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BP Sustainability Report: Refinery Sales Cut GHG Emissions

BP Sustainability Report: Refinery Sales Cut GHG Emissions

BP has released its 2013 Sustainability Review. Highlights include: Energy efficiency BP’s Toledo refinery improved energy intensity 8 percent from 2010 to 2013. Factors contributing to this include updated technologies and improvements in how BP manages and measures energy use in the refinery’s operating units. BP says it is sharing … Read more »

Enforcement Trends: What the EPA Numbers Show

Enforcement Trends: What the EPA Numbers Show

The number of EPA civil enforcement case initiations and conclusions last year continued a downward trend seen since FY09, as the agency continued to pursue larger and more complex cases, according to newly released data. The FY13 EPA Enforcement and Compliance Annual Results show that last year the agency initiated 2,418 civil … 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 »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NO2 Standards, HCFCs, Product Efficiency

China will impose stricter standards on the cement, battery, leather and heavy metal industries, including a requirement to control at least 60 percent of nitrogen dioxide emissions, the country’s environment ministry said today. China is the world’s biggest producer and exporter of batteries, and produced 56 percent of global cement last year, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chevron ‘Failure,’ BP Claims ‘Fraud, States Petition EPA

The EPA accused Chevron of 62 violations of federal environmental law, related to an August 2012 fire at a Richmond, Calif., refinery that released a huge gas cloud and sent thousands of people to the hospital. The agency called risk management at the facility “a pervasive failure,” saying the company failed to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP and Chevron Trials, Airliner Carbon, Ameren Sale

Anthony Badalamenti, former cementing technology director at Halliburton, formally pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to destroying evidence connected with the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Reuters reported. Meanwhile a federal court has extended the EPA’s deadline to respond to BP’s lawsuit challenging the freeze on new … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Molasses Spill Probe, Bechtel Faulted

An investigation into a molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, which was likely Hawaii’s worst-ever marine environmental disaster, has been set back by the federal government shutdown. Officials overseeing the probe at the EPA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been sent home, though state environmental regulators continue investigating whether … Read more »

Policy & Standards Briefing: EPA Fraudster, FERC Shutdown, Mattress Law

Former EPA official John Beale pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to cheating the US government out of almost $900,000 in pay and benefits for work he didn’t perform, while excusing his absences by falsely claiming he was on missions for the CIA. Beale has already repaid the money, but … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Refrigerator Standards, Fracking Settlement, Lockheed Cleanup

The Department of Energy yesterday issued proposed energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment and for walk-in coolers and freezers. The rules could cut energy bills by up to $28 billion and cut CO2 emissions by over 350 million metric tons over 30 years, the White House said. Hydraulic fracturing fluids … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Efficiency ‘Under-Enforced,’ FERC Nominee Under Fire

The Energy Department’s appliance efficiency program is not adequately enforced, which could result in consumers buying products that do not meet minimum standards, the DOE’s Office of Inspector General said in a report. The DOE has also been late by one year, on average, in approving rule-making for a number of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil Company Wastewater, GE at the White House

The EPA will allow oil companies to continue dumping polluted wastewater on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation. NPR reports that there had been controversy within the agency over the practice, but while the EPA has proposed adding some restrictions, it will still allow companies to release the water on the reservation. A … 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 »