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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: $5 Billion Superfund Settlement, EPA Proposes Largest Cleanup in History

$5 Billion National Settlement Yields Hundreds of Millions for Superfund Sites in New Jersey and New York Kerr-McGee Corporation and certain of its affiliates (“New Kerr-McGee”), and their parent Anadarko Petroleum Corporation will greatly benefit environmental cleanups at the Welsbach Superfund site in Gloucester City, New Jersey and the GCL … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA & DOE Strategic Updates Released

The Department of Energy released its 2014 Strategic Plan. The DOE Strategic Plan is organized into 12 strategic objectives aimed at three distinct goals – Science and Energy, Nuclear Security and Management and Performance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2014 to 2018 Strategic Plan. In … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: LEED Milestone; BIFMA; Public Swimming Pool Standard

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that 3 billion square feet of green construction space has earned LEED certification around the globe. “This milestone is the result of leaders across our industry making the business and environmental case for healthy, sustainable buildings,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Rule Goes to White House, Ryan Budget Attacks ‘War on Coal’

The White House has received the EPA’s draft regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to Office of Management and Budget records cited by The Hill. President Obama set a June deadline for the proposal, a cornerstone of his climate change plan. An EPA finding from earlier this … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ASHRAE and Green Building, R2, Global Recycled Standard

ASHRAE is for the first time partnering on the development of the National Green Building Standard, ICC/ASHRAE 700. Other organizations developing the standard’s third edition include the National Association of Home Builders and and the International Code Council. The Canadian government has proposed legislative changes to the Hazardous Products Act as a … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Diesel Grants, DOT Slams Oil Sector, Bombardier Fails to Report

Republicans and Democrats are criticizing EPA proposals to cut funding for programs that have strong bipartisan backing. The agency proposes to completely eliminate the $20 million Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants, which help trucking companies with engine retrofits and replacements. And the EPA has proposed cutting state water quality revolving loan … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP’s Latest Spill, Rare Earths, NESHAP

The EPA is investigating possible violations of the Clean Water Act following BP’s crude oil spill into Lake Michigan from its Whiting, Ind., refinery. BP today more than doubled its estimate of the maximum amount spilled, to 39 barrels, or 1,638 gallons. The EPA said the spill likely poses no long-term risk … Read more »