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A Safety-First Culture Requires Integrated Risk Management

A Safety-First Culture Requires Integrated Risk Management

Compliance is a very important thing, but it’s far from the only thing when it comes to true Operational Excellence. It takes a true integrated risk management strategy to ensure your organization is performing safely, efficiently and profitably. When properly planned and executed, an integrated risk management plan can appropriately … Read more »

Coal Exports and the Hidden Value of Federal Coal

If you’ve been following the news, you probably know that coal is down in the dumps. Three of the top five US coal companies have declared bankruptcy in the past year, part of a massive trend of insolvency sweeping the industry as solar, wind, and natural gas steadily eat into … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: WEEE, Biodiesel, RoHS, Coal and Coke

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and member companies in three states on Monday announced that the for the first time retail locations will post sustainability grades for biodiesel, according to a report.  The SBA’s Sustainability Report Card ranks biodiesel on several criteria, including feedstock type, feedstock origin, how the fuel was produced and how far it travelled … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Nuclear Fears, Strange Bedfellows, EPA Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed a final version of its regulatory review plan on Tuesday to comply with President Barack Obama’s order that agency rules not overly burden business, The Hill reported. The EPA said it will review 35 regulations under the final plan with an eye toward “modifying, … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Formaldehyde-Free Label, LEED Lawsuits, RoHS

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute yesterday announced a new “formaldehyde free” verification service for manufacturers. The institute said consumers’ growing concern about the health effects of the carcinogen has created the need for “fool-proof identification of products that neither contain it nor emit it.” A new standardized method developed by the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Raw Material Reporting, XL Go-Ahead, ConocoPhillips Sued

The EPA on Thursday said it would delay reporting rules that will require manufacturers and power plants to submit information on the raw materials they use that lead to greenhouse-gas emissions, Bloomberg reported. The rule was to take effect this year, but has been pushed back until March 31, 2013. … Read more »

Policy & Compliance Briefing: PNM Penalty, Efficient Refrigerators, Chemical Secrecy

A federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against BP alleging financial losses after last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday allowed most of the plaintiffs’ claims to go forward, Reuters reported.  In a major victory for the more than 100,000 plaintiffs, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Benefit Corps, LEED, Maine in an EU First

New research from California, Oregon and Washington shows that homes with LEED or other third-party energy efficiency certifications sell faster and net higher prices than other homes, The Los Angeles Times reported.  One study, by the Earth Advantage Institute, found that new homes with certifications sold for 8 percent more … Read more »

Policy and Enforcement Briefing: Regulation Repeals, Exxon in the Arctic, Wind Energy

The leadership of the GOP majority in the U.S. House of Representatives told its membership that it will seek to repeal or delay numerous of the Environmental Protection Agency’s “job-killing” regulations and proposed rules, The Hill reported.  Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is targeting national smog standards, the EPA’s proposals to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: China Bulb Ban, Toxics Reporting, Superfund Renewables

China is the latest country to ban the import and sale of incandescent light bulbs, Reuters reported. The country’s National Development and Reform Commission will impose a ban on certain inefficient bulbs starting next October and will enact policies to encourage the use of LED lights. The EPA announced that it … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Wine Standard, Energy Star Update, WEEE Recast

An international wine trade group has adopted a standard for calculating the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, Off License News reported. The International Organisation of Vine & Wine said its greenhouse gas accounting protocol has two elements: a tool that allows companies to measure the greenhouse gases of their growing and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: New Source CO2 Standards, Gulf Drilling, Romney Energy Plan

The EPA said Tuesday that it will write carbon dioxide emissions standards for new power plants for the first time, The Los Angeles Times reported. The new rule, the “Greenhouse Gas New Source Performance Standard for Electric Utility Steam Generating Units,” follows the Supreme Court’s landmark 2007 ruling which said … Read more »