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Feds announce new rules to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure

The federal government outlined new safety measures Monday that will protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure by banning pesticide use by minors and sharply increasing training requirements, among other changes.... Read more»

Lawmakers, tribal officials blast EPA for Animas River spill response

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday blasted the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of a toxic spill in the Animas River, saying the agency’s response left his tribe feeling abandoned, uncertain and hopeless.... Read more»

Arizona enviros cheer EPA Clean Power Plan, utilities wary

Arizona environmental groups cheered the final version of the Clean Power Plan unveiled Monday, a first-ever national standard that aims to cut power plant emissions by a third by 2030. But Arizona utilities and state officials both were more cautious, saying they need to study the plan that has been more than a year in the making.... Read more»1

All sides look for answers in feds’ clarification of Clean Water Act

A new federal rule was meant to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act, but some critics are saying the 300-page document has done little to clear up the issue since its release last week.... Read more»

FactCheck

Will power plant rules cause blackouts?

FactCheck: The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress her agency’s proposed rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will not affect the reliability of electricity service. That’s debatable.... Read more»

EPA plan would slash carbon emissions from 1,000 existing power plants

The EPA proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants on Monday. The high-profile announcement marks the second time in less than a year the agency has released far-reaching rules aimed at fulfilling a key pillar of President Obama's sweeping climate plan — to cut carbon pollution from both existing and planned power plants.... Read more»

Az has among steepest cuts under new EPA carbon-emissions proposal

Arizona power plants would have to make the second-highest reductions in carbon emissions in the nation under new rules proposed Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.... Read more»