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US Targets Oil and Natural Gas Industry With New Rule on Methane Emissions

The U.S. rule on methane emissions is part of a broader effort by the Biden administration that includes financial incentives to buy electric vehicles and upgrade infrastructure — spending that Harris said will total roughly $1 trillion over 10 years. read more >
Energy / Legal

Federal Appeals Court Stays EPA’s Rejection of Arkansas’ Ozone Plan

A 2015 EPA rule blocks states from adding to ozone pollution outside their boundaries. Last year the agency announced its plan to limit downwind pollution from power plants. read more >
Government & Politics / Transportation

Trucking Sector Balks At Emissions Timeline

The EPA’s Phase 3 proposal called for standards that would result in 35% of short-haul tractors and 25% of long-haul tractors being electric by 2032. read more >
A flare for burning excess methane, or natural gas. 

Difficulty Measuring Methane Slows Plan to Slash Emissions

While scientists count it as progress that energy companies will eventually have to accurately measure emissions of the destructive gas, it seems doubtful that this can be achieved within a year, after which the government could fine companies for emitting too much methane. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics / Health Care

EPA Moves to Toughen Standards for Deadly Soot Pollution

The agency says reducing soot from tailpipes, smokestacks and wildfires could prevent thousands of premature deaths a year. read more >
Energy / Manufacturing / Transportation

US Fuel Economy Flat, Emissions Down Slightly

In the 2021 model year, cars and station wagons, the most efficient vehicles, fell to 26% of U.S. new vehicle production. read more >
A flare for burning excess methane, or natural gas. 

US Rule Would Limit Methane Leaks From Public Lands Drilling

The proposal by Interior's Bureau of Land Management would tighten limits on gas flaring on federal land and require energy companies to better detect methane leaks that add to planet-warming greenhouse gas pollution. read more >
President Joe Biden delivers a speech in Washington, D.C. in 2022
Energy / Government & Politics

Biden Tightens Methane Emissions Rule Amid Push for More Oil

The new methane rule will help ensure that the United States meets a goal set by more than 100 nations to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels, Biden said. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Transportation

Government Awarding $1B to Schools for Electric Buses

The Biden administration is making the grants available as part of a wider effort to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles and reduce air pollution near schools and communities. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Arkansas Gets $5M for High-Priority Cleanup of Wells

The money is part of a larger federal initiative to deal with thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells across the nation. read more >
Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., is backing two bills that would boost recycling efforts nationwide.
Energy / Government & Politics

2 Bills Would Make Grants, Gather Data on Recycling

One of the bills is focused on data collection and could help communities avoid missing out on an economic development project. read more >
Entergy Arkansas Inc.'s Little Rock headquarters.

EPA Honors Entergy Arkansas’ Power Efficiency Programs

The EPA honors Entergy Arkansas, the state's largest electric utility, for its promotion of energy efficiency among its 700,000 Arkansas customers. read more >
Entergy’s White Bluff power plant near Redfield faces new EPA regulation. | (Photo by Wil Chandler)
Energy / Government & Politics

Trump Plan Scales Back Obama’s Coal Emissions Standards

The Trump administration on Tuesday came out with new rules scaling back Obama-era constraints on coal-fired power plants, striking at one of the former administration's legacy programs to rein in climate-changing fossil-fuel emissions. read more >
UA Professor Lauren Greenlee has devised a method using a carbon-iron formula to clean up toxic trichloroethylene in groundwater. If tests go well, it could be a moneymaker.
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UA Professor, Startup Work to Cleanse the World’s WaterLock Icon

Life comes down to water, and Lauren Greenlee is working on a project she hopes will one day make the world’s water supply much cleaner. read more >
Ted Thomas with Scott Hamilton, regional director of MISO South, right, and Chris Jones of BCT Partners.
Energy / Government & Politics

PSC Chairman Criticizes Plan to Prop Up Coal

The state’s top utility regulator expressed deep doubts Tuesday about Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule to fortify the national electric grid’s “resilience” by providing cost recovery for coal and nuclear power plants. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Trump Administration To Terminate Obama’s Climate Plan

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry

EPA’s Move to Ban Insecticide Belt Could Have Major Impact for Arkansas Growers

The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it was seeking to cancel registration for a key insecticide used to combat crop-hungry pests such as fall armyworm and corn earworm. read more >
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has the EPA square in her sights.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Legal / Manufacturing

Leslie Rutledge Engages EPA in Legal Battles

State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced last week that Arkansas would join a multistate lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on ozone, the sixth legal battle she has entered with the federal agency since taking office in January. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Who Wins, Loses Under Obama’s Stricter Power Plant Limits

President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. read more >
President Barack Obama
Energy / Government & Politics

Obama Orders Steeper Cuts from Power Plants

Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states. read more >