Tag Archives: Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Coal Plans Sparks Controversy

EPA-300Both sides of the pro and anti coal agenda continue to weigh in on the Obama Administration’s plan to review of the coal leasing program on federal lands, including a pause in “new significant coal leases”. On Friday Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that the review could take as long as three years. Representative Scott Tipton said the plan “jeopardizes America’s energy future.” “This decision Continue reading

Tipton On EPA’s ‘Covert Propaganda’ Campaign

scott-tipton-AT-KRAI-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) underscored that even the Administration’s illegal ‘covert propaganda’ effort has failed to build support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), an attempt to expand federal control over private and state-governed surface water rights. A report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this week concluded that the EPA Continue reading

EPA Hearings on Clean Power Plan Monday and Tuesday

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency will take public comment in Denver Monday and Tuesday on its proposed Clean Power Plan. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid will be there to make comments on behalf of the county. Citizens are also encouraged to attend and comment. Kinkaid will get 5 minutes to explain to regulators how the Continue reading

State Officials Say EPA did not have Support for Gold King Mine Project

EPA-300Colorado officials are disputing a key claim by federal agencies trying to dodge responsibility for a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine. A report by the federal Bureau of Reclamation said two state mining experts signed off on an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup project that led to the August 5th spill at Continue reading

Investigation Into EPA Spill Expanded

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is expanding its investigation into a toxic spill from an inactive Colorado mine to include questions about whether the agency was following its own rules when it triggered the blowout. The inspector general’s office said yesterday that it will add more than a dozen lines Continue reading

Governor Complains to Courts About Joining Clean Power Lawsuit

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper is asking the Colorado Supreme Court to rule that he, not the state’s attorney general, has the final say on whether to sue the federal government. Hickenlooper’s petition, which was filed yesterday, comes after he complained that he, not Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, should Continue reading

Senate Considers Imposing New Mine Royalties

MICHAEL-BENNETColorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet along with Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) are introducing a bill to reform antiquated hardrock mining laws. On the three-month anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill, the senators are introducing the Hardrock Continue reading

Environmentalists Attacking Another Coal Community

wildearthEnvironmentalists have forged an agreement with the Bonanza Power Plant to cap the amount of coal the plant can burn before it is upgraded with new pollution controls. The plant gets its coal from the Deserado Mine near Rangely. The public is being given the chance to comment on the proposed settlement. It puts a conditional Continue reading

Coffman Joins Lawsuit Against Clean Power Plan

COFFMANColorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says she’s joining other states in a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Coffman said Friday that she and attorneys general in at least 24 other states will file a single Continue reading

Treatment Plant Operating at Site of EPA Spill

EPA-300A temporary treatment plant has begun cleaning up polluted water flowing from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado after the Environmental Protection Agency sent millions of gallons of waste into rivers in three states. The EPA said Monday the $1.8 million plant is processing up to 800 gallons per minute, Continue reading

Local Officials to Attend “EPA’s Coming Storm”

EPA-300Moffat County and Craig representatives will attend a forum tomorrow in Grand Junction regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s overreaching policies. The forum, titled “EPA’s Coming Storm”, is part of a series of forums being held across the state. Senator Ray Scott of Grand Junction will lead the discussion, with the focus Continue reading

Local Officials to Meet with EPA Over Clean Power Plan

EPA-300Local officials have been able to secure a meeting date with Shaun McGrath, the Region 8 Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. The meeting will include commissioners from Moffat, Routt and Uintah Counties, along with Craig Mayor Ray Beck. Participants will discuss their concerns with the Clean Power Plan Continue reading