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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FTC Order, Food Chemicals, German Renewables Cap

The Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order settling charges that N.E.W. Plastics Corp. misled consumers and distributors about the recycled content, post-consumer recycled content, and recyclability of its products. The order relates to claims about N.E.W.’s Evolve and Trimax plastic lumber products, and requires the company to tell its … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Rule Goes to White House, Ryan Budget Attacks ‘War on Coal’

The White House has received the EPA’s draft regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to Office of Management and Budget records cited by The Hill. President Obama set a June deadline for the proposal, a cornerstone of his climate change plan. An EPA finding from earlier this … Read more »

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 »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Standards, Duke Energy Order, Alpha Fine, Efficiency Bill

The EPA has extended the public comment period on its carbon standards for new power plants, and on the February 26, 2014, notice of data availability soliciting comment on Energy Act provisions, by 60 days to May 9. Judge Paul Ridgeway of Wake County Superior Court in North Carolina ordered Duke … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Electricity Act, GMO Suit, Pinelands Pipe Decision

The energy and power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a markup and vote today and tomorrow on HR 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act. The bill, which committee chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced on Thursday, would require that EPA carbon … Read more »

2014’s Key Stories: Palm Oil, Carbon Standards, China

2014’s Key Stories: Palm Oil, Carbon Standards, China

Growing demand for sustainable palm oil and looming EPA carbon guidelines for existing power plants are two of the sustainability trends promising to shape 2014, according to the World Resources Institute. The organization today outlined its 2014 “stories to watch,” which also include China’s attempts to address its pollution, and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Drilling Authority, Wind Leases, $1.7M Pesticide Penalty

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court stuck down parts of a law that removed some of municipalities’ authority to dictate where natural gas drilling can occur. The rules had yet to go into effect, the New York Times reports. The Department of the Interior has proposed to auction for commercial wind energy development, via … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chevron ‘Failure,’ BP Claims ‘Fraud, States Petition EPA

The EPA accused Chevron of 62 violations of federal environmental law, related to an August 2012 fire at a Richmond, Calif., refinery that released a huge gas cloud and sent thousands of people to the hospital. The agency called risk management at the facility “a pervasive failure,” saying the company failed to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Federal Buildings, Water Trading, Carbon Standards

The Obama administration will extend, through 2016, its 2011 executive order targeting $2 billion in energy savings from federal buildings. The order was due to expire at the end of this year, and congressmen from both parties had called on the president to grant a five-year extension. Early next year, the … Read more »

Carbon Standards Benefit From Filibuster Ban

Prospects for carbon standards for new and existing power plants are looking stronger after the Senate passed a ban on filibusters for federal judge and executive office appointments. That’s because President Obama’s three nominees for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (pictured) are now more likely … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: AZ Solar Ruling, GMO Veto Override, China’s ‘Red Lines’

The Arizona Corporation Commission has agreed, 3-2, to preserve the state’s net metering system for distributed solar power but to levy a 70 cents per kW charge to help compensate utilities. That is between one-eight and one-tenth of the charge the utilities had sought. Regulators also told the utilities to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: IPCC Errors, Ethanol Promises, EPA at Hearings, Green No. 3

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has raised certain estimates of past greenhouse gas emissions, and lowered others, in revisions to its September report. But the IPCC said the errors did not make a significant difference to its overall findings. The IPCC now says 515 billion tons of carbon have been emitted … Read more »