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Chemical Working Group Issues Safety Update

A federal government working group set up in the wake of an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, in 2013 has released recommendations that agencies should consider new rules for the storage and handling of chemicals. The Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group, which was established by Executive Order 13650, … 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: Chemical Storage Overhaul, Rail Safety, Hydropower

The Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group is considering a major overhaul of handling and storage for volatile substances, The Hill says. The group’s latest report asks for comment on an array of options, including mandatory safeguards and a third-party audit system. President Obama formed the working group in response to the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NO2 Standards, HCFCs, Product Efficiency

China will impose stricter standards on the cement, battery, leather and heavy metal industries, including a requirement to control at least 60 percent of nitrogen dioxide emissions, the country’s environment ministry said today. China is the world’s biggest producer and exporter of batteries, and produced 56 percent of global cement last year, … Read more »