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Shutdown Stopped Chemical, Pesticide Reviews

The government shutdown halted the EPA’s evaluations of potential health impacts of new industrial chemicals and stopped non-emergency inspections at about 1,200 chemical facilities, hazardous waste facilities and drinking water systems, the White House Office of Management and Budget said yesterday. In a report outlining the shutdown’s effects, the OMB also … Read more »

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Clean Energy Investment Down, Rooftop Solar a Bright Spot

Global clean energy investment is headed for its second annual fall in a row, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The research company found that investment in clean energy — including renewables, smart grid, efficiency, energy storage and electric vehicles — totaled $45.9 billion in Q3 2013, down 14 percent on … Read more »

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Government Shutdown: Energy and Environment Update

The government shutdown is into its second week, and more details are emerging about the wide-ranging effects on energy and the environment. Chemical Safety Board chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said the agency would not be able to respond to a major disaster, since more than 90 percent of its workers are … Read more »

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Shutdown Could Delay Power Plant Carbon Rules, Renewable Fuel Standard

The US government shutdown may delay several high-profile EPA rules including the carbon pollution standards for new power plants and a proposal on renewable fuel volume standards for 2014. The EPA has been hit especially hard by Congress’ failure to secure a budget deal. Some 94 percent of the agency’s … Read more »