1972 Clean Water Act.
FWS triples population goal for Mexican wolves, draws fire from enviros
Under a controversial plan that would give Mexican wolves more room to roam but make it easier for people to kill them, the Fish and Wildlife Service today tripled the population target for the experimental recovery effort and took steps to protect herds of elk and other large animals from the predators.