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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Standards Inquiry, Water Rights Act, Duke Coal Ash

The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced an investigation into the EPA’s carbon limits on new coal-fired power plants. Republicans on the committee asked Gina McCarthy for information, particularly on how the agency approached the issue of carbon capture technology, The Hill reports. The Waterkeeper Alliance says it has photos showing that Duke … Read more »

Offshore Wind: Brighter Future?

This week we saw two signals that the nascent US offshore wind industry might finally find its feet. Yesterday the Department of the Interior announced a date for the nation’s first ever competitive offshore wind auction, for two leases with an estimated capacity of up to 3,395 MW. (A couple … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Cape Wind, GAO Backs EPA Rules, Chromium Lawsuit

The Federal Aviation Administration ruled that the planned 130-turbine Cape Wind offshore project will have no effect on the safety of area aeronautical operations, repeating a finding that was overturned by the US Court of Appeals last year. This is believed to be the final federal regulatory clearance for the 11-year … 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: Shell-BASF Compensation Fund, Navy Biofuel, Enbridge Fined

Local subsidiaries of Shell and BASF in Brazil have been ordered to pay $382 million into a compensation fund that would cover costs for about 1,000 workers who allege they were contaminated and sickened at an agricultural chemical plant. BASF acquired the chemical plant, originally owned by Shell, through a … Read more »