EPA official who invented false CIA cover to miss work sentenced to prison
December 18th, 2013
02:25 PM ET
4 months ago

EPA official who invented false CIA cover to miss work sentenced to prison

(CNN) - A former Environmental Protection Agency executive was sentenced to 32 months in prison on Wednesday for defrauding the government in what the judge called an "unbelievably egregious" scheme to steal taxpayer funds.

John C. Beale spent a decade milking the EPA for unearned pay and perks using a series of increasingly complicated lies, including that he was secretly working for the CIA.
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Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation
October 15th, 2013
11:48 AM ET
6 months ago

Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court will take another look at government regulation of air pollution in a high-stakes environmental and economic fight pitting the Obama administration against a coalition of states and utilities.

The justices announced Tuesday they had accepted six separate appeals for review, which will be consolidated into an hour of oral arguments scheduled for early next year. A ruling is expected by June.

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Filed under: Environmental policy • EPA • Supreme Court
EPA limits carbon pollution from new power plants
September 20th, 2013
11:23 AM ET
7 months ago

EPA limits carbon pollution from new power plants

Washington (CNN) - The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new rules aimed at limiting the amount of carbon pollution coming from new power plants.

The standards, which would set separate limits for natural gas and coal power plants, are being called the first uniform national limits for new plants.

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Senate confirms EPA nominee
July 18th, 2013
04:39 PM ET
9 months ago

Senate confirms EPA nominee

(CNN) – The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

McCarthy, assistant administrator of the EPA, is the second Cabinet official to be confirmed since senators brokered a deal that ended GOP filibusters of several presidential nominees. The vote was 59-40.
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Clinton gets a permanent spot in nation's capital
July 17th, 2013
08:24 AM ET
9 months ago

Clinton gets a permanent spot in nation's capital

(CNN) – He's been out of the White House for more than a decade, but former President Bill Clinton received a lasting accolade not far from the executive mansion Wednesday when the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency was re-christened in his honor.

Congress approved the name change last year, adding the 42nd president to a select list of former government officials immortalized in marble and cement in the nation's capital.
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June 7th, 2013
07:36 AM ET
11 months ago

Watchdog: 'man caves' hidden at government warehouse

Washington (CNN) – Contractors at an Environmental Protection Agency warehouse were careless with inventories, and used government furniture and appliances to create hidden "man caves" complete with couches and TVs, an agency watchdog alleges.

Out of sight of the security cameras, and often hidden behind screens or boxes, employees created rec-rooms with furniture and appliances from government storage, according to an audit, feathering their nests with televisions, DVDs, refrigerators, microwaves, and couches.

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GOP drops boycott of EPA nominee
President Barack Obama in March nominated assistant EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to lead the agency.
May 16th, 2013
10:13 AM ET
11 months ago

GOP drops boycott of EPA nominee

(CNN) - Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, who last week boycotted a committee vote on Gina McCarthy to be President Obama's administrator of the EPA, will attend another vote scheduled Thursday after getting assurances from the agency that it will answer several questions posed by Republicans, a GOP committee aide told CNN.

EPA "committed to make some effort to follow up on the EPW Republicans five transparency requests," said Luke Bolar, an aide to Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the committee.
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Senators in standoff over EPA nominee
President Barack Obama in March nominated assistant EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to lead the agency.
May 11th, 2013
10:55 AM ET
11 months ago

Senators in standoff over EPA nominee

Washington (CNN) - The top Democrat on the committee considering President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency indicated late Friday she may attempt to break an impasse over the nomination this week.

Republicans prevented a Thursday vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy, the assistant administrator of the agency, by boycotting a meeting of the Environment and Public Works committee. GOP members said their questions for McCarthy and the EPA have gone unanswered, a contention the White House disputed.
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Obama names his choices for three Cabinet positions
March 4th, 2013
12:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama names his choices for three Cabinet positions

(CNN) – Tapping two candidates with a strong mix of business and governmental experience for Cabinet posts, President Barack Obama is naming women to two of the potentially toughest jobs in Washington - director of the Office of Management and Budget, and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He also named an MIT scientist with government experience as his nominee to be energy secretary.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was nominated Monday for the OMB position, is the head of the Walmart Foundation, the retail chain's charitable organization. If confirmed by the Senate, she would assume a Cabinet-rank position as head of the White House agency that has the herculean task of advising the president on budget matters.

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EPA administrator announces resignation
December 27th, 2012
10:36 AM ET
1 year ago

EPA administrator announces resignation

(CNN) - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will step down after the president's January State of the Union speech, the agency said Thursday.

Jackson thanked President Obama for having placed her in the post four years ago and said she leaves the EPA "confident the ship is sailing in the right direction."

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