News reports are saying that President Obama’s Clean Power Plan has set new targets for Montana that are twice as large as those floated last year in a draft of the plan. But the head of Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality, Tom Livers, says it’s still unclear to him what exactly the new thresholds are.
About 50 miles east of Helena, in White Sulphur Springs, residents are weighing the benefits that a new copper mine could bring to their community: about 200 new jobs along with millions of dollars to spur business growth. Opponents of the mine say Montana risks losing something even more valuable, one of its last unspoiled rivers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2015
- Anne Hedges, MEIC, (406) 461-9546
- Derf Johnson, MEIC, (406) 581-4634
Zinke Votes For Toxic Coal Ash Bill, Removing Safeguards for Montana’s Water
Helena, MT – On Wednesday, July 22nd, Congressman Ryan Zinke voted in favor of a bill that removes, weakens, and delays critical safety protections established in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited and first-ever national coal ash rule. H.R. 1734 passed by a vote of 258 to 166, but has been threatened with a veto by the Obama administration.
HELENA, Mont. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the costs of implementing smokestack technology to control mercury pollution should have been considered by the EPA before the agency proceeded to draft its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Read More.
A new report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis shows in deep detail how two aging coal-fired units at an electricity-generation plant in eastern Montana are financially unviable in the fast-changing new energy economy.
Environmentalists were critical that rule wasn’t strong enough and hope it will be revised and strengthened. Meanwhile, the coal industry is calling the ruling a victory.