Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says she’s not sad or depressed by the pronouncements now coming from the new administration on rolling back environmental protections. “I am filled with great hope for a number of reasons,” she said. “The core values that created EPA and led it to a really bipartisan support all of its 47 years of existence, still remains.” 

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The former EPA regional administrator under President Barack Obama said scientists who leaked the report about further evidence of climate change to The New York Times should be commended as“whistleblowers.” 

How Big Cuts At The EPA Will Impact Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2017
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As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to drastically reduce the size and scope of the Environmental Protection Agency. A memo by the White House Office of Management and Budget indicates that’s still the plan. The memo outlines a proposed 25 percent cut to EPA’s $8-billion budget, including reductions in state grants for clean air and water programs. 

Trump Administration Orders Temporary Media Blackout At EPA, Freezes Grants

Jan 25, 2017
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The Trump administration has implemented a temporary media “black out” at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report by the Associated Press that cited emails to EPA staffers. EPA press releases, blog post updates, and social media posts are banned for an indeterminate amount of time. All media requests are to be forwarded to the Agency’s office of administration.

Government officials have announced a settlement with a global glass manufacturer that also has operations in Ontario County. It involves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

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  Environmentalists on Tuesday called on Pennsylvania to act to reduce methane emissions from existing natural gas infrastructure and build on proposed federal standards that would cut emissions of the gas from new and modified plants. Natural gas companies say they already have made strides to cut the emissions and called the new federal proposal unnecessary. READ MORE...

States have until 2030 to get their carbon emissions down to 32-percent below 2005 levels, under guidelines laid out in the Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama earlier this week.

The regulations have drawn cheers from environmentalists but there’s also plenty of criticism. But Northeast Regional Director, Judith Enck ,says the rules aren’t as draconian as opponents claim.

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The federal environmental protection agency has rejected a plan by Governor Cuomo to raid the state’s  clean water fund to help pay for the New York Thruway’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement.