Tag Archives: Environmental Protection Agency

Gardner Presses Importance of States’ Water Rights

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced yesterday that he has introduced an amendment to the Senate budget which would protect privately held water rights and permits from federal overreach. Gardner’s amendment would recognize the long-standing authority to manage water according to state law and protects against federal takeover of water rights and Continue reading

House Passes Bill to Force EPA to Reveal Science

EPA-300The House easily passed a bill yesterday to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using “secret science”, despite a veto threat from the Obama administration. The bill, similar to past versions, would require the EPA to make public all details of any scientific research it uses in regulating. If the science isn’t public, the rule Continue reading

Senators Reauthorize Rural Drinking Water Act

WATER CONSERVATIONSenators from Colorado, Wyoming and Montana are co-sponsoring a bill to re-authorize training and other assistance for rural water providers. Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Bennet said Wednesday the bill will renew the Environmental Protection Agency’s technical assistance to small utilities Continue reading

McConnell Calls on States to Fight Costly Clean Air Rules

EPA-300Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging states to reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new Clean Air Rules, by refusing to send in state plans. Each state has different target standards they will be required to reach when and if the rules take effect. In an op-ed piece, McConnell said “The Continue reading

Commissioners Vent Concerns Over Clean Power Plan

EPA-300The Moffat County Commissioners have finalized letters they’re sending to Governor Hickenlooper and the Environmental Protection Agency. The first letter is being sent by the Independence Institute, a Denver think tank. The letter urges the governor to consider the costs the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will have on the state. It Continue reading

Gardner Throws Support Behind REINS Act

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner announced that he is co-sponsoring the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, also known as the REINS Act. The act would restore significant power to the legislative branch with regard to rulemaking by requiring Congressional approval of all major rules and regulations proposed by the executive branch. Major Continue reading

Commissioners Sign on to Letter Blasting Clean Power Act

MC Commissioners-150The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday agreed to become signatories on a letter to Governor Hickenlooper that highlights the downfalls of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Act. The letter was drafted by the Independence Institute, a think tank in Denver. The letter states that the Act will damage Continue reading

Lawmakers Vote to Build Keystone XL Pipeline

KEYSTONEThe Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has voted to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline would be paid for by the private sector, create thousands of jobs in the United States, and increase domestic energy security. It has been more than six years since the pipeline Continue reading

EPA Delays Finalizing Climate Control Rules

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying climate regulations for power plants to “better consider input on them and better align the major pieces of the regulations.” The agency is now planning to finalize rules for newly built plants, existing plants, and modified plants all at once. That should come this summer. The EPA Continue reading

Shadow Mountain Project Update

shadow mountain village meeting-150 editAn environmental assessment and cultural study of lands involved in the Shadow Mountain Water Improvement Project turned up nothing of interest. That’s according to Roy Tipton of Moffat County Development Services. Tipton was irritated when the order came down that the Continue reading

EPA Rolls out New Coal Ash Rule in Time for Christmas

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency has rolled out a new rule that’s expected to cost coal fired power plants $735 million dollars per year, just in time for Christmas. The rule is aimed at keeping coal ash contained. Coal ash is a byproduct of power plants that can contain mercury, cadmium and other pollutants. The EPA came up with the Continue reading

House Passes Spending Bill

REPUBLICANYesterday, the House passed legislation to fund the federal government through September 30th, while still allowing Congress to take action on the President’s executive orders on immigration by funding the Department of Homeland Security through a continuing resolution that expires February 27th. The measure cuts funding to the Continue reading