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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama Energy Studies, Oil Train Probe, Carbon Rules

Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx, in a meeting with lawmakers yesterday, said he would investigate the spate of derailments and fires involving crude oil trains. Regulations will investigate whether crude from the Bakken formation is more flammable than more conventional crude oil, The Hill reported. This week another oil train derailed, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Gas Tank Standards, Train Rules, Chevron Fines

The EPA issued updates on Monday to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks. The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first. Storage tanks emitting 6 or more tons of VOCs a year must reduce emissions by 95 percent, with deadlines of April … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Quebec Rail Crash, McCarthy Clears Hurdle

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) dropped plans to filibuster Gina McCarthy‘s nomination for EPA administrator, saying the agency has taken significant steps to address his transparency concerns, Reuters reports. Vitter is the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Vitter said the EPA had committed to re-train its 17,000 … Read more »