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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama Climate Czar, Carbon Capture, CDM

White House deputy director for climate Dan Utech has become President Obama’s top energy and climate change advisor, The Hill reports. Utech replaces Heather Zichal, whose last day was Friday. The Department of Energy will invest nearly $84 million in 18 projects to research second-generation technologies for carbon capture from coal-fired power … Read more »

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EPA Chemical Assessment ‘Should Take Data-Driven Approach’

The EPA’s draft plan to assess inorganic arsenic risks should take greater advantage of the data that exists on the chemical to reach evidence-based conclusions, says a report from the National Research Council. While the EPA’s draft plan that describes how the agency will assess the potential health effects of … Read more »

David Vitter

Vitter Promises Bill Fix to Protect Prop. 65

Who says Congress is slow: Senators have already reacted to reports that the Lautenberg-Vitter chemical regulation bill threatens California’s Proposition 65 and other state rules. Last week nine attorneys general wrote to the Senate to say the current bill could pose a serious threat to public safety by keeping states from … Read more »

Voice of Chemical Regulation Dies

A powerful voice in chemical regulation passed away yesterday. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), 89, served in Congress for over 30 years. He started the Toxics Release Inventory program, wrote the Senate version of the Community Right to Know law and authored the Clean Air Act’s air toxics provisions. Describing current law as “toothless,” Lautenberg … Read more »