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Federal Regulator Urges States to Deny Coal Development Permits Without Real Insurance

Federal Regulator Urges States to Deny Coal Development Permits Without Real Insurance

The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement asked the states to deny coal companies’ ability to explore if they self-bond, which is to basically self-insure.

Arch Coal

Arch Coal Files for Bankruptcy

Major US coal producer Arch Coal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. Arch Coal says it expects its mining operations and customer shipments to continue uninterrupted throughout the reorganization. The company says the restructuring agreement with lenders will eliminate more than $4.5 billion in debt from its balance sheet … Read more »

Arch Coal to Pay $2M, Reduce Water Pollution

Arch Coal, one of the largest coal companies in the US, and 14 of its subsidiaries under the International Coal Group will pay a $2 million civil penalty and conduct comprehensive upgrades to their operations to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act, under a settlement announced by the EPA … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS Refuses Coal Appeal, Phillips 66 Fined, Anadarko Wins

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Mingo Logan, a subsidiary of Arch Coal, which had challenged the EPA’s decision to veto the Spruce No. 1 mine, the Hill reports. EPA blocked the mine in 2011, four years after the project won its mineral-dumping permit from the Army … Read more »

AT&T GE Siemens

GE, AT&T, Siemens Support Keystone XL

A diverse group of over 150 companies, including AT&T, Motorola, Siemens, Volvo and Wyndham Worldwide, have urged President Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Companies signing the letter include many one would expect – fossil fuel companies such as Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Shell; utilities such … Read more »

Skyonic's SkyMine Plant

Texas Carbon Capture Plant Breaks Ground

Skyonic has started construction on the Capitol SkyMine plant (pictured), a commercial-scale carbon capture and utilization plant, in San Antonio, Texas, Clean Edge reports. The clean-tech news site says Capitol SkyMine will be first such plant built to commercial scale in the US. Located onsite at the Capitol Aggregates Cement … Read more »

Unilever

Unilever, Levi’s to EPA: Finalize Power Plant Rules

Unilever, Levi Strauss, Symantec and Patagonia are among the 22 companies that have signed a letter supporting the new carbon pollution standards for power plants proposed last week by the EPA. The business group, along with some 50 investors — including the country’s largest public pension fund, CalPERS — with … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Arch Coal Setback, Texas Water Case, $1bn Utility Settlement

The US Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the EPA can revoke Arch Coal‘s permit for its Spruce No. 1 mountaintop mine in West Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reports. The US Army Corps of Engineers approved the permit. A lower court will now consider whether the EPA’s revocation was arbitrary, as the company alleges. … Read more »

Manufacturers ‘Freaked Out’ about Climate Guidelines

Manufacturers are “very freaked out” by new climate change standards that President Obama will reportedly issue in the coming weeks, Bloomberg reports. According to the news agency, Obama will set guidelines that requires all federal agencies to consider the effects of major projects on air, water and soil pollution. Lobbyists … Read more »