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Fiat Chrysler to Modify 100,000 Vehicles, Strives to Reach Settlement w/EPA

Fiat Chrysler to Modify 100,000 Vehicles, Strives to Reach Settlement w/EPA

Fiat Chrysler (FCA), attempting to reach a settlement with US regulators following studies that show the automaker installed emissions-cheating software, has said that it will modify around 100,000 diesel vehicles. While the situation is similar to the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal, FCA is unlikely to have to pay as much as that company, … Read more »

How ADM Conducted Its 2016 Sustainability Report: 5 Practical Steps You Can Steal

How ADM Conducted Its 2016 Sustainability Report: 5 Practical Steps You Can Steal

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced in its sustainability report last week that it has reached its goal in palm oil traceability, achieving 98% traceability for palm oil and more than 95% for palm kernel oil, reduced water usage by 24% since 2008, and reduced energy intensity and emissions by … Read more »

While Legislation Failed, Interior Department Still Wants to Scrap Methane Rule

While Legislation Failed, Interior Department Still Wants to Scrap Methane Rule

Despite a failed legislative attempt, the US Department of Interior now says that it will try and change the current methane rules for oil and gas operations through regulatory means — a move that, if successful, would still take years.

Methane Emissions Rule Remains in Place, Shouldn’t Affect Prices for Energy End-Users

Methane Emissions Rule Remains in Place, Shouldn’t Affect Prices for Energy End-Users

The US Senate’s vote yesterday not to repeal a methane emissions rule issued by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) during the Obama era is not likely to significantly impact energy end-users like commercial and industrial companies. “BLM conducted a regulatory impact assessment of the rule in which they found … Read more »

Walmart Gets a Break, Mulls $300M Settlement

Walmart Gets a Break, Mulls $300M Settlement

The investigation into Walmart’s alleged bribes in Mexico to obtain permits to build stores has led US authorities to ask the company to pay $300 million in fines. This is significantly less than the $1 billion settlement the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission were reportedly attempting to reach … Read more »

Manufacturers May Struggle to Keep Up w/EPA’s Aggressive Schedule to Pass New Chemical Regs

Manufacturers May Struggle to Keep Up w/EPA’s Aggressive Schedule to Pass New Chemical Regs

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, was passed in June of 2016 and made sweeping changes to the nation’s primary chemical law. The new law requires the EPA to implement the changes through a number of regulations, which … Read more »

Airlines Say Biofuels Can Drive Business Results (and Airports Can Help)

Airlines Say Biofuels Can Drive Business Results (and Airports Can Help)

(Pictured: SAFUG members) Singapore Airlines made news last week with its announcement of “green package” flights on its non-stop San Francisco-Singapore route, powered by sustainable biofuels produced from used cooking oils and conventional jet fuel. Other airlines have committed to advancing and commercializing sustainable aviation biofuels, as well – most airlines … Read more »

De Beers Prepares for South African Carbon Tax w/Carbon Capture Pilot Project

De Beers Prepares for South African Carbon Tax w/Carbon Capture Pilot Project

De Beers, the diamond unit of Anglo American, will attempt to capture carbon within the rock from which diamonds are extracted in order to offset its harmful emissions and reduce a tax it might have to pay on carbon emissions at its South Africa mines. De Beers plans to pilot … Read more »

VW Beginning to Face Serious Cash-flow Consequences of Emissions-Cheating Scandal

VW Beginning to Face Serious Cash-flow Consequences of Emissions-Cheating Scandal

An “unprecedented cash drain” as a result of Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating scandal has required the automaker to strip costs and revive returns at its largest division, the VW brand (via Bloomberg). Despite the lingering fallout from Volkswagen AG’s emissions-cheating scandal, the automaker is reporting a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, according to … Read more »

Construction Companies, Quarries Face Tougher Testing, Argue ‘Undue Financial Burden’

Construction Companies, Quarries Face Tougher Testing, Argue ‘Undue Financial Burden’

Companies in the construction business in Illinois are arguing against tougher monitoring of porous rock quarries that are being reclaimed by being filled with “clean construction-demolition debris” (CCDD). Road builders, engineers and the like say Illinois has enough quarry regulations and that additional monitoring would place an undue financial burden … Read more »