Saturday, August 25, 2012

Environmental Protection Agency-EPA Regulations- #4156 - EPA Levies $40,000+ Fines on Landlords Who Fail to Provide "EPA Approved" Pamphlets to Tenants - CNS News (2) EPA Regulations Will Close Coal Plants, Raise Electricity Prices, GAO Says - CNS News (3) GAO Estimate May Lowball Effects of EPA Coal Regulations - Daily Caller

“Thinking of renting or selling a home or apartment?” asks the Environmental Protection Agency. “Make sure you disclose its lead-based paint history. Mr. Wolfe Landau did not and it cost him a $20,000 fine.” Landau is one of the many landlords and realtors fined by the EPA for failing to provide an “EPA-approved” pamphlet to tenants seeking to rent or buy a house built before 1978. And for the EPA, the non-compliance business is booming. Juan Hernandez of Bridgeport, Conn., faces seven “Level 1” violations for failing to provide seven tenants with a copy of the “Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home” pamphlet, which was mandated by the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. In Section 1018 of the law, Congress directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the EPA to require the disclosure of lead-based paint hazards before the sale or lease of housing units built before 1978, the year lead-based paint was banned. The EPA filed a complaint against Hernandez on March 27, detailing notifying him that the agency plans to collect $49,980 from him, which works out to $7,140 for each pamphlet he failed to distribute.  Read more........


EPA Regulations Will Close Coal Plants, Raise Electricity Prices, GAO Says - CNS News -  New regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency will lead to the closure of older, coal-fired power plants and boost electricity prices in some parts of the country, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The GAO, at the behest of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), reviewed a host of information from government sources such as the EPA and Energy Information Agency (EIA) as well as private energy-sector forecasters to determine the likely impact of four new EPA regulations aimed at coal-fired power plants. None of the regulations has taken effect yet and two have yet to be finalized by EPA. In fact, one of the regulations – the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule – was struck down by a federal court on Tuesday, after the GAO issued its findings. (In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the EPA’s cross-state air pollution rule – which sought to reduce downwind pollution from power plants -- exceeded the agency's statutory authority. The court faulted the EPA for imposing "massive emissions reduction requirements" on upwind states without regard to limits imposed by law.) GAO found that as many as 12 percent of coal-fired power plants may be closed because the EPA regulations make it too expensive for power companies to operate them, despite coal being one of world’s cheapest fuels.  Read more.....

GAO Estimates May Lowball Effects of EPA Coal Regulations - Daily Caller - A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that four major EPA regulations could cost the United States as much as 12 percent of its coal-fired power generating capacity — and even that figure may be way too low. “The GAO report is almost certainly an understatement, and possibly a massive understatement, of the problems caused by EPA’s regulations,” Dan Simmons, director of regulatory and state affairs at the Institute for Energy Research, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Read more...........

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(1) Environmental Regulations Worst for Manufacturing Hardest - Daily Caller......
(2) EPA Actions at Mine Could Hurt $220 Million in Investments - Daily Caller......
(3) Brilliant, Ohio Coal Plant Closes, Guess Why? - Redstate......

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