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Methane Emissions Rule Remains in Place, Shouldn’t Affect Prices for Energy End-Users

Methane Emissions Rule Remains in Place, Shouldn’t Affect Prices for Energy End-Users

The US Senate’s vote yesterday not to repeal a methane emissions rule issued by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) during the Obama era is not likely to significantly impact energy end-users like commercial and industrial companies. “BLM conducted a regulatory impact assessment of the rule in which they found … Read more »

Seafood Company Skirts Clean Air Act, Pays $1.3M in Civil Penalties

Seafood Company Skirts Clean Air Act, Pays $1.3M in Civil Penalties

Westward Seafoods will pay a civil penalty of $1.3 million for skirting the Clean Air Act by turning off air pollution controls from 2009 to 2011; Westward will also be required to spend $1.1 million on air pollution reduction projects, to use new electronic systems for monitoring, record-keeping and reporting, to … Read more »

Bandit Industries Pays $3 Million to Settle Alleged Emissions Violations

Bandit Industries Pays $3 Million to Settle Alleged Emissions Violations

Bandit Industries has agreed to pay a $3 million civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act by selling non-road diesel engines and equipment used to process wood and waste that do not meet federal standards. Bandit manufactures self-powered, industrial-strength wood and waste processing equipment, such … Read more »

Oil Giants Reach $425 Million Air Pollution Settlement

Subsidiaries of oil refiners Tesoro and Par Hawaii Refining have agreed to pay $425 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations and reduce air pollution at six refineries. Under the settlement with the EPA and the US Department of Justice, the two companies will spend about $403 million to … Read more »

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Trader Joe’s to Pay $2 Million to Reduce Coolant Leaks, Curb GHG Emissions

Grocery store chain Trader Joe’s has agreed to spend $2 million to reduce coolant leaks from refrigerators at 453 of its stores to settle federal claims that it violated the Clean Air Act. The company will also pay a $500,000 civil penalty under the proposed settlement with the US Department … Read more »

industrial plant emissions

Power Plant Companies Fined $8.5M for Emissions Violations, False Reporting

A power plant owner and its management company in Massachusetts have agreed to pay $8.5 million and plead guilty to tampering with emissions equipment and submitting false information to environmental and energy regulators. US attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey announced the settlement Wednesday, following a … Read more »

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States, Power Companies, Enviros Defend EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Clean Power Plan supporters — including environmental and health organizations, states, power companies and clean energy trade groups — yesterday filed briefs asking the DC Circuit court to uphold the power plant emissions regulation. On June 2 the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit will hear oral arguments … Read more »

VW emissions scandal

VW Sued by US for Emissions Scandal Defeat Devices

Volkswagen has been sued by the US Department of Justice for allegedly installing illegal defeat devices in about 600,000 diesel engine vehicles that allowed them to cheat emissions standards. The Justice Department filed the civil complaint today, on behalf of the EPA, in federal court in Detroit, Michigan against Volkswagen … Read more »