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James River Coal Files Ch.11; Blames Regulations, Nat Gas

James River Coal Files Ch.11; Blames Regulations, Nat Gas

Mining company James River Coal has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming environmental regulations, competition from natural gas, and weak economic conditions, the AP reports. The Richmond, Va.-based company said it has secured $110 million to keep operations going, pending court approval, while it restructures. James River, which mines … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FTC Order, Food Chemicals, German Renewables Cap

The Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order settling charges that N.E.W. Plastics Corp. misled consumers and distributors about the recycled content, post-consumer recycled content, and recyclability of its products. The order relates to claims about N.E.W.’s Evolve and Trimax plastic lumber products, and requires the company to tell its … Read more »


Nations Press IPCC to Include Financial Benefits of Climate Change Action

President Obama’s administration and officials from the UK, Sweden, Norway and Japan have voiced concern that an upcoming United Nations report makes efforts to combat global warming seem too expensive. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change study, due to be approved in Berlin this week, says nations will have to make drastic emissions … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: RoHS Consultation, GBI Seeks Applicants, R2 Addresses Concerns

The RoHS 2014 Consultation No. 2, including a substance assessment of diisobutylphthalat (DIBP) and review of quantitative information for substances on a shortlist, is now closed, and contributions are posted on the consultation website. The 2013 consultation No. 2, concerning Exemption Request 2013-6, is due to close on April 11. A new … Read more »


Exxon’s Next Risk Disclosure: Fracking

Exxon has made another concession to environmental groups and investors, agreeing to disclose more details on the risks of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Just days after releasing a report on the risks that climate change policies pose to the value of its assets and future profitability, Exxon said that it would report by September … Read more »

Well Building Institute

WELL Building, Green Building Institutes Collaborate

The Green Building Certification Institute will provide third-party certification for the WELL Building Standard, under a collaboration with the International WELL Building Institute. The collaboration will create a seamless WELL Building Standard experience for professionals and organizations already using LEED, the IWBI said, making it easier for LEED users to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: LNG Explosion, Duke in Court, Another IPCC Study

An explosion at Williams Co.’s liquefied natural gas processing site near Plymouth, Wash., which injured five workers and caused evacuations in a two-mile radius, could spur debate about safe LNG handling for cities increasingly reliant on the fuel, Reuters reports. Such incidents are rare among the dozens of US LNG … Read more »

EU Exempts Long-Haul Flights from ETS Until 2017

The European Parliament yesterday postponed, to 2017, the date by which the EU’s Emissions Trading System will apply to the entire length of flights in and out of Europe. The 458-120 vote brings three decades of contentious negotiation to a close, Reuters reports. EU rules bringing aviation into the ETS, with … Read more »

Anadarko Fined over $5 Billion in Biggest Settlement Yet

Anadarko Fined over $5 Billion in Biggest Settlement Yet

Anadarko Petroleum Corp yesterday agreed to pay more than $5 billion to clean up polluted sites across the US that caused cancer and other health problems, in the Department of Justice’s largest environmental settlement yet – but Anadarko’s share price actually rose 14.5 percent on the news. The sites are polluted … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chevron at Supreme Court, Wind PTC, Chemical Storage Bill

The Supreme Court of Canada yesterday agreed to hear Chevron Corp’s appeal of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s ruling, which found that the province is a proper jurisdiction for Ecuadorean villagers to pursue their $9.51 billion lawsuit for Amazon jungle pollution. The EPA failed to disclose cancer risks to volunteers used in … Read more »

Shale Boom Has Clean Harbors Cleaning Up

Hazardous waste management firm Clean Harbors has boosted the number of funds investing in its business by 15 percent over the last quarter, off the back of the US shale oil and gas boom. Clean Harbors lured 43 mutual funds to invest over the last quarter, raising its total number … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Energy Benchmarking, Low-Voltage DC, Hotels’ ISO 14001

Chicago now recognizes the ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional as a data verifier credential under the city’s new Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. As a result, BEAP credential holders are eligible to provide professional verification of data for the benchmarking and transparency ordinance, which Chicago adopted last September. Chicago is the only city that requires data … Read more »

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