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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: West Fertilizer Explosion, TX Agency Appeals its Own Win

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $118,300 in penalties for Adair Grain, the operator of West Fertilizer Co., whose West, Texas fertilizer plant exploded in April, killing 15 people and injuring more than 160. OSHA cited Adair for 24 safety violations including unsafe handling and storage of chemicals. … Read more »

Battle Lines Drawn Over Tailpipe Pollution Rules

Battle Lines Drawn Over Tailpipe Pollution Rules

The American Petroleum Institute and the American Lung Association have released contradictory reports that, respectively, castigate and praise the EPA’s Tier 3 clean-gasoline proposal. The agency unveiled the proposed standards at the end of March. According to the API report, Effects of Light-duty Vehicle Emissions Standards and Gasoline Sulfur Level on Ambient Ozone, the gas rules … Read more »

Tailpipe Pollution Standards Cut Sulfur Levels More than 60%

The EPA today proposed stricter rules on gasoline and vehicle emissions that it says will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. The long-awaited Tier 3 pollution standards will require refiners to reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60 percent — down to 10 parts per … Read more »

69% of Voters Support Tier 3 Pollution Standards

69% of Voters Support Tier 3 Pollution Standards

A majority of voters — 69 percent — supports the EPA setting stricter standards on gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, SUVs and trucks, according to the American Lung Association’s latest survey. The telephone survey of 800 registered voters found a 2-to-1 majority (62 to 32 percent) support the … Read more »

EPA Tightens Soot Pollution Standard

EPA Tightens Soot Pollution Standard

The EPA has toughened its air quality standards for fine particulate matter, or soot, released from automobile exhausts and power plants. The agency set the annual health standard at 12 micrograms per cubic meter, a 20 percent reduction from the current rule. The agency finalized the rules Friday in response … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Climate Action Tracker, German Renewables, Wind PTC, E15

The Climate Action Tracker issued its latest briefing, saying that major nations’ policies are inadequate to limit global warming, and the US is off track in meeting its weak pledge to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The report, issued on the sidelines of the Doha, Qatar, climate talks, said tougher policies … Read more »