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Corp. Comm. chair: Clean-air plan could threaten state’s power supply

There is “simply no way” Arizona can comply with proposed new clean-air rules without “irreparable disruption” to the state power system’s reliability, said Susan Bitter Smith, chair of the Arizona Corporation Commission.... Read more»1

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Factcheck: Nothing false about temperature data

Rep. Gary Palmer falsely claimed on a radio show that temperature data used to measure global climate change have been “falsified” and manipulated.... Read more»

Az official: Proposed carbon emissions goals too harsh

Arizona would have to cut carbon emissions by 52 percent by 2030, the second-steepest cuts in the nation, under the EPA's plan. But the state's target was based on year-round power use and does not account for summertime spikes in demand, state officials say.... Read more»1

SciCheck

Distorting climate change threats, solutions

Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions.... Read more»

FactCheck

Final week spin for campaign ads

With the midterm elections this week, many campaigns and outside groups are making their final appeals. And, as has been the case all election season, some of the claims miss the mark.... Read more»

High E. coli levels found in scenic Greenlee County river

Authorities recently discovered that the stretch of the San Francisco River that runs through Greenlee County had levels of E. coli bacteria that exceeded the EPA’s standard.... Read more»

Concrete results from TO recycling program

A research project to make iron-based cement is ridding the desert of glass in the Tohono O'odham Nation.... Read more»

Clean Air-Blue Skies plates becoming the domain of electric cars

When Jim Stack bought his Ford Focus electric plug-in, his passion to keep emissions out of the air was broadcast to the world. He can even drive across the country and not pay a penny in driving costs. Stack is part of an exclusive club for two reasons: having a plug-in electric vehicle and being able to sport a blue-and-white license plate entitling him to use the HOV lane even when it’s just him in the car.... Read more»

Az and EPA discussing best way to meet strict new emissions rule

Arizona would face the second-steepest reductions in carbon emissions in the country - 52 percent - under the federal plan, which aims to cut carbon nationally by 30 percent by the year 2030. ... Read more»

Feds order 6 state plants to cut emissions, clear nat'l park skies

The EPA set new limits Wednesday on emissions from six Arizona industrial facilities in order to reduce haze at 17 national parks and wilderness areas in the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon.... Read more»1

Enviros push Congress on abandoned uranium mine cleanup

The grass-roots advocacy group launched in April with the goal of getting Congress to mandate cleanup of the more than 10,000 abandoned mines in the country, at least 500 of which are on the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

Arizona asks EPA for breathing room on carbon-emission goals

Arizona will ask federal regulators next week to rethink their June proposal that calls for the state to cut carbon emissions from power plants in half over the next 15 years.... Read more»1

Lobbyists use secretive White House office to block gov't regs

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret. ... Read more»

ADEQ: Private-sector practices boost efficiency

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has cut the time to process a permit by 60 percent, doubled the number of tank cleanings and made other gains by embracing private-sector policies where possible, Director Henry Darwin testified before a House committee. ... Read more»

Analysis

Switching from a gas tax to a mileage-based user fee

The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come. ... Read more»

Obama and executive overreach

The issue of executive overreach from President Obama was debated on “Fox News Sunday,” but on two issues, the rhetoric outpaced the facts.... Read more»

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