Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, registered Thursday as fossil-fuels interests in the state fight to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants.
Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country.
The EPA’s acting administrator signed a proposal that would loosen rule that would have required cutting-edge carbon capture techniques for new coal plants. Andrew Wheeler said the requirements were “excessive burdens” on the industry.
The Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, which represents Indiana-based Cummins Inc. and other engine manufacturers, said the proposal represents a chance to modernize how the agency oversees big-rig emissions.
Maryland contends the power plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are violating the “good neighbor” provision of the Clean Air Act.
The site is called the Broadway Street Corridor Groundwater Plume. Officials have reported finding contaminated groundwater with concentrations of trichloroethene, tetrachloroethene and other chemicals.
The city-owned site on South Tibbs Avenue served as an oil-collection, storage and transfer facility for decades before being abandoned in 1993.
The plan would give states broad authority to determine how to restrict carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. It also would let states relax pollution rules for power plants that need upgrades.
The administration also served notice that it wants to revoke states' long-standing authority to set their own, stricter mileage standards.
Andrew Wheeler spoke to a small group of reporters at EPA headquarters, ahead of a Trump administration proposal that's expected to freeze some future Obama-era mileage goals.
Environmental leaders say the new rule changes for coal-fired power plants put Indiana residents particularly at risk because the state has the most coal ash ponds in the country.
The move represents the latest action by Trump’s EPA to boost the struggling coal industry by rolling back environmental and public health rules enacted under his predecessor.
A former coal lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, will take over the agency as acting administrator on Monday, Trump said, Unlike Pruitt, Wheeler has a low-key approach, cultivated during decades of working in Washington.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke with four decades of practice Tuesday and proposed limits on the science used to develop policies protecting public health and the environment.
The site on Indianapolis' southwest side was the location of a retail battery sales store from about 1962 until 2008.
The Trump administration announced that fuel-efficiency regulations for cars and light trucks are too stringent and must be revised.
Tens of thousands of soybean and cotton farmers across the country are taking free but mandatory training in how to properly use a weed killer blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields.
The Trump administration announced Thursday it is doing away with a decades-old air emissions policy opposed by fossil fuel companies, a move that environmental groups say will result in more pollution.
State attorneys general in New York and seven nearby states say they can’t meet strict smog standards because states in the Midwest and south are not controlling air pollution.
The Clean Power Plan aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. The EPA now is expected to declare the rules exceed federal law.