Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

5:00am

Thu August 21, 2014
Energy

EPA Testing Methods To Detect Fracking Chemical Contamination

The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water.
MIKI Yoshihito Flickr-Creative Commons

Residents living in the midst of the oil and gas boom often wonder if their drinking water may be contaminated by the drilling process.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working on improving ways to test for that. Agency scientists recently published results of a method to test for five chemicals that often appear in fracturing fluid.

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3:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Business

Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 5:14 am

Some 5,000 union members, led by the United Mine Workers of America, march outside the William S. Moorhead Federal Building on Thursday in Pittsburgh. The city hosted two days of public hearings by the Environmental Protection Agency on stricter pollution rules for coal-burning power plants.
Gene J. Puskar AP

The coal industry made its presence known in Pittsburgh this week for public hearings on President Obama's controversial plan to address climate change. A key element is rules the Environmental Protection Agency proposed in June. They would cut greenhouse gas emissions — chiefly carbon dioxide — from existing power plants. The national goal is 30 percent by 2030, based on 2005 levels.

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7:28am

Wed July 30, 2014
Environment

Denver EPA Hearing Draws A Crowd

Coal supporters opposed to the EPA rules rally in front of the state capitol, July 29, 2014. The EPA hearing was being held nearby in downtown Denver the same day.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Hundreds of people are expected to testify in Denver on proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Denver hearing is one of several the Environmental Protection Agency is hosting across the country on the plans.

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11:14am

Fri July 25, 2014
Environment

Study: Powerful Insecticides Found Widespread In Midwest Waters

A new study found a class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in Midwest waterways.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Powerful chemicals used by many farmers to ward off insects are making their way into Midwest rivers and streams, according to a study by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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3:58pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Air Quality

Research Flights Over Front Range Part Of A Bigger Air Quality Effort

Researcher Gabriele Pfister in front of the C-130 plane the National Center for Atmospheric Research will be using to measure air quality.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

When Front Range residents look to the skies for the next few weeks, they may see something unusual – a NASA P-3 airplane buzzing just a thousand feet above.

The plane is one of three research aircraft plying the skies, as scientists from NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research work to learn more about air pollution in Colorado.

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