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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: Railroad Shipments, Tank Removal, Committee Hearings

Lawmakers are calling for a review of rules that that apply to rail shipments of crude oil  after several recent rail accidents. Safety regulators have warned that inaction could lead to a “major loss of life.” Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) are calling for the Department of Transportation … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: WV Spill Hearings, Pump Efficiency, Monsanto and SCOTUS

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said the Senate will hold hearings on the West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 residents unable to drink their tap water. She said a hearing in early February will address the spill itself, and this will be followed by work on chemical safety reforms, The … 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 »