Environmental Protection Agency

Latest Environmental Protection Agency Items
  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency is considering a ban on certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used in many industrial and consumer products, as part of the Obama administration's climate change efforts. The Clean Air Act allows the agency to restrict certain pollutants if there are available alternatives, though no HFC alternatives have been suggested. (Associated Press)

    EPA showed no bias in records-request decisions: IG

    The EPA's inspector general concluded that the agency did not show bias in denying fee waivers on open-records requests from conservative-leaning groups while approving those from liberal-leaning groups, according to an audit released Wednesday.


  • Rep. Tom Graves, Georgia Republican, proposed an amendment as a police rider on a $30.2 billion spending bill for natural resources agencies that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from garnishing wages to collect fines from Americans without a court order. Some Republican senators have demanded the EPA immediately withdraw the rule.

    Lawmakers move to block EPA wage-garnishing rule

    Lawmakers pushed back Tuesday against the Environmental Protection Agency's move to garnish the paychecks of accused polluters, advancing a bill that would block the new authority.


  • Rep. Blake Farenthold, Texas Republican, has begun a House hearing on a series of scandals involving senior executives. (Associated Press)

    Series of federal scandals taint Senior Executive Service

    Created under President Carter, the Senior Executive Service was designed to promote the best and brightest in federal government to transform the nation's bureaucracy, but a series of scandals is prompting congressional lawmakers to question whether the elite cadre of the federal workers is living up to its promise.


  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency is considering a ban on certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used in many industrial and consumer products, as part of the Obama administration's climate change efforts. The Clean Air Act allows the agency to restrict certain pollutants if there are available alternatives, though no HFC alternatives have been suggested. (Associated Press)

    EPA considers ban on HFCs, a once popular greenhouse gas

    The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to jettison yet another formerly popular compound used in air conditioners, vending machines and aerosol spray cans, citing its impact on global warming.


  • In a letter opposing the EPA's attempt to garnish the paychecks of polluters, Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, said while he understands the EPA's desire to efficiently collect debt, he was concerned it would give them too much power over citizens. (Associated Press)

    EPA push to garnish polluters' paychecks hits Republican roadblock

    Republican lawmakers Thursday tried to derail the Environmental Protection Agency's move to garnish paychecks of accused polluters, saying it was too much power in the hands of "an agency prone to regulatory abuses."


  • Under Gina McCarthy,  The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle, collecting more fines and hitting individuals with penalties for violating environmental rules. (Associated Press)

    GOP senators knock EPA power grab

    The Environmental Protection Agency's attempt to quietly assume power to garnishing paychecks of accused polluters ran into firm opposition Thursday from top Senate Republicans.


  • Illustration on EPA's plan to collect fines through garnishment without judicial review by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

    BRUCE: The feds plot to steal your paycheck

    This week's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement introducing a new "rule" allowing the agency to garnish the wages of individuals to collect debts — without a court order — portends something quite serious.


  • Chickens peck at flowers, recycle plant waste and provide manure for the gardens inside a fenced-in enclosure at the Illinois governor's mansion Friday, May 9, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. They're part of an ongoing sustainability effort championed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    EDITORIAL: The EPA's outrage in the barnyard

    Barack Obama derided George W. Bush's strategy of "going it alone" overseas as "cowboy diplomacy." Going it alone is the way of this administration's domestic policy.


  • Under Gina McCarthy,  The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle, collecting more fines and hitting individuals with penalties for violating environmental rules. (Associated Press)

    Power grab: EPA wants to garnish wages of polluters

    The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service.


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