Environmental and Climate Change NewsDecember 31, 2008
Below are some news stories around the nation relating to climate change and the environment:
- California announced yesterday that it filed a lawsuit against the Bush Administration over changes it made to the Endangered Species Act. The new rules apply to federal agencies that approve projects on land owned or regulated by the federal government. Under the new regulations, mandated independent scientific review of federal agency plans are eliminated if the agency determines that the project poses no threat to protected species. The rules also remove the requirement to consider the effects of greenhouse gases on protected species and their habitat.
EPA Issues Policy Easing Emission Regulations for New Coal-Fired Power PlantsDecember 23, 2008
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson issued a memorandum late last week that set an agency-wide policy prohibiting controls on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from being included in air pollution permits for coal-fired power plants and other facilities.
EPA Designates 6 Wisconsin Counties as Nonattainment Areas Under the Clean Air ActDecember 22, 2008
The United States EPA Administrator, Stephen L. Johnson, today issued a letter to Gov. Jim Doyle outlining the agency’s decision to designate six Wisconsin counties as PM2.5 nonattainment areas.
The Hamilton BlogDecember 18, 2008
Welcome to the Hamilton Blog, a new blog hosted by The Hamilton Consulting Group, a government relations firm in Madison, Wisconsin.