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The Climate Post: Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Mercury Rule 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) requiring power plants install technology to cut emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. MATS was challenged by industry and several states that argued the EPA should have considered costs when determining whether it was " appropriate and necessary " to go forward with the standards. The EPA contended the rule was required under the Clean Air Act. "On its face," the majority opinion said , the Clean Air Act "neither requires EPA to consider costs nor prohibits EPA from doing so. Indeed, the word 'costs' appears nowhere" in that section of the law. Although Judge Brett Kavanaugh--one member of the three-judge panel--agreed with the majority in other aspects of the ruling , he wrote a dissenting opinion on when the EPA should have considered the costs of MATS. "The estimated cost of compliance with EPA's Final Rule is approximately $9.6 billion per year, by EPA's own calculation ... To ...
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Snowden questions Putin on surveillance policies 18.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Several hours into Vladimir Putin's televised call-in show, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers' questions to air what she said was a "sensational video" for the Russian president: a message from Edward Snowden.
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Obama aims to reinvigorate Asia strategy 17.4.2014 Washington Post: Politics
President Obama’s bid to focus U.S. attention on Asia has failed to meet the lofty expectations he set three years ago in a grand pronouncement that the new emphasis would become a pillar of his foreign ...
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If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US 16.4.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
BEIJING (AP) — Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States.
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Court Upholds Original EPA Emission Standards For Air Pollutants 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA's determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency's reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, "are amply supported by EPA's findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure," said the court. Congress did not specify what types or levels of public health risks should be deemed a hazard under federal law. By leaving this gap in the statute, Congress delegated to the EPA the authority to give reasonable meaning to the term "hazard," said the court. In the majority were chief judge Merrick Garland and judge Judith Rogers, both appointees of ...
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If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US 16.4.2014 AP Business
BEIJING (AP) -- Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas....
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If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US 16.4.2014 World
BEIJING (AP) — Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened ...
Appeals court upholds EPA limits on air toxicity 16.4.2014 LA Times: Nation
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejects challenges from both sides of the issue, finding that EPA limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants are valid. WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Obama's environmental ...
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Appeals Court upholds EPA limits on toxic chemicals in air 16.4.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
Appeals Court backs emissions rules that were seen as key to Obama’s environmental efforts.
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Texans to benefit from vital clean air safeguards 16.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Texans to benefit from vital clean air safeguards
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Court upholds EPA emission standards 16.4.2014 Twincities.com: News
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
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EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations 16.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.:                                 This post written with Meleah Geertsma and Vignesh Gowrishankar Today the Environmental Protection Agency took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month.  EPA issued a set of white papers examining five big...
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U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Historic EPA Protections to Limit Mercury and Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants 15.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Historic EPA Protections to Limit Mercury and Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants
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U.S. appeals court upholds Obama administration limits on air toxics 15.4.2014 LA Times: Environment
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Obama’s environmental agenda.
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Toxic mercury pollution limits survive major court challenge 15.4.2014 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Some environmental threats are hard to explain. Toxic mercury is not. A dangerous neurotoxin that threatens young children, developing babies, and others, almost everyone reacts viscerally at the idea of ingesting it. And the scientific evidence endorses that instinctive response. That’s why today’s decision by a federal court to uphold the EPA’s Mercury and Air […]
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Court upholds EPA emission standards 15.4.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
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Court upholds EPA emission standards 15.4.2014 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants....
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Appeals court upholds EPA emission standards 15.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The appeals court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other dangerous air pollutants.
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The intersection of public health and transport in Indian cities 15.4.2014 THE CITY FIX
Typical transport investment and policy proposals in India often consider few factors, some being connectivity with surrounding areas, land use and socioeconomic impacts, available funding, and the level of support from local stakeholders. All too often, these assessments consistently overlook ...
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U.S. appeals court upholds hazardous air pollution rule 15.4.2014 Yahoo: US National
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld an Obama administration regulation for hazardous air pollutants emitted by coal and oil-fired power plants. The regulation, which limits emissions of mercury and other pollutants, had been challenged by industry groups, in addition to some states and environmental groups. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh)
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