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Intrexon, Dominion to Commercialize Bioconversion of Natural Gas to Isobutanol

Intrexon Energy Partners, and Dominion Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, have entered into an agreement to explore the potential for commercial-scale biological conversion of natural gas to isobutanol, a drop-in fuel with numerous advantages over other clean burning gasoline blendstocks. Intrexon says its proprietary methanotroph bioconversion platform has the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama-Utility Meeting, Efficiency Bill, EPA in Court

President Obama will meet with electric utility CEOs and power industry trade associations today to discuss lessons learned and actions taken since Hurricane Sandy, with an eye on the upcoming hurricane season, the Hill reports. The EPA yesterday defended its climate change regulations in two cases at the US Court of Appeals, GreenWire reports. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Tyson $4m Penalty, Alcoa Cleanup, BP Appeal

Tyson Foods and several affiliate corporations have agreed pay a $3.95 million penalty, conduct third-party audits and buy $300,000 worth of equipment for chemical emergency first responders, under a settlement to address anhydrous ammonia releases that killed one person and caused multiple injuries between 2006 and 2010, the EPA said. The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Supreme Court EPA Decision, Dominion $13m Settlement

The Supreme Court rejected the American Petroleum Institute‘s petition to overturn an EPA standard governing short-term spikes in nitrogen dioxide levels around roadways. By deciding not to hear the case, the justices left intact a July 2012 Court of Appeals jugement upholding the rule, Reuters said. Dominion Energy has agreed … Read more »