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Utah coal plant permit blocked by EPA panel

 
 
Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 06:24 am
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Utah coal plant permit blocked by EPA panel

By H. JOSEF HEBERT " 10 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Environmental Protection Agency was blocked Thursday from issuing a permit for a proposed coal-burning power plant in Utah without addressing global warming. The ruling by an agency appeals panel means the Obama administration probably will determine the fate of other similar plants.

The panel said the EPA's Denver office failed to adequately support its decision to issue a permit for the Bonanza plant without requiring controls on carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas.

The matter was sent back to that office, which must better explain why it failed to order limits on carbon dioxide. This is "an issue of national scope that has implications far beyond this individual permitting process," the panel said.

EPA spokesman Jonathan Shrader said the agency was reviewing the ruling by the appeals panel, which traditionally gives great deference to agency decisions. He declined to say how many other coal plant permits might be affected.

Environmentalist and lawyers representing industry groups said the ruling stops the permitting of perhaps as many as 100 coal plants.

"In essence this is a punt to the Obama administration. ... All permits in the pipeline are now stymied," said Jason Hutt, a lawyer who represents a number of utilities, merchant energy developers and refineries seeking permits. He said it also would affect permits for oil refinery expansion.

The Sierra Club had appealed the Bonanza permit. David Bookbinder, a lawyer for the group, said the ruling will stop the permitting of any coal burning power plants "while EPA mulls over what to do next" about how the Clean Air Act is to be used to control carbon dioxide. "And that will be decided by the next administration."

The gas is a product of burning fossil fuels and a leading culprit in global warming.

Bookbinder had led the club's efforts to block the attempt by six electric cooperatives to build a second coal-burning generating unit at the Bonanza facility on the Uintah and Ouray Indian reservation in Utah, knowing a decision on carbon dioxide could have broad implications.

He said as many as 100 coal power plant permits " both those in process and others under appeal " will now be decided by the EPA, or state agencies that closely follow EPA's direction, after the Bush administration leave office.

The co-op group, Deseret Power, had no comment about the EPA developments.

President George W. Bush has made clear that he believes the Clean Air should not be used, in permitting new plants, to control greenhouse gases. It is not clear how the Obama administration will address regulating carbon dioxide. The Supreme Court has told the EPA it must decide on whether carbon dioxide endangers public health and welfare, and if it does it must be regulated.

Michael Gerrard, a lawyer not involved in the Bonanza case and author of "Global Climate Change and the Law," said the decision "will embolden the lawsuits" challenging construction of new power plants based on their impact on climate.

"It means that the appeals board recognizes that carbon dioxide regulation of power plants is a very live and open issue. It does not ban them. It puts a cloud over them, by making it clear that this is a real issue," Gerrard said in an interview.

The Utah case has attracted wide interest because of its broader implications.

Among those filing legal papers with the EPA's appeals panel, arguing the permit should be upheld, were the American Petroleum Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Chemistry Council and the National Association of Manufacturers.



I wonder if "DemoKKKrat Science" will be listed as the cause of death for the people who freeze to death without this coal plant....
 
cjhsa
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 06:31 am
@gungasnake,
Nixon's creation of the EPA was the nail in the coffin of the United State's manufacturing preeminence. Now they want us all to freeze to death.

I really hoped that Bush was going to abolish the EPA once and for all, but he was too busy with Iraq I guess....
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farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 06:41 am
The EPA was formed to address rivers in Ohio that burst into flames, or toxic waste piles located under schoolyards in Niagara Falls. INDUSTRY, if left to its own devices, would poison us all. Name one industry that has voluntarily affected any positive changes that benefit public health or the environment? Ill bet you cant name one? Cmon, I dare ya. Spend all day on Google if you want, Ill give you plenty of time.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 06:44 am
@farmerman,
Scrap dealers. They also made a fortune off of you suckers who voluntarily sort the recyclables for them.
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 06:44 am
@farmerman,
Talk about cynical. Im sure the permits have been blocked so that their issuance can be conveniently timed with the BUSH administrations attempts to denut environmental regulations by presidential decree. (As an outgoing president, hes already posted proposed rulemaking to take away all sorts of special requirements in Environmetal and Endangered Species Acts> I hope that he is pursued and tried after his time is up. Hes a fuckin criminal.
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 06:46 am
@cjhsa,
as usual, you make no sense nor have you demonstrated an ability to carry out a reasonably intelligent conversation. Why dont you go and stroke your guns until you climax teeny brain.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 11:43 am
@gungasnake,
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I wonder if "DemoKKKrat Science" will be listed as the cause of death for the people who freeze to death without this coal plant....

Yeh, because so many people in the US freeze to death due to coal plant closings.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 12:35 pm
Well, it seems that CEEj is having another beautiful day in the neighborhood.

For your information dipshit, lets look at the world,The places with the highest death tolls from industrial pollution sources include those with no regs. SO, if you wish us to become CHINA (fer instance) and totally ignore the effects that bad air and water and tainted food have on us as individuals, then why not just move there instead of shouting your tiring ignorant rants about government regs.

The country with the largest world export GDP is (tadaaah) Germany, which also has many more environmenta regs than does the US.


Being a lame brained jagoff , like you are, tends to be a real drawback in a technological society. The days of being a coal picker are sadly , long gone, so , while youre hjob prospects may be limited, dont undersell those of your kids. (Im assuming theyre , unlike you, educable).

The fact that Bush's cynical destruction of regulations will take several years of congressional action to restructure, is not unlike what he did in TExas after he left that state in a mess by changing regulations by executive fiat. The reg changes were overturned and made permanent and Texas moved on. His dumb headedness in this case will actually cost jobs because it will leave
industries and commercial and mining interests at a loss to know what regs will be permanentized. Thus, it will be more advantageous to move out rather than stick around in a world of instability.

Your worship of that idiot is understood, Youre just not too damn bright.

cjhsa
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 12:38 pm
@farmerman,
Seriously, **** you. I look at people with your mindset as the absolute downfall of our country. All you want is more regulation so it takes 10 people to do the work of one, 9 of them doing paperwork that will never see the light of day. Seriously, when I think of the term "cleaning house" I think of getting rid of bureaucraps such as yourself.
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 12:43 pm
@cjhsa,
I own a mining exploration company dickbrain. I see that you are still working on attaining abstarct thought. Perhaps a few more generations and your thumbs will oppose.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 12:53 pm
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:

I own a mining exploration company


So you produce B-porn?
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 02:08 pm
Anybody interested in the 100,000,000 people who died because Rachel Carson and the first shit4brains director of the EPA (Ruckelshaus) banned DDT, or does the fact that they were mostly black Africans mean that nobody gives a **** about them somehow or other??
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farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 03:36 pm
Is that you method of debate gunga? When youre not scoring some dumass point, you wanna change the subject? DID RAchel Carson attempt to use DDT to block a permit of a coal-fired gen station in UTAH?
gungasnake
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 03:48 pm
@farmerman,
The subject appeared to have been changed to the EPA...
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