Environment

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 04:38:00

Neighbors gear up to oppose Nowlin Creek sewer plant

Tall, ancient bald cypress and sycamores hug Nowlin Creek in the Maumelle River watershed in western Pulaski County, and a rare flower, soapwort gentian, grows near its shady banks.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 07:47:00

The stakes for the planet in the 2016 election

Paul Krugman in this morning's New York Times argues that "the choice in 2016 is starker than ever before." Okay, people say that every year, but Krugman argues that the chasm between the parties on climate change — and the potential for the next president to determine whether "the ongoing revolution in renewable energy" continues — means that the stakes for the planet in the 2016 election are "deadly serious."

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 15:48:00

Federal agencies find "no significant impact" to hog farm near Buffalo River, alarming environmental groups

A coalition of environmental and community groups is expressing frustration with the "finding of no significant impact" by federal agencies regarding C&H Hog Farm, the 6,500-hog facility located near a major tributary of the Buffalo National River.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 06:21:00

Regulators indicate planning for cleaner power will continue despite SCOTUS ruling

Even as the state has been fighting EPA carbon regulations in court, it's been quietly laying the groundwork for eventual compliance, just in case. This is nothing but a good thing — but it shows how spurious Arkansas's claims about the damaging effects of the Clean Power Plan really are.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 06:09:00

Supreme Court deals setback to climate change pact with stay of Clean Power Plan

A group of 29 states — including Arkansas — and business groups won a stay from the SCOTUS on the federal Environmental Protection Agency's effort to cap greenhouse gases emitted by power generation.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 19:13:00

Environmental groups criticize ADEQ for failing to put Big Creek, near C&H Hog Farm, on "impaired waters" list

Why did the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality fail to include Big Creek — and other streams feeding into the Buffalo River near C&H Hog Farm — on the Clean Water Act "impaired waters" list?

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 15:15:00

A win for the EPA on air quality, a black eye on water regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency won a victory in the D.C. Court of Appeals today on its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. On a political level, that's probably outweighed by a slapdown offered yesterday by a congressional watchdog agency concerning another regulation, the Waters of the United States rule. Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge is in the middle of both fights.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 10:37:00

After Paris talks, UA reiterates pledge to be 'climate neutral' by 2040

The University of Arkansas announced today it's recommitting to a pledge on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of the landmark agreement on climate change that was reached by most of the world's nations in Paris over the weekend.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 13:00:00

AG Rutledge says Arkansas will join multistate investigation into VW emission software scandal

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced this morning that she's joined the executive committee of a multistate investigation into Volkswagen. The German automaker is facing legal repercussions and plummeting stock value after revelations that it installed software in millions of its diesel vehicles that is designed to evade emissions standards.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 12:21:00

Legislature signs off on five-year hog farm ban in Buffalo watershed

The Legislative Council has approved a compromise regulation creating a five-year ban on new construction of medium-to-large hog farms in the Buffalo River watershed.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 10:10:00

The other side of hog farming near Buffalo River

Here's a competing video to answer a pro-hog-farm video produced to sway opinion in the debate over a factory hog farm in the Buffalo River watershed.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 13:36:00

Sierra Club allowed to participate in Entergy rate case

Good news from the Arkansas Public Service Commission: It will allow the Sierra Club to intervene in a pending Entergy rate case. Among others, both Entergy and the Arkansas attorney general's office, now more of an advocate for business interests than ratepayers, had objected.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 11:56:00

Public Service Commission wary of Sierra Club's bid to intervene in Entergy rate case

Talk Business reports that Arkansas Public Service Commission staff have recommends denial of a request by the Sierra Club of Arkansas to intervene in Entergy Arkansas's request to increase rates on electricity consumers for the purpose of making improvements to its infrastructure.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 11:34:00

After inconvenient encyclical, Jeb Bush now thinks religion ought to stay out of politics

"I think religion ought to be about making us better as people, less about things [that] end up getting into the political realm," Jeb Bush said in response to Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change. He didn't always think that way...

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 13:39:00

Big trouble in Little Italy: Sierra Club joins Central Ark. Water in opposing incorporation

Last week, Central Arkansas Water, the utility which manages Lake Maumelle and provides water service to Little Rock and other communities, announced it would fight the incorporation. Now, the Sierra Club and the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods are also urging Pulaski County to deny Little Italy's petition and asking the Little Rock City Board to adopt a resolution in opposition.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 17:31:00

Arkansas AG requests intervention in regional haze case brought by Sierra Club

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed a motion in federal court requesting that the state be allowed to intervene in the settlement of a lawsuit between the Sierra Club and the Environmental Protection Agency over a clean air rule.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 13:15:00

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge battles evil federal government protections of clean air and water

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is not a fan of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed new rules regarding the Clean Water Act. Shocking, we know.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 17:18:00

Renewable energy bill dies in committee

HB 1885, a bill sponsored by Rep. Warwick Sabin to promote renewable energy and distributed generation (producing smaller quantities of power closer to the point of consumption) was killed in the Joint Energy Committee today when Rep. Jim Sorvillo moved for immediate consideration of the bill, which was voted down without hearing from eight citizens present to testify for the bill.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:26:00

The coal industry's attorney general: Leslie Rutledge and others

Take a minute and read Ernest Dumas' column this week. It explains who Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is really representing when she fights EPA clean air rules — railroads and coal miners. Dumas explains the history of regulation of coal-burning power plants — Arkansas is home to two of the dirtiest — and also explains why fixing them or looking for alternative energy supplies closer to home is actually good for the economy, not bad.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 04:51:00

Legislature votes today on the future of the Buffalo River

A rule to limit future hog feeder operations in the Buffalo River watershed is up for review by legislative committees this morning. Environmentalists view the rule as vital to protection of the river.

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