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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 06:47:00

AG Rutlege requests stay of EPA plan to reduce air pollution

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge continues her efforts to shield utility companies from federal regulations aiming to cut down on emissions that create haze.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 13:53:00

Arkansas congressional delegation applauds Trump's approval of Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines

President Donald Trump yesterday issued executive orders and memorandums to clear the way for construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 11:23:00

Trump aims to reverse climate change agenda at Department of Energy, targets staffers

A memo sent to the Energy Department suggests that the Trump team is trying to weed out staffers who have worked on President Barack Obama's agenda to combat climate change.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 09:56:00

Arkansas AG Rutledge praises appointment of petroleum industry ally to lead EPA

Pruitt's appointment is a disaster for the planet, if you believe what science says about climate change.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 16:26:00

Judge hears arguments in appeal of hog waste 'land farming' permit near Buffalo River

Arguments for and against a permit to 'land farm' up to 6.7 million gallons of hog waste in the Buffalo River watershed were presented to Charles Moulton, an administrative judge with the Pollution Control & Ecology Commission.

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Monday, December 5, 2016 - 09:03:00

Standing Rock protests bear fruit as Army Corps announces pipeline reroute

A victory for the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies may only be temporary. President-elect Donald Trump has yet to weigh in.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 13:01:00

Briefs filed in case over hog waste 'land farming' permit in Buffalo watershed

Briefs were filed earlier this week in a case appealing the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's decision to allow a farm in the Buffalo River watershed to spread millions of gallons of pig manure on its property each year.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 10:20:00

Rutledge files yet another lawsuit against a federal environmental rule: critical habitat

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge takes on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over new rules concerning "critical habitat" for endangered and threatened species.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 11:19:00

Gunner Pool cleanup scheduled for Oct. 15, volunteers needed.

The U.S. Forest Service is looking for volunteers to assist in an Oct. 15 effort to make sure the vandals' spray can devotion no longer mars one of the state's classic swimming holes.

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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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