Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Environmental Protection Agency - E.P.A. - #4148 - Court Slaps Down EPA on Coal Plant Rules - Washington Times (2) New Ethanol 15% - Blend Fuel Approved by E.P.A. can Damage Car Engines Group Warns - CNS News

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A federal appeals court dealt a major blow to environmentalists and a significant setback to the Obama administration’s clear-air agenda Tuesday by striking down a key Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting power-plant emissions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled 2-1 that the agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, meant to curb harmful pollutants from drifting downwind and harming the air quality in neighboring states, went too far and exceeded the EPA’s “statutory authority.” In its ruling, the majority wrote that it was not passing wisdom or judgment on the merits of the EPA’s rule, but it made clear that it must stay within the scope of the power that Congress gave the agency. “Our limited but important role is to independently ensure that the agency stays within the boundaries Congress has set. EPA did not do so here,” reads a portion of the majority opinion. Finalized last summer, the regulation was meant to dramatically reduce emissions, such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, that travel from power plants in one state and contaminate the air of another, risking cases of bronchitis, asthma and other health issues, the EPA argued. Read more.........

New Ethanol 15% Blend Fuel Approved by EPA Can Damage Car Engines, Group Warns - CNS News -A new blend of gasoline comprising 15 percent ethanol, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency last month and now available in Kansas, could damage automobile engines, the Kansas Petroleum Council is warning. “We don’t have a problem with ethanol,” council director Ken Peterson told CNSNews.com. “We use it virtually in every gallon of gasoline that’s produced for sale in this country, but the E15 is kind of a different animal in that both the petroleum industry and the car manufacturers have raised concerns about potential damage from the use of E15 fuel in a misfueling situation [putting the wrong type of fuel in your vehicle by mistake]. And we’re essentially trying to issue a warning, a caveat emptor type of comment, to just be careful about this.” According to the Coordinating Research Council (CRC), an auto and oil industry project, gasoline has contained 10 percent ethanol for several years. The EPA has now raised the “approved” level of ethanol to 15 percent, which is a major concern to these industries.  Read more.........

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