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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BLM Opposes Shale Dev, US Carbon Tax, Calif. ETS, Australia Backs Kyoto

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BLM Opposes Shale Dev, US Carbon Tax, Calif. ETS, Australia Backs Kyoto

The Interior Department issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the west originally slated for oil shale development. The BLM cited environmental concerns for the proposed changes, which are open for a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process before implementation, The Hill said. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Macondo Well, TX Emission Caps, Carbon Capture

The US Coast Guard has confirmed that oil from a sheen spotted on the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig matches samples from BP’s Macondo well. The Coast Guard notified BP and Transocean that either party or both may be held accountable for any … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Cross-State Pollution, Gas Price Spike, Bioethanol Anti-Dumping

The EPA filed a petition in the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which in August ruled 2-1 to suspend the agency’s cross state air pollution rule and ordered it rewritten. The EPA asked the court to rehear the case, arguing that the ruling was inconsistent with the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Grid-Connected Tidal Power, China Anti-Dumping, Interpol Task Force

The first grid-connected tidal power project in the US is delivering electricity to the utility grid from an underwater power system in Cobscook Bay, Maine. Bangor Hydro Electric Company verified that the Ocean Renewable Power Company’s Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project, which has a peak output of 180 kW, is connected. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU Anti-Dumping Case, Obama Touts Policies, Dole Settles

The EU began a broad investigation into whether Chinese companies have exported solar power equipment for less than manufacturing costs. The case covers imports from China worth €21 ($26.5) billion last year, or 6.5 percent of all EU imports of Chinese goods. It would be the biggest ever anti-dumping investigation … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU ETS, Solar Trade War, Talisman Reporting Fine

A European Commission analysis presented a draft proposal for the EU ETS to address the carbon allowance surplus – with options to withhold 400 million, 900 million or 1.2 billion allowances over the first three years of the market’s next phase beginning in 2013. The proposal will be debated by all … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Soot Rule, Chevron and Kaiser Fines, Chinese Solar Tariffs, Cape Wind

The White House quietly modified the EPA’s proposal to limit soot emissions, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. The EPA’s original proposal sought to change annual exposure limits for fine-particle soot from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 12 micrograms per cubic meter, but before the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Abound Solar, EPA Budget, NY CO2 Limits, Texas Electricity Prices

DOE loan guarantee recipient Abound Solar will file for bankruptcy and dismiss its 125 employees, citing falling prices and competition from Chinese manufacturers in the solar equipment market. Abound Solar received a $400 million loan guarantee, and drew down about $68 million before the Energy Department cut off its credit … Read more »