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              In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, a recreational area is fenced off in an area where high levels of lead were recorded following Superstorm Sandy in Laurence Harbor, N.J. Fed

    In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, a recreational area is fenced off in an area where high levels of lead were recorded following Superstorm Sandy in Laurence Harbor, N.J. Fed

    Posted: 12/23/2012 1:13:32 PM EST
    In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, a recreational area is fenced off in an area where high levels of lead were recorded following Superstorm Sandy in Laurence Harbor, N.J. Federal and state officials say Sandy’s floodwaters didn’t cause problems at any of the 147 toxic waste or Superfund sites in the New York/New Jersey area. The Environmental Protection Agency says there’s no immediate threat to public health. But some experts say the storm created thousands of small pollution sites that could be even more challenging to track and clean up. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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              FILE - This April 28, 2009 file photo shows smog covering downtown Los Angeles. In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration will impose a new air quality

    FILE - This April 28, 2009 file photo shows smog covering downtown Los Angeles. In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration will impose a new air quality

    Posted: 12/14/2012 4:18:28 PM EST
    FILE - This April 28, 2009 file photo shows smog covering downtown Los Angeles. In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration will impose a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to announce the new standard on Friday, meeting a court deadline in a lawsuit by 11 states and public health groups. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
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              FILE- In this April 17, 2012 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at EPA Headquarters in W

    FILE- In this April 17, 2012 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at EPA Headquarters in W

    Posted: 12/14/2012 2:18:20 PM EST
    FILE- In this April 17, 2012 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at EPA Headquarters in Washington. In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration will impose a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to announce the new standard on Friday, meeting a court deadline in a lawsuit by 11 states and public health groups. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
  •  - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, speaks during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, speaks during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro

    Posted: 12/13/2012 10:14:20 PM EST
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, speaks during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
  •  - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, speaks during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, speaks during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro

    Posted: 12/13/2012 10:14:20 PM EST
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, speaks during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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              FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012, file photo, logger Eric Davis runs down the road as a truck loaded with logs is readied in the forest near Banks, Ore. While the looming fiscal cliff domin

    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012, file photo, logger Eric Davis runs down the road as a truck loaded with logs is readied in the forest near Banks, Ore. While the looming fiscal cliff domin

    Posted: 12/13/2012 3:23:50 AM EST
    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012, file photo, logger Eric Davis runs down the road as a truck loaded with logs is readied in the forest near Banks, Ore. While the looming fiscal cliff dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a "regulatory cliff" they say could be just as damaging to the economy. In recent weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to scale back mercury emission limits for new power plants and deal with runoff from logging roads. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
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              FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012, file photo, a loaded logging truck heads down the road in the forest near Banks, Ore.  While the looming fiscal cliff dominates political conversation in W

    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012, file photo, a loaded logging truck heads down the road in the forest near Banks, Ore. While the looming fiscal cliff dominates political conversation in W

    Posted: 12/13/2012 3:23:50 AM EST
    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012, file photo, a loaded logging truck heads down the road in the forest near Banks, Ore. While the looming fiscal cliff dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a "regulatory cliff" they say could be just as damaging to the economy. In recent weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to scale back mercury emission limits for new power plants and deal with runoff from logging roads. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
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              FILE - In this Friday, July 20, 2012 file photo, a drilling rig is pictured near Calumet, Okla. America's decision to re-elect President Barack Obama over Republican presidential candid

    FILE - In this Friday, July 20, 2012 file photo, a drilling rig is pictured near Calumet, Okla. America's decision to re-elect President Barack Obama over Republican presidential candid

    Posted: 11/7/2012 3:08:32 PM EST
    FILE - In this Friday, July 20, 2012 file photo, a drilling rig is pictured near Calumet, Okla. America's decision to re-elect President Barack Obama over Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will impact key sectors of the American economy. The boom in U.S. oil and gas production during the president's first term will likely continue, thanks largely to new drilling techniques. But drilling could slow if the Environmental Protection Agency toughens rules governing a controversial technique called hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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              FILE - In this March 6, 1975, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train speaks at a news conference in Washington. According to the Washington Post, Train

    FILE - In this March 6, 1975, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train speaks at a news conference in Washington. According to the Washington Post, Train

    Posted: 9/17/2012 11:18:28 PM EST
    FILE - In this March 6, 1975, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train speaks at a news conference in Washington. According to the Washington Post, Train died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at his farm in Bozman, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Harrity, File)
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              A clean-up crew with the Environmental Protection Agency picks up dead nutria Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 that had washed onto the beach in Bay St. Louis, Miss. following Hurricane Isaac. Off

    A clean-up crew with the Environmental Protection Agency picks up dead nutria Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 that had washed onto the beach in Bay St. Louis, Miss. following Hurricane Isaac. Off

    Posted: 9/2/2012 5:28:50 PM EST
    A clean-up crew with the Environmental Protection Agency picks up dead nutria Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 that had washed onto the beach in Bay St. Louis, Miss. following Hurricane Isaac. Officials estimated nearly 16,000 nutria carcasses washed ashore along the Coast. (AP Photo/The Sun Herald, Amanda McCoy) MISSISSIPPI PRESS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT WLOX; LOCAL ONLINE OUT GULFLIVE.COM; MANDATORY CREDIT: THE SUN HERALD, AMANDA MCCOY
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              In this Aug. 8, 2012, photo, a dry corn field receives some rain from a passing thunder storm near Blair, Neb. Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the

    In this Aug. 8, 2012, photo, a dry corn field receives some rain from a passing thunder storm near Blair, Neb. Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the

    Posted: 8/9/2012 2:58:41 AM EST
    In this Aug. 8, 2012, photo, a dry corn field receives some rain from a passing thunder storm near Blair, Neb. Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the worst drought in a quarter-century are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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              FILE - In this June 7, 2012 photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Perry has spent much of the past three years publicly, loudl

    FILE - In this June 7, 2012 photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Perry has spent much of the past three years publicly, loudl

    Posted: 6/29/2012 2:53:27 PM EST
    FILE - In this June 7, 2012 photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Perry has spent much of the past three years publicly, loudly and defiantly fighting against what he views as Washington meddling in state affairs, often refusing to cooperate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and becoming a leader in the battle against President Barack Obama’s health care plan. His hard-fought battle, however, has led to more of what he most staunchly opposes: federal oversight. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
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              FILE - In this April 16, 2012 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks about the Texas Budget Compact during an event to announce key budget principles for the upcoming and future budget

    FILE - In this April 16, 2012 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks about the Texas Budget Compact during an event to announce key budget principles for the upcoming and future budget

    Posted: 6/29/2012 2:53:27 PM EST
    FILE - In this April 16, 2012 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks about the Texas Budget Compact during an event to announce key budget principles for the upcoming and future budgets, in Houston. Perry has spent much of the past three years publicly, loudly and defiantly fighting against what he views as Washington meddling in state affairs, often refusing to cooperate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and becoming a leader in the battle against President Barack’s Obama’s health care plan. His hard-fought battle, however, has led to more of what he most staunchly opposes: federal oversight. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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              FILE In this April 17, 2012 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson during an interview with The Associated Press at EPA Headquarters in Washington.

    FILE In this April 17, 2012 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson during an interview with The Associated Press at EPA Headquarters in Washington.

    Posted: 6/26/2012 2:43:23 PM EST
    FILE In this April 17, 2012 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson during an interview with The Associated Press at EPA Headquarters in Washington. A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
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    Posted: 6/15/2012 3:00:56 PM EST
    FILE - In this June 15, 2011, file photo Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works regarding the Clean Air Act and Public Health on Capitol Hill in Washington. In response to a federal court order requiring the Obama administration to update air quality standards under the Clean Air Act the EPA is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. The long-delayed rule is to be made public on Friday, June 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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    Posted: 6/15/2012 3:00:56 PM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2010 file photo, trucks travel eastbound in Livermore, Calif. Risking an election-year backlash from Republicans, the Obama administration is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. Risking an election-year backlash from Republicans, the Obama administration is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. The move by the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, June 15, 2012 won immediate support from environmental groups and public health advocates, who said the EPA was protecting millions of Americans at risk of asthma attacks, lung cancer, heart disease and premature death. But congressional Republicans and industry officials called the rules overly strict and said they could hurt economic growth and cause job losses in areas where pollution levels are determined to be too high. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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    Posted: 6/15/2012 3:00:56 PM EST
    FILE - In this Wednesday, March 16, 2011 file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal at NRG Energy's W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station in Thompsons, Texas. Risking an election-year backlash from Republicans, the Obama administration is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. The move by the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, June 15, 2012 won immediate support from environmental groups and public health advocates, who said the EPA was protecting millions of Americans at risk of asthma attacks, lung cancer, heart disease and premature death. But congressional Republicans and industry officials called the rules overly strict and said they could hurt economic growth and cause job losses in areas where pollution levels are determined to be too high. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  •  - An agent from Brazil's environmental protection agency IBAMA looks at a dead Brazil nut tree in a field that was cleared illegally in Anapu

    An agent from Brazil's environmental protection agency IBAMA looks at a dead Brazil nut tree in a field that was cleared illegally in Anapu

    Posted: 6/7/2012 12:34:40 PM EST
    An agent from Brazil's environmental protection agency IBAMA looks at a dead Brazil nut tree in a field that was cleared illegally, during a raid on illegal deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, in Anapu June 4, 2012. With the Rio+20 United Nations summit on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro just days away, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has been burning the midnight oil to weed out the most objectionable parts of the country's new Forest Code and avoid a perception that the government is offering an amnesty those responsible for illegal forest felling, presidency sources said. Picture taken June 4, 2012. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)
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    Posted: 6/1/2012 12:45:48 PM EST
    FILE-In this Tuesday, June 28, 2011, file photo, an oil tanker is docked at the Exxon Mobile Baytown complex along the Houston Ship Channel in Baytown, Texas. Exxon is considering a multi-billion-dollar expansion of the giant petrochemical complex east of Houston. The energy company has filed applications with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for permits to build an ethane cracker at the Baytown complex and two high performance polyethylene lines at its nearby plastics plant in Mont Belvieu. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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    Posted: 5/31/2012 8:20:48 AM EST
    This undated handout photo provided by the EPA shows Al Armendariz. Armendariz. In three years since President Barack Obama took office, Republicans have made the Environmental Protection Agency a lightning rod for complaints that the administration has declared war on oil and gas producers. (AP Photo/EPA)